The building owes its name to the original sgraffito on its façade, a large ornamental repertoire that includes allegorical figures of the noble arts on the first floor: Music, Painting, Architecture and Ceramics; and from the second floor the personifications of four great rivers: the Danube, the Nile, the Ganges and the River Plate.
After the restoration process, the sgraffito have recovered all their splendour thanks to the Derby Hotels Collection.
The discovery of old photographs during the restoration works was of great help when it came to faithfully reproducing the original spirit of the building in all its details.
This means it was possible to preserve the restored white marble steps of the main staircase and its spectacular banisters, an exact reproduction of the original hand-forged at the Cuenca School of Arts and Crafts based on a fragment recovered during the works.
Derby Hotels Collection President