Above: The HBA-designed Couture Suite at St. Regis Rome.
St. Regis Rome (Via Vittorio E. Orlando, 3; 39-6/47091; stregisrome.com) has cut the ribbon on a new 150-square-meter three-bedroom suite on the second floor of the iconic hotel. London-based Hirsch Bedner Associates has taken the Italian master Valentino as its anchor point for the design, employing soft angles in the furnishings, and focusing on intricacies such as nail-head trim on the mill-work. The suiteâ€™s high ceilings confer a good deal of natural light on the furnishingsâ€”anÂ antiquated mirror and original fireplace center the living room. A photograph of red smoke hangs in the corner room to invoke the artistry of dressmaking, while other free-flowing shapes have been employed in some of the furnishingsâ€”the chaise longues, for example. Framed photographs of past guestsâ€”think Elizabeth Taylor and Maria Callasâ€”add an extra dash of glamour, and the suite also houses a private library showcasing works by Italian artists and designers, as well as travel literature and photography books. The Couture Suite starts at US$5,000 a night.