Dorchester Collection’s Hotel Eden, Rome is slated to finish its renovation on April 1. Hotel Eden closed for restoration in November 2015. When the upgrades are completed, the property will have 98 guestrooms and suites, and will offer a food and drink concept with panoramic views across the Eternal City. Hotel Eden will also introduce a new urban spa with four suites.
Moinard oversaw the interior decoration of the lobby, rooms and suites, as well as the meeting rooms. Jouin Manku did the restoration of the restaurants and bar on the sixth floor and the spa.
Upon completion, the lobby will have a golden boxed ceiling, with bright walls punctuated by colored stucco-marble. Offering a contrast with a more contemporary feel, the floor will consist of a black, white and grey marble; while the reception desk and main lobby lounge will have a more authentic Roman design with two large “stele” as reception desks, and a large fresco creating an element of illusion in the main lobby lounge above the fireplace.
For the restoration of the 98 guestrooms and suites, Bruno Moinard will blend contemporary features with the authentic classic Roman style of the property, displaying artwork and authentic fittings. The guestrooms and suites have high ceilings and tall windows, framing Rome's skyline and utilizing the hotel's central location and city views.
The new bathrooms will be decorated in white and gold and feature mosaics, marble vanities, walk-in rain showers, a separate bath and Italian Bottega Veneta toiletries. Modern features will include master controlled lighting and climate control, Wi-Fi, Bang & Olufsen televisions and sound systems with Bluetooth connectivity.
The Classic Suites, Prestige Suites and Villa Malta Signature Suite will have living areas and foyers. The Aurora Terrace Suite, once home to actress Ingrid Bergman, will have an outdoor terrace with a private maze-like garden, fountain and a dining area for up to 10 people, while the Presidential Suite will have views of the city from the balcony. Meanwhile, the Penthouse Suite will have touches of architectural detail throughout with hardwood flooring. From the suite’s rooftop location, there will be views of Rome, which will be enhanced by the suite's new feature of fully opening floor-to-ceiling windows.
For dining, the property will have La Terrazza, which will be located on the top floor, and will be able to seat up to 49 people, as well as an exclusive Chef’s Table for up to eight diners. The design of La Terrazza will draw on traditional Italian craftsmanship as inspiration, with high gloss varnished wood. Il Giardino will have its own Secret Garden, an open air terrace and a vegetation inspired installation wall. Meanwhile, La Libreria will have a fireplace.
For events, the property will have an open space spanning across 93 square meters (1,001 square feet), with a high ceiling with a modern scenographic light, and two large paintings hanging from the crimson red walls. All furniture will be tailor-made specifically for the room, incorporating contemporary and modern features.
Also with this restoration project, Hotel Eden will introduce a new urban spa, which will include four suites, a blow-dry bar, and a manicure and pedicure space. The spa entrance will have a light atmosphere while the treatment rooms will include dimmed lighting and warm interiors. Vaulted ceilings, honoring the typical Roman architecture, will also be a key feature in the spa design.
Luca Virgilio is the GM of Hotel Eden, Rome.