Grand Hotel Via Veneto
GRAND HOTEL VIA VENETO sits at the end of one of Rome’s most famous streets, winding and tree-lined and dotted with elegant embassies, luxury hotels, and fine restaurants. Yet as quiet and private as your stay will be, you’re still in the thick of things, as the hotel is only a short walk to some of Rome’s most popular attractions, including the Spanish Steps and a string of designer boutiques. The result of an extensive renovation that combined two nineteenth-century buildings, the hotel is a work of art whose unique alchemy of ancient and modern has earned it a slew of awards, including a Five Star Diamond for three consecutive years, a spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2011 list as one of the 101 most beautiful hotels in the world, and a 2014 designation as a top World Luxury Hotel. Its interiors reflect the Italian Art Deco style of the 1930s adapted to modern comforts, and include fine wood furniture by the master artisans of Cantù, Francesco de Marzio’s photographic panels of Rome’s ancient ruins and monuments, tapestries inspired by
Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, Murano chandeliers and lamps, and over five hundred original works of art by such noted painters as Dalì, de Chirico, Guidi, Guttuso, Mirò, Picasso, and others. The hotel’s spacious 116 rooms and suites, with their Carrara marble bathrooms and fine furnishings and linens, are just as elegant, as are the rooftop solarium, state-of-the-art Aqva City Spa, fitness center, and the two restaurants. The Time Restaurant and Wine Bar, for instance, is a favorite spot with area business people who love its fine food, spirits, and lively atmosphere. Recently awarded a Michelin star, the Magnolia restaurant likewise enchants diners, starting with its opulent black marble entryway and ending with the perfect meal. Here, Michelin-starred chef Franco Madama treats each dish as a work of art, not only in its creative combination of ingredients, but in the way they are presented on the plate—a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.