Finding myself in Europe after my Gate 1 Travel river cruise, I decided it was finally time for a visit to Rome. For my first trip to Rome (and to Italy) I decided to stay at the Hotel Eden, part of the Dorchester Collection. With the luxury hotel group’s reputation for excellence and my previous personal experiences at three of their other properties (Le Meurice in Paris and Hotel Bel-Air and the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles) I knew I was in for a wonderful visit.
From Munich I flew to FCO and had arranged with Rome Shuttle to pick me up. Taxi rates are 48 euro to the city center and if you book both ways, Rome Shuttle charges 40 euro each way. Their driver was waiting outside baggage claim with a sign with my name on it and we went quickly to the nice black Mercedes sedan that would take me into the city.
Hotel Eden is in a great location only steps from the Spanish Steps and from Via Veneto. The property is surrounded by gardens and green space, making it quite quiet. I enjoyed walking a few blocks to Piazza Barberini, which has good local shopping and restaurants (and a fountain by Bernini). It’s a cool neighborhood, while I was there John Legend performed around the corner at the Teatro Sistina.
I had a beautiful corner suite on the third floor, number 316. It offered views over the city from every room, from the large (soundproof) windows. There was a large sitting room with a comfortable couch, coffee table and armchair, along with a charming 18th century writing desk, complete with antique books from the original owner’s personal library.
The bedroom was large, with a sitting area under the window and a huge, comfortable bed. There were large closets, a writing desk, a bureau and a flat screen TV.
The bathroom, crafted almost completely from beautiful green and white Italian marble was very luxurious. There was a full, deep bathtub, a separate standing shower with a marble bench and a beautiful vanity. I also liked the towel warmer.
Although I did not have a chance to visit the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, La Terrazza dell’Eden, I did visit the beautiful space and saw its amazing view across the city. This is Italian romantic dining at its best, with 180 degree views across the lights of the city.
I did enjoy the hotel’s amazing breakfast each morning, served in the salon next to the restaurant with an equally amazing view. It was fun to see all the other guests looking out the windows and pointing out all the monuments they had visited or planned to visit that day. Breakfast was a fresh and delicious buffet, including meats, seafood, fruit, breads and cereals. A full menu is also served.
Concierge service is excellent, with many private and VIP tours available. They also helped me when I needed a local pharmacy for some cough medicine. Their restaurant recommendations are also excellent as they sent me to Tullio, a wonderful local landmark filled with elegant locals enjoying some of the best food in Rome.
Check out a full gallery of my visit HERE on the Luxury Fred Facebook page.