Berlin’s sumptuous spa in a former bank vault
6 Treatment Rooms
It’s not every day you get to unwind in a former bank vault that once held billions of dollars’ worth of expensive jewels, but that’s exactly what you get at Spa de Rome. Up until World War II, the spa’s host building was the official headquarters of Dresdner Bank.
Since being refurbished into the ultra-swanky Hotel de Rome, the vast space today is a mecca for spa enthusiasts, who come for the large menu of treatments that focus on — but are not limited to — traditional Ayurveda services.
The six treatment rooms are stylishly decorated in soothing, muted colors. Here, you’ll also find one of the largest indoor swimming pools in Berlin.
The spa’s range of treatments are fairly comprehensive. Anti-aging rituals abound, and we like the Fountain of Youth, which does a great job of removing dead skin cells and reducing wrinkles and fine lines. The slightly more indulgent Anti-Aging Rose Renewal Body Ritual features a regenerating Cleopatra body scrub (ingredients include ylang-ylang oil, crushed rose petals, salt and honey) followed by a full-body rose mask.
The most popular massages, according to the therapists, include the full-body Surrender Massage, the shiatsu/accupressure rubdown and the deep tissue. The menu offers a range of more exotic procedures, too, such as the Russian Honey Massage and a slew of Hawaiian techniques from lomi lomi nui to hot stone massage. The Tropical Hawaiian Essence treatment includes a Hawaiian a body scrub (with organic Ala Lani products from Hawaii) and a lomi-style massage.
Manicures and pedicures are available, including one specifically for men — the Macho Manicure. Male guests also can indulge in the highly popular Top Men Organic Grooming Facial, a deep-cleansing and revitalizing treatment. Pregnant spa visitors can book a special pregnancy massage, while honeymooners have access to a comprehensive pampering package that includes a range of treatments plus champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries.
For a simple detox, book the Deep Cleansing Seaweed Treatment, a head-to-toe service that uses eucalyptus-lemon oil and seaweed. Or try a Cleansing Peeling, which combines mountain and ocean salt with warm essential oils.
It’s worth hanging around after your treatment to enjoy the rest of the Berlin spa — especially the 65.6-foot heated pool. It is set in a sumptuous room with marble columns and it flickers with reflected green and gold light. (There are nods to the spa’s past: Check out the floor tiles in the pool — their shape and pattern reference the former safety deposit boxes that once filled the room — and there's a manicure room behind the vault’s original metal door.)
There’s also a Finnish sauna and a bar with juices, biological teas, water and fruit. If it’s a warm day, enjoy a healthy lunch or dinner in the romantic garden off the hotel’s Italian restaurant, La Banca, or head to the rooftop terrace to enjoy the sun. Bonus: The terrace also hosts occasional alfresco yoga classes during the summer.