What We Love
- The sixth-floor restaurant serves one of the best tasting menus in Rome and has stunning views
- Genuinely charming service; nothing is too much trouble
- Close to the Via Veneto and within walking distance of the Spanish Steps
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- A $9 city tax per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Children are actively welcomed; this is Italy, after all
- The decor is lavishly old-fashioned — no stripped-down minimalism here
- Located right by the glorious Villa Borghese gardens
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Understated elegance in a neoclassical villa. The five-star Eden has been one of Rome’s finest hotels since opening in 1889, and it can count Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and Federico Fellini as former guests. The flagship property of the Dorchester Collection, it’s a classic grande dame a five-minute stroll from the Spanish Steps. Plush velvets, rich damasks, overstuffed sofas, curlicued carvings, marble busts and costly antiques fill the public areas, and the sixth-floor restaurant commands some of the best views of the Eternal City.
Bed and Bath
The 121 graceful guestrooms are light and bright, even in the smaller categories. You’ll find yourself in a tasteful refuge of crisp white linens, dark woods and ankle-deep carpets. The bathrooms are decked out with cream marble, mirrored walls and antique enamelwork (although there’s no sacrificing on the water pressure in the power showers), and they’re stocked with generous supplies of Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.
La Terrazza dell’Eden restaurant serves one of the best tasting menus in Rome; the highlight of Michelin-starred chef Fabio Ciervo’s seven-course blowout is a loin of lamb with hazelnut crust, lamb shoulder confit and thyme sauce. Wine pairing is an added pleasure. The obligatory Roman aperitivo at the Giardino dell’Eden bar provides a stunning bird’s-eye view of the Eternal City. Elsewhere there’s a modern fitness center, and in-room massages are available.
In the Area
If upscale eats are your thing, check out new kid on the block Marzapane, a tiny black-and-white eatery whose chef, Alba Esteve Ruiz, is tipped for a Michelin star. For ice cream try Giolitti, the most elegant gelateria in town. And for luxe shopping off the beaten track, head to the lively Via del Governo Vecchio, in the centro storico, an atmospheric street full of great little shops. Galleria Borghese has the best collection of art south of Florence: sculptures from ancient Rome to Canova and Bernini, a roomful of Caravaggios and an upper gallery packed with Raphaels, Cranachs and Titians.
How to Get There
We stayed at the Eden last spring and had two rooms which were very nice, materials were of highest quality, we lacked a magnifying mirror in the bathroom, though. Location is as good as it can get and views are out of this world, especially from the breakfast room and the restaurant.
We have stayed at the „old“ Eden before when it was a member of the Leading Hotels and before it was acquired and refurbished by the Brunei owner Dorchester Group. Although everything is new, we felt that the new Eden had lost a bit of the old personal charm that we loved so much and traded its understated luxury and elegance for the new, more ostentatious bling (the golden ceiling in the lobby is really a bit OTT), which is obviously a matter of personal taste! Nonetheless, service is still outstanding. The ladies at the front desk were super friendly and check in very delightful. We loved the breakfast service on the top floor, where names were reminded and personal preferences were memorized and offered during the following mornings; also we were given a small tour of the renovated rooftop restaurant and explained the monuments which you could see from there. Great start into the day and we were looking forward to breakfast every morning! We also had dinner at La Terrazza de‘ll Eden which is the formal Michelin starred restaurant dining venue of the hotel. It’s a bit pricey (approx. euro 1,000 for a dinner for 3) but setting and views and service were amazing and we would definitely recommend for special occasions! The only somewhat disappointing experience we had was with the concierge service. We asked to be booked tickets for the Borghese Gallery Bernini exhibition. We understand that the hotel works with a third party provider to book tickets, but it was very difficult to find availability and all time slots offered did not work for us and apparently nothing was available during our preferred time slots. I was so annoyed I simply went online on the website of the Borghese gallery and to my surprise was able to secure tickets for the time slots we preferred within 5 minutes. Also, it was the last day of the Hokusai show in the Ara Pacis and the concierge told us no tickets needed to be bought in advance as that show was not very busy. To our surprise when we arrived at Ara Pacis, it was packed and there was already a very long queue for the tickets and we had to wait quite a bit to be able to get tickets. Concierge did however recommend a very nice local restaurant in a non touristy neighbourhood for our last dinner. The Eden is a outstanding hotel, what makes it so special is it’s team, in particular front of the house/lobby and at breakfast. With the new ownership, we thought it had changed a bit its character and we thought it was a bit too „shiny“ for our taste, but nonetheless an outstanding hotel.
From the moment we arrived the staff were amazing and the service was perfect. The hotel is in the perfect location to explore Rome and has the most amazing rooftop restaurant. I want to return to Rome just to dine there!
Above expectations! Lovely boutique hotel with staff that goes above everything I have experienced. Concierge helped us with our lost luggage and made calls to the airport and helped us locate it. Awesome breakfast with an amazing view and adorable staff, especially Francesco and Marco. Lovely rooms and turn down service every night. Small, unique and exclusive. We will for sure come back next time!
So I stayed at Hotel Eden for 3 nights and the property itself is STUNNING, the rooms are exquisite! They really try to look after you at this hotel, and the staff is welcoming, friendly and helpful. Each time I ordered something for my room someone was up there within 5 min, impressive!
The breakfast offers a FAB selection, I did have two minor things which I have made the hotel aware of, they've apologies profusely and I hope they can work at ironing out these tiny kinks!
Ordered omelette on the first morning, never got it, service was a bit disorganised - on the way out I mentioned this so that they could rectify for next visit. Coffee served lukewarm, I heard another guest requesting a hotter cup! I would seriously look at getting 2 people manning the omelette station.
2nd visit they messed up my crepes & custard order, but this was quickly rectified.
None of the 2 issues would prevent me from recommending this hotel or returning! I had a Lovely stay and I will return....soon!
I wasn't sure what to expect from this property when I booked it - but this was a stunning property with great staff, good views, and it was just 5 mins away from the Spanish steps. My girlfriend and I visited this properly recently and we were both blown away by just how nice the space was, if we were ever in Rome again, we'd go back in a heartbeat.
The only negative was that the bed was a little TOO soft, and we weren't used to that so sleep during the first 2 nights was a bit broken - but other than that, we loved it!