Hotel Splendide Royal
The Hotel Splendide Royal lives up to its name, offering luxurious accommodations in the Italian capital that are decidedly regal both in appearance and ambience. French windows leading to terraces overlooking the lush greenery of the Villa Borghese Gardens are framed with heaps of richly-coloured drapes. Bathrooms and floors are marble. Mirrors are gilt. Chandeliers drip with Murano glass. And rooms and suites offer both impressive square footage, amenities and Baroque style.
Arched stone doorways in the public spaces lead guests past stained glass and plump elegant sofas, past sculptures and paintings, and through to meeting and conference rooms, for those in search of such. But most find their way to the seventh floor restaurant, Mirabelle. Elegant and refined, the menu here runs the full gourmet gamut from oysters and Beluga caviar to foie gras and ravioli with creamy egg yolk, bacon, asparagus and black truffle. Flavours and textures are expertly played with, offering diners dishes like blue lobster steamed and served with tofu emulsion and seaweed bread, and pigeon confit with peaches in Ben Ryè dessert wine, foie gras and gingerbread ice cream. While ordering a la carte offers a myriad of tantalising options, tasting menus – and even a children’s menu – are also available.
It doesn’t stop there. Mirabelle opens up onto an al fresco terrace with views that stretch out over Rome, taking in the Villa Borghese, the Vatican and more from its vantage point. But for those in search of breakfast, rather than a romantic dinner, the Hotel Splendide Royal offers similar sights from its Crystal Lounge, where the American buffet is laid out waiting. So, whatever you need from the Hotel Splendide Royal, whether for business, romance or deluxe family vacation, the experience of staying here is sure to be splendide indeed.