Elite Traveler - 6 ottobre 2010: Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese


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One of the lesser-known glories of the Eternal City are its stunning hotel accommodations. From bold Imperial style to sleek modern Italian design, here’s a look at some of the city’s most coveted suites.

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Elite Traveler - 6 ottobre 2010: Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese

  1. 1. ELITE RECOMMENDS TOP SUITES OF ROME One of the lesser-known glories of the Eternal City are its stunning hotel accommodations. From bold Imperial style to sleek modern Italian design, here’s a look at some of the city’s most coveted suites. BY MARGIE GOLDSMITH
  2. 2. TOP SUITES LIVING AREA / PENTHOUSE SUITE TERRACE / PENTHOUSE SUITE LIVING AREA / ROYAL SUITE ROME CAVALIERI, THE ST. REGIS GRAND HOTEL ROME THE WALDORF ASTORIA COLLECTION ROYAL SUITE PENTHOUSE SUITE Key selling points | Enjoy a piano in the living room and a Key selling points | This lavish suite is adorned with important private wine cellar to yourself. This jewel of a suite works of art (including an Andy Warhol series), furnished offers a combination of restored Piedmontese, Louis XVI in palatial style with a magnificent Karl Lagerfeld sofa, and and other fine furnishings, dating back to the eighteenth features a private panoramic roof terrace with a gazebo, a and nineteenth centuries. solarium and a memorable view over the Eternal City. Standout service | The General Manager once personally Standout service | A team of experts spent three days accompanied a VIP guest and his security team on a special installing special equipment so a guest could play his violin Vespa city tour. in ideal temperature. Style | Imperial style, by Maurizio and Massimo Papiri, 1991 Style | State-of-the-art technology and priceless antiques, Special amenities | Toiletry menu offers choice of Acqua redesigned by the hotel owners, 2006 di Parma, Remède, Bulgari, Marinella and Laura Tonatto Special amenities | Fiber-optic star-lit ceilings, private wine products; Bang & Olufsen multi-room music system; cellar, Acqua di Parma toiletries, 43- and 61-inch plasma TVs Pratesi linens; butler service Square footage | 2,115, with a 2,300-square-foot private roof Square footage | 4,320 garden Number of rooms in suite | Four Number of rooms in suite | Two Number of bathrooms | Two and one half-bath Number of bathrooms | One and one half-bath Number of rooms in hotel | 161 rooms, including 23 suites Number of rooms in hotel | 370 rooms, including 25 suites Who’s slept here? | Madonna, Michael Douglas, George Who’s slept here? | Leonardo DiCaprio, John Travolta, Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy García, Nicolas Cage George Clooney, Julia Roberts Nightly rate | $19,000 Nightly rate | $12,341 Location | Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, 3 Location | Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101 Contact | General Manager Vincenzo Falcone, Contact | General Manager Serge Ethuin, 39-06-35092050; 39-06-47862972; vincenzo.falcone@stregis.com; gm.rome@hilton.com; www.romecavalieri.com www.stregis.com/grandrome
  3. 3. TOP SUITES MASTER BEDROOM / VILLA LA CUPOLA LIVING AREA / VILLA LA CUPOLA TERRACE / PRESIDENTIAL PENTHOUSE SUITE THE WESTIN EXCELSIOR, ROME HOTEL HASSLER ROMA VILLA LA CUPOLA PRESIDENTIAL PENTHOUSE SUITE Key selling points | This is one of the largest suites in Italy—a Key selling points | The suite includes valuable paintings, duplex with a 40-foot-high domed living room, mosaic hand-cut crystal chandeliers, Louis XV chairs and a marble floors and a hand-frescoed cupola. With your own 1,730-square-foot terrace overlooking Rome and the private elevator, en suite fitness room