This iconic hotel has been impressing its guests since it was converted to a hotel in 1889, and has been host to a variety of royalty, heads of states and celebrities during this time. With a colorful history from the time it was converted to a hotel to take advantage of the visitors who were looking for hotels near the Termini railway station, as people made the change from horse-drawn carriages to the excitement of train travel; to being the headquarters of the English Command after the Liberation; to later playing host to the maestro of the screen, Federico Fellini, for each of his interviews over the years held at the famed roof garden; Hotel Eden is no stranger to change.
The property reopened in 1994 by former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher in 1994, following a € 15million renovation. As of earlier this week, Dorchester Collection Limited has purchased Hotel Eden from Starman Hotels, and will assume the management from Starwood Hotels and Resorts over the course of the coming weeks and months. This becomes the tenth property for the Dorchester Collection, which follows their methodology of acquiring very unique individual properties with a fair amount of historical significance and local landmark status. Hotel Eden now joins The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane in London, The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Le Meurice and Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, Coworth Park in Ascot and Le Richemond in Geneva as part of this impressive collection of hotels.
Commenting on the transaction, Christopher Cowdray, CEO of Dorchester Collection, said: “Hotel Eden is an exciting addition to our portfolio as it is one of the world’s most majestic and iconic hotels in a truly superb setting. Its landmark status, heritage and individuality complement the style and locations of our other nine hotels in the UK, France, Switzerland, Italy and the US. A presence in Rome, one of the epicenters of classicism, additionally creates synergies with our hotel in Milan, Hotel Principe di Savoia. We are delighted to welcome Hotel Eden’s employees into the Dorchester Collection family.”
Once the dust settles from the transition, the property will undergo yet another careful restoration to further enhance the heritage of the building, while repositioning the hotel to the absolute forefront of the luxury hotel market. The new owners are still determining the timing and scale of this major restoration, but with a property with so much character and charm, the Dorchester Collection’s improvements will only make this historical hotel that much more appealing.
Source: Dorchester Collection