With a jovial Buongiorno, the handsome doorman in classic attire efficiently orchestrated our happy hotel arrival from the airport. After the quick check-in formalities and a warm welcome, we were escorted to our room in this historic building and longtime venerable hotel. Glowing and gleaming from an inspired renovation, my girlfriend, Jennifer, and I were thrilled to spend three precious nights at Hotel Eden Rome, which I had happily won while listening to a Dorchester Collection agent webinar announcing their reopening in 2017.
The excellent central – but quiet, hilltop location is tucked in between the Borghese Gardens and the Spanish Steps. Our room 411, a prestige double, and could not have been more divinely comfortable for two women, featuring an illuminated bedroom vanity as well as a stunning marble bathroom with both a separate shower and deep inviting bathtub – all bathed in natural light. Using only marble sourced from Pakistan to achieve the perfect color, the Italian artisans of Carrara cut and polished the pieces to achieve the perfect effect, which ultimately creates a fantastic wow factor.
Overall, the fresh interior design cleverly fuses ancient Roman motifs with 21st-century quality and inspiration. The trompe l’oeil frescoes in the luminous La Libreria – a very inviting hotel salon serving drinks and light meals appears to be carefully preserved originals, although they’re brand new. However, the most appreciated space hotel guests will want to return to more than once each day during their stay is the panoramic top floor featuring huge vistas over Rome. Here, three separate options are located for enjoying drinks and meals: Il Giardino all-day dining restaurant (including an outdoor terrace) and where one of the most inviting breakfast buffets I’ve seen in a very long time was served, the attractive bar, and the gastronomic, Michelin 2-star Il Terrazzo restaurant, where we enjoyed an extremely memorable and purely delightful dinner. If you’d like to watch the chef and his team at work, ask for a table close to the newly-installed window permitting a front-and-center view to the kitchen activities.
Within the total 98 rooms, there are 30 suites, although size and view vary widely. The classic, entry-level room #507 had a nice view and is one to request, and can connect with the Villa Medici Presidential suite #508. No matter what you choose — from most economical to palatial terrace suites, all accommodations feature exquisite fabric for the custom-made draperies, Murano glassware, Bottega Veneta amenities and a complimentary Nespresso machine. The hotel oozes fragrant, Italian-made quality and is a destination unto itself. Book the Hotel Eden Rome through Frontiers for your own Roman holiday and take advantage of our Diamond Club status with all Dorchester Collection hotels, providing our travelers with guaranteed upgrades at time of booking and 100 Euros credit toward their rooms, plus that killer breakfast buffet on a complimentary basis.