Best Hotels Rome July-August 2019, food & leisure experiences

Grand Hotel Plaza

Terrazza Trinità dei Monti Restaurant

On the sixth floor of the historic Grand Hotel Plaza, has opened the new “Terrazza Trinità dei Monti Restaurant”. The hotel is in the heart of Rome, in Via del Corso, and the Restaurant is on the splendid terrace that overlooks a view that stretches from Villa Medici to Trinità dei Monti, from the Quirinale Hill to the Vittoriano. Chef Umberto Vezzoli offers a varied reinterpretation of traditional Roman cuisine, even with combinations of unique dishes created for each day of the week.

Via del Corso 126. Tel +390669921111




Hotel Eden

Initiatives for 130 Year Anniversary

Hotel Eden, 5-star luxury hotel of the Dorchester Collection, is preparing to celebrate an important anniversary: ​​130 years have passed since the hotel opened its doors in 1889. To celebrate it and share it with its guests, Hotel Eden has created a series of initiatives available until the end of the year, a cocktail, a dish and a Spa ritual created ad hoc.

Royal Eden

Silvio Favot, historic ex bar manager of the Hotel Eden, created a new recipe for Constantine II of Greece many years ago and the drink immediately became the favorite of the queen mother Federica. For a long time the ingredients remained secret, but today Il Giardino Bar offers this celebratory cocktail with the original recipe based on: vodka, dry vermouth, Campari, tonic water and drops of orange bitter.

Octopus and Celery

It is a dish that belongs to the tradition of Hotel Eden. The Executive Chef Fabio Ciervo has found the recipe in the historic menus of the hotel, and today he interprets the dish in a contemporary version at the starred restaurant La Terrazza.

The Garden of Eden

In 1889, the year when the Hotel was opened, the Italian writer Gabriele D’Annunzio, who stayed at the hotel, published “Il Piacere”, dedicated to the pleasure of the senses. To celebrate this masterpiece, The Eden Spa has created a ritual in collaboration with Mei: a 130-minute sensory journey with fig fragrance and rose and jasmine essential oils, for a sinuous body and radiant facial skin.

Outdoor swimming pool

When the summer heat arrives in Rome, there’s no better feeling than cooling off with a refreshing swim, so Hotel Eden partnered with the historic Roma Polo Club just a few minutes from the hotel, to give you full access to their beautiful swimming pool and club house. Hotel Service also drop you off in the morning, collect you in the afternoon and provide a pool kit with towels, flip-flops, water and sun cream. Open Tuesday to Sunday, July 2nd to September 15th. (only for guests).

Dj Nights

Every Monday Wednesday and Friday, 7 – 11pm. As the sun sets, the whole of Rome sparkles into life. Admire the breathtaking view over an aperitivo at Il Giardino Bar, with cocktails by Barmen of Hotel Eden.

Via Ludovisi 49. Tel +3906478121



Palazzo Manfredi

The Court

On the Ludus Magnus, the ancient gladiator gym, and with the Colosseum in the background, The Court is Palazzo Manfredi’s new lounge; the space develops between the counter worked in travertine with seats on one side, the living room on the other and a walkway that separates them. The cocktails are signed by Matteo Zed, an eclectic and daring bartender with international experiences between Japan and America. The drink list is structured on three chapters: in addition to the classic aperitifs, you can choose between the signatures and the seasonal and a selection of “Forgotten Classics & Unforgettable”, all those forgotten and timeless cocktails that have made the history of mixology. Of all, the Martini cocktail in the Roman style version deserves a mention. In addition to a good beverage, The Court offers the gourmet experience signed by Aroma Executive Chef Giuseppe Di Iorio (1 Michelin Star). From the first light of sunset to after midnight, The Court welcomes its guests in a fancy and elegant atmosphere.

Via Labicana 125. Tel +390677591380



Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Summer at Rome Cavalieri

Fitness in the park

The large Mediterranean park with swimming pool is the ideal place to indulge in body and spirit care. Yoga, TRX and Pilates are among the proposed activities, but not only, the Cavalieri Grand Spa Club offers massages performed by the pool. For those who want to spoil themselves away from prying eyes, there are massages in the private cabana in the park.

Poolside aperitif

The varied menu of the Pool Bar offers a wide selection of cocktails – from the most classic to fruit-based ones designed for the summer, such as the C’mon berry – wine, champagne and refreshing non-alcoholic beverages. You can enjoy them with delicious and fresh salads, rich Poké – a real must of the season – burgers, club sandwiches and a selection of pins (pizza of Ancient Rome).

