Dorchester Collection Wants To Buy Le Méridien Hotel Eden Rome
September 3, 2013 at 9:14 AM
Here’s an interesting titbit we picked up last week: the Dorchester Collection is trying to make a move on the Eternal City, having entered into discussions to acquire the Hotel Eden in Rome, currently branded under Starwood’s Le Méridien flag.
It would be the second Italian property for the group, joining the Principe di Savoia in Milan. The deal isn’t signed, sealed, delivered quite yet; the official line is that it is “currently in discussions with Starman, owner of the Hotel Eden in Rome, concerning the purchase of the hotel” with “an official statement [to follow] once the transaction is completed”. Given that the Sultan of Brunei is behind the Dorchester Collection and that the company is hoping to have 15 hotels in their portfolio by 2015 (currently they have 9), we’re sure they can work out something on the financial side.
Dating back to 1889, the Hotel Eden is a few minutes away from the famous Spanish Steps, fancy shopping at Via Veneto, as well as the Borghese Gardens. It currently has 121 rooms and suites, but we can’t help to think that number will change if Dorchester will take over: the first two room categories have French beds and only sleep one person, starting at a squeezy 160 square feet. A feature that undoubtedly will remain is the outdoor rooftop restaurant and terrace.
Rates for a Superior Room at Hotel Eden (the first category to sleep two) start around €400 (about $530) in September.
[Photos: Hotel Eden]