Imagine a luxury hotel with impeccable service and exquisite traditions. Now add the eternal city of Rome, stunning views and great food – and you’ll get nothing less than perfection! This is the case when you visit Hotel de Russie centrally located at the Piazza del Popolo in Rome. It’s only a stone’s throw away from the best shopping opportunities in Rome and it has one of the most stunning gardens Rome has to offer. We stayed for a night – this is what we experienced.
Timeless luxury “When in Rome, do as the Romans”. You’ve probably heard that phrase before and it is true when it comes to food and culture. However, if you’d like to add a little extra spark to your holiday – or if you’re simply not satisfied with anything but the best – we’d recommend that you take a look at Hotel de Russie. With its magnificent location, history and facilities, it has grown to be one of the most luxurious hotels in Rome ever since Rocco Forte Hotels took over in 2000.
The hotel, which holds 122 rooms, has taken its name from the Russian romantic painters, who in past times chose the hotel as their favorite location in Rome. The hotel’s history dates back to 1814, but it’s as if time stops when you enter the historic building. There’s room for elegance in the most distinguished way possible and old-fashioned virtues are being honored.
At the day of our arrival it was pouring rain and we were kindly greeted with a helping hand by the hotel porter. Inside we received yet another warm-hearted welcome and we instantly knew, that one of the key factors at this hotel is great customer service. Something so important yet forgotten in many hotels today. The lobby was embellished with fresh flowers, art and a splendid view to the garden ‘Le Jardin de Russie’, which frames the elegance and comfort of the hotel perfectly. Unfortunately we didn’t get to sit outside to enjoy the settings with a drink, as one’s supposed to do, but we did get to pay the bar ‘Stravinskij’ a visit instead!
We were showed to our room and our stay could finally begin! Luckily we received an upgrade and so we found ourselves staying in the Executive Suite with a balcony and view to the garden. Inside we could gambol on 70 m2 composed of a spacious bedroom, bathroom, a living room with flat screen, minibar and work area as well as a spacious closet area. And a small plate of complimentary assorted chocolates was neatly placed in the living room. Even though it was raining we decided to go for a short walk in the nearby shopping area of Via del Corso, but not surprisingly the hotel seemed to have caught our attention. When we came back we were just in time for trying out the spa area before dinner.
In spa heaven
Bathrobes and slippers are placed in every room of the hotel, and access to the wellness zone is made easy as the department simply has its own lift. A much appreciated gesture for guests who cherish their privacy. The spa at Hotel de Russie is quite small, but that doesn’t equal to under-equipped. The first thing we notice is the comfortable temperature and pleasant scent of flowers that seems to be the signature of the spa. The spa reception sells exclusive hair- and skincare products, and a smiling spa therapist shows us the changing room and facilities. They include a hydropool, a sauna, a Turkish steambath, a gym and a beauty centre for massages and beauty treatments. A feature I love about the spa is the ceiling, which is decorated with hundreds of spotlights. It almost resembles a starry sky, which even adds a touch of magic to the whole experience. Hotel de Russie also offer a wide selection of spa and wellness treatments, which can be booked through the spa reception.
A breakfast to remember
During the Summer months it’s possible to eat outside in ‘Le Jardin de Russie’ and it’s definitely on my to-do-list! It must be amazing to sit outside at the Piazatta Valadier (a part of the 3.000 m2 terrace) accompanied by a signature cocktail and waiters dressed in white, but during winter time guests can choose to dine inside in the restaurant or in the Stravinskij Bar. We had a pre-dinner snack and a cocktail at the bar, which surprisingly enough was completely full (on a Wednesday). We had a platter of assorted cheese, olives, salami and fruits, which was absolutely delicious and almost too much if you’re going for the full works at the restaurant afterwards! Luckily we didn’t, but we came to realize that the breakfast buffet in the morning would keep us full the entire day! Many people always ask me about the hotel breakfasts when I travel since it varies a lot when it comes to quality. The breakfast at Hotel de Russie was so impeccable that I actually can’t remember when I had something similar in a hotel! Unfortunately we had to catch a flight quite early in the morning, wherefore I didn’t enjoy the buffet as much as I usually would – but there’s absolutely no reason not to! Three tables in the restaurant were fully covered with everything from fruits, freshly made juices, yoghurt, bread, cakes and croissants to a varied selection of cold meats, salmon and vegetables. A haven for morning lovers and anyone who appreciate a perfectly prepared meal early in the day
Our stay at Hotel de Russie was an absolute pleasure and we’ll definitely return soon again! It’s a perfect refuge for not only wealthy people, but anyoe who truly values the good things in life and luxury at its finest. The heart and soul of the hotel is the impeccable level of service and the distinguished features of each room. Russie is certainly not only a five star hotel – it’s a lifestyle.
Services of Hotel de Russie:
- ‘Sebastian at Hotel de Russie’ – a flowershop located in the reception area. Opening times: Mon-Sat from 12pm- 21pm
- Laundry service with same day delivery
- Luggage assistance and ironing service upon request
- Babysitter and Personal Shopper service