Italy’s second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is creating havoc in the hotel and restaurant sector of the country but there’s nothing to do except follow the current directives of the government and hope for the best. The latest DPCM national regulation, which is putting everyone to a distressing predicament is for the restaurants to close at 18:00 everyday and a curfew at midnight. But there is a crack of hope left for the in-house restaurants of the hotels because they can remain open to serve dinner, but only to their hotel guests. With this prospect and courage of reinventing themselves, the idea of offering gourmet staycation to Romans developed among some luxury hotels with award-winning restaurants inside the premises.Staycation is a short holiday, usually within an arc of a day and a night spent in one’s own city or country. With all the restrictions going on, it’s the best way to unwind, enjoy good food and explore the city. So, a package of an overnight stay in the hotel combined with a gourmet autumn dinner in their restaurant without worrying about the midnight curfew is the best way to have a little escape.
Hotel Vilòn – Adelaide
Address: Via dell’Arancio, 69, Rome
Tel: +39 06878187
Hotel Vilòn, a member of the Small Luxury Hotel of the World, is a charming 5-star luxury hotel located in a wing of the 17th-century Palazzo Borghese, a historical 16th century palace belonging to the noble Borghese family. It was referred to as the house annexed to the palace that the princes rented from the beginning of the 17th century. It is considered as one of Rome’s four wonders for its beautiful architecture. The structure has eighteen rooms and suites, all designed with distinctive stylish decors and motifs where the guests can relax in complete comfort and luxury. With the direction of Manager Giorgia Tozzi, Hotel Vilòn has received a well-deserved commendation being one of the 129 hotels of the World’s Best Hotels by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2020 Gold List wherein only 3 are in located in Rome. In the vicinity of the hotel is Piazza di Spagna, Via dei Condotti and Via del Corso for the best shopping in the capital.
Inside the hotel’s restaurant is Adelaide, with the kitchen headed by Chef Gabriele Muro. Adelaide recently received “two forks” from the Italian restaurant guide, Gambero Rosso 2021 being among the Best of Lazio Region, Best Restaurant Service and Best Hotel Cocktail Bar. The chef’s approach to his cooking has the aspect of contemporary characteristics but with strong attachment to the flavors of traditional family cooking. Be it traditional Italian cuisine or modern cooking topped with excellent service, it’s one of the best referral points in Rome. Gourmands can continue to enjoy the chef’s cuisine until dinnertime with the addition of relaxing in one their luxurious rooms. One of the changes at the restaurant is their offer of All Day Eating and Drinking from 12:00 to 18:00 at both Adelaide Restaurant and the adjacent In Salotto Cocktail Bar. The Staycation Package includes: overnight stay for two with free mini bar, dinner for two at Adelaide (3 courses, small patisserie and two glasses of wine) served in the dining room or in the heated winter garden, and breakfast in the room or in the winter garden.
Rome Cavalieri A Waldorf Astoria Hotel – La Pergola
Address: Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101, Rome
Tel: +39 0635091
Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel is one of Rome’s most prestigious luxury hotels. Located in a sprawling 6-hectare private park covered with Mediterranean vegetation on one of the highest hilltops in the capital, it commands a panoramic view of the Eternal City. The hotel structure accommodates 345 spacious rooms and 25 suites in addition to other amenities. This hotel is also one of the World’s Best Hotels by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2020 Gold List as well as one of the Top Ten Hotels in Rome by Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice, the Best Hotel in Europe Gold Badge 2020 by the US News & World Report and one of the World’s Leading Luxury City Resort since 2016.
One of the highlights of the hotel is Rome’s only three Michelin starred restaurant since 2005. La Pergola is in the hands of Chef Heinz Beck wherein you can indulge in the excellence of gourmet cooking by one of the best chefs in the world. Being open only for dinner, which, for the most current anti-Covid regulation, is only allowed to hotel guests, Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel has put together Staycation Stellata, a gourmet staycation package to enjoy both a stellar dinner prepared by the chef and the luxury of a night’s stay at the hotel.
Mirabelle Hotel Splendide Royal – Mirabelle
Address: Via di Porta Pinciana, 14, Rome
Tel: +39 06429689
Another hotel doing the staycation initiative is Mirabelle Hotel Splendide Royal, an elegant five-star hotel with an equally refined panoramic restaurant, Mirabelle. In addition to the daily lunch formula (except Saturdays), they are also opening their doors to accommodate the gourmands in the city with the Staycation Covid Safe. It is a promotional package reserved for Romans that combines a tasting dinner and an overnight stay at one of the hotel’s rooms. With the extraordinary price of €150 per person, it’s possible to escape the daily life and move to the extraordinary ambience of Mirabelle Hotel Splendide Royal. In the kitchen is Chef Stefano Marzetti, well-known in the capital for his excellent renditions of his dishes and in this package, he will be celebrating the rediscovery of the season’s root crops that have strong links to land. On weekends, the restaurant opens its doors to everyone for a brunch formula at €50 from 9:30 to 14:30 whereas on weekdays, breakfast is served at 7:00 to 10:00 at €38.50.
Hotel FortySeven – 47 Circus Roof Garden
Address: Via Luigi Petroselli, 47, Rome
Tel: +39 066787816
Hotel FortySeven, located along Via Luigi Petroselli is a four-star hotel wherein five floors alternate with the valuable memorabilia from the world of cinema, fashion and photography. On its rooftop terrace, one of the capital’s fast-rising restaurants bestows an outstanding open-air museum panorama of Rome which was also the iconic location of the famous film Roman Holidays of Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. The temple with a rare circular shape of Hercules Victor, the only surviving sacred temple that is made of ancient Greek marble building in Rome while lying next to it is the Temple of Portunus, an ancient Roman teopen-air mple built in the 3rd or 4th BCE. On the other side of the road is the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin with its distinctive bell tower, a rare example of the architecture in the 12th century in Rome. These monuments have the backdrop of the Lungotevere and Circus Maximus.
The highlight of the restaurant doesn’t end at the view, because the chef, Antonio Gentile reveals to the diners a spectacular voyage on the table with his creative Mediterranean dishes. Being one of the most celebrated chefs in the capital, it is a real pleasure to experience a full dinner with his excellent creations. The dining service, handled by maitre d’ and sommelier Giorgio Graziani, was recently acknowledged with the Best Proposal by the Glass in the Italian guide Gambero Rosso The Best Restaurants of Rome 2021. In view of the new regulation, proprietor Luca Nicolotti is proposing the Rome & Relax package, a reduction of 25% on the total restaurant receipt for those who book an overnight stay in the hotel. Furthermore, the restaurant changes its hours for lunch from Friday until Sunday from 12:00 to 18:00.