In the heart of Rome there is a prestigious building overlooking Via delle Muratte, along the fascinating path connecting the Pantheon with the Parliament and the Trevi Fountain, which boasts the record as the busiest pedestrian area in Europe. Formerly called 'The street of artists', it’s where the painters' ateliers lived together with antique dealers' shops and quality craftsmanship workshops.
In this very particular context, RPM Proget, the Roman studio with a consolidated know-how in the design and realization of food spaces, has carried out an important project for a five-star luxury premise, the Maalot Hotel, which is now being completed with forecasted opening December 2020. The owner is an Argentine entrepreneur who already owns other successful hotels.
The building housing the Maalot Hotel is on four floors for about 3,000 square meters and looks like an elegant ‘palazzo’ of the 19th century where, between 1828 and 1837, the great composer Gaetano Donizetti, author of operas such as the 'Elisir d'amore' and 'Don Pasquale', wrote 'Il Furioso di San Domingo' and 'Torquato Tasso' within these walls.
The building is located near another important location realized by RPM Proget, the Baccano restaurant, a reference point for Roman restaurants and a well-known destination for a large gourmet clientele.
BRITISH STYLE IN ROME
The Maalot Hotel features a truly 'British' style and recalls the atmospheres of an English residence from various aspects: the fabric wallcoverings, the carpet flooring, the furnishings, the lamps and the colours of the 30 rooms, each one different from the other. This outstanding personality is completed with details such as the choice of physical keys instead of magnetic cards to create the feeling of a manor, rather than a hotel. Precisely for this reason, comfort is at the core of the project, from the rooms to the common areas, from the soft textiles to the smooth and harmoniously mixed colours.
Whilst a rather common situation abroad, in Rome it’s quite unusual to enter the restaurant area to access the hotel rooms: at the Maalot Hotel, a hostess recognizes the guests, accompanying them to the table if they have booked at the restaurant, or addressing them to the hotel area, if guests want to retire to their room.
The rooms are classified according to useful surface, from the classic 16 square meters with double bed to those between 25 and 27 square meters, from rooms with living area to more important spaces in the form of mini-apartments with a small living room and a library, or with spectacular stone fireplaces.
A common feature of the rooms is the presence of a walk-in closet made-to-measure in Daniela walnut wood with an area for hangers and shoe racks and one for the chest of drawers with the refrigerator and a shelf for the built-in safe inside.
Bathroom are divided into two separate areas covered in open-scrub arabesque Calacatta marble, like the countertop of the washbasins. The two rooms in the attic feature precious Portoro marbles with black background and gold veins giving a refined and relaxing atmosphere, also due to the Daniela wood, a very blond walnut used in the bathroom, that blends with Portoro marble and its black and gold background.
Special attention has been paid to the textiles in the rooms, where fine fabrics cover the walls with a harmony of colours pleasantly coordinated with other textile elements such as the curtains, the padded headboards and the upholstered chairs, armchairs and sofas. A carpet in different colours different from room to room has been used for flooring.
WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT...
But that's not enough: the paintings inside the rooms are inspired by a song by Marvin Gaye: 'Wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home'. This concept is widespread in the interiors to communicate the idea of being at home and for this reason, the hat is the main actor of the graphic illustration inside the rooms, resulting in a coherent story that also continues in the restaurant, to follow the theme of the 'art gallery' in line with the artistic soul of via delle Muratte.