Landmark of la dolce vita on Via Veneto
The Westin Excelsior is one of the grandest of the grand hotels in Rome, that particular sort of hotel that aims to be tops in every aspect, but prizes service perhaps above all. Founded in 1906, the Westin Excelsior is decorated in a turn-of-the-century Empire style, with lots of gilt, chandeliers and painted walls, all emerging recently from a renovation that touched nearly the whole hotel.
The 319 guest rooms are also done in this style with the emphasis on opulent fabrics and rich textures. The signature Westin Heavenly Bed, marble bathrooms and modern amenities such as satellite TV and wireless access make the environment cozy, convenient and a joy to return to after a hard day shopping or sightseeing. Many of the rooms also have balconies which is icing on the cake. The true seeker of luxury will opt for the Villa La Cupola, a split-level corner suite which is marketed as Europe’s largest.
Restaurant Doney serves Roman favorites and seasonal Mediterranean dishes in a sumptuous but welcoming setting. The adjacent Club Doney offer drinks and snacks and guests can also drop in for a late morning breakfast or light refreshments all day long. There is a fully-equipped fitness room, an indoor Roman style pool and guests can relax with a massage or beauty treatment. The Westin Excelsior also has extensive facilities for meetings and truly fine banquets are often held at the hotel.
The Westin Excelsior
Location: Via Vittorio Veneto 125, Rome 00187, Italy; 30 kilometres, 45 minutes by car to Fiumicino airport
Luxury style: The tradition of ‘grand’ hotels is alive and well in Rome and the Westin Excelsior is one of the most notable examples. Traditional, elegant and crispily new from the recent renovation that spruced up the venerable institution, but left the charm intact.
What we’ve heard: The Villa La Cupola is a once-in-a-lifetime experience with private screening room, two master bedrooms, balcony, sauna all beneath the signature cupola of the hotel.