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
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.