A history of hotels; dive into the historic details of the hospitality industry of Rome:

By Sara Branson, Posted on 17 Aug, 2021 at 04:17 am

Rome Hotels

The word Hotel is derived from the French word hôtel, which originates from the same as that of Hospital. The history of hotels ranges back to the early 700s history in which the first two hotels were registered and inaugurated in Japan. These two hotels were built alongside the Silk Road and served as a place for rest for the weary travelers. By early 1600 around 600 hotels wall were built in England and during the early phases of 1800 the first luxury hotel was built in England. Since then, hotels were regarded as a place for recreation which also served luxury in one's budget and preference. The version of hotels available today has only appeared around since the late 18th century; before that, hotels were only a place for rest for the rich, the politicians, and traders. Till the early 18 century, only rich individuals could afford the facilities of hotels other than that common man who traveled use to stay in their homes.

Previously, that is to say, till the early 18 century, these rest houses that are called hotels today were referred to as inns back in those times. Today, one of the popular things to do in Rome is visiting its luxury hotels and enjoy a cup of coffee while viewing the beautiful scenery of the hotels that are located in the places of the previous old mansions. But before you dive into where to book for such jaw-dropping places, let's give you an introduction to the hotels built in Rome and their link to history.

History of hotels in Rome; a journey of hospitality and care industry in Rome:

Some Rome Hotels that are connected to its history ranging back to the medieval times are Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese, Hotel Eden, Hotel Majestic Roma, and Hotel de la Minerve, which is next to the church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.

Hotel de la Minerve:

This hotel was an old palazzo that was converted into a hotel in 1810 by a French Hotel named Joseph Suave. The history of hotels in Rome is early as 600 years and still counting. Hotel Del Sole; which is now known as Albergo Del Sole has a plaque on the walls that tells us clearly that a poet named Ludovico Ariosto stayed here in 1513 when he was assigned to a mission of the new Pope.

Hotel Majestic Roma:

This hotel was established in 1887 and became operational in 1889 which was designed by an architect named Gaetano Koch. Hotel Majestic Roma was the first hotel that was built on the Exclusive via Veneto, which is an area known as the Villa Ludovisi. This hotel's fame reached its peak during the early 28th century when rich individuals of society preferred this hotel for their stay in Rome. Royal individuals such as prince and princess and showbiz stars had a luxurious stay altogether with exceptional comfort provided here in this hotel. The rooms of this hotel are decorated with antique objects and old designs, which bring back the memory of medieval times. The lounges in the hotel were decorated with expensive antique furniture. This hotel also has a ballroom which is named after the famous musician Giuseppe Verdi. This hotel is a good choice in terms of its room service and hospitality.

Hotel Eden:

Hotel Eden was constructed around 1887 which was considered as an elegant series of residential Apartments designed and decorated by an Italian architect Francesco Settimi. The hotel owner Francesco Settimi placed his gaze on the apartment immediately was inspired and thought of converting this old building into a luxury hotel with enhanced features and luxurious facilities. This hotel building was built around the new railway station, which guarantees the hotel owner plenty of guests. He then sold his hotel building to the Nistelweck's family, which Ren the Hotel for almost 100 years. When the inauguration of Hotel Eden was held on October 10, 1889, this hotel was the first in Rome to feature electricity, running water, lift, and heating water facilities which caused it to be an instant success and people's favorite of all times. This hotel was also called the English Hotel due to its fame with English guests who were on a Grand tour of Rome. Due to its high demand from guests, an entire extra floor was built in 1902. Completion of the major renovation of the hotel was announced in 1920, which included private bathrooms to a majority of the guest rooms and Suites. Because of its fame, high popularity, and phenomenal services, each hotel room and suite had a private telephone system installed in it.

Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese:

A mansion of just 21 rooms converted into a hotel with better staff facilities and services, Sofitel Rome is one of the most spectacular retreats in Italy. Built-in the beautiful Renaissance-era, this palace was a prominent elite family residence for centuries. Talking about the Spectacular architecture of Sofitel Rome Villa, it is a beautiful blend of classical Revival style architecture, also known as Neoclassical classic Revival design aesthetics are some of the most common architectural forms that are observed throughout this hotel. This beautiful style of architecture became popular in Europe, Paris, specifically among the students of architecture and design who studied at the French Academy in the late 18th century in Rome. 

Over time due to its elegant design and popularity, the architectural themes spread widely across the continent, which reached two places like Great Britain, Spain, and Germany. Guests have commented that this classical Revival architecture found in the Hotel Sofitel Rome Villa is more of a formal and classical design. Due to the Elegance present in the design of classical Revival style architecture, this style became quite famous over time in commercial places such as banks, hotels, and departmental stores. Examples of classical Revival style in commercial buildings are widespread across many Western major cities, which included London, Paris, New York, and major cities of Germany. Several architects still rely on this gorgeous classical Revival architecture whenever they are designing new buildings for commercial purposes or renovating old historic buildings which are to be renovated for commercial purposes. It is quite obvious that this classic design of Sofitel Rome Villa became quite famous in renovating and decorating new and old buildings even in this era. Many famous historical guests have arrived at this place in which Sean Connery, who is known as the first James Bond, has also visited the place. Other than that, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, and Ava Gardner have also visited this place.

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