DIVINE ACCOMMODATIONS: How fitting that a hotel revolving around the concept of hell and paradise should be located in the Eternal City. Designer Adam Tihany, however, played with these immortal ideas and turned them upside down at Rome’s Aleph Hotel, so that hell is on the ground floor, while paradise — a spa — is on the floor below. Two stone lions guard the entrance of the stately structure, which was formerly a bank, symmetric to two prodigious wooden samurai warriors in the hall. Lit by blue and red lights, the warriors symbolize goodness and evil, respectively.

Or, as Gilles Stellardo, the hotel’s general manager puts it, “the primitive forces of heaven and earth in eternal conflict.”

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