The place to be in Rome on a hot Saturday is the garden restaurant of Hotel de Russie - for buffet "Weekend Brunch". Tables groaning with food (cold cuts, antipasti, desserts and a pasta station). And tables under shady trees, in a restaurant tiered up one of Rome’s seven hills. Among those who would see and be seen at Le Jardin de Russie, were girls in dressy shorts, looking gorgeously leggy and cool on a hot Roman day.
This garden is also a beautiful venue for breakfast and dinner, and is the major reason for the hotel’s oasis reputation. Another reason is the spa's saltwater bubble bath. "It is fabulous!" a guest exclaimed as we peered in to see a haze of vapour and bubbles.
A highlight of our lunch was the charming Mario, who with the renowned Italian charm up held out two tomato pastas (pasta pommodoro). "Which do you want?" he asked. "This one is made with love, and this one with tomato…"
Which would you choose?
Hotel de Russie lies in a fashionable street Via del Babuino near Piazza del Popolo, easy reach from the Borghese gardens and Spanish Steps. Via Condotti, totally erupting with designer masterpieces, is a short stroll - and even if you don't buy you definitely need to window shop. On Sunday, if the pope is out of town, the Vatican will look quite empty in comparison with Via Condotti, where windowshoppers march shoulder to shoulder staring and flashing their cameras at the almost nonchalant elegance and style displayed in the windows.
|Orchids in the lobby|
AccommodationThe hotel has 122 rooms and 33 suites. We were shown round a few rooms, in the style that its loyal guests love, with marble and mosaic bathrooms, understated demure colours and a hint of classic romance. Of course wifi (for a charge) :) Some extra colour comes from the smart brick-red case around the TV.
|Balcony of room 314|