Hotel Vilòn: sophisticated eclecticism at the heart of Rome
Hotel Vilòn is the newest jewel in the crown of Rome’s luxury hotels, located at Via dell’Arancio 69, at the poetic and historical center of Italy’s capital, not far from the Pantheon, Piazza di Spagna and Via dei Condotti. A small doorway and plaque mark the entrance to this microcosm of elegance and eclecticism: once inside, you will immediately be enveloped in a cosmopolitan and sophisticated environment, warm and welcoming in its Art Deco inspiration.
The hotel is in fact tied to one of Rome’s most important historical residences: Palazzo Borghese, built in the 16th century for the family it is named after to this day. The hotel develops in what were once known as the “houses annexed to Palazzo Borghese”, which were available for rent. In 1841, Adelaide Borghese de la Roche Foucauld transformed the structure into an institute for girls in need. The princess had always had a modern and generous streak, and believed in the value of good education as an opportunity for young girls to improve their social status, so she envisioned a school where they could be “taught honest ways, actions and thinking, giving them the elegance to stand out”. Between 1897 and 1916, the structure was managed by princess Anna Maria De Ferrari Borghese, wife of Scipione Borghese; in 1938, it was donated to the Daughters of the Cross, who kept it until recent times.
After renovation, new interiors have created spaces rich of details, with unique, custom-made furniture and a color palette ranging from turquoise to earthy wine red to mustard yellow, complementing gold and brass details. Hotel Vilòn’s aesthetics were carefully curated by three pros: interior designer Giampiero Panepinto, set designer Paolo Bonfini (who added a “cinematographic” touch) and photographer Massimo Listri, who shot some of the photographs and selected the art displayed on the walls.
The hotel includes the In Salotto lounge bar, with its colonial-style decor and luxuriant palm trees around the patio, and the Adelaide restaurant, where guests have breakfast and anyone can come in to try chef Gabriele Muro’s delightful cuisine.
Hotel Vilòn is a world apart, made of subdued charm and originality, ready to unlock true luxury with exclusive services, discretion, and a quiet and elegant vibe. It is a secret passage leading to a special dimension, far away from regular life: named after the Hebrew word “vilòn”, meaning veil, it is indeed an oasis of beauty and peace, waiting for you right behind the curtain.
By Barbara Palladino
Vilòn Luxury Hotel
Via dell’Arancio 69
+39 06 878187