The Best of the Best 2003: Hotels - Hotel de Russie

Built in the early 19th century, the landmark Hotel de Russie—ideally situated on Rome’s chic Via del Babuino, near the Spanish Steps—drew a wealthy and royal crowd for more than 100 years before it was shuttered during World War II. Fortunately for travelers, it was rediscovered and renovated in 1999 by Sir Rocco Forte, who hired his award-winning designer sister, Olga Polizzi, to transform the property into what it is today: Rome’s most stylish retreat.

Guest rooms are decorated with an eclectic blend of modern, antique, and traditional elements—pastel-colored walls, sleek black lacquered media armoires, and green-and-white travertine marble bathrooms with mosaic-tiled detailing. You can draw aside the rich silk curtains and swing open the ceiling-high French doors of your suite to savor the sounds and sights of Piazza del Popolo.

The hotel’s Le Jardin du Russie restaurant, with its Murano glass chandeliers, is perfectly elegant. But if weather permits, be sure to dine alfresco in the terraced garden. Lined with orange and lime trees in oversize terra-cotta pots, and illuminated by twinkling lights along trellises, it has the feel of a private palazzo.

For a more intimate dinner (including discreet service by your private maître d’ and background music by a violinist), you can reserve the sixth-floor La Terrazza della Zarina. Lemon trees, white flowers, and twinkling Roman lamps surround your table, from which you have sweeping views of the Pincio, the lush Villa Borghese, and the Trinità dei Monti, the famous church at the top of the Spanish Steps.
 
Hotel de Russie, 800.323.7500, www.rfhotels.com

Escape the crowds of Cinco de Mayo revelers in the States by escaping to one of these indulgent...
The Top 100 Hotels 2015 Europe: Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel...
The hotel will host its own exhibition along with events with contemporary artists…
The Shangri-La Hotel, at the Shard, boasts the 2,000-square-foot Shangri-La Suite and tremendous...
Photo by 2010 Hilton Worldwide
The Arizona resort’s one-day package for four golfers includes personalized coaching and a 19th-...
Photo by Sammy Todd Dyess
The $215,000, Fourth of July weekend package includes meals, guest accommodations, and other perks…
Photo by Don Riddle
The event at the Four Seasons Hualālai allows guests to attend dinners, classes, and activities...
Geneva’s namesake suite at the Grand Hotel Kempinski is enormous and offers some of the city’s best...
The famed fashion designer Vivienne Westwood decorated the 11,000-square-foot, $25,000-per-night...
Photo by Didi Lotze
The intimate accommodations tempt guests with ocean views and private plunge pools…