Retrome started as a tiny guest house next to Rome’s central station back in 2005. The founder, Moti Erdeapel wanted to combine his experience in hospitality with passion for design, in particular mid century vintage design. As a young entrepreneur and just fresh out of university his budget was next to nothing. To create the place he envisioned, in the small space he could afford, he gathered a group of friends- artist, designers and architects; most of them still students- to work with him on the interiors.
After the success of the first project the company started to grow and in 2010 Oren Zohar joined Retrome as partner, bringing his hospitality background and great business experience in to the company. Together, during that year, they have created the award winning Retrome Colosseum Garden accommodation (voted as 1 of the 10 best B&B’s worldwide for 2012).
In May 2012 Retrome Barcelona opened in a stunning “Modernista” building in the heart of Barcelona, later expanding into the next door building too.
Yvonne Z. joined the team in 2010 as a blogger, social media and content manager and has been giving a true value to how we communicate with our growing community of friends and guests. The management team also includes Onno Fenstra and in Barcelona Cora Van der Mei has a rare eye for details and years of hospitality and tourism experience as our local Manager in Retrome Barcelona.
Retro vintage design
Design is a very important part of our concept. Our interiors are decorated with objects and cultural icons from the mid-century era in order to create an original and inviting atmosphere. The way we approach design speaks volumes and is equally important to us: we “rescue” and restore old furniture. We do not buy our design objects in a trendy design store; instead we recycle, we collect furniture in country-side secondhand ware houses, in local markets and directly from people that would otherwise throw the furniture away. The restoration is a part of our work which we love and enjoy.
Ever since we opened the first Retrome accommodation we have been receiving great attention from the press. News papers and magazines, bloggers and websites from all over the world have written about the outstanding design style and award winning service that distinguishes Retrome’s formula of affordable vintage design accommodation from the rest of the crowd.