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By Chris Boyle

Hotel de Russie

The 122-key Hotel de Russie, located between the iconic Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, is a unique oasis of tranquility in the heart of the Eternal City.

Guest rooms are outfitted in a classic contemporary style and overlook the hotel’s private “Secret Garden,” or Rome’s picturesque terracotta rooftops. The hotel’s sixth and top floor touts three indulgent signature suites—Popolo, Vaselli and Picasso—each with a private terrace granting spellbinding views, as well as the Nijinski Suite, which offers the height of residential luxury, a true home away from home. Dine on seasonal Mediterranean fare at Le Jardin de Russie, and during the warmer months, enjoy your meal al fresco, beneath palm and orange trees. For a classic Italian aperitivo, the Stravinskij Bar is one of the city’s best, attracting even discerning locals for its spread of light bites and classy cocktails. To round out its ample offerings, the five-star property has an on-site spa with an extensive treatment menu, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, Turkish bath and fully equipped fitness center.


Nijinski Suite

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Number of rooms in suite: Five

Number of entrances to suite: One

Number of baths: One, done up with precious marble, mosaics and a private Turkish bath to invoke the opulent atmosphere of ancient Roman thermal baths

Suite style: Discreet, classic contemporary luxury, by Rocco Forte Hotels Design Director Olga Polizzi

Key selling points: This stylish apartment, the gracious host of many visiting celebrities, features a full modern kitchen and bar area, plus rooms that can be connected or separated to guests’ liking. A huge private terrace, fully furnished and landscaped with comfortable wooden sun lounges, large teak tables and flowering plants, is perfect for dining by the light of Roman torches. For those who need more space, an ad- ditional Double Deluxe room can be connected to the suite.

Number of suites in hotel: 33

  • Square footage: 1,851, plus 2,573 of outdoor space
  • Nightly rate: About $14,811 (€11,000)


De Russie Wellness Zone: This exclusive sanctuary of beauty and health overlooks the hotel’s wonderfully verdant “Secret Garden.”

Here, the stress and fatigue from long journeys melts away, and the body can recover its natural rhythm, as well as the pleasure of physical and mental well-being. The highly qualified staff is dedicated to holistic, individualized care, and the space is elegant, with a layout that ensures guests’ total privacy.

Signature treatment: Color Therapy

Spa Director Franca Cesarotto



Le Jardin de Russie: With illustrious chef Fulvio Pierangelini at the helm, this elegant restaurant serves up superb Mediter- ranean cuisine alongside views of the hotel’s private garden.

Stravinskij Bar: Featuring both indoor and outdoor spaces, this stylish bar is one of Rome’s most exclusive. For a relaxing evening, claim one of its inviting purple velvet armchairs.

Manager Luciano Zanazzo


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