Hotel Highlights

  • One of the most glamorous place to stay in Rome
  • Hang out with Rome's gliteratti
  • Five-star service

Overview

Rome's handsome Hotel de Russie is a stay in the elegant, grand, metropolitan tradition that's impressively located on the Piazza del Popolo – the backdrop to much of Audrey Hepburn's Roman Holiday. With five-star comfort and furnishings, this serene sanctuary - welcoming to families and couples alike - is a city secret to keep.

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A welcome cocktail at the Stravinskij Bar

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

122, including 33 suites.

Check–out

2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $883.91 (€639), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.00 per person per night on check-out.

Also

Why go to the Wellness Zone when the pampering can come to you? Spa treatments are available in your room (15 per cent surcharge applies).

At the hotel

Spa, gym, restaurant, bar, concierge, on-site car park (€55 a day), valet parking, free WiFi throughout, black-out blind, flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, free bottled water, broadband internet (additional charge, free in suites).

Our favourite rooms

Most of the deluxe doubles, junior suites and executive suites have garden views. Classic suites all have city views. The very special Vaselli suite, Popoli suite and Picasso suite all have amazing roof terraces. The Nijinsky Suite at the top of the hotel has the largest terrace with outside dining room, overlooking the gardens and Roman rooftops. It also has a fantastic mosaic steam room and an eye-stretching 50' plasma TV.

Poolside

The spa has an indoor hydrotherapy pool.

Packing tips

Sunglasses, and not just in summer.

Also

No pets. There is a smoking floor.

Children

Children are welcomed with a gift; there are children's bathroom amenities, and special menus. Cots are provided free. Extra beds cost €18 plus VAT for three- to five-year-olds; €104.50 plus VAT for children of six and older. Babysitting on request.

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Chefs Fulvio Pierangelini and Nazzareno Menghini mastermind a classic Italian menu of superbly done salads, pasta, risotto, fish and meat. Consequently, the Jardin de Russie is a hit with Roman cognoscenti as well as guests. As its horticultural title suggests, the restaurant comes into its own in summer, when tables are laid in the secret garden, as well as on the perfectly pillared terrace.

Hotel Bar

The Stravinskij Bar is a glamorously grown-up space of dark-wood tables and mauve velvet chairs. In summer, it spills onto the adjoining Piazzetta Valadier, attracting locals and guests alike to its wrought-iron tables for classic aperitivi or cocktails by Massimo D’Addezio.

Last orders

Lunch, 2.30pm; dinner, 10.30pm. Drinks served till 2am.

Room service

The restaurant menu is more or less available when the kitchen's open; snacks are available round the clock.

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Dress code

When in Rome…

Top table

In the garden in summer; by the windows, otherwise.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

For our insider's guide to Rome, including where to eat and drink, as well as tips on what to get up to while you're away, click here.

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Between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo

Hotel de Russie

9, Via Babuino, Rome, Italy, 00187

Hotel de Russie is slap-bang in the centre of Rome, where Via Babuino meets Piazza del Popolo.

Planes

Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) Airport is a 45-minute drive from the hotel. Most international carriers fly here, including Alitalia, British Airways and Easyjet. A taxi straight from the airport will cost €40 plus €1 per bag. Low-cost airlines including Ryanair land at Ciampino Airport, a 30-minute drive from the hotel.

Trains

Hotel de Russie is 500m from the Flaminio metro station (line A). From here, it’s three stops to the Vatican or four to Termini, Rome’s rail hub, which has regional and international connections; see Trenitalia (www.trenitalia.com). From Fiumicino airport, take the Leonardo Express (www.trenitalia.com), which will get you to Termini in half an hour. A taxi from there to Hotel de Russie will take 10 minutes, or it’s four stops on the metro to Flaminio. Terravision (www.terravision.eu) runs transfers from Ciampino to Termini train station, where you can proceed by metro or taxi.

Automobiles

Hotel de Russie is within the limited traffic zone (ZTL), so notify the hotel if you’re driving, so that they can arrange access for your vehicle. Valet parking is available, and on-site parking in the hotel garage costs €55 a day. When you enter Rome, follow signs to Piazza del Popolo or Villa Borghese.

Reviews

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Hotel de Russie - Rome - Italy

Anonymous review

by Jess Cartner-Morley , Front-row fashionista

A great hotel will make all who stay there feel utterly spoilt. A really, really great hotel will go the extra mile by indulging whims you didn't even know you had. (Before you were first offered a pillow menu, can you honestly say you had strong feelings on the matter of duck feathers versus goose?) As a case in point, allow me to relate an incident that took place at dinner on our first night...

