"Deluxe guest house" might be a more apt description of Robert De Niro’s latest property, which has the vibe of a large villa somewhere between Marrakech and Milan. Rooms are spare and comfortable, appointed with down-filled leather settees, kilims and oriental rugs, and furnished with small libraries of art books. Exquisite Moroccan tile or Carrara marble envelops the bathrooms with walk-in showers, while the main spaces feature wood-plank floors (beautiful but unfortunate for those staying under heavy-footed guests). Many rooms overlook the charming courtyard just off the comfortable drawing room, while suites boast perks such as fireplaces. The centerpiece of the subterranean, Eastern-inspired Shibui Spa is the low-lit pool, set within the frame of a 250-year-old Kyoto farmhouse. Guests get priority reservations at the hotel's hot restaurant, Locanda Verde.
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