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The White Hotel in Rome- Luxury in Comfort

White Hotel in Rome
(www.whitehotel.com)

By Rohan: 

Finding hotels in Rome can often be a challenge, especially when you are traveling with family. In a city desperate for real estate, a spacious and accommodating room seems like a fantasy. However, the White Hotel can offer you just that at a modest price tag without sacrificing luxury.

The White Hotel is a stone’s throw away from the Trevi Fountain. When we arrived at the hotel, it felt like it was in the middle of an alleyway–not exactly the Roman Holiday we were expecting. After further exploration, we discovered the hotel’s incredible, central location on a small, cobblestone street lined with charming gelato shops, cafes, and souvenir stores. Every night, there would be some sort of activity going on so just looking out your room could provide you with some memorable nighttime entertainment. Whether it be a guitarist entertaining crowds at a local restaurant or a Caribbean-style steel band, we could never predict what the next night would bring us.

The hotel itself is modern and chic, taking its influence from the Art Deco-style hotels you would find in South Beach. The rooms, as suggested by the hotel’s name, are almost entirely white. The beds stand out, sporting a chocolate brown color with scarlet pillows. Each room has one bed, a flat screen TV, and a spacious bathroom. If you upgrade to a suite (necessary for those traveling with four or more people), you get double the furniture.

One of the most admirable parts about the White Hotel was the way the staff makes travel easy and painless. Getting to and from Rome’s train stations, airports, and bus terminals is a breeze since they can call in a cab right to the front entrance at whatever time you please, a task that is a bit more difficult in other parts of Rome. However, don’t expect services like a spa or even wireless internet. The hotel does offer internet, however it is generally slow with limited accessibility. The breakfast is also humble but does the job.

If you plan on staying at the White Hotel, try some of the gelato places in the vicinity. They are really first class with more distinct flavors than some of the other ones we tried out in the city. While the hotel may not provide a high triple digit view of Rome’s history, it can provide you with a cozy, modern way to stay in the heart of Italy.

A Slice of Modern Art in South Beach- The Sagamore

Sagamore at South Beach

By: Rohan 

Shrouded by the endless rows of art-deco hotels in downtown South Beach, rests the Sagamore, a small white building dwarfed by the Ritz-Carlton next door. While the facade may not have much to offer visually, there is plenty of eye-candy that awaits behind its doors. The lobby is truly unique, sporting an interesting collection of modern art from all over the world. To your left, a picture of a group of people crowded in a busy Parisian street. To your right, paintings of a hibiscus flower that capture every detail while paying homage to the city’s heritage. The lobby has little furniture, a circular couch on one side of the room is the only place to sit. But you won’t need it thanks to the sheer amount of artwork and photography to arouse all your senses.

As you enter the main hallway, the left side of the wall slowly becomes covered in black and white photographs that together define the United States. The glitz and glamor of Hollywood is captured with the stunning Marilyn Monroe flashing her endearing smile and glittery white dress. Right next to it, a car pierced with bullet holes is the only sanctuary for a young African-American boy during the apex of the Civil Rights Movement.

Walk further down and you will find the hotel’s only restaurant, that changes its cuisine depending on the time of day. At breakfast, enjoy fresh rolls and delicious pastries with homemade jam. As the sun begins to set, the breakfast buffet transforms into a twenty-first century pizzeria, serving thin crust flat breads topped with mounds of vegetables and meats. It is here where you will find one of the most fascinating pieces of art in the entire hotel. The work is divided into four pieces and shows a young Muslim girl slowly losing her identity and blending in with society. Its design is simple, but its message is powerful.

As you exit the main building, you reach the pool area. A standard rectangular pool with cabanas and lounge chairs awaits with lush gardens and plasma screen televisions showing slideshows of famous artwork you can find around the hotel. As nightfall approaches, the pool deck conforms to the city’s art-deco style, vibrant in light, music, and of course, food. The palm trees resemble something out of a Dr. Seuss book, illuminated by colored lights and swaying gently in the breeze. The evening’s soundtrack is a medley of the waves of the ocean combined with soft rock music.

The rooms are spacious, stylish, and modern, resembling something out of a Star Wars movie. The furniture takes on shades of white and beige to contrast the color and vibrance that defines South Beach. Each room is a bungalow, containing two floors with two separate patios. Perfect for enjoying the Miami sunset while sipping on a delicious smoothie.

If you’re looking into comfortable lodging in one of the most iconic places in America, look no further than the Sagamore.

The Sagamore is located on Collins Avenue and is a short walk away from the shops and restaurants on Lincoln Road.

You can visit their site here:

http://www.sagamorehotel.com/