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THDP design DoubleTree by Hilton Rome Monti

THDP has revealed the design of DoubleTree by Hilton Rome Monti, inspired by the colours, textures and lifestyle of the surrounding city.

25/08/2021 3 min read

DoubleTree by Hilton Rome Monti is located in a strategic position, in one of the most iconic and ancient neighborhoods of the city: the Rione Monti, proudly the first district of Rome, a dynamic and eclectic artery that develops around the Via Urbana and Piazza Esquilino, on which stands the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Initially, this beautiful district was called Monti because it included three of the seven hills: the Esquiline, the Viminale, and part of the Quirinal.

The hotel overlooks Piazza dell’Esquilino, near Termini station, from which you can walk to all the main points of interest of the city. The area rotates around Piazza Madonna dei Monti, which still serves as a centre of aggregation for local residents and tourists – the Monti district is the place to spend the afternoon peeping in the shops, browsing old books and having coffee in the most chic cafés in Rome.

With Italian roots and designers, this atmosphere was the greatest inspiration for THDP’s concept of the Hilton Rome Monti, working alongside roman product designer Simone Bretti and architect Francesca Benedetti.

Accurate philological research has guided the entire project – converting the two pre-existing buildings with the aim of combining the Roman rhythms and lifestyle with the functionality of a hotel, establishing a continuous dialogue with the city.

The brand style is informal, natural and fresh. The layering of materials and colours inspires the use of neutral but full-bodied colours, characterised by the use of natural materials such as wood, stone, strong plasters and lime plasters, with contemporary accents of brushed metal, bronze and copper for the furniture.

The hotel houses a large lobby across the entire ground floor – a bright, open and dynamic place with a large skylight, inspired by the Roman garden at the centre of the peristyle. Here, THDP has created a space to stop and relax – a reading, meeting, and relaxing area with flexibility in mind. The mood is residential and eclectic, with furniture by Saba Italia, Vibieffe, Billiani and Expormim upholstered with soft fabrics in rich warm terracotta, dark gold and dark burgundy. THDP custom designed some of the flooring within the hotel, with patterns inspired by the existing mosaic flooring of the Caracalla thermal baths.

Common areas include the Mit bar and café, and Mamalia restaurant equipped with an open kitchen and wine tasting area. The restaurant offers a relaxed seating arrangement, with long social banquettes in vibrant orange offering a space for shared and social meals. All ceilings are sprayed in anthracite acoustic foam Sonar Spray by Oscar Acoustics, and the central area of the restaurant flooring is a mix of cementine effect tiling in terracotta, green and black tones, surrounded by UV oiled flooring by Havwoods.

On the 8th floor the Mun rooftop bar and panoramic terrace has wide views of Rome. The walls are finished in a dark ochre plaster, reflecting the view of the facades outside. The seating is part dining, with outdoor metal furniture by Emu and part lounge and informal with outdoor fabric stools and sofas by Atmosphera Italia and Talenti. The flooring is in a roman terrazzo with light marble pieces by Grandinetti, whilst the outdoor terrace features decking-like flooring by Florim.

Photography: Janos Grapov

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