and steam bath, you’re Spanish Steps. guaranteed a regal stay. Standout service | Leonardo DiCaprio couldn’t sleep and Standout service | A guest requested a private visit to the in the middle of the night, requested a PlayStation. A staff Sistine Chapel after-hours, and the concierge was able to member raced home and returned with his own. arrange a tour. Style | Classic Italian, by Astrid Schiller Wirth, 2001 Style | Traditional Italian, by Michael Stelea, 1998 Special amenities | Toiletries from the hotel’s exclusive Special amenities | Acqua di Parma amenities, Bang brand, AmorVero; plasma TV; a DVD and VCR; a fax machine & Olufsen multi-room music system, Murano glass and a CD player; WiFi and high-speed internet chandeliers, Jacuzzi and private sauna Square footage | 2,500 Square footage | 6,100, plus 1,808 square feet of terraces Number of rooms in suite | Two and balconies Number of bathrooms | Three Number of rooms in suite | Nine Number of rooms in hotel | 95 rooms, including 13 suites Number of bathrooms | Two and one half-bath Who’s slept here? | Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes; Leonardo Number of rooms in hotel | 316 rooms, including 35 suites DiCaprio Who’s slept here? | The Cure, Kevin Costner, Will Smith, Jim Nightly rate | $3,500 to $3,800 Carrey, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice Location | Piazza Trinità dei Monti, 6 Nightly rate | $26,000 Contact | General Manager and Owner Mr. Roberto E. Wirth, Location | Via Vittorio Veneto, 125 39-06-699340; booking@hotelhassler.it; Contact | General Manager Michele Frignani, 39-06-47082716; www.hotelhasslerroma.com michele.frignani@starwoodhotels.com; www.westin.com/villalacupola
  4. 4. TOP SUITES LIVING AREA / NIJINSKY SUITE MASTER BATH / NIJINSKY SUITE LIVING AREA / ROYAL SUITE HOTEL DE RUSSIE PARCO DEI PRINCIPI GRAND HOTEL & SPA NIJINSKY SUITE ROYAL SUITE Key selling points | This suite has a private 2,572-square- Key selling points | Located on the top floor of the hotel, foot flowering terrace overlooking Rome’s historic center. the ultra-luxurious Royal Suite boasts a panoramic terrace Hotel de Russie’s own “secret garden” and Villa Borghese overlooking Villa Borghese, as well as a kitchen, large study are ideal for private dining and sunset-watching. and a meeting room with an imperial period table that seats Standout service | On New Year’s Eve, the Executive Chef up to 12 people. Rich fabrics and fine furnishings recall cooked a special private gourmet dinner in the suite kitchen aristocratic Roman villas. for a client and his 10 guests. Standout service | A celebrity requested at the last minute Style | Contemporary eclectic, by Olga Polizzi, 2006 to have a special kind of fresh vegetable juiced for them Special amenities | Bang & Olufsen HD-TV, pillow menu, early every morning during their stay. exclusive Rocco Forte Suite Experience amenities, Style | Seventeenth-century opulence, restored by Massimo complimentary use of a Nokia mobile phone for local calls, and Maurizio Papiri, 1997 complimentary unpacking and repacking Special amenities | Large LCD TV, DVD player, hydromassage Square footage | 1,851 shower and separate tub, stereo system, Pay TV and Internet DSL Number of rooms in suite | Eight Square footage | 3,200 Number of bathrooms | One and one half-bath Number of rooms in suite | Six Number of rooms in hotel | 122 rooms, including 34 suites Number of bathrooms | Two Who’s slept here? | George Clooney, Tobey Maguire, Robert Number of rooms in hotel | 166 rooms, including 13 suites De Niro, Richard Gere, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Downey Jr. Who’s slept here? | Anthony Hopkins, Anthony LaPaglia, Nightly rate | $13,630 Kenneth Branagh, Charlotte Rampling Location | Via del Babuino, 9 Nightly rate | $9,200 Contact | General Manager Stefano Gegnacorsi, Location | Via Frescobaldi, 5 39-06-32888830; Contact | General Manager Daniel N. Barr, 39-06-854421; reservations.derussie@roccofortecollection.com; reservations@parcodeiprincipi.com; www.parcodeiprincipi.com www.roccofortecollection.com