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Hotel de Russie

Anonymous review by Jess Cartner-Morley, Front-row fashionista

A great hotel will make all who stay there feel utterly spoilt. A really, really great hotel will go the extra mile by indulging whims you didn't even know you had. (Before you were first offered a pillow menu, can you honestly say you had strong feelings on the matter of duck feathers versus goose?) As a case in point, allow me to relate an incident that took place at dinner on our first night at Hotel de Russie that made it clear this place was a class act.

Mr Smith ordered dessert. Torn between the delectable pudding menu and the knowledge that I had already consumed, over the course of lunch and dinner in Italy, my bodyweight in pasta and risotto, not to mention a fortifying ice cream in between, I regretfully declined. Five minutes later, the waiter returned, bearing not just (as I had hoped) one Tiramisu and two spoons, but two whole Tiramisu. ‘This one's on us,’ he explained as he presented me with my plate. ‘We really think you should try it.’ Oh, if you insist...

Hotel de Russie is a hotel in the elegant, grand, metropolitan tradition. The handsome building is impressively located on the Piazza del Popolo – the backdrop to much of Audrey Hepburn's Roman Holiday – with top-hatted doormen opening the doors wide for guests laden with Gucci and Fendi carrier bags from the nearby Via Condotti; there is a see-and-be-seen bar with whizzy bartenders, and long legged guests dangling from bar stools.

It has heritage and history – the Stravinskij bar and the Picasso suite are named after just two of its more famous guests – and, having enjoyed a recent makeover at the hands of Rocco Forte and Olga Polizzi, is once again among the places to stay in Rome. The cast of Ocean's Twelve made it their base during three months of filming in the city (and apparently, the staff had their work cut out seeing off the Clooney fans who took to dressing up in chambermaids' uniforms in order to get into George's suite).

The rooms are classically decorated, with bedrooms in soothing shades of cream and brown and large bathrooms with gleaming chrome fittings. They are very comfortable, with squidgy armchairs perfect for a lazy hour with a novel, and thick wooden shutters in case you need to sleep off an excess of Chianti. But truly, this is not a hotel you choose in order to hide yourself away, for the real high points are in the communal spaces.

The luxurious terraced gardens, lush with orange and lemon trees and dotted with brightly-coloured butterflies of both the winged and the social variety, provide a luxurious tranquillity in the heart of a hot-tempered city. What's more, the people-watching is of the best quality: this is a hotel for which you pack a selection of handbags and shoes, rather than just a wardrobe of lingerie. (The provision of both wooden and padded silk hangers in the wardrobe reflects a clientele which takes fashion seriously.)

We sat out in the herb-scented gardens in the late morning sun, sampling cappuccino (deliciously creamy, and served with a plate of tiny almond biscuits) and were back on the terrace before dinner to try the signature De Russie Martini: vodka shaken with a few drops of sherry, and served on a bowl of ice, with a spoon of caviar on the side. Dry, strong as dynamite and scrumptious.

In between, we took advantage of the excellent location. For a quick culture fix, walk a hundred yards to the right, on leaving the hotel, and you will find the Santa Maria del Popolo church, where two gorgeous Caravaggios nestle in a tiny corner chapel. For retail therapy, you need only retrace your steps and continue a hundred yards in the other direction, beyond the hotel, and you are in the heart of one of the prettiest and most upscale shopping areas in Europe.

Staying in a large hotel can feel anonymous, but despite some 129 rooms the hotel maintains a high standard of personal service. On arrival we were told the spa was fully booked, but an hour later the concierge rang my mobile to say that they had moved a few things around and found space for two simultaneous (Mr and Mrs) massages in the early evening, and had adjusted our dinner reservation to suit. The spa, done out in turquoise mosaic, is a delight, with skilled masseuses and a vast 'hydrotheraphy pool' which turned out to be essentially a very posh, very large Jacuzzi. (It is mixed, and bathing suits are the order of the day, so don't forget yours.)

Pummelled and pampered, it was time for dinner. Even before the free pudding, it was clear that Hotel de Russie would be a hard place to go hungry: with our cocktails came delicious slivers of fried polenta, and tiny stuffed bell peppers. Having polished these off, we were presented with an impressive plate of amuse-geules to munch on while pondering the dinner menu. So – another two courses later – you can see why I thought I didn't need pudding. But with hindsight, I was wrong, and the waiter was right: a little bit of what you fancy does you good.

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