Ablaze with lights at night, this seven-layer-cake hotel—topped off by its famous cupola, a landmark nearly as famous as the American Embassy palazzo across the street—is popular with visiting diplomats, celebrities, and American business conference groups. The interior is lavish, with mirrors, elegant moldings, Oriental rugs, crystal chandeliers, and huge, Baroque floral arrangements, while guest rooms have elegant drapery, marble baths, top-quality linens, and big,
firm beds. The hotel has an array of restaurants and bars, none more famous than Doney's—once the epicenter of Fellini's paparazzi. Recently renovated, Doney's now features a patisserie, an American bar, and fine dining.