Since September, the legendary Westin Excelsior Rome has reopened the doors and I have had the privilege to be one of the first guests returning here for a short Rome transit stay. I have been welcomed back with the same legendary tradition of hospitality, as well as with the best in class safety and cleanliness standards.
It’s hard to say what I like most at this wonderful hotel.
The location is perfect and so romantic, a few steps away from the central Spanish Steps and the Borghese Gardens. The hotel was born in 1906 in Via Veneto, still considered one of the most prestigious streets of the capital and historical meeting place of the international celebrities and welcomed in the past artists like Picasso, Apollinaire, or Malaparte, who used to meet at the fashionable “salon of the capital”.
The Westin Excelsior has hosted past and present talents of Hollywood and politicians such as Joan Crawford, Orson Wells, Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Catherine Deneuve, Prince Ranieri e Princess Grace of Monaco, the Kennedys, Paul Newman, Sean Connery, Liza Minelli, Sylvester Stallone, the Rolling Stones, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross and more recently Anastacia, Kevin Costner, Will Smith, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and many others…
As for the quality of stay here, I think the photos can speak better then me. The 281 guestrooms and 35 suites particularly appreciated for their originality and beauty are really amazing. They look like small museums.
In some of them, the décor is in Biedermeier style, with practical and comfortable Empire style furniture including the Westin Heavenly Bed®, Bohemian chandeliers and a spacious living room. And also wi-fi everywhere and all the modern state of the art technical needs for a guest.
If you are a gourmet, I recommend you the Doney restaurant, which is also reopened with an all-day-dining concept from breakfast to the aperitif till dinner, with a culinary offering based on the freshest seasonal ingredients. Thanks to its large and comfortable external area overlooking Via Veneto, Restaurant Doney remains in my opinion one of the most beautiful outdoor terraces in the Eternal city.
And also a special mention here for the very rafinated and high demanding stylish guests. The Westin Excelsior, owned by Katara Hospitality (which also owns other legendary hotels like The Plaza in New York or The Carlton in Cannes) is also host of Villa La Cupola Suite. Spanning over 1100 square meters, the suite is among the largest and most exclusivist suites in Europe, an extraordinary luxury residence in the heart of the Eternal City.
The two-story suite features a sophisticated master bedroom enriched by refined furniture; large marble bathrooms; an elegant domed living room, with a breath-taking frescoed cupola inspired by Rome’s renaissance, baroque and neo-classical times; a private studio and a dining room with a private kitchen. At the upper floor, guests can indulge in a well-equipped fitness area, sauna and steam bath along with a magnificent Pompeian style Jacuzzi pool with mosaic background, vaulted ceiling and frescoes that evoke the atmosphere of the ancient Roman baths. The suite boasts an outstanding panoramic rooftop terrace with the dome that overlooks the entire building and unique views of the Roman skyline.
At the next visit here, hope when the pandemic is over, I will tell you more about other wonderful features of the hotel, including the bars and Cafes and the Wellness and Spa. Till then, keep in touch.