Hotel de Russie – Roma

Is there somewhere you would rather be?  I rarely make a repeat visit to a city unless it is Paris; however, a recent visit to Barcelona and Mallorca left me besotted and I am already plotting a return. Having the VV best guides and land team managers in Italy, I had nearly forgotten how much I adore all that is Italia. A few days in Rome at Hotel de Russie renewed my lost love. They say all roads lead to Rome, all roads should lead directly to Hotel de Russie!

Understated elegance combined with the most discreet and gracious staff, a sojourn at Hotel de Russie is incomparable. In a sense, the small size makes one feel you are cocooned at a private Villa estate with the grandest garden tucked against the terraced hillside. Step inside the inconspicuous entrance and leave the flurry of Rome behind till tomorrow.

Hotel-de-Russie-Rome-Secret-Garden-View-3277Between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, with its own 18th Century terraced garden, Hotel de Russie once hosted the poet Jean Cocteau, who wrote that he could pick oranges from his balcony, and described the hotel as “paradise on Earth.” This paradise was later turned into an office building before Sir Rocco Forte fashioned it into one of Rome’s most stylish luxury hotels.

Built in 1818, the locals, in describing the early visitors, the Russian personalities who used to hide out here – the Romanoff’s, Stravinsky, the Ballet de Russie, a long list, probably invented the name Hotel de Russie.

The finer details: superb styling in the 32 classic suites, executive to full blown Italian penthouse luxe. The ultra special Vaselli suite offers views of the secret blossoming garden, and has a small terrace for breakfast or afternoon Proseco. Popoli suite and Picasso suite all have amazing roof terraces and a long list of appealing amenities. Your private apartment in Paris with full services: the Nijinsky Suite at the top of the hotel has the largest terrace with outside dining room, overlooking the gardens, the Villa Borghese, the Pincio and the rest of the Eternal City. It also has a fantastic mosaic steam room.

Off the main lobby, the library is decorated in subtle tranquil tones; oversize sofas and comfy wing back chairs, linger with your morning papers and a double espresso. After a day of Roma retail therapy, plop down for a spot of tea and people watching. De Russie is a celebrity magnet and the ultimate location to indulge in indiscreet glances at the ultra chic visitors. Afterwards, slip downstairs to the spa and indulge in a traditional Roman soak in the salt water marine hydro pool. Glamor abounds in and about the hotel.

Fabled restaurant Le Jardin de Russie, where two-Michelin-star chef Fulvio Pierangelini creates rustic Mediterranean dishes; the garden restaurant is one of the most romantic places to dine in Rome. Amid beautiful old roses and fragrant orange and cedar trees, the secret garden restaurant is the perfect oasis after a day of walking the cobblestone streets. Don’t miss the Beef “Tagliata” with wild mushrooms, prepared on the Himalayan Pink Salt grill, nothing compares.

Hotel de Russie GardenLinger for hours in the garden, be spoiled and delight in the flirtatious banter of the ever-hovering waiters – one never forgets the charms of Italian men. Nor will you ever want to depart from the elegant Hotel de Russie. A month feels just right!




Authentic Pallazo in Rome – Residenza Napoleone III

The Residenza Napoleone III is one of the most luxurious and unique boutique properties in all of Rome. Imagine the life of a royal prince or princess in Rome in the XVI century Palazzo Ruspoli on Rome’s legendary Via Condotti. Brought up to date with electricity, drop down tv screens, of course, WiFi – modern amenities amid the splendor of ancient Rome.

Named after Emperor Napoleon III, who lived here in 1830, the Residenza Napoleone III consists of two charming suite options: the Napoleone Suite (which has an optional extra bedroom described as the Blue Room) and the Roof Garden Suite.

Despite the proximity to all the best shopping and touring in Rome, you might never discover the antique Roman door leading into the splendid charming two-suite hotel. Only guests enter the Palazzo through the massive wooden doors to pass along an elegant arcade of Doric columns. A grand marble staircase, lined with antique marble busts of Roman Emperors, leads up to the entrance of the apartments.

Staying in the super-luxe Napoleone Suite, with its silk-draped canopy bed, oil paintings and antiques, is comparable to being an exclusive guest in the private home of an aristocratic Roman noble family. After extensive renovations, the suite was restored to its original splendor and offers the business and leisure traveler all the grandeur of a classic Roman Palazzo with all the modern conveniences.

Alternatively, the boutique Roof Garden Suite situated on the upper floor of the XVI century Palazzo Ruspoli offers guests the opportunity to relax in one of the most beautiful roof gardens overlooking the eternal city. Further additions to the garden suite are in progress: a second bathroom soon, and the charming, yet daunting winding metal staircase will be replaced with proper marble stairs. The garret garden suite is adorable and truly has one of the most enchanting views from the rooftop. My evening arrival was welcomed with over a hundred flickering white candles tucked around the deck and amid the flowering shrubs. Cosi romantico!

La Residenza Napoleone III is superbly located in Rome’s historic center on the legendary Via dei Condotti, the city’s most upscale shopping street lined with Italy’s famous designers: Valentino, Bulgari, Max Mara, Armani, Gucci and Ferragamo, Prada, Fendi, Tod’s. Intimate cafes and a year around farmers market are within walking distance.

Although small in size, the dedicated staff dotes on our clients, Daisy prepared a scrumptious breakfast and served it on my terrace, a backdrop of stunning vistas of the red-tile rooftops and domes of the Imperial City.

In the heart of Rome’s classiest district, Palazzo Ruspoli is perfectly placed for Rome’s many historic attractions and is only minutes away and within easy walking distance of the Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountains, the Coliseum and the Tiber.

Our renowned guide, who has written the most comprehensive guide to Rome, will pick you up for a grand walking tour. He believes the best introduction is to walk the streets and piazza’s, living as a Roman. Of course we can arrange a car, but do as I did and walk for miles, sit in a café to discuss history and move forward ending with a divine mid day pasta repast, wine in hand and watch the world pass by Roma Style. La Dolce Vita!