  5. 5. TOP SUITES MASTER BEDROOM / PENTHOUSE SUITE LIVING ROOM / PENTHOUSE SUITE LIVING AREA / PRESIDENTIAL SUITE INTERCONTINENTAL DE LA VILLE ROMA HOTEL EDEN ROMA PRESIDENTIAL SUITE PENTHOUSE SUITE Key selling points | Located in what was once a sixteenth- Key selling points | This top floor suite sports a dedicated century convent, this suite offers one of legendary composer elevator and large wraparound windows with panoramic Leonard Bernstein’s pianos as well as a 12,325-square-foot views of Rome. The furnishings were custom-designed for terrace with a 360 degree view of Rome. the suite while the master bathroom boasts peach marble Standout service | The staff can prepare a private yacht and sweeping vistas over Via Ludovisi. cruise for the suite’s guests. Standout service | A guest requested a fully functional Style | Neo-classical, redesigned by Jozsef Vago, circa 1920 miniature Ferrari for his son, and the hotel located and Special amenities | Elemis amenities, phil&teds linens, delivered it within hours. bottle of champagne or fruit basket and bottle of Italian red Style | Modern/contemporary, by Lorenzo Bellini wine upon arrival Associates, 2001 Square footage | 6,297, with 12,325-square-foot terrace Special amenities | Penhaligon’s Quercus toiletries, satellite Number of rooms in suite | One TV, CD player, DVD player Number of bathrooms | One Square footage | 1,400 Number of rooms in hotel | 192 rooms, including 24 suites Number of rooms in suite | Three, with option of adding one Who’s slept here? | Leonard Bernstein, Sir Sean Connery more bedroom and bathroom Nightly rate | $3,700 Number of bathrooms | Two Location | Via Sistina, 67 Number of rooms in hotel | 121 rooms, including 13 suites Contact | Manager Domenico Muratore, 39-06-67339172; Who’s slept here? | Kevin Kline, Richard Gere, Cher domenico.muratore@ihg.com; www.intercontinental.com Nightly rate | $8,406 Location | Via Ludovisi, 49 Contact | General Manager Marcel Lévy, 39-06-478121; marcel.levy@lemeridien.com; www.edenroma.com
  6. 6. TOP SUITES MASTER BEDROOM / STENDHAL SUITE BATHROOM / STENDHAL SUITE MASTER BEDROOM / SUITES 701 & 702 GRAND HOTEL DE LA MINERVE SOFITEL ROME VILLA BORGHESE STENDHAL SUITE SUITES 701 & 702 Key selling points | This fresco-filled suite faces Piazza Key selling points | A private terrace with an enticing view over della Minerva and has a Jacuzzi. The Roof Garden offers a the Villa Borghese gardens, located in the center of Rome, is the breathtaking view over the Eternal City, perfect for cocktail big draw here. Housed in a 19th century building, the hotel is on parties S and private dining.. many lists of S Italian historic buildings Standout service | A staff member was sent to Switzerland Standout service | The concierge tricked one unsuspecting to pick up some documents a guest forgot. bride-to-be by telling her she had a package at the front Style | Classic 16th century palace, with architecture by desk¬—when she got in the elevator, she was escorted to the 7th Paolo Portoghesi, 1991 floor where her fiance was waiting to propose. Special amenities | Bulgari amenities, fresh flowers, Style | Neoclassical style, renovated by Jean Quesneville, 2000 internet connection, movies and music package Special amenities | Sofitel MyBed, an orthopaedic mattress with Square footage | 700 duvet, Hermès toiletries, home theater media center, internet Number of rooms in suite | Two connection, satellite TV, direct-dial two-line telephone Number of bathrooms | Two Square footage | 484 Number