Uliveto Restaurant

To refresh the palate thinks the Executive Chef Fabio Boschero with his new menu. For the summer 2019, the Chef designed new dishes in which traditional flavors are combined with the fresh flavors of seasonal fruit. Thus was born the appetizer of “Misticanza with goat cheese, pineapple, fennel and pumpkin seeds”, or the “Carpaccio of sea bass with knife, mango and Chili vinaigrette”, continuing with a selection of cold soups, such as “Melone summertime with Cantalupo al Marsala pearls “, and first courses, including” Pici Toscani, diced raw tuna, lemon and anchovy sauce “. The desserts and the selection of home-made artisan gelato are created by the Executive Pastry Chef Dario Nuti, such as the “Delizia with ricotta, sour cherries and black sesame”.

IT Club for kids and teens

Designed not only for the little ones, but also for the very demanding teenagers, the IT Club project includes a series of activities to be carried out in groups, with the assistance of qualified tutors and animators. The experiences that you can try range from art to sports, from the magic course to the chess class, from cooking to Thai Chi courses, combining fun with the training experience, with a single theme: Italy and experiences unique that our country can offer its visitors.

Island Hopping around the Italian Pontine Islands

Far from the overcrowded hotspots along the west coast of Italy lies a group of islands,between Naples and Rome,called the Italian Pontine Islands where many A-list celebrities have been known to take respite over the years including Jay Z, Beyoncé and Rhianna. The islands of Ponza, Palmarola, Zanone and Ventotene boast some of the most breath-taking beaches and crystal-clear waters in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Guests will be driven to Urbe Heliport in a Rolls Royce before boarding a helicopter for a tour of the islands to get a dramatic bird’s-eye view. Upon landing on Ponza, a yatch will take guests to some of the most secluded areas of the islands for snorkelling and sunbathing followed by an unforgettable meal prepared by the skipper using local ingredients and seafood.

Zip Around Rome on a Vespa Tour

Forget crowded walking tours, the best way to take in Rome’s sights is from the back of a Vespa. The driver will navigate guests around the city pointing out hidden gems and iconic sites including the cobbled streets of Trastevere, the tree-lined cloisters of Aventine Hill and the optical illusion of St. Peter’s dome fromVia Niccolò Piccolomini. Guests will then return to their rooms to find a Rome Cavalieri Vespa memento waiting for the in their room.

Private Tour of the Vatican Gardens

The Vatican Gardens are an oasis of tranquillity in the centre of Rome that have been used for centuries by Popes looking for a moment of contemplation surrounded by peace and quiet. Filled with nooks and crannies waiting to be discovered, a Vatican appointed guide will take guests on a private tour of the sprawling gardens whilst providing anecdotes and stories surrounding the history of the papacy in Rome. Spread across 57 acres, guests will stroll among sacred monuments, sculpture fountains, and rare botanical treasures.

Via Alberto Cadlolo 101. Tel +390635091





Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

Sky Blu Rooftop Terrace Appointments

The pool can be visited, by reservation, even by external guests who can spend, thus, a day holiday in the city. At aperitif time, you can sip one of the cocktails designed by the Aleph mixologists in the luxurious and cozy cabanas, such as the fresh “No Tengo Paloma”. For the next few months Aleph has come up with a series of themed appointments – which will be called “Be Curious” – with live music, DJ sets, a wide selection of cocktails, from the most traditional to the most avant-garde , and lots of fun.

Shisha corner

For those wishing to experience an experience with a Middle Eastern flavor, the Shisha corner is essential. The Aleph Rome Hotel offers the oriental tradition of hookah revisited in a contemporary key: the “Steamulation Shisha” is an experience with innovative traits, thanks to a combination of fruit and alcohol inserted in the hookah together with the tobacco mixture, to experiment a flavor truly unique. A must try is the Romeo and Juliet, with double apple, mint and the addition of Hennessy Fine de Cognac cognac.

