This 19th-century mansion was originally built to house the headquarters of Dresdner Bank but was transformed into a sumptuous hotel by Rocco Forte in 2006. Despite all the grandeur, the young staff are approachable and friendly. All 146 rooms push the limits of taste, with plenty of polished wood, marble and velvet. The former basement vault houses a pool, spa and fully equipped gym. The lobby restaurant, La Banca, specialises in upscale Mediterranean cuisine with alfresco dining in the summer; cocktails and smaller plates are available at the Rooftop Terrace or the Opera Court, where high tea is served in the afternoon.