Travellers headed to the Eternal City should consider checking into the newest addition to Rome’s famed Via Veneto: InterContinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace. Designed by Italian architect Carlo Busiri Vici, the Renaissance-inspired building opened in 1905 as a residence for visiting ambassadors, and from 1946 to 1993, it was the library for the American Embassy across the street.
The first InterContinental Hotel in Italy, this historic building reopened in May, reimagined by IA Interior Architects. Immense columns at the entrance and a sweeping marble staircase in the lobby are just a hint of the abundant Italian artistry in this five-star hotel.
Reception desks are nero Marquina marble and brass, while chandeliers and wall lamps are from Vistosi, formerly Murano’s Gazzabin glassworks, in operation since the 15th century. Striking landscape paintings in the hotel were commissioned from British artist Alan Rankle, while marble flooring in the reception, lobby, and elevators is from Margraf, headquartered in Chiampo, west of Vicenza in northern Italy.
The 160 elegant rooms and suites were inspired by sophisticated Italian apartments, featuring custom craftsmanship for leather headboards, fluted wall lamps, and brass handles, all adhering to a neutral palette, modern furniture with the dash of ink-blue in the classic room accessories, chaise longue, and rug. The contemporary furnishings contrast with the rooms’ high ceilings and classic picture-frame moulding on the walls.
When hunger strikes, guests can indulge in NYC-meets-Rome cuisine at Scarpetta NYC, with its stunning moulded ceilings, intimate banquette seating in blue and red jewel tones. and contemporary abstract art. Prosecco and chianti are available in the calm chocolate-brown and cream surroundings of Anita Bar & Lounge on the ground level or at open-air Charlie’s Rooftop, which pairs views of the city with DJ sets.
Additional amenities include a fitness centre with personal trainer upon request and massage therapy, which can be enjoyed in a wellness room or ensuite.
Images courtesy of IHG – InterContinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace.