The Hotel de Russie has been attracting writers and artists throughout its history, for its prime location over Piazza del Popolo and its incredible garden and spa amenities. Rooms and suites throughout have been individually designed. There are an incredible 33 giant suites, our favorite being the Picasso Suite, which is decorated with original lithographs from the Spanish artist who made the hotel his home for three months in 1917. The hotel offers a range of exclusive programs including their "Avenue of style," a program of fashion collaboration for unique shopping experiences with nearby luxury brands, or the new Forte Nourish, which replaces in the in-room minibar with purely healthy options. It constantly updates its offerings, making it a truly unique 5-star property in Rome.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel's luxe suites attract a constant stream of celebrities. George Clooney and crew stayed here a month during the filming of Ocean's Twelve.
Rooms have individual unique details, designed by Forte regular Olga Polizzi and architect Tommaso Ziffer. Most have soft features like taupe and silver colors, golden mirrors, striped silk curtains and cozy velvet furniture. Everything is modern Italian, aiming for comfort and elegance at the same time. They feature a view to the street or to the internal garden and each includes Wi-Fi, interactive TV, minibar and safe. The Picasso Suite is decorated in bright purple and yellow tones and includes a dining area, walk-in his-and-her wardrobes and a private terrace. That's nothing however compared to the presidential suite, the Nijinsky Suite, which has its own 239-square-meter terrace, along with a library, steam bath and dining room for 10 people.
Huge marble bathrooms are accented with Roman mosaics in leaf patterns. They feature grand marble bathtubs with shower, a huge sink space, and a full array of Forte organic bath products, as well as robes and slippers.
The domed white ceilings of the entranceway open up to various pathways, with reception to the left and a seating hall to the right. There crisp white halls are filled with flowers and ancient artifacts. You'll plush reading chairs or various fashion displays for window shopping. The large staff is always bustling about, looking for something to help you with.
The spa has a small salt-water hydro massage pool which improves circulation after a long flight. Its blue mosaic walls are lit under a sparkling crystal-star ceiling.
The intimate De Russie Spa wellness center has an incredible offering of treatments. Highlights include the 'Aux Cinq Fleurs' facial which combines aromatherapy of five tropical flowers with a facial massage that stimulates 62 acupressure points, or the energizing jet-lag treatment, which includes a body scrub, hot stone massage ana aromatic body and face massage. There's also a chromotherapy steam room and a Finnish sauna.
A small gym has the latest Technogym weight and cardio equipment. An on-staff personal trainer, yoga instructor, or pilates teacher can be booked to help you reach any travel fitness goals. They can also arrange running or biking tours through the city.
Roman elite love Le Jardin de Russie for the private tables spread throughout the beautiful multi-tiered garden. The buffet lunch and weekend brunch are particular treats to sample a wide array of dishes. There's also a caviar menu and an a la carte menu, with incredible focaccine and other casual dishes.
The incredibly popular Stravinskij Bar is popular with locals and tourists alike who spend hours lounging about in the lush outdoor garden. It feels like a huge private oasis in the center of Rome. The robust menu includes everything from caviar plates to detox smoothies to eight different types of gin martini.
Most of central Rome is within walking distance from here. The Flaminio Metro stop is a 4-minute walk away, where there are also many taxis coming and going. It's also a great location for luxury shopping, with tons of flagship shops and temporary outlets nearby.
Babette (1-minute walk) is French/Italian casual cafe with expertly prepared healthy dishes. It gets busy so book in advance. Head to Fatamorgana Corso (3-minute walk) for work, for some of Rome's best gelato. Top flavors are panacea (almond milk, mint and ginseng) and venus rose (black rice, apple brandy, and rose).
APT (14-minute drive) has a secret speakeasy vibe with innovative cocktails you won't find anywhere else. Harry's Bar (21-minute walk) is an iconic bar with an incredible outdoor patio for people watching on Via Veneto. Drinks are pricey, even just a bottle of water.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This huge historic hotel is in the middle of Rome where you'll be steps away from all of the city's best shopping, as well as its main cultural landmarks. Every part of the hotel feels private and luxurious from the immaculate bedrooms to the secluded spa and pool. Hotel staff is almost too attentive. What is really the standout is the incredible garden hidden away from the street. Whether starting your day here for breakfast or ending it here with a nightcap, you'll be able to refresh and recharge among the peaceful foliage and flowers.