Born in Rome born Retro
The 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. He collected and restored furniture and artefacts and used creativity where others would probably turn to money.
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).
The next step was to go international. In May 2012 Retrome Barcelona opened in a stunning "Modernista" building in the heart of Barcelona.
Yvonne De Jonge 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 Angela Casanica, a former professional Ballet dancer and currently our charming Rome manager and Cora Van der Mei which has a rare eye for details and years of hospitality and tourism experience as our local Manager in Barcelona.