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Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide since 2018, dates back to 1930.


A member of Historic Hotels Worldwide since 2018, the building that now houses the Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, began its life as the Central Institute of Savings Bank. Built in 1930, it featured a solidly opulent design in the Italian Renaissance style. Cipolino marble floors, onyx panels, and an enviable spot in the heart of Rome gave the building an undeniable individuality. Despite serving the Roman community well for generations, the bank ultimately closed in the 1990s. With no new steward ready to immediately step forward, the erstwhile bank faced an uncertain future. Fortunately, the building received a new lease on life when Boscolo Hotels purchased the site a few years later. Intent on transforming the structure back to its former glory, Boscolo Hotels invested heavily into its refurbishment. While the work focused on transforming the building into a beautiful boutique hotel, the company also made sure that its grand historical architecture was completely restored. In fact, the architects who diligently renovated the structure drew inspiration from Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy as a way of recapturing its historical charm. After years of continuous construction, Boscolo Hotels was finally ready to debut the reborn bank headquarters as “The Aleph Hotel” in 2003.

By 2015, renovations has resumed on the hotel after it was acquired by Al Rayyan Tourism Company (ARTIC). Construction lasted for two years and focused on fully upgrading all of the hotel’s marvelous 88 unique guestrooms. More importantly, ARTIC managed to blend its Roman charm with the new contemporary features, preserving the marble and onyx throughout the process. When the project concluded in 2017, ARTIC arranged for Hilton Hotels to integrate the Aleph Hotel Rome into its esteemed Curio Collection. Now known as the “Aleph Hotel Rome, Curio Collection by Hilton,” this magnificent historic hotel is among the best places to stay in the Eternal City. Cultural heritage travelers will certainly adore its fantastic location near the famous Via Veneto, which is replete with renowned cafés and bars once inhabited by great Hollywood stars. (The neighborhood was originally immortalized in Federico Fellini’s iconic film, La Dolce Vita, too.) Furthermore, the hotel is close to a number of famous historical landmarks, including the Spanish Steps, the Villa Borghese, and the Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain). Truly few places in Rome are better for a memorable trip than the Aleph Hotel Rome, Curio Collection by Hilton.

  • About the Location +

    Rome, the Eternal City, has stood along the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea for thousands of years. Settled millennia ago, the city has since emerged as the third most populous metropolis within the European Union. It is also an incredibly popular destination for cultural heritage travelers, as it hosts some ten million tourists every year. And for good reason, too, for Rome's heritage is quite extensive. While scholars today often have difficulty pinpointing an exact date for Rome’s founding, legends persist that the city first appeared in the 8th century BC. The earliest stories attest that Romulus—a son of the god Mars—created the settlement in his own honor, after killing his twin brother Remus, whom he had seen as a rival. Actual archeological evidence suggests that the city came to exist over generations, settled by disparate bands of ancient people that included the Latins, the Sabines, and the Etruscans. They all administered Rome as petty kings, elected via a large body of local noblemen called the “Senate” that gathered within a complex known today as the “Roman Forum.” Rome expanded steadily for centuries due to their influence, growing from the incorporation of neighboring communities into the its own borders. Soon enough, the Rome of antiquity had grown to encompass seven legendary hills: Esquiline, Palatine, Aventine, Capitoline, Quirinal, Viminal, and Caelian. But a popular uprising against the monarchy erupted in 509 BC, resulting in the establishment of a republic managed under the auspices of the Senate. The Senate, in turn, annually elected two magistrates to handle the city government’s executive tasks, although candidates were often picked from among the social elites. Nevertheless, the Senate’s control over the city encountered protests from the common folk, who often fought bitterly for more representation. The Senate eventually acquiesced some of its power in the face of such antagonism, granting the plebians the right to veto legislation through a special group of organizations known as the “tribunes.”

    Conquering the entire Italian peninsula by the 3rd century BC, the Romans (as they were now called) started to challenge other regional powers throughout the Mediterranean. The greatest of those conflicts were the “Punic Wars,” which pitted Rome against the mighty African city-state of Carthage. While both sides saw their fair share of victories—including the Carthaginian general Hannibal’s famous sacking of Rome—the Punic Wars ultimately ended as a resounding victory for the Romans. Including Carthage itself, Rome controlled large swathes of new territory in places like Spain, Sicily, and Sardinia as a result. Now the dominant socioeconomic entity in the area, Rome began to expand even further in the direction of ancient Greece and the Middle East. But the nature of Rome’s internal politics had grown more divisive, especially as the wealth obtained from Rome’s wars did not reach the city’s lower social classes. Despite attempts at reform, the Roman Senate encountered increasingly difficulty to regulate society. Opportunistic warlords emerged as such, who used their vast armies and political connections to vie for influence. One such general, Pompey, eventually seized the city during the 1st century BC, ruling through an uneasy alliance with two other prestigious military commanders named Marcus Licinius Crassus and Julius Caesar. A power struggle quickly developed between Pompey and Caesar, though, especially in the aftermath of Crassus’ untimely death in battle. Using the influence he obtained from his successful campaigns in Spain and France, Caesar eventually overthrew Pompey in a brief, yet destructive civil war.

