As you walk into Rome's Hotel Eden, you suddenly understand why it's a part of the luxury Dorchester Collection of hotels and a Leading Hotel of the World.
Opened in 1889, the hotel was a favorite of Italian film director Federico Fellini – of La Dolce Vita fame, no less – and he even had his own table at the hotel's rooftop restaurant.
To this day, the restaurant, La Terrazza dell'Eden, still exists. And with an ever-beautiful panoramic view of the "Eternal City" in the background, Michelin-starred Chef Fabio Cuervo serves up an Italian and Mediterranean selection of dishes and oversees an extensive wine list.
But the restaurant is not the only feather in Hotel Eden's cap.
Hotel Eden's terrace — Photo courtesy of Hotel Eden / Dorchester Collection
The hotel is strategically positioned in the very heart of Rome, a short walk from the Spanish Steps, the designer shopping strip of Via Condotti and the old-world glamour of Via Veneto. With touches of modern-day glitz, it also oozes old style in its grandeur, architecture, rooms and suites.
To that end, there's a room style to meet every traveler's needs, with over 121 on offer – from superior to deluxe rooms to the stylish suites and terrace rooms with one or two bedrooms.
The penthouse sits on the rooftop, and it's the ultimate in luxury and style, with a private entry and elevator, Jacuzzi and designer touches throughout.
And the experience doesn't end there.
Throughout the warmer months, the hotel run a series of events, such as a weekly sushi aperitif on the rooftop bar, live jazz and entertainment.
And if cocktails aren't your thing, Le Caveau is Hotel Eden's top-floor wine cellar that boasts an award-winning selection of the finest Italian and international wines.
Other facilities for in-house guests include the Wellness Corner with a fully equipped and state-of-the-art gym, steam room and aromatherapy shower. Beauty treatments and a variety of massages are also available on request, and the concierge desk is only to happy to help accommodate guests' every need – from local tips on where to eat to how to get around town.
For the luxury traveler, Hotel Eden is just the place: a five-star establishment with quality service to match.
But even if you're not a hotel guest, why not opt for a drink in the open-air Il Giardino dell'Eden? It's a casual bar setting with views of Rome that will simply take your breath away.
For more information, visit Hotel Eden's website.