The Greatest Hotels in the World – ST. REGIS ROME
The St. Regis Rome is one of the world’s most luxurious properties, inserted every year in the Gold List of the Best Hotels by Condé Nast Traveller USA.
The St. Regis Rome, an aristocratic landmark building in the heart of Rome, has always been the crossroad of international high society. For more than a century the luxury property – a few steps from Via Veneto and within walking distance of Via Veneto and Trevi Fountain – is the natural meeting point of the Italian and international political, diplomatic, economic and cultural élite.
The history of the St. Regis Rome begins in London, at a reception given by the well-known hotelier Cesar Ritz in his celebrated hotel. Among the guests was the Italian Premier, the Marquis of Rudinì, who expressed his desire to have such a modern hotel in Italy. A few years later Rome, as well as Zurich and Paris, was finally to encounter the splendour of fin de siècle hôtellerie.
Cesar Ritz, whose reputation to date was associated with the Savoy and the Carlton in London, managed the St. Regis Rome to changed completely Rome’s way of living. The Roman upper class was neither used to hold parties in public places nor to provide their distinguished guests with hotel accommodation. However, Ritz built a hotel that, for the first time in Italy, had huge entertainment lounges where professional and smiling staff took care of guests.
The hotel was inaugurated on January 11th, 1894. Cesar Ritz, the owner, hosted for the occasion a lavish reception for one thousand guests, delighting them with a gourmet menu prepared by “the Best Chefs” of that time and a grand concert conducted by famous maestro Vessella. After the afternoon reception, a dinner was held for 200 privileged guests, prepared by “the Best Chefs” of that time: Auguste Escoffier from the Savoy in London and Luis from the Grand Hotel Nationale in Lucerne. The 16-course banquet (from the Russian hors d’oeuvres to the orange soufflé) was served in an impeccable manner. “Champagne and wine were flowing while gentlemen were offering flowers in profusion to their ladies…”.