Hotel Indigo Rome – St. George

Via Giulia, 62, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

The St. George, opened in 2007, was recently purchased and renovated by Indigo, an international luxury hotel chain. The new owners have taken care to preserve the unique elements of the original structure, including an exterior of roughly hewn travertine. These white limestone blocks were laid in the 16th century by Bramante; Pope Julius II commissioned the architect to build the Palace of Justice on his newly laid Via Giulia. Bramante never completed the project, but part of the building has been adapted into the current structure. Inside, the surfaces are smooth-polished limestone punctuated with contemporary art. Throughout, the decor blends modern design with classic details, often in the form of art pieces inspired by the very Renaissance masters who once strolled the cobblestones outside, so many centuries ago.

After a day traversing the city, unwind Roman-style, in the St. George’s subterranean spa. Never mind that they call the spa facilities a Turkish bath; the hot and cold bathing ritual was perfected by the ancient Romans not far from the hotel itself. After indulging in spa treatments, head to the rooftop bar for drinks and views of the river to Trastevere.

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St. George Roma Hotel, Rome

Left unfinished by Donato Bramante (chief architect of St. Peter’s Basilica), the 16th-century Palace of the Courthouses has been converted into the contemporary St. George Roma Hotel. At the in-house spa, relax the way the ancients did, in a Roman bath, or unwind with a shiatsu massage beneath one of Bramante’s original arches. Enjoy a handmade cigar in the hotel’s cigar lounge, and listen to nearby church bells from the rooftop bar. This appeared in the May/June 2011 issue.

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