Celebrating 60 Years of Sofitel: A Diamond Anniversary at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese

The Sofitel brand, renowned for its luxurious hospitality with a French flair, marks its 60th anniversary this year. Celebrations are taking place worldwide, commemorating six decades of “Art French de Vivre.” In Rome, the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese joins the festivities, reflecting on its own storied history and passion for exceptional hospitality.

On Thursday, June 20th, the heart of Rome came alive with an exclusive evening event at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese. The hotel, embodying the charm of an elegant Roman residence, welcomed distinguished guests including institutional representatives, embassy officials, notable personalities, and esteemed partners. The celebration promised a journey of entertainment and gourmet experiences, from the welcoming hall to the luxurious lounges, culminating at the Settimo rooftop with its breathtaking city views and live music by the Clito Swing and Rockabilly Band bridging the musical heritage of Italy and France.

A Culinary Celebration

The evening’s culinary delights were crafted by Chef Giuseppe D’Alessio, featuring a menu that seamlessly blended Italian and French traditions. Highlights included Roman-style supplì, fine de claire oysters, egg carbonara, quiche Lorraine, roasted octopus with salmoriglio, and marinated scallops with seaweed mayonnaise. An assortment of Italian and French cheeses and cured meats, along with caviar, truffles, macarons, and tiramisu, further enriched the gastronomic experience.

To toast the occasion, guests enjoyed Maison Pommery champagne and French Bloom, a non-alcoholic sparkling wine. Dima Ciocia, the Bar & Restaurant Manager, curated a special cocktail for the evening, the “Roman Sparkle,” a harmonious blend of Italian and French flavors featuring Amaro Formidabile, Lillet Blanc, fresh mint, lime, and prosecco.

Words from the General Manager

Elodie Lacroix, General Manager of Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese, expressed the significance of the occasion:

“The 60 years of the Sofitel brand offer us a special opportunity to welcome friends, partners, and guests into our home, a place open to the city, where unique moments of style and taste can be shared. Our hotel has been operating under the Sofitel brand since 1991 and, following extensive renovations, has become an international reference point. It represents the perfect union of French ‘Art de Vivre’ and Italian ‘Dolce Vita,’ which we love