of rooms in hotel | 135 rooms, including four suites Number of rooms in suite | Two Who’s slept here? | Princess Massimo, the widow of Duke Number of bathrooms | One Federico Cesi; Carlotta of Bavaria, the last Empress of Number of rooms in hotel | 111 rooms, including three suites Messico (and the wife of Maximillion of Hapsburg); Stendhal Who’s slept here? | Federico Fellini, Bob Geldof, Nicolas Sarkozy, and George Sand Sting, Youssou N’Dour Nightly rate | $1,239 Nightly rate | $1,848 Location | Piazza della Minerva Location | via Lombardia, 47 Contact | General Manager Ezio Sacrini, Contact | General Manager Marie-Berengere Chapoton, 39-06- 39-06-69-52-07-47; cozzolino@grandhoteldelaminerve.com; 48-21010; Marie-Berengere.Chapoton@accor.com; www.sofitel- www.grandhoteldelaminerve.com rome-villaborghese.com
  7. 7. TOP SUITES STAIRCASE / REGINA SUITE MASTER BEDROOM / REGINA SUITE OFFICE AREA / ROYAL SUITE REGINA HOTEL BAGLIONI ALDROVANDI VILLA BORGHESE REGINA SUITE ROYAL SUITE Key selling points | Recently renovated, this suite overlooking Key selling points | : Located on the Penthouse floor, the Royal the Via Veneto can be combined with an adjacent room to create Suite overlooks the Borghese gardens and a lush private park. the 1,076 square-foot Presidential Suite. The new décor includes The suite includes an office area as well as a large dressing grand touches like stunning Murano chandeliers room with vanity. Enjoy the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Standout service | Staff arranged for a private plane to take one “baby,” during your stay guest and his wife to dinner in Venice to celebrate her birthday, Standout service | : At a guest’s request, 1,000 red roses were flying them back to Rome that same night. placed everywhere inside the Royal Suite as a romantic gesture Style | Sleek Art Déco, by architects Spagnulo, Longo, Palamrini for his wife, arriving that day and Rebosio, 2008 Style | Elegant classic style, by the hotel’s owners, 1988 Special amenities | Ortigia toiletries, complimentary garment Special amenities | Molton Brown toiletries and Bang & Olufsen pressings, iPod docking station, LCD and satellite TV HD-TVs, including a 50-inch Bang & Olufsen TV system Square footage | 700 (2,045 square feet when combined) Square footage | 1,620 Number of rooms in suite | Two Number of rooms in suite | Two Number of bathrooms | Two Number of bathrooms | Two Number of rooms in hotel | 103 rooms, including eight suites Number of rooms in hotel | 108 rooms, including 16 suites Who’s slept here? | Christopher Lambert, Dan Brown, Liza Who’s slept here? | Susan Sarandon, Naomi Campbell, Valery Minnelli, Isabella Rossellini, Jane Fonda, Toni Morrison, Enrique Giscard d’Estaing Iglesias Nightly rate | : $6,339 Nightly rate | : $5,215 Location | Via Ulisse Aldrovandi, 15 Location | Via Vittorio Veneto, 72 Contact | General Manager Ugo Ossani, 39-06-322-3993; gm@ Contact | General Manager Marco Milocco, 39-06-42-1111; re- aldrovandi.com; www.aldrovandi.com gina.roma@baglionihotels.com; www.baglionihotels.com
  8. 8. TOP SUITES BEDROOM / EXECUTIVE SUITE BATHROOM / EXECUTIVE SUITE TERRACE / ROOFTOP SUITE HOTEL RAPHAËL LORD BYRON RICHARD MEIER EXECUTIVE SUITE ROOFTOP SUITE Key selling points | This stylish suite has a terrace with lemon Key selling points | The private terrace of this elegant rooftop trees, wisteria, jasmine and views of a 16th century cloister, suite overlooks the Villa Borghese Gardens—guests can arrange Chiostro del Bramante. The opulent bathrooms are outfitted in to host private dinners here. The recent redesign features special Travertino Navona and Carrara statuary marble. 