EXCELSIOR (*****L): Recently restored in its grand turn-of-the-century style, superbely located on Via Veneto -Rome's most celebrated avenue and cradle of la dolce vita immortalized by Fellini-, the historic Excelsior boasts spacious accommodations of unusual luxury. Each guest room and suite has been individually decorated and appointed with custom wall coverings and upholstery as well as bohemian crystal chandeliers. Furnished in Empire style, spacious and top comfortable guest rooms feature walls and ceilings that have been hand-decorated by master artisans with a generous use of rich custom fabrics. Thoughtful amenities include hair dryers, bathrobes and in-room safes and refreshment centers. Palatial suite accommodations offer floral bouquets, fruit baskets and plush slippers. The Presidential, Royal and La Cupola suites provide incomparable service, expansive living space and exclusive Bulgari bath amenities.
The Excelsior, Rome, features one restaurant, one lounge and one café. The best of the national gastronomy can be enjoyed at La Cupola Restaurant: featuring Italian regional cuisine and unique seasonal menus. Along with Roman specialties: including a renowned interpretation of the traditional bucatini all'amatriciana. With its intimate sidewalk tables on the Via Veneto, Gran Caffé Doney is one of the best social venue in Rome for "cappuccino time", and the ritzy Bar Excelsior offers live piano music every evening. Both of them consitute a favorite gathering place for local residents and visitors alike.
This Westin Hotel is a monument on its own.
ST. REGIS GRAND (*****L): Rome's first deluxe hotel since its 1894 grand opening, once Le Grand Hôtel, the St. Regis Grand has a great history and impressive clientele list. It is a focal point of government and political area of Rome, playing host to many national and international dignitaries and Heads of State. This is also the favourite home away from home for prominent business executives and widely known celebrities. Its 35 millions dollars 1999 renovation succesfully restored its former glory. Sympathetic, indeed, with ideals of the original designer: Cesar Ritz. Combining Italian and French styles of furnishings, this carefully restored monument looks like, with similar sucess, both an international palace hotel and a typical Roman palazzo.
Located in the heart of the City, within walking distance of Via Veneto, the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti renamed shopping areas, it is close to the Colosseum, Roman ruins, Trevi fountain and Piazza Navona.
The hotel features 161 guestrooms including 25 sumptuous suites designed with a "Continental" approach using many design references to Rome and The St. Regis Grand, Rome's history. Each guest room bears the name of the unique hand painted fresco, depicting a significant detail of Rome like a window onto one of the corners, fountains and monuments of the city that give their names to guestrooms and suites. Guestrooms will soon all display Murano glass chandeliers - a recall of the building's turn of the century roots. Furniture that is used as a combination of styles including Empire, Regency and Louis XV in reference to Cesar Ritz's founding. The lavish Bvlgari Suite, one of a kind, has been created in conjunction with the renowned jewellery designer. High tech facilities like fax/modem sockets, IDD/Voice Mail telephone, cable and PPV TV set, and individually controled air-conditioning make the rooms actually top comfortable, both for distinctive tourists and active businessmen. The hotel features a 24 hours Butler Serviced Floor including all Suites, completely dedicated to satisfying the needs of the hotel's more exacting clientele.
Famous historical Salone Ritz ballroom. Business and Communication Center with a full range of the latest technical equipment and support services. Fitness center, on the fifth floor, providing the latest cardio fitness equipments, gym and massage rooms. Diplomatic entrance with separate elevator and parking area.
Founded by Escoffier, celebrated fin de siecle chef, today the hotel's tradition of fine cuisine and elegant ambience is still preserved in its restaurants. Like "Vivendo", classically decorated with contemporary touches, that offer a fine selection of mediterranean dishes from a variety of countries. Additionally, an innovative tasting menu introduces to Italy the concept of fusion cuisine which plays on mediterranean styledishes flavoured with Asian seasoning and ingredients. "Le Grand Bar"is the place for cocktails and aperitifs. Just off the main lobby, the "Grand Hall Cafe" is convenient for snacks, and quite famous in the capital city of Italy for its traditional English and somehow exotic afternoon tea or brunch on Sunday.
This is a Starwood Hotel.
