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text Rossella Battista

October 10, 2019

Grand Tour style

Hotel de La Ville, the new jewel of Rocco Forte Hotels in Rome

Enjoying a bird’s eye view of Rome, as Percy Shelley or Lord Byron would have done, giving free reign to imagination like the protagonists of the Grand Tour, is a unique experience to be savoured. Perhaps even going back again and again to re-experience the exclusive atmosphere. Obviously surrounded by every comfort, and more besides. This is what Hotel de la Ville offers its guests, this new jewel of Rocco Forte Hotels that, after Hotel de Russie, is another option in the scene of high end Roman hospitality. Standing at the top of the stairway in Piazza di Spagna, it is the ideal site for a privileged view of Rome. But one can move higher where the only limit is the sky, to a Roof that dominates the entire city and which, along with the internal courtyard, an enchanting buen retiro designed by Architect George Carter, is one of the Hotel’s most suggestive common areas.

Guests who already know Sir Rocco Forte and Olga Polizzi’s hotels are aware that a stay in one of these hotels is a journey unto itself. Sir Rocco’s sister Olga has personally furnished their 12 hotels and resorts worldwide, which will become 14 in 2020 with new openings in Shanghai and Palermo. From the rooms to the terraces, redesigned by Olga in partnership with Architect Tommaso Ziffer, rooms at the new La Ville are pure little gems that merge tradition and ancient values with sophisticated edge of the line technologies. The hotel also features a 550 m2 Spa, one of the most avant-garde in the heart of Rome, to relax and be pampered at the end of a day’s work or after long hours spent touring museums and boutiques. It is a world of its own, just like all the suites. The spacious Suite La Canova furnished with a style that recalls renowned Neoclassical sculpture is the perfect choice for families. The exclusive Suite de La Ville, which is accessed with a private elevator, and the other two suites Presidential and Terrace, offer custom-designed services with private stewards and personalised food choices. By purchasing and renewing the historical hotel, which is expertly managed by Director Francesco Roccato, the company owners have thus combined the most sophisticated luxury and the warm hospitality typical of home. Each room and suite, 104 overall, characterised by its individual personality, has been designed as a place to live in and not merely as a place of transit, even if just for a few nights. Hence, the hotel mirrors the spirit of the Grand Tour; it is a sort of warm and comfortable mansion, like palaces in the capital city that opened their doors to artists and aristocracy of the time, intellectuals and globetrotters from Northern European countries. 

The hotel, which is equipped to meet every demand, is the outcome of a longstanding tradition in the hotel business, namely four generations of hoteliers. 

In the hotel’s two restaurants - organised by the famous Chef Fulvio Pierangelini, like the other Rocco Forte hotels - guests can savour their favourite dishes of Roman cuisine (prepared by the restaurant Da Sistina), and the most sophisticated experimentations that combine exotic flavours and traditional Italian cuisine (a specialty of the restaurant Mosaico). For an aperitif, guests can choose a ‘spicy cocktail’ at the Julep Herbal & Vermouth Bar, and a drink with a view in one of the terraces of Cielo Bar, which is also ideal for an afternoon snack.

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