Text Carlo Mazzoni
So many tourists in Rome and so few hotels. Hotel d’Inghilterra seems to have been squeezed in behind via Condotti, leaving no room to breathe. The carpeting that in the nineties was a sign of luxury now smacks of motels along Atlanta motorways. Some people say it has been refurbished; maybe the work is still in progress—my room was not involved anyway. I have stayed at the Inghilterra several times—the rooms are small, too small, with tiny bathrooms barely meeting the criteria of a four-star hotel in the provinces. I mean no offence, this is not the real problem here—my intention is merely to inform readers that the rates per night are not reasonable. The situation of hotels in Rome. The new Eden remains out of sight, poorly frequented by questionable bloggers. Palazzo Dama is pretentious, the Plaza is gloomy. The Locarno, wonderful but, again, nostalgic. Behind one of the numerous angels in Piazza del Popolo, the Hotel de Russie opens up like a breath of fresh air in this stale fog. Simple furniture, the context prevails—Rome’s genius loci is a universal story, playing with it has proven to be the poetic downfall of many. Hotel de Russie features a large, airy lobby, its generous new volumes unusual for Rome, all white and flowers. A chance to breathe and smile. It has an outdoor garden with tables for breakfast in the November sun. A few steps take you up to the garden, on the slope down to the River Pincio. The cuisine is simple: mozzarella, tomatoes, focaccia. Some of the rooms here are small too, compromising the overall level of the hotel, but they are only a few—most of them are the size of a bedroom at home. The ceilings are high and Dutch wooden ornaments blend with blue-grey tones, polished varnished floors, shades of beige, cream and black details.
Hotel de Russie is part of the Rocco Forte group – together with the Savoy in Florence, and the Verdura, on the coast of Sicily. New openings are planned for Italy.
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