RO­MAN RE­VIVAL

Nes­tled along­side the scenic Villa Borgh­ese, Ho­tel Eden in Rome is an oa­sis where one can revel in the time­less charm of the Eter­nal City

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The roads of Rome are paved with so much his­tory that cen­tury-old build­ings are con­sid­ered new, which prob­a­bly isn’t sur­pris­ing for a city of­ten de­scribed as an open air mu­seum. While the Colos­seum, Pan­theon, and dozens of other an­cient mon­u­ments draw in the tourists, there are a host of other places that have also be­come an im­por­tant part of the city’s fab­ric.

Although the struc­ture that houses Ho­tel Eden only dates back to 1889, it holds an ex­tra­or­di­nary, yet open se­cret—it is here where one can wit­ness the most stun­ning panoramic views of the city of seven hills. Just a stone’s throw away from the Span­ish Steps and the Trevi Foun­tain, the ho­tel of­fers a unique van­tage point to take in land­marks such as the Vat­i­can and Il Vit­to­ri­ano, as well as Rome’s lush, golden-hued land­scape.

Sit­ting on a side street, Ho­tel Eden’s unas­sum­ing façade con­ceals a gem of a space. Af­ter a thor­ough 18-month-long restora­tion, the es­teemed Dorch­ester Col­lec­tion ho­tel re­opened in April 2017 to much fan­fare. The de­sign was a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort of two revered firms: Bruno Moinard and Claire Be­taille of 4BI & As­so­ci­ates, and Pa­trick Jouin and San­jit Manku of Jouin Manku.

Through a care­ful study of colours and ma­te­ri­als, Ho­tel Eden’s new look has a lighter, fresher ap­peal with­out un­der­min­ing its his­tory. There’s an un­der­ly­ing do­mes­tic char­ac­ter to the deca­dence prof­fered here—each area looks like an abode of a well-trav­elled tastemaker and ev­ery nook is dec­o­rated with soul. It’s this renewed di­rec­tion that sets it apart from the overly for­mal style of other her­itage ho­tels in the neigh­bour­hood.

The high-end yet homely am­bi­ence is car­ried through­out the rooms and suites, which are dec­o­rated with be­spoke pieces in­clud­ing Mu­rano glass lamps, and clad with hand-picked mar­ble im­ported from Pak­istan and fin­ished in the Ital­ian city of Car­rara. Moinard and Be­taille, who were tasked with de­sign­ing the lobby, rooms and meet­ing spa­ces, were enamoured by the city’s dis­tinc­tive nat­u­ral light and sought to bring this in­doors.

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