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. 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. 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.
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.
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. Bathrooms are divided into two separate areas covered in open-scrub arabesque Calacatta marble, like the countertop of the washbasins.
All the aspects that have inspired the genesis of this noteworthy work by RPM Proget ideally converge in the design of the restaurant Don Pasquale, a location with about 60 seats designed for a niche clientele. The restaurant is like a living room surrounded by green curtains, a secret garden in the heart of Rome.
Lighting is a point of pride in this project, because each single lamp in the bedrooms (table lamps, reading lamps, frame lamps, abat-jour) and in the common areas, was designed by RPM Proget in a full creative expression and on own design: particularly impressive is the chandelier in the restaurant which is 180 cm width by 180 cm high.