Monday, September 06, 2010

One of my favorite things: Hotel de Russie's Garden Bar

The other week my friend Erica took me to Hotel de Russie for a Birthday Drink.

This outdoor garden is one my favorites place in Rome. Located just south of Piazza del Popolo, the garden rear ends Villa Borghese Park. You feel like you're at your rich relative's villa in the country.

The prices are at the Beverly Hills/Madison Avenue level. 19 euros for a mojito?! However, they are delicious and very, very strong.

It's a great place to people watch. Last time I was there the crowd was quite eclectic. Chic locals, wealthy businessman from the Middle East, very preppy Americans who were staying at the hotel playing cards with their children, etc. This hotel (along with The Hassler) is very popular with the Hollywood crowd and many stars and producers stay there while in town.

If I had money, I would go there at least once a week.

Hotel de Russie
Via del Babuino, 9


J.Doe said...

A Happy Belated Birthday wish to you!! I don't know exactly when the occasion was, but I also had a drink for you in celebration.
Hope you had fun.

Eleonora said...

Happy belated birthday!
You know the De Russie has a wonderful spa, and you could treat yourself to a massage, the person in charge is very very good.

E xx

Moi said...

It is now September 6. Massimo is back in the bar. I think we should shift gears to martini tasting as they said they were the best in Rome.
Or was it Italy?

homebody at heart said...

Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you had a great time!

Jen said...

It looks lovely - the perfect place for a birthday celebration! A question, though - would it feel as special if you *could* go every week?

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Happy Birthday (belated) to you. I agree with you about that bar. It does feel like you've joined the landed gentry or something. I took my Dad there when he visited us in Rome and he loved it too.

dorina said...

sounds so fun! happy birthday :)

Gil said...

Happy Belated Birthday to you! It sounds like you were taken to a nice place. On the other hand I don't think my wife and I will be staying there anytime soon.

Reginadiroma said...

LOVE that bar. I wonder if they make a decent bloody mary. It's all I want to drink these days (oh and the occasional water or coffee LOL).

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

J. doe - August 26th when all of Rome, except for tourists, were out of town. Thank you!

Eleonora - grazie! I heard about the spa. A friend from L.A. went there and raved about it. It's one of many things on my list to try/buy once my $$$$ situation improves. sigh.

moi - yes. Mojito season is almost over. Best in Italy...that's some serious bragging.

homebody - thanks...yes I did.

jen - good point. Okay so maybe once a month instead would work. ha

ccl - thank you. It does. It's a great place to take out of town guests.

dorina - grazie!

gil - ha! Thank you.

regina - I don't know. I heard their Sunday brunch is outstanding so I assume they must make a killer Bloody Mary.

glamah16 said...

Noting that CS and I will stop there for a drink when we come.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

glamah16 - ooooh have fun.