The Westin Excelsior Rome

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

The Westin Excelsior, Rome
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The Westin Excelsior, Rome, facing the famed Via Veneto
General information
LocationRome, Italy
AddressVia Vittorio Veneto 125
OpeningJanuary 18, 1906
OwnerKatara Hospitality[1]
ManagementWestin Hotels
Design and construction
DeveloperAktiengesellschaft für Hotelunternehmungen
Other information
Number of rooms281 from USD $511 per night.
Number of suites35 from USD $1,120 per night.


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, which placed the Excelsior in its Luxury Collection. In 1998 Sheraton was sold to Starwood Hotels, and the Excelsior was transferred to its Westin Hotels division and 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 cultureEdit

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] In the 1973 film The Exorcist, Chris MacNeil (played by Ellen Burstyn) can be heard asking to be connected to the Hotel Excelsior in Rome when she is trying to reach Regan's (played by Linda Blair) father.

In March 3, 1994. singer Kurt Cobain overdosed in one of the hotel suites. [11]

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.[12]


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  2. ^ "The Westin Excelsior, Rome, Rome". Five Star Alliance. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
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  4. ^ "The Second World War - Antony Beevor - Google Books". Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  5. ^ Russell Hotten (1993-10-16). "Forte to run CIGA hotels: 'Money from day one' in rescue deal for Italian luxury chain - Business - News". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
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  7. ^ Suzanne Topham, Demand Media. "Famous Hotels in Rome | USA Today". Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  8. ^ "La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini , 2 - Activcinema Rome". Retrieved 2014-06-04.
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  10. ^ "FILM. The celluloid magic of Rome | News in Rome | Rome City Guide". Wanted in Rome. 2010-02-17. Archived from the original on 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  11. ^ The Rome Hotel Kurt Cobain overdosed in
  12. ^ "The World's Most Expensive Hotel Rooms", Forbes, March 7, 2002.

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