1930s-inspired Art Déco touches, and every room is unique. Standout service | A famous guest intended to ask for a woman’s Standout service | A guest who was supposed to appear in an hand in marriage, so the hotel organized a surprise candle-lit epoque car event had his Aston Martin break down, but the hotel gourmet dinner on the terrace. was able to locate spare parts and get the car fixed for the next Style | : Contemporary opulence, by Richard Meier, 2010 morning. Special amenities | Bulgari toiletries, adjustable beds and Style | : Art Déco, by hotelier Amedeo Ottaviani with Colombo exclusive Tempur-Pedic mattresses, Bang & Olufsen HD-TV with Stile Italian Design, 2008 40-inch flat screen, CD/DVD player, Sky TV Special amenities | Full Carrara marbled bathrooms, luxury Square footage | 430 Italian linens, original artworks and antiques Number of rooms in suite | One Square footage | 700 Number of bathrooms | One Number of rooms in suite | One Number of rooms in hotel | 51 rooms, including 16 Suites Number of bathrooms | One Who’s slept here? | Prince Albert of Monaco, Timothy Dalton, Number of rooms in hotel | 32 rooms, including nine suites Robert De Niro, Julia Roberts, Yves Montand, Roy Scheider Who’s slept here? | Michael Jackson and other pop stars Nightly rate | : $800 Nightly rate | : $1200 Location | Largo Febo, Navona Square Location | Via Giuseppe De Notaris, 5 Contact | Managing Director Roberto E. Vannoni, 39-06-6828- Contact | Managing Proprietor Amedeo Ottaviani, 3700; rev@raphaelhotel.it; www.raphaelhotel.com 39-06-322-0404; info@lordbyronhotel.com; www.lordbyronhotel.com
  9. 9. TOP SUITES LIVING ROOM / VIA VENETO SUITE TERRACE / ROYAL SUITE MASTER BEDROOM / ROYAL SUITE HOTEL MAJESTIC ROMA GRAND HOTEL VIA VENETO VIA VENETO SUITE ROYAL SUITE Key selling points | Three interconnecting rooms create an Key selling points | The Royal Suite’s 2,690-square-foot terrace apartment with a main door opening on corridor, a private terrace overlooks via Veneto, and a private wine cellar, sauna and complete with lemon trees and lounge furniture overlooking Via 269-square-foot hydro massage area round out the amenities. Veneto and a uniquely luxurious residential design. The suite can be customized depending on guests’ needs—for Standout service | The concierge organized a city tour with example, a small private fitness center with Technogym a horse-drawn carriage for a guest about to propose to his machines can be added upon request. girlfriend. Standout service | For one VIP family with twin babies, the Style | : Unique opulence, renovated by Studio Violante & suite was baby-proofed and outfitted with top-of-the-line baby Associati, 2008 furniture and baby clothes. Special amenities | Toiletries by Hermès, Jacuzzi on terrace, plate Style | : Art Deco, by the technical office of the Grand Hotel via of fresh fruits and sparkling wine upon arrival, fresh-cut flowers Veneto, 2009 Square footage | 968, plus 1,452 square-foot terrace Special amenities | Bulgari amenities, pillow menu, five Number of rooms in suite | Two Samsung HD-TVs, large touch-screen HP personal computer, Number of bathrooms | One and one half-bath iPod docking station, furnishings by Cantu and Hermes Number of rooms in hotel | 98 rooms, including two suites Square footage | 2,690, plus 2,690 square-foot terrace Who’s slept here? | Luciano Pavarotti, Céline Dion, Michael Bublé, Number of rooms in suite | Five Bill Gates, Sting, Liza Minnelli Number of bathrooms | Three Nightly rate | : $7,400 Number of rooms in hotel | 122 rooms, including 55 suites Location | Via Vittorio Veneto, 50 Who’s slept here? | Heads of State, members of royal families, Contact | General Manager Marco Marroni, 39-06-4214-4734; sports players and artists marco.marroni@hotelmajestic.com; www.hotelmajestic.com Nightly rate | : : $15,000 Location | Via Veneto, 155 Contact | Chief Executive Officer Carlo Acampora, 39-06-48-78-81; info@ghvv.it; www.ghvv.it