LORD BYRON (*****L): With a truly convenient downtown location, in the heart of an exclusive residential district, this is one of our preferred hotels in Rome. Happy few and jet-setters of all sort visiting Rome are obviously sharing our taste.
Not a palace hotel as defined by Cesar Ritz at the turn of the century, far from being grand and anonymous, this is somehow a top luxurious mansion dedicated to a very personalised hospitality. Some of the numerous travel guides recommending this most fashionable place like to call it a boutique hotel. From the lobby till the rooms and suites, the hotel Lord Byron displays a glorious combination of both the old and new worlds, emphasised by splendid proportions and exquisite attention to detail. The service has been reported has one of the best in Italy, with one of the most trustful concierge in Rome.
The Lord Byron is also reputed outside the Italian borders for its multi-awarded restaurant “Relais Le Jardin”: the ultimate setting, whatever the occasion, for a memorable dining experience. Together with “Il Salotto” piano bar, this is the ideal place to socialise with the remaining adepts of the Dolce Vita: ambassadors, aristocrats and leading businessmen made it their favourite club.
Rates vary between USD 160 - 188 for a Single room Superior, till USD 517 - 705 up for the most lavish Suites. A beautiful Double Room Superior is about USD 211 - 286. Including a gourmet buffet breakfast. 10% VAT is to be added.
A dreamed place to enjoy the Italian refinement, this is one of the "Leading Hotels of the World".
EMPIRE PALACE HOTEL (****L): Built in 1870, this distinguished palace was originally the Roman residence of the very noble Mocenigo family, which gave seven Doges to Venice. Turned in 1999 into one of the ritziest hotels in the Italian capital city, it kept that specific character: with an exterior decoration in neo-gothic style with its ogives and mouldings which reminds the Venetian palaces. Some peculiar colors come from the 19th century architecture: like the deep blue shade of the vault at the reception, where a full moon night is painted. The astral theme runs through all the decoration scheme. In the large lounge are hung two golden suns that quiver with the lightest breath of air. The "Persian" shade of yellow reminds the Byzantine mosaics and the oriental palaces. The presence of contemporary elements is underlined by the use of an intense shade of orange. A narrow carpet of very rare, multicolor, inlaid marbles, whose design was taken from a painting by Veronese runs through the lounges. Marbles were also used for the floors. Their supplier has been working for 150 years for the St. Peter's Basilica, the Parliament and the Quirinal, house of the President of the Italian Republic. In the lounges, groups of armchairs protect the privacy of the clients'conversations. They were designed by the architects in the style of the '30ies and custom-made in valuable African wood and soft Morocco leather with the objective of adopting a style less ornate and dramatic than that of some traditional hotel lounges. Similarly, the pieces of furniture utilized are normally on sale and of the kind anyone of us might wish for one's home.Four large paintings by a well known contemporary artist, Paolo Giorgi, decorate the walls.
The 110 guestrooms and 5 junior suites are classical and extremely comfortable: displaying stylish furniture made out of light cherry wood, and precious "Persian yellow" fabrics. Walls are covered by a fine collection of hand coloured prints representing Wedgewood porcelain or Etruscan vases. The palatial white marble bathrooms are enriched by streaks of gold. All rooms, linked to ISDN and Internet, are equipped with satellite TV, minibar, safe, hairdryer, courtesy toiletries, bathrobe and slippers: reflecting the dynamism of our times balancing an unmatched yesterdays touch of style.
The intriguing American Bar "Fascination" was made out from the stables. The original bricks of the vaults were restored to a soft shade of pink and contrast with the walls in cobalt blue. The boiseries in light maple wood hide the lighting system. The unusual sofas in beige with the very high back come from the line originally designed by architect Philip Stark for the Metropolitan Hotel in New York. Two brightly colored oil paintings by Dora Tassinari resembling mosaics and picturing exotic child faces decorate the walls. A unique feature of the Empire Palace Hotel is the large courtyard where drinks are served in the good season. A large, attractive fountain decorates it.
