A taste of Rome’s brocaded brilliance
After the well-dressed doorman, the second thing you’re greeted by at Baglioni Hotel Regina is a statue of Neptune. The Roman god of the sea may never utter a word, but his presence near the wrought-iron staircase announces that the Italian Art Nouveaux movement will proudly be on display at this 1904-built treasure.
Ask someone from Baglioni Hotel Regina to define the aesthetic of the property and he might say something along the lines of “sophisticated elegance” or “classic sumptuousness.” What that translates to you is a marriage of timeless fabrics, original furnishings and Murano chandeliers that meshes in a wondrous way.
A lobby with marble from Sicily sits next to an eclectic lounge proudly sporting leopard-print chairs, and it all harmonizes. Rooms range from the traditional, 269-square-foot superior to more Art Deco-inspired, 645-square-foot suites — yet every lamp and gilded mirror fits fabulously.
The Roman Penthouse
Either of the four suites (Dolce Vita, Margherita, Regina and Ludovisi) at the luxury hotel would be ideal accommodations for a Roman vacation, but if you were aiming to make your stay a once-in-a-lifetime experience, splurge on the new Roman Penthouse from Milan-based interior design firm Rebosio and Spagnulo.
With black-and-gold marble flooring and an elaborate chandelier, the hall off the eighth-floor elevator teases the riches ahead. Once you transition into the actual living spaces, your senses are taken on a ride through sight (a massive TV screen looks like a mirror), smell (Acqua dell’Elba incense sticks) and feel (velvet-smooth couches). Three bedrooms dazzle in typical fashions (fine linens, brocaded pillows) and unexpected ones (upholstered closets).
Four bathrooms, a full kitchen (with three hours with a private chef) and butler services only add to the spoils. But of all the extras that come with the 2,906-square-foot penthouse, the massive terrace, with its Jacuzzi and jaw-dropping vistas, may be the most unforgettable part.
The Dining and Drinking
From an enviable position at Via Veneto and Via Liguria, guests of the Rome hotel can see quaint cafés up and down the streets. Still, one of the area’s best bets for lunch or dinner is right on property — Brunello Lounge and Restaurant. The establishment’s romantic vibe is set with dark-hued walls, black-and-white photos and Moroccan-influenced lamps.
Chef Luciano Sarzi Sartori’s robust menu of Mediterranean flavors (codfish-stuffed ravioli, beef with Chianti white sauce or lamb loin with sautéed chicory) only heightens the restaurant’s mood.
After dinner, slide on over to the connecting lounge for a nightcap (or night starter, depending on when you come down from your room). Your eyes will be immediately drawn to eclectic furniture and light fixtures, but after seeing the list of creative cocktails, you won’t stop gawking at the goings-on behind the bar.
Rebosio and Spagnulo’s reputation for clean, detailed work isn’t only represented in the Roman Penthouse. Though Baglioni Spa by Caschera Spa features just two massage rooms, a sauna, a Turkish bath and a Jacuzzi, designers were precise about their moves, filling spaces with dark brown woods, cream walls and stunning plant silhouettes.
If you can conjure the energy to open your eyes after your Delight the Senses package (body peel, facial massage and body treatment), you’ll be awed by a relaxation room draped in black tile, white rocks and a calming pool in the shape of a keyhole.