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The Westin Excelsior, Rome
Roma Via Veneto.jpg
The Westin Excelsior, Rome, facing the famed Via Veneto
General information
Location Rome, Italy
Address Via Vittorio Veneto 125
Opening January 18, 1906
Owner Katara Hospitality[1]
Management Westin Hotels
Design and construction
Developer Actiengesellschaft für Hotelunternehmungen
Other information
Number of rooms 281
Number of suites 35
Website
www.westinrome.com

The Westin Excelsior, Rome is a luxury hotel located on the Via Veneto in Rome, Italy. It opened in 1906.[2]

History[edit]

The Hotel Excelsior opened on January 18, 1906, it was constructed by the Actiengesellschaft für Hotelunternehmungen, based in Lucerne, Switzerland.[3] They sold the hotel in 1920 to CIGA, the Compagnia Italiana Grandi Alberghi, or Italian Grand Hotels Company, an Italian luxury chain; in 1944, the hotel became the temporary headquarters of General Mark Clark after the US Army entered Rome.[4]

The Aga Khan IV bought CIGA in 1985,[5] then sold it to Sheraton Hotels in 1994, who placed the Excelsior in their Luxury Collection. In 1998 Sheraton was sold to Starwood Hotels, and the Excelsior was transferred to their Westin Hotels division, renamed The Westin Excelsior, Rome, the hotel was fully renovated in 2000.[3] Starwood sold the hotel to Qatar-based Katara Hospitality in 2015 for €222 Million.[6]

In popular culture[edit]

The hotel hosted the cast and crew of Ben-Hur in 1959.[7] La Dolce Vita was filmed around the hotel in 1960[8] and Two Weeks in Another Town was filmed in the hotel in 1962. Portions of the 1983 miniseries The Winds of War were filmed in the hotel,[9] as was a scene in the 2009 period musical Nine.[10]

The hotel is marked by its distinctive cupola, and for the two-story "Villa la Cupola" suite located on the fifth and sixth stories beneath it, this suite is noted as one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world, and includes hand-painted frescoes, up to seven bedrooms, and a private cinema.[11]

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