Via di S. Basilio 15, Rome Tel +39064229001






D.O.M. Hotel

Verve Restaurant

Verve is the name of the new restaurant of the Hotel with a London atmosphere. Velvets, soft lighting and timeless elegance, among contemporary art, welcome guests to let them experience a journey of emotions among the flavors of a roman cuisine with a modern approach. Created by Renzo Valeriani, already owner of “Madre”, the restaurant is led by Chef Adriano Magnoli, Antonella Mascolo is the pastry Chef. In the terrace, between the rosemary parfum and Via Giulia’s roofs from april to october or between design furnitures and Andy Wharol works in winter, Paolo Carrara is always the man in charge of being the head waiter, also suggesting the best wine pairing. Here the report by Gugsto.

Via Giulia 131. Tel +390631076828




Palazzo Montemartini Rome, A Radisson Collection Hotel

Montemartini Terrace

You can enjoy on the panoramic terrace with view on Baths of Diocletian and on the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, designed by Michelangelo, or in the lounge bar’s dehor with the evocative experience of ancient Servian Wall. This locations are good also to celebrate special events or business happenings.

Aperitif with Chef “on sight”

Every evening, from 06.00 to 08.00 pm, the Executive Chef Simone Strano will be the protagonist of a special show cooking during which he will create a “view” dish with a particular selection of finger food. A special moment that allows guests to see the work and meet the Chef, thus overcoming the concept of a classic aperitif. The barman Riccardo Di Dio Masa amazes guests with its cocktails of tradition and innovation.

Largo G. Montemartini 20. Tel +390645661





The Westin Excelsior Rome

Villa La Cupola

After a complete restyling, one of Europe’s largest and most iconic suites is ready to welcome its guests in a contemporary and elegant space. Villa La Cupola is located on the hotel’s rooftop. The seven private terraces are ideal for intimate escapes or unforgettable entertaining events and offer a magnificent panoramas of the Eternal city. Suite’s central attraction is the domed living room, which features a breathtaking frescoed cupola inspired by Rome’s palaces and villas. The separate library is designed with hand-carved Italian walnut wood paneling and features unique works of art. The media room is equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology. Connected to the living room and serviced by a private kitchenette, the luxurious dining room is dominated by an antique Murano glass chandelier with gold finishings, modern object d’art and refined paintings, a private wine cellar and a handcrafted table adorned with a refined mosaic of antique marble pieces. The spacious, elegantly decorated master bedroom tributes the Italian Renaissance style with an impressive canopy bed. A private elevator and marble staircase lead to the Villa’s entertaining floor which features a magnificent Pompeiian-style Jacuzzi pool with mosaic floors and frescoes inspired by ancient Roman baths. The space includes a private gym, sauna and steam bath. An impressive terrace surrounds the Suite featuring two separated areas for solarium and relax dominated by the majestic dome. For an authentic Roman experience, the Villa La Cupola can be converted into a true distinguished Roman apartment with up to 7 guest rooms that can host up to 21 guests. Guests booking Villa La Cupola Suite will enjoy customized service and daily, exclusive Vip amenities.

Doney Restaurant & Café

Having long been a part of the upscale Via Veneto restaurant scene, Restaurant Doney has been remodeled using pale marble floors, stone walls and light wood finishes that reflect the exquisite Mediterranean flavors offered on the menu.

Via Vittorio Veneto 125. Tel +390647081





Hotel De La Ville

Rocco Forte Hotels has unveiled their second hotel in Rome, Hotel de la Ville, following an extraordinary renovation to the historical 18-Century building. Located in the heart of Rome, atop the Spanish Steps with sweeping views of the Eternal City, the hotel’s enviable setting is a destination in itself. The 104 well-appointed rooms and suites are among the most elegant and spacious in Rome, while the signature suites offer unrivalled panoramic views of the city from their large terraces. The magnificent Suite de la Ville located on the 8th floor, and accessible by a private elevator, is the hotel’s crown jewel, furnished with a curated collection of contemporary and antique furniture and its own collection of art; it boasts two panoramic terraces, perfect for entertaining. At the centre of the hotel is the enchanting courtyard, a hidden retreat away from the bustling city that embodies the life and spirit of Italy.

De La Ville Spa

Bringing a piece of Sicily to Rome, the 550 square metre De La Ville Spa is the most technically advanced in the capital offering relaxing and indulgent treatments carried out by an expert team of therapists using Irene Forte Skincare products. The Spa is an all-encompassing healthy retreat for physical and spiritual wellness.

