5-star facelift in the Eternal City

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10 September 2013
St. Regis Grand Hotel Rome.

The St. Regis Grand Hotel has undergone extensive renovations, guests are now spoiled and delighted by Hansgrohe Raindance showers.

Schiltach, September 2013. Rome, the city of “La Dolce Vita” and a showcase for the world of the ancients, has been a magnet for people from all over the world for centuries. Whether they come to see the Coliseum, the Vatican or to enjoy the indulgent urban lifestyle along the Via Veneto and on the Piazza di Spagna: the Eternal City boasts an absolutely peerless tradition of hospitality. The legendary César Ritz (Hotel Ritz, Paris) further enhanced the spirit of this tradition when it opened the Grand Hotel in Rome in 1894, a palace of the Belle Époque, which became the first fully electrified luxury hotel in city, featuring individual bathrooms and hot water. The St. Regis Grand Hotel, today part of the international Starwood Group, just underwent a meticulous restoration at a cost of 35 million dollars, and the result would have been fit and delightful for César Ritz: while the traditional opulence of the establishment was preserved, the bathrooms now feature more contemporary luxury, with shower systems and showers from the successful Raindance line from Hansgrohe.

Situated right in the center of the lively capital of Italy, just a few minutes from Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, guests are welcomed at the St. Regis Grand Hotel in luxurious elegance: the lobby is flanked by marble columns reminiscent of a noble palace; adjoining frescoes, mirrored walls and a baroque décor give the Salone Ritz a lavish, extravagant splendor. In what was Rome’s first public ballroom at the time, celebrities, members of the nobility and leading lights of society and business still celebrate below the chandeliers made of Murano glass, and sometimes the opulent setting is also used for other top-class events. The Grand Hotel even has a separate, discreet entrance for diplomats.

Pure luxury

All the 138 rooms and 23 suites feature their own individual interior design, with the Empire and Louis XV styles shaping the ambience in the classic tradition of the Grand Hotel. The Royal Suite is pure luxury: wooden sculptures, large mirrors and Bohemian crystal, a genuine Aubusson carpet, a grand piano, an open fireplace and more welcome the exclusive guest. The Bottega Veneta Suite – named after the premium Italian fashion brand – and the Ambassador Couture Suite were designed by contemporary artists. The hotel also hosts the Caroli Health Club, one of the most popular spa areas in the Italian capital.

Classic surroundings for innovative technology

State-of-the-art technology and bathing comfort made its way into the generously dimensioned rooms and suites: rain-like gentle showers pour from the Raindance Classic overhead showers and hand sprays. Thanks to Hansgrohe AirPower technology, which enriches the water with air as it passes through the showerhead, the jets feel soft and are less prone to bouncing off the skin, enveloping the person enjoying a shower in warm luxury. At the same time, the technology also lowers the consumption of water as well as energy – not an insignificant cost factor in hotels especially. The stylish shape of the Raindance Classic showerheads features clean and energetic lines descending in a bell shape and gently blending into the soft ring enclosing the showerface. Hansgrohe’s emphasis on harmony in design is evident in the details, too: everything fits, from the Unica´ Classic shower bar to the authentic look of a traditional metal hose. An astounding harmony also emerges in the combination of the Raindance Select E 360 Showerpipe’s contemporary design and the overall technical and aesthetic facelift of the luxury bathrooms. High-quality surface treatments, gentle curves, elegance and discreet luxury are the hallmarks of this completely new type of showerpipe. The flat profile of the water conduit blends into the angled shower arm and then into the flat, 360 millimeters wide overhead shower. This comfortable width gives the person in the shower room greater freedom of movement under the voluminous, air-enriched AirPower shower. A further highlight is the new Ecostat Select thermostat: the convenient control unit also provides a practical shelf for storing shower utensils.

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