Sunday, August 8, 2010

Roma - Expensive Hotel Cocktails

This is my first post about expensive hotel cocktails, there will definitely be more.  I am a strong believer that vacationing in a big city requires a few stops at nice hotels to have a civilized drink.  Hopefully, where you are staying has a nice bar.  In Italy, cocktails are not a huge part of the culture, so hotel bars are often the best place to find a nice cocktail.  We haven't found too many cocktail spots in Rome, but the ones have found, are good ones.

The Hotel Eden:
Via Ludovisi 49

We were lucky enough to stay at the hotel Eden on both of our trips to Rome.  The hotel is  not far from the Spanish Steps, the Via Veneto or Borghese Park.  On the top floor of the hotel there is a nice bar where you can have a cocktail and see all of Rome.  From their windows you can see St Peters and the top of the Spanish Steps.  It is a great way to appreciate the 7 hills of Rome.  It could be worth a trip on a clear night. 

Traveling in style back to the hotel Eden.

The Hassler:
Piazza Trinità dei Monti 6

The Hassler is perhaps the most famous hotel in Rome.  It sits directly at the top of the Spanish Steps, so this is an easy place to grab a drink during a long day of site seeing.  The hotel is very old school, and a little stuffy.  It has a beautiful lobby lounge, and a nice bar in the back.  We were having a drink there late one Monday when Tom Cruise came striding through the lobby.  He was in town to promote Valkerie.  The Hassler is that kind of place.  In the picture below, it is to the right of the church, behind the palm tree.

The Hotel de Russie:
Via Del Babuino 9

The Hotel de Russie is a much more modern hotel than either the Eden or the Hassler.  This hotel is located on Babuino, the main high end shopping street in town, not far from the Piazza del Popolo an the Spanish Steps.  We did a quick walk through the lobby on our last trip, and it was absolutely gorgeous.  There seemed to be a beautiful bar, and an amazing interior courtyard.  The spa looked pretty amazing as well.  We are hoping to stay there on our next visit to Rome.  

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