Rocco Forte Collection

Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi

As might be expected from a designer whose creative influences include comic John Cleese and fellow designer Philippe Starck, the mood set by Olga Polizzi at the Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi ranges from whimsical to avant-garde. Inside the curvilinear glass structure, a flock of suspended avian shapes in colored glass soars from the lobby […]

Hotel Savoy

When in 1981 Lord Charles Forte attempted to acquire the Savoy Group, a most prestigious collection of London lodgings, the firm declared his company, Trust House Forte, “not at all suitable to run hotels of the caliber of the Savoy.” Forte, one of Britain’s great prewar entrepreneurs, had made his fortune in the convenience store […]

Grand Openings: Czech Inn

King Wenceslas II of Bohemia founded Prague’s St. Thomas Monastery in 1285, and the structure, which was rebuilt in the 1700s after numerous fires, still serves as the home of an order of Augustinian monks. Today, however, the holy men share their sanctum with followers of London hotelier Sir Rocco Forte, who in May opened the […]

The Best of the Best 2003: Hotels – Hotel de Russie

Built in the early 19th century, the landmark Hotel de Russie—ideally situated on Rome’s chic Via del Babuino, near the Spanish Steps—drew a wealthy and royal crowd for more than 100 years before it was shuttered during World War II. Fortunately for travelers, it was rediscovered and renovated in 1999 by Sir Rocco Forte, who […]