|Sixth Century Servian Wall in front of 1908 Palazzo Montemartini [more photos of the wall at the end of this post]|
|Registration Desk, Hotel Montemartini|
We wanted to see this palazzo because the conversion to a 21st- century hotel was by the architectural firm of King Roselli, praised by one of our favorite contemporary Rome architects, Nathalie Grenon of Sartogo Architetti Associati. King Roselli also are the architects for the Radisson Blu es Hotel, which sports one of Rome's great rooftop bars. The Radisson Blu es Hotel is also near Stazione Termini, but about a mile away, on the other side of the train station.
It took us a while to find Hotel Montemartini, because it's not an obvious hotel building and the address doesn't make its location apparent. Once we found it, and the Servian Wall, we were duly impressed.
|Lobby view into "library"; note the use of see-through|
stone block (i.e. Servian Wall) display
As the architects say: "The structure and the original internal arrangement were not immediately suitable to the programme of a hotel. This meant the design of the 87 guests rooms in seven or eight 'types' which were then adapted to the existing building one by one."
|Looking through the stone blocks|
King Roselli state they tried to reflect ancient history with their use of stone (the Servian Wall) and water - the ruins of the Baths of Diocletion are, yes, a stone's throw, from the hotel (if not under it).
We think this all works, but then we haven't paid to stay in this 5-star hotel. There are many meetings here, including those of an ex-pat group that seems particularly fond of the bar, and we would say, appropriate so (photo below).
|A view out the entrance -a feel for the 18th century|
style in a 1908 building (on ancient ruins)
|restaurant, featuring the 18th century-style columns|
and water streams at left (see next photo below)
|Giovanni Montemartini, 1887|
Seeing the Servian Wall here and having seen it in other places - the McDonald's under Stazione Termini among other sites - maybe our next project is "walking the Servian Wall" - or at least connecting the dots of the few pieces left - one of which is also next to the hotel.
|described as "table fountain," water reflecting|
the proximity of the Roman Diocletian baths
|The bar - one can see its appeal|
|Another part of the Servian Wall, this one under wraps, at the|
entrance area to the hotel.
|Another view of the Servian Wall, this one from outside the|
hotel grounds, complete with street vendors, which are plentiful
around Termini, this one appropriately selling luggage in front
of the hotel.