The gourmet restaurant "Aureliano" - by the name of the Roman Emperor - is a recherché ambience of classical inspiration characterized by the light boiseries, the floral decorations of the vaults and the appliques in modern Murano blown-glass in bright red or blue. The Chef, Moreno Picchietti, is young but already well-known and has made a career in famous Roman restaurants. The menu follows the seasons and specializes in fish. The wine list is extensive and includes both Italian and international crus.
The Empire Palace Hotel houses the lovely
and very convenient Casanova meeting room.
Located in a quiet and reserved area of the hotel, directly connected
elevator to the Lobby, decorated by artworks of young contemporary
and evergreen plants, it can host between 50 (theatre style) and 20
(classroom style). By the end of the year, the roof garden on the 6th
will house new, spacious meeting rooms with a wonderful view on the
and the roofs of Rome, which, like the rest of the hotel, will make
one of the most attractive place for social life in Rome.
elegant hotel, very much in the
Roman tradition of refinement
and hospitality, is located in the historical centre of Rome: between
Veneto and the Trevi fountain. In front of the Barberini Palace (Museum
of Ancient Art). A stone's throw from The
Triton Fountain of Barberini
Plaza, and the Quirinale Gardens.
The hotel Barberini’s prestigious and elegant 19th century building hosts 35 top comfortable bedrooms. Entirely soundproofed, harmoniously accosted with precious marble, they display elegant furniture matching with rich fabrics. Much care has been taken to make sure that the smallest detail will suit the taste of a very demanding clientele. The absence of standardization brings much atmosphere.. Nevertheless, the advanced technology discreetly comes to grant a superlative four star level of comfort, efficiency and safety: all rooms are equipped with individual air conditioning control, minibar, safe-deposit box, satellite TV, IDD telephone, cable radio, and a large writing desk. The pleasing bathrooms display air dryer and towel warmer. The Barberini also offers 4 luxurious suites, with parlour and hydro-massage bathtub.
There is no restaurant, but room service is provided. The smart American Bar is an ideal place to treat business partners or to simply relax. The Roof Terrace is definitely great on spring and summer time to enjoy the Dolce Vita. Excellent services: featuring 24-hour concierge, same day laundry, facilities for disabled and nearby garage parking.
Rates are smooth in the category and location. A Single room is approximately USD 206. A Double room: USD 278. A suite costs USD 387. There is a USD 15 supplement for the buffet breakfast. Attractive weekend package available.
MARCELLA ROYAL (***L): In the heart of Rome, strategically located next to Via Veneto, the spanish steps, the Trevi fountain and all the main historical monuments of the city, this luxury boutique hotel offers 85 elegant and welcoming rooms and suites: all equipped with the best in comfort, from air conditioning to sat TV with free movies, minibar and private safe. The rate remains good value for money, not to say quite low compared with the Rome standards: about EUR 150 - 220, depending of the season.
We actually like to warmly recommend this fine property for its 500 sq.m roof garden: blooming just like an oasis of beauty and tranquility, offering a breathtaking view of the Eternal City, with its unforgetable skyline. This is where a most generous breakfast, courtesy of the house, welcomes the clientele every morning: either in the Panorama room or, during the good season, right on the terrace... surrounded by thousands of flowers!!! So romantic!!! This is also where, every evening, guests can have a light dinner, listening the enchanting melodies of the piano.
The Marcella Royal is centrally located, so that you can easily walk to reach the most important monuments and points of interest: such as the famous Via Veneto, just a few minutes away. The hotel is anyway located next to the main transportation services of the city : 8 minutes walk from Termini railway station, to the subway and right next to the bus stop to reach every side of the city.
All the front desk personnel has been especially trained to please the guests. Anticipating like in a five star deluxe hotel.
BAILEY'S (****): This hotel enjoys a superb location in the historical centre of Rome. After a few minutes walk, guests can reach the Via Veneto Trinta’ dei Monti, and the Spanish Steps where you will find a magnificent arcade of elegant shops.
The 29 stylish, spotless rooms of this elegant and exclusive 19th Century palazzo, recently converted into a first class boutique hotel, feature all modern comforts (satellite television, minibar, IDD telephone...). All are lavishly furnished and decently sized: we particularly liked the deluxe rooms, larger, and with a view a the quiet street.
a rich Buffet Breakfast is included in the room
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