One of Rome’s most iconic luxury hotels, Hotel Eden, reopened its doors on 1st April after over eighteen months of extensive refurbishment. First opened in the late 1800s, the Hotel Eden has stood proudly in the centre of the Eternal City for well over 125 years. The reimagination of the hotel’s interior celebrates this anniversary whilst maintaining its status as one of the best five star locations in Italy’s capital.
Frequently welcoming heads of state, royalty and leading personalities in the worlds of literature, science, art and entertainment over the decades, Hotel Eden was acquired by Dorchester Collection in 2013. The luxury hotel group behind some of the top hotel’s in the world including London’s iconic Dorchester and Los Angeles’ Beverly Hills Hotel, are renowned for managing hotels that reflect the distinctive culture of their locations. This philosophy extended to the Hotel Eden and has shaped the restoration and rejuvenation project.
Providing guests with a true Roman experience, the extensive project ensured that Hotel Eden still offered one of the best views across Rome with spectacular panoramas available throughout. One of the biggest changes undertaken was the reduction of guestrooms and suites from 121 to 98. The removable of over twenty rooms allowed for more expansive accommodation, instantly creating a more opulent stay for guests. To blend contemporary features with the authentic Roman style for which the hotel is known, Dorchester Collection called upon celebrated architects and interior designers, Bruno Moinard and Claire Bétaille of 4BI & Associés, along with Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku of Jouin Manku to carry out the delicate task. Dorchester Collection’s CEO, Christopher Cowdray had this to say on the restoration project:
‘At Dorchester Collection we strive to invest continually in our properties in order to provide guests with the most memorable experience through highly personalised and authentic service. Our hotels strongly reflect each destination’s character and culture. With this in mind, the restoration of Hotel Eden has strived to maintain the property’s Roman essence whilst offering guests the ultimate luxury experience enriched by contemporary styling and state-of-the-art facilities.’
The lobby is the hotel’s grand entrance which showcases the redesign at its finest. Lined with red ochre and grey stucco marble, the lobby displays Moinard and Bétaille’s ‘Alive Art’ concept which embraces and develops designs of the past as opposed to replacing them. Golden touches and fresco paintings by Gio Bressana along with two large Roman steles as the reception desks effortlessly fuse with the modern black, white and grey marble flooring. Perfectly encapsulating Hotel Eden’s updated look.
The 98 guestrooms and suites have been sympathetically designed to enhance the beauty of natural light. Now brighter and airier thanks to their lesser number, each room also boasts high ceilings and large windows to frame the city’s skyline and exhibit the hotel’s central location. Timeless Italian furnishings from leading Italian artisans have been used in the interiors and each en suite bathroom has been inspired by a classic Roman bath and decorated in white and gold.
The Bellavista Penthouse Suite is the finest accommodation on offer at Hotel Eden and benefits from an unrivalled rooftop location with magnificent views across Rome. The floor to ceiling windows can be fully opened to bring the outdoors in and the suite is also accessible by private lift. Once the site of a famed meeting between Louis Vuitton and Bulgari, the penthouse suite has been discerningly decorated with 1930s and 1940s touches and includes a study, living room, dining room and luxurious master bedroom and marble bathroom.
The hotel’s culinary offerings are beyond reproach with two restaurants and two bar spaces. The Il Giardino Ristorante and Bar is the ultimate retreat from the busy city and is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down. Jouin Manku has created a space which enhances and complements the neighbouring Villa Borghese gardens with a ‘vertical garden’ crafted from glass and metal foliage. Located on the hotel’s top floor, La Terraza is Hotel Eden’s crown jewel offering mesmerising views of Rome and sensational Mediterranean cuisine. Overseen by award-winning chef Fabio Ciervo, the restaurant draws on traditional Italian craftsmanship with high gloss varnished wood work and a theatrical atmosphere complemented by a fresco glass wall made of layers of treated glass by Philippe David.
Hotel Eden is now open for reservations, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to stay in one of Rome’s finest hotels with a fabulous new look.