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Vogue Reviews: Hotel de Russie, Rome

Where: Hotel de Russie, Via Del Babuino 9, Rome, 00187, Italy

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The Lowdown: Nestled between two of Rome’s prettiest piazzas, Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo, Hotel de Russie offers a secluded oasis in the historic heart of the city. The hotel’s most charming feature is the lush Mediterranean secret garden and tiered terrace, with rose bushes, flowering citrus, mature pines and a waterfall running through ancient ruins. Once described as “paradise on earth” by French poet Jean Cocteau in 1917, the idyllic setting could be mistaken for the Tuscan countryside, yet, it’s just a ten-minute walk away from the bustling Spanish Steps. Today, Hotel De Russie is situated in a shopper’s paradise with luxury boutiques in the surrounding area that was once recognized for being the city’s artists’ quarter. The hotel’s bohemian past blends seamlessly into its sophisticated present, attracting a crowd of movie stars, creatives, and the fashion elite.

Stylish Eats: Throughout the summer months make the most of the hotel’s manicured terraced courtyard which acts as the perfect backdrop for al fresco dining. With talented Tuscan executive chef Fulvio Pierangelini at the helm, diners can expect traditional Italian cuisine infused with a modern twist. Stravinskij Bar serves light lunches and expertly mixed cocktails made for golden hour in the garden, whilst Jardin de Russie offers elegant eats of veal Milanese, seared octopus, and clam linguine. 

Suite Talk: Created by design duo Olga Polizzi and Tommaso Ziffer, the hotel’s chic décor blends Roman classicism with contemporary design. Over 120 rooms and suites are decorated with sculptures, artwork, photography, and furnishings that give a subtle nod to the city’s ancient history. Carrera marble, soft bathrobes, botanically-inspired wallpaper, and organic products add to the opulence. Each room exudes comfort and spacious living; however, the best rooms bring the outside in with stunning views of the verdant courtyard and gardens. If you prefer cityscape, then opt for the Deluxe Suite 532 with its unrivaled view of Roman rooftops.

Insiders Tip: Take part in the hotel’s Avenue of Style program, a bespoke ‘backstage’ experience that allows guests to visit a selection of fashion house boutiques – including Fendi, Bottega Veneta, and Giorgio Armani – and enjoy private tours, create bespoke products and watch the artisans at work. After a long day of shopping, unwind at the hotel spa in hammock-style loungers, Jacuzzi pools, and aromatherapy rooms. Feeling refreshed, pay a visit to the on-site Massimo Serini hair salon before courtyard drinks surrounded by the scent of citrus and pine.

Vogue Verdict: This urban retreat provides a luxurious escape, with options for sightseeing, shopping and relaxation wrapped into one. De Russie is the perfect base for discovering bustling Roman city life and serene Italy. You can run through the Borghese Gardens, indulge in Focaccine and return with multiple bags from Fendi.

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