A sensation when it opened in 1889, Hotel Eden has got its sparkle back following an 18-month spruce-up. In a city filled with splashy grande dames, Eden’s inconspicuous spot near the Spanish Steps quietly dazzles, belying the glamour beyond.

Inside, the essence of Rome is flavoured by The Dorchester Collection’s signature elegance. It goes hand-in-hand with a luxe aesthetic, where muted furnishings and contemporary touches temper dramatic centrepieces, such as the lobby’s intricate marble steles. Originally a 121-room hotel, Eden has been reduced to 98 rooms and suites, a compression resulting in larger spaces for guests. Framed by views of the Borghese Gardens, each room has been redesigned by Bruno Moinard and Claire Bétaille of 4BI & Associates to accentuate the new, lofty proportions.

Opportunities to see and be seen are plentiful. The rooftop Il Giardino Ristorante & Bar offers solace, while a grand new lobby, bathed in gold and frescos, presents clandestine nooks for aperitivo hour. The jewel in the crown is La Terazza, the top floor restaurant led by Fabio Ciervo. Here, Mediterranean dishes are seasoned with views of the city and include locally inspired offerings, including the standout spaghetti with pecorino, Madagascan pepper and rosebuds — a modern variation of the Roman classic cacio e pepe. 

For all the Eternal City’s pleasures, there’s something to be said for an opportunity for recess, and the Eden Spa, carved out of original vaulted rooms, offers this in style. A Rome hotel where staying in is equally as attractive as staying out.