Located between two of the most charming piazzas, Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo, the Hotel de Russie is one of the most prestigious places in the Italian capital. In the rooms, the soft hues dominate and the furniture reflects elegant and discreet big houses. We also love the marble bathrooms of the large rooms. Some of the recently renovated suites have a large balcony overlooking the terraces. On the walls, original photos of Robert Mapplethorpe is another mark of luxury and class of the settlement.

Rome was not built in a day, and the same is true for this exotic location. It has its history rooted back in the 18th century. Since the golden times, it has been a favourite of the painters, the artists and the writers. Room number 602 has been named in tribute to Picasso, who stayed here for a long time in 1917. Jean Cocteau, a famous poet of those times, called this place a ‘paradise on earth’ and it retains the mark well in recent times. Stories are even narrated about the fun, the legendary painter and poet used to have while picking the oranges through the window of their hotel room… And, as they say, times change yet legends remain, and so does this residence.

To witness the luxurious heritage, begin by visiting the stunning Mediterranean Secret Garden, layered with flower hedges and orange trees. Here, you can relax with a glass of wine and unwind to the sound of the waterfall cascading between the three nymphaeums, as you witness the magic unfold. The various counters for the appetizers are there at your service, of which the Stravinskij Bar, stands out, as here you can savour into some expertly-blended drinks under the stars. Coming to relaxation, De Russie Spa will certainly give you the calm you have always been looking for. Moving on, you can dig into the fine Italian works of art in Le Jardin de Russie before making a beeline towards appreciating the outstanding comfort of your extravagant room or suite in the heart of Rome.

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja is a feature writer at L'Officiel India. She is a silver jewellery hoarder and an aesthete of all arts. You can find her unraveling new stories day in and day out.