LocationBetween the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo, perfect for reenacting your own moment a la Audrey Hepburn/Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday.
Why goParis may get all the glory when it comes to amorous accolades, but let's not forget that Rome is where the word "romance" has its roots. Yes, the city has throngs of tourists, but unique combination of crumbling ruins, chaotic Vespas and a palpable buzz of excitement makes this an ideal city to visit for two. Sipping wine, sharing gelato, strolling through the charming cobbled streets… now that's amore.
What's the storyLike everything in Rome, the Hotel de Russie has a history: two of the hotel's most famous guests, Stravinskij and Picasso, have areas of the hotel named after them. Given a modern makeover by Sir Rocco Forte and his sister, famed hotel designer Olga Polizzi, Hotel de Russie has become the place to stay when in the Eternal City thanks to the enviable location and cool, calm luxury.
Need a Ferrari? A last-minute table in Rome's hottest restaurant? Si, signora… The concierge service is second-to-none. But even if you just need another glass of Chianti, service is done with a friendly smile.
The roomRooms are classically decorated in soothing, muted tones dotted with chic, gleaming accessories and the occasional arty touch. We loved the large bathrooms, squidgy chairs and ultra-comfortable beds… not to mention the large green shutters: perfect for if you need an afternoon nap after indulging in one too many bites of pasta at lunch.
Eating and drinkingThe northern Italian tradition of aperitivo is alive and well in the Stravinskij Bar. With a barman named the best in Italy, and a signature martini that's earned its status, it's the perfect way to begin a night in Rome (just take care not to take too many of the scrumptious snacks).
Le Jardin de Russie offers one of Rome's best dining experiences, but do save room for the weekend brunch (€48 per person), The restaurant may be the perfect place to people watch (read: celeb spot) but the novelty soon wears off when you spot the food. Tables laden with an endless spread of Italian delicacies and pasta stations where chefs create dishes to order, plus an array desserts from gelato to pannacotta, it really is the way to weekend in Rome.
Out and aboutRome's key attractions such as The Vatican City, Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona are just a short stroll away, as are the fashion houses.
PackA chic dress, large sunglasses and stylish shoes are must. If all else fails, pack light and hit the shops of nearby Via Condotti, Rome's answer to London's Bond Street.
What's the crowdThe location, luxury and attention to detail when it comes little ones make this a hotel a hub for fashion lovers, cosy couples and families alike.
RateThe Leading Hotels of the World (Tel: 00800 2888 8882, toll free) offers stays at Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie, Rome from €296 per room per night based on two people sharing, excluding VAT and city tax.
City SecretThe Hotel de Russie actually houses one of Rome's best-kept secrets: a grand terraced garden behind Via del Babuino, rising up Pincio hill. This is the backdrop of Le Jardin de Russie restaurant. Sip an aperitivo under the ancient trees, or do an after dinner stroll. Molto romantic...
Hotel de Russie, Via del Babuino 9, 00187 Rome, Italy. lhw.com/derussie