Restaurants & Bar

With creative, fresh Roman cuisine as envisioned by the Michelin-starred Chef Fulvio Pierangelini, Director of Food for Rocco Forte Hotels, and an elegant drinks programme, the six new food and drinks offerings at the Hotel de la Ville will deliver authentic Roman gastronomic experiences. The offering ranges from all day dining at Da Sistina, serving authentic trattoria style food with modern touches, to Mosaico, the hotel’s main restaurant serving Mediterranean gourmet cuisine that overlooks the courtyard. The bold Julep bar offers all varieties of cocktails whilst the rooftop terrace bar, aptly named Cielo, will be entertaining guests with creatively crafted drinks, a fusion of “aperitivi” and memorable views of the Roman skyline.

Six Alternative Sightseeing Tours of Rome

Witness a different side to the Eternal City by exploring its sights and splendours, both on the ground and in the air: by Vespa, Fiat 500,  Segway, Bicycle, Ferrari and Helicopter. Six of the best alternatives to sightseeing on foot in Rome.

A Luxury Shopping Guide to Rome

Start your shopping trip with a cappuccino on Hotel de la Ville’s stylish rooftop terrace, then head out to the Spanish Steps right on our doorstep. Follow them down to discover two of Rome’s most exclusive shopping streets, Via Borgognona and Via Condotti, with the promise of more brands and beauty beyond.

Via Sistina 69. Tel +390632888880





The First Luxury Art Hotel

AcquaRoof Molinari Terrace and “Sea Lounge” experience

Restyling for the AcquaRoof terrace which, thanks to the new roof, can be experienced even in the coldest months and at all hours, from morning to breakfast until late night for an after dinner. New proposal contains several souls: kitchen, cafè and cocktail bar. Three aspects mixed together to offer guests a transversal taste experience, in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere that can be summed up in the “Sea Lounge” description.
AcquaRoof Terrazza Molinari reconfirms a simple and essential kitchen, mainly by the sea. Spontaneous and refined, cuisine it is shaped by the character of the Chef Angelo Troiani (1 Michelin Star), assisted by Chef Claudia Ceppaluni; that stands out for its original format: le Gocce, small distilled taste to taste à la carte or within specific tasting routes; small gastronomic delights that arise from the encounter between Italian cuisine, the Roman culinary tradition and that of the Mediterranean.
Peculiarity of the Terrace is the essential relationship between kitchen and bar, with new proposals that combine food and drink, using the typical ingredients of cocktails in the preparation of dishes and the other way around. AcquaRoof Molinari Terrace is opened also for breakfast and for lunch (from 07,30 to 11,00 am and from 12,00 to 03,30 pm).

New Acquolina’s Executive Chef

Daniele Lippi is the new Executive Chef of Acquolina. Born in 1990, Lippi grew up at the Troiani brothers’ school – working for nine years at the Convivio Troiani (1 Michelin Star), where he was Head Chef of the last three – but he perfected his style with various “incursions” at the top of the international starry scene: from Yannick Alléno, to Pavillion Ledoyen of Paris, to Enrico Crippa, Piazza Duomo of Alba, to Grant Achat, at Alinea Restaurant in Chicago, and again in Spain with Paolo Casagrande at Martin Bersategui’s Lasarte. Lippi plays between reality and appearance, mixing the cards on the table and challenging the public to see beyond what’s on the plate.

Via del Vantaggio 14. Tel +390645617070




Hotel Vilòn

This Small Luxury (only 18 rooms) is the newest in the centre of Rome. It occupies the annex of the mid-16th century Palazzo Borghese that once housed the School for Maidens. Paolo Bonfini, a roman scenographer, and Giampiero Panepinto, a milanese architect, brought eclectic and contemporary design into this centuries-old space. Many rooms overlook the Borghese Gardens, which is dotted with the classical statuary, a little jewel closed to strangers to the palace. The bar-lounge is colorful and confortable, among pieces of modern art and contemporary works. The adjacent atrium terrace is open for both drinks and meals and a rooftop bar is also planned. This modern hotel prides itself on personalised service, grounded in old-fashioned Italian hospitality. The concierge can even arrange tailor-made sightseeing trips and exclusive transport around Rome.

Adelaide Restaurant

Gabriele Muro, the Executive Chef of Adelaide, Hotel Vilòn’s intimate restaurant, has designed a menu that celebrates some of Rome’s favorite dishes, such as pasta carbonara and amatriciana. You can enjoy also mediterranean seafood-based cuisine. Adelaide is open to both hotel guests and the public.

Via dell’Arancio 69. Tel +3906878187


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