    Cesar declared himself dictator of the republic in 45 BC. His rule proved to be brief, though, as he was murdered during an assassination plot remembered infamously as the “ides of March.” In Caesar’s absence, his great-nephew and heir, Octavian, managed to seize the reins of government. Assuming the title of “Augustus,” Octavian elevated himself to the status of Rome’s emperor. But he also retained the Senate, which quickly built a cult of personality around him. In fact, the Senate deified Octavian upon his death, thus, establishing the long tradition of hailing the emperor as an incarnated god. Despite brief moments of instability, the Roman Empire flourished for centuries thereafter. Its borders expanded rapidly, too, encompassing locations as far away as southeastern Europe and the British Isles. Rome itself served as the epicenter for this vast realm, becoming replete with all kinds of beautiful municipal buildings and glorious monuments that reflected the empire’s prestige. Among the most outstanding structures built included the Pantheon, the Colosseum, and the Marcati di Traiano (Trajan’s Market). But decline eventually befell the historic Roman Empire, starting with the corruption wrought by Emperor Commodus in the late 2nd century AD. Infighting became frequent yet again, fracturing Rome’s increasingly fragile community. One of Commodus’ distant successors, Constantine, even decided to relocate the empire’s capital to Constantinople (Istanbul today) in an attempt to stop the decay. The Roman Empire split nonetheless during Constantine’s reign, with Rome becoming the capital of the Western Roman Empire. While the eastern half endured as Byzantium for some time, Rome and its reduced western dominions were constantly assailed by Germanic tribes from the north. The Western Roman Empire finally collapsed in the 5th century AD, with its many provinces reverting to the status of independent kingdoms. Rome itself suffered greatly from the continued warfare, its population shrinking significantly by the onset of the Middle Ages.

    The city’s politics then fell under the sway of the Catholic Church, which had been elevated to the status of an official religion by Emperor Constantine years before. Still, contemporary European powers at the time—including the Franks, the Lombards, and the Byzantines—all fought over Rome. As such, the church sought to accommodate the various people that sought to incorporate Rome into its own sphere of influence. Having defeated the Lombards, the Frankish king Pepin the Short evenutally bestowed complete local authority onto the Catholic Pope and made Rome the capital of the “Papal States.” Over the next several centuries, the papacy would rule Rome through a complex political system it shared with the city’s nobility. But peace was often short-lived in Rome, especially once the power of the Franks waned considerably at the height of the Middle Ages. The Catholic Church and the local aristocrats clashed regularly, making the city an easy target for foreign armies. But long-term stability finally affected Rome in the 15th century, after Otto Colonna became the new pope. His election marked the beginning of the Renaissance in Rome, as the many popes that followed him began to patronize the arts. Among the historic intellectuals that the Roman Catholic Church sponsored included Michelangelo, Raphael, Ghirlandaio, and Sandro Botticelli. Many of those artists even created great works for the Catholic Church, appearing in buildings like the Cappella Sistina (Sistine Chapel) and Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter’s Basilica). Rome soon emerged as the heart of the Renaissance, supplanting cities like Florence where it had originally started. But the era was not without its faults, for many Catholic officials were caught up in scandals ranging from corruption to infidelity. Their actions helped spawn the Reformation, which questioned the authority of the Catholic Church throughout Europe. In response, Rome became the bastion for the Counter-Reformation that sought to rehabilitate the papacy’s prestige. Ostentatious architectural styles and extravagant art forms proliferated, giving birth to many gorgeous Baroque structures that still stand in Rome today.

    The Napoleonic Wars of the late 18th and early 19th centuries significantly impacted Rome. Napoleon Bonaparte’s armies conquered the Papal States and made Rome the capital for one of his satellite, the Roman Republic. While the republic was short lived, its legacy inspired future generations of revolutionaries to establish a unified Italian state. As populist revolutions swept across Europe in 1848, a number of Italians attempted to revive the Roman Republic amid a larger campaign to unify the entire peninsula into one nation. Many important revolutionaries fought on behalf of the new government, including the famed general Giuseppe Garibaldi. While the second republic dissolved as well, Garibaldi and other likeminded Italian patriots would evenutally found the Kingdom of Italy two decades later. Rome was deemed the capital for the kingdom, with the new Italian monarch, Victor Emmanuel II, headquartered in the city. But the papacy resisted its formation, prompting the new national government to officially wrestle control away by the 1870s. (The papacy would evenutally gain independence from Italy in 1929, forming its own nation within Rome called the “Vatican City.”) In the years that followed, Rome was the center for the brief Italian Empire organized due to the political machinations of Benito Mussolini. Mussolini’s fascist state would ultimately fight on the side of the Axis powers during World War II, until Italian partisans ousted the dictator and forced Italy to switch sides in 1943. Rome was even occupied by the Allies a year later, with the first soldiers entering the city just two days before the invasion of Normandy. Rome has since rebounded both economically and culturally, serving as the capital for one of Europe’s most dynamic democracies. Its great ancient history continues to enchant people across the globe, which has even inspired the United Nations to protect large portions of its downtown as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • About the Architecture +

    The Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, displays some of the finest architecture inspired by the Italian Renaissance throughout Rome today. Italian Renaissance Revival architecture itself is a subset of a much large group of styles known simply as “Renaissance Revival.” Renaissance Revival architecture—sometimes referred to as "Neo-Renaissance”—is a group of architecture revival styles that date back to the 19th century. Neither Grecian nor Gothic in their appearance, Renaissance Revival-style architecture drew inspiration from a wide range of structural motifs found throughout Early Modern Western Europe. Architects in France and Italy were the first to embrace the artistic movement, who saw the architectural forms of the European Renaissance as an opportunity to reinvigorate a sense of civic pride throughout their communities. As such, those intellectuals incorporated the colonnades and low-pitched roofs of Renaissance-era buildings, with the characteristics of Mannerist and Baroque-themed architecture. Perhaps the greatest structural component to a Renaissance Revival-style building involved the installation of a grand staircase in a vein similar to those located at the Château de Blois and the Château de Chambord. This particular feature served as a central focal point for the design, often directing guests to a magnificent lobby or exterior courtyard. Yet, the nebulous nature of Renaissance Revival architecture meant that its appearance varied widely across Europe. As such, historians today often find it difficult to provide a specific definition for the architectural movement.