Advising travel clients about where to stay in Rome is not always an easy request. No matter what budget the accommodation market here is different. Space and location are a premium and what amenities are offered don’t always match the experience of other major city hotels.
One hotel that stands out as a perennial favorite, for us and others, that captures traditional Roman luxury with modern utility and enjoys some of the most central locations yet makes one feel like being completely outside the city bustle is Hotel de Russie.
It sits just seconds from some of the city’s most iconic squares: Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Spagna. Here you can see famous churches and artwork, walk one of the world’s best known fashion avenues (Via Condotti) and take in one of the best people watching spots in all of Europe: the steps of Trinita in Monte.
The hotel offers personalized service and has a wonderful feel of exclusivity without being too regal. Rooms are typical of luxury hotels in the eternal city, appointed with rich fabrics and ornate trappings that set the mood and might be a little ostentatious for fans of more minimalist or modern design, however they’re tasteful enough (when in Rome).
The heart of the hotel which speaks to us and so many guests we have sent there is the garden atrium. The main body of the hotel blocks the noisy of the main avenue out front while the garden stretches from the center of the hotel and sits up against the Villa Borghese, one of Rome’s largest public parks. A terraced garden with outdoor seating and evening candlelight is pure magic.
The hotel restaurant is another one of its excellent characteristics. The food is innovative and savory, set in an atmosphere with amazing standards of service with a sizeable, yet well worth it, price tag. Wellness facilities can be a little hard to come by in the ancient buildings turned hotels in Rome, but de Russie delievers satisfactorily a place to indulge especially after the lengthy stretches of touring or shopping that the city offers.