Hotel de Russie, a luxurious five-star hotel, is an idyllic urban retreat in the shadows of a vibrant city. Its perfect location in the heart of Rome near the famous Piazza del Popolo is also conveniently close to the city’s main tourist activities and to the fashion houses on Via Condotti. Here we take a closer look at one of the gems of Italy’s capital city.
Hotel de Russie, an ideal location
Hotel de Russie, which is now part of the Rocco Forte Hotels Group, opened in 1816 and was fully restored in 2007 as the only Roman luxury hotel to feature a contemporary chic aesthetic. It evokes Fellini’s Rome and draws a steady stream of modern-day celebrities. Between the super trendy restaurants on the Piazza del Popolo and the antiques shops and designer boutiques on Via del Babuino, its enviable location allows guests to walk to the city’s top attractions, such as the Vatican, Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. The hotel is THE spot to stay in Rome, as evidenced by the frequent stops made here by the international jet set.
A peaceful oasis
The handsome building has a rich history rivaled only by its gorgeous outdoor spaces, including a “Giardino Segreto” hemmed in by orange and palm trees whose beauty was described as “heaven on earth” by Jean Cocteau. The garden owes its name to its location behind the hotel, overlooking Via del Babuino. Being here is like being surrounded by nature. In the center of this patch of green sits the Jardin de Russie restaurant, making it a ne spot for dining al fresco. Another source of pure joy is the aperitivo served in the cool, shady setting of the Stravinskij Bar, where it is not unusual to glimpse Al Pacino, a loyal fan.
The kitchen is manned by Chef Fulvio Pierangelini, who reinterprets traditional Italian dishes with air to the delight of his adoring fans from all around the world. The menu includes an array of copious gourmet dishes such as Taglioni with Alba white truffles, Spaghetti with tomato sauce and basil, Rock lobster with Himalayan pink salt and Gnocchi with broccoli and anchovies in Burrata sauce. All these treats form a parade of flavors and textures whose harmonious perfection is indisputable.
Luxurious rooms and suites
Lucky are the guests who open their shutters in the morning to gaze upon the cascading waterfall on one side and Piazza del Popolo on the other! All the hotel’s 122 rooms, including 33 suites, have been renovated. Four suites have private patios and two of them, the Popolo Suite and the Picasso Suite, were redecorated just a few months ago. They were redesigned by Olga Polizzi, Artistic Director for Rocco Forte Hotels, in the spirit of private apartments and have been the object of much envy since their completion. The Popolo Suite on the top floor of the hotel, sprawls across 100m2 with a 45m2 private terrace that boasts remarkable views of the iconic Piazza del Popolo. Meanwhile, the Picasso Suite named after the famous pain- ter who stayed at the hotel in 1917, offers 80m2 of space, as well as a 25m2 private terrace with views of the hotel’s splendid Secret Garden. Guests who stay in these suites are treated to unique experiences: private shopping outings, cultural tours, wine tastings, scenic runs with a personal coach…
Take a break for wellness at de Russie SPA
With a service menu offering a wide array of luxurious massages and body treatments performed by specialists, De Russie Spa envelops its guests in a cocoon of tranquility. Within its walls, you will nd a Turkish sauna, a salt water hydropool, six treatment rooms, a hairstylist, a fully equipped gym and personalized coaching services.
Hôtel de Russie*****,
Via del Babuino 9,
00187 Rome, Italy.
Tel.: +39 06 32 88 81
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