Historic views and luxury that dates back to the 1800s meets contemporary style
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City | City-break | History & culture | Short break
Right in the centre, De Russie is found on Via del Babuino, one of the three Tridente streets that connect Porta del Popolo (the city’s main gateway) and Rome’s major basilicas. It even enjoys views over the former’s Piazza del Popolo. As such, it’s within a short walk of the Spanish Steps and its landmark 18th century church, a whole host of basilicas and some of the city’s finest palazzos. For some respite, turn the other way and you’ll be strolling through the greenery of Villa Borghese, stopping off at the park’s relaxed piazzas and admiring its famous galleries.
Designed in the early 19th century by the great architect Giuseppe Valadier, who redeveloped the neighbouring Piazza del Popolo, De Russie exudes history. It’s even played host to the likes of poet Jean Cocteau and his companion, one Pablo Picasso. In spite of its rich past, rooms are decidedly contemporary – the product of a collaboration between designer Olga Polizzi and architect Tommaso Ziffer. Think artsy furnishings alongside marble bathrooms decorated with Romanesque mosaics. For added luxury, there’s a whole host of upgrades available, swapping out street views for garden panoramas and suite comforts.
The hotel’s restaurant, Le Jardin De Russie, is the brainchild of celebrity chef, Fulvio Pierangelini. Predicated on a simple yet refined approach to dining, menus feature such delights as calamari, langoustines and prawns grilled to perfection with pink Himalayan salt. At weekends, you’ll be treated to a gourmet experience at brunch, with chefs conjuring up pasta dishes right in front of you. For something extra special, celebrate with a tailor-made private dining event, taken either in the gardens or in one of the exclusive dining rooms.
The hotel’s ‘Secret Garden’ – also designed by Valadier – features 2,800 square metres of terraced grounds, host to everything from palm trees to white climbing roses. It’s a city-centre oasis. This continues into the spa where a saltwater hydropool, Finnish sauna and steam room are all available alongside the state-of-the-art gym and a total of six treatment suites. As well as offering a full range of massages, there’s a double suite for a romantic escape. Additionally, there’s even a hair beauty corner.
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