VIA VENETO, ROME, ITALY.
The Villa La Cupola, hotel Westin Excelsior.
Perhaps the only hotel room vested with the power to sweep resident guests through the eternal city’s rich history and culture, straight-up from her classical period to the modern age, the opulent Villa La Cupola can best be explained as a timeless piece of art for melding in harmony renaissance architecture, elegant decor and ultra luxurious amenities among a set of other virtues that have repeatedly qualified it for not only the list of most expensive hotel suites but also the most famous on the planet.
Designed by American architect Michael Stelea at the turn of the twentieth century as part of a $30 million dollar project to reinvigorate the Westin Excelsior, the 12,000 sq.ft double storied penthouse is reported to be endowed with an exquisite bouquet for royal living clad in marble, stained glass, chandeliers, hand picked tapestry and frescoes – including seven terraces overlooking the fashionable street of Via Veneto, two master bedrooms, a terraced study paneled in Italian walnut, a Dolby surround sound video conference hall cum entertainment center, and a private wine cellar stocked with 160 international varieties.
The suite’s main highlights are its Pompeian style Jacuzzi that strives to recreate the baths of ancient Rome with a beautifully designed mosaic floor, vaulted ceilings and carefully hand painted frescoes to imitate the horizon that can be seen from the windows. Along side its hallowed dome, the Cupola, after which it is named.
File Fact: One of Rome’s fashionable streets, the Via Veneto is named after the battle of Vittorio Veneto, a World War 1 engagement between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire in which the former was victorious. The street was inaugurated in 1889, with the hotel commencing its operations seventeen years after in 1906.