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Hotel de Russie, A Rocco Forte Hotel

Vibrant, elevated, classical

Via Del Babuino 9, Rome 00187

39-06-328881

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At a Glance

Inside a 19th-century palazzo, Hotel de Russie is one of the Eternal City’s most stylish and well-located properties: it’s just a short stroll from the Piazza del Popolo, the Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese, and within walking distance of most of the city’s major sites, as well as top restaurants and shops on Via Condotti and beyond. Guests love Olga Polizzi and Tommaso Ziffer’s bold design throughout, which is classic chic defined, with fresh luxe Italian velvets and silks, soothing tones with touches of color, vintage chairs and photos of Roman monuments referencing the past in all the right places. In the 120 rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows bring in abundant light with some suites opening out onto terraces with views of Roman rooftops or the hotel's iconic garden. The hotel offers amenities of a large hotel with attentive and personalized service: the bellmen and top-notch concierges are there to steer you right, and their city restaurant lists are impeccable. And when you feel like escaping the crowds, seek sanctuary on the terrace or at the indoor saltwater hydro pool, or head to the Stravinskij Bar for a Spritz. Saluti.

The Standout: A luncheon or aperitivo table for two at the peach-pink-walled Le Jardin de Russie restaurant, overlooking the property’s leafy secret garden

Don’t Miss: The romantic, cave-like spa, with a steam room and indoor hydro-pool for relaxing after a full day of touring

Indagare Loves

  • The secret garden, an oasis within the Eternal City—breakfast here is only available for hotel guests
  • The exclusive city tour by vintage car
  • The private terraces of the four suites (named for Valadier, Picasso, Popolo and Nijinsky)

Review

When Rocco Forte opened the Hotel de Russie in 2000, architect Julio La Fuente and designer Tomasso Ziffer created a modern tranquil oasis in the center of the hustle and bustle of Rome. Steps away from the Via dei Condotti, Piazza de Popolo and the Spanish Steps, the 122 rooms and suites center around a peaceful interior garden that rises up a hill at the rear of the hotel.  The Stravinskji Bar has become a favorite meeting spot for stylish locals and traveler alike, and the de Russie wellness zone offers guests one of the few—albeit small—pools in Rome, six treatment rooms and a fitness center. The iconic property has a buzzy vibe with the bar and garden scene.

The common spaces are decorated in a neutral contemporary aesthetic with impressive flower arrangements sprinkled throughout. Spacious guest rooms have a serene design with pastel-hued walls and contemporary furniture and higher-floor rooms offer natural light and excellent views. The large marble bathrooms are covered in mosaic tiles and offer organic products. Rooms can face either the inner courtyard or the street, but the inner courtyard provides a more picturesque view, especially in the summer months. The magnificent two-bedroom Nijinsky Suite offers an extensive private terrace with views over the city. Like its sister property Hotel Savoy in Florence, Hotel de Russie offers a special treat for its littlest visitors with child-sized bathrobes, slippers, and a teddy bear turn-down service. The rooms are classic and well done, but they are not the most impressive in town.

In 2023, the hotel debuted the two-bedroom Nijinsky Suite, designed by Olga Polizzi with a 2,500-square-foot private terrace. The suite pays tribute to ballet dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, and joins other suites paying homage to Pablo Picasso (who stayed for several months in 2017), Federico Fellini and more. A stay includes VIP airport transfer, a personalized experience in Rome and more.

Note: As of November 2023, the hotel is still in the process of upgrading their rooms and renovating their spa, so be sure to request a renovated room.

Who Should Stay

Travelers who want to stay at one of the most iconic, sceney five-star hotel in the city (known for its celebrity guests) and have a beautiful garden for an alfresco aperitivo (plus: be near all the sights and shopping).

Read Upon Arrival Rome to discover points of interest within a few blocks of the hotel.

Written by Simone Girner

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