Suite Talk

Picasso Suite - Hotel de Russie, a Rocco Forte Hotel
Rome, Italy

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The Secret Garden and The Slopes of The Pincio 

Named after the famous painter who stayed at the hotel in 1917, the expansive Picasso Suite offers stunning views over the hotel’s vibrant green Secret Garden and the slopes of the Pincio. The suite presents touches inspired by the artist’s signature style—including original prints, lithographs and folio books—and features an exquisitely designed living room, a separate dining room with a private fully serviced bar and a small library. There is also a spacious walk in wardrobe and two bathrooms. Its private terrace is designed to provide an intimate al fresco space, with a double sofa and coffee table, a lounger and a dining table for four. 

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What is your biggest indulgence in captivating new guests? 
I love spoiling new guests from arrival to departure. Our Rocco Forte Suite Experience is tailor made to suit the preferences and needs of each guest. Beside all of my suite amenities and exclusive benefits, such as the complimentary airport transfer, the in-suite check-in, and personalized concierge services before and during the stay, guests can also receive a bespoke experience of their choice, whether it be a two-hour walking tour of Rome with a professional guide, a one-hour tour of the city’s boutiques with a personal shopper, a wine tasting session, an in-suite bottle of Champagne, or a private Art Running session through the Eternal City with the hotel’s personal trainer. 

What is the typical day in the life of a suite? It’s always sad when guests leave. But after they check-out, a lovely team cheers me up with a wonderful, comprehensive freshen up that puts me back on track ready for the next guest to come. They clean me thoroughly, with incredible attention to every small detail, and ensure every aspect of me represents the finest in hospitality. All of my features and amenities are then prepared and the elegant bar alcove is fully restocked. When my new guests step in, it is a real pleasure to see them wandering in awe around my different spaces, from the comfy bed to my personal terrace that overlooks the Secret Garden.

What would be your advice for a first-time guest visiting? My advice for first time guests is to begin their day with a delicious breakfast in the privacy and comfort of my cozy terrace, overlooking both the hotel’s spectacular Secret Garden and the adjacent Villa Borghese Gardens – these can be the first stop of the guests’ Roman journey. I then suggest spending the rest of the day immersed in the wonders of the Eternal City, visiting the city’s landmarks and main historical sites, such as the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and the Colosseum – all within easy reach. Our Concierge team will be excited to plan everything for you!

Is there a famous name, a particular street or monument that you most identify with? What inspired your style? I am extremely proud to be named after the legendary Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, who stayed at Hotel de Russie in 1917 when he was preparing to stage the first ever Cubist ballet together with French poet Jean Cocteau. My design is inspired by his signature
style – I’m decorated in cheerful yellow and purple tones, with lithographs and Picasso folio books, handcrafted tapestry cushions with Portrait De Dora Maar and other popular works.

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