Once in front of the hotel, don't be put off by the fact that it is built entirely in red brick, which doesn't do it any justice, resembling as it does a house. You may get the impression that you are actually the personal weekend guest of Mr. De Niro himself; a sensation that is only accentuated by the presence on the walls of paintings by actor's father. It is true to say that he was no Picasso, but his work is by no means offensive to the eye! De Niro has managed to find that equilibrium between the cosy atmosphere of an English cottage, the serenity and tranquility of the land of the rising sun and curious soul of the traveller.
De Niro has understood that, as in cinema, when it comes to the hotel business, everything is a question of striking the right balance and making sure you don't go over the top. It is therefore easy to compare this hotel to a film in that everything has been thought out down to the last detail. Casting-wise De Niro has chosen a magnificent redbrick building while the scenario transports us into a Japanese universe, but one with a distinctly English feel. The lighting has been arranged in much the same way as in a Clint Eastwood film, low, mysterious and above all calming. All guests feel as if they have been cast in a starring role and glide through a décor made especially for them. A small lobby greets guests and two lounges, the bigger off which allows one to cocoon oneself by the fire, are also at the disposition those staying. The hotel's decoration aims for urban new age, with vintage wooden furniture, Chesterfield couches, red bricks, fireplaces and oriental carpets all livened up by shelves adorned with books we would love to have written and whose plots we dream of having experienced.
One of the plus points of the hotel is its spa. A devoted admirer of Japan, De Niro had delivered a 240-year old Japanese house which was then reconstructed piece by piece inside the spa. The treatments and massages on offer here are of the highest quality. Once again, not one to miss a detail, De Niro has made sure that the lighting is perfectly elaborate. Of Vietnamese origin, the director of the spa has himself created the products used for the treatments and by the masseurs. An interior pool, a gym, a sauna and a hammam make sure that there is plenty of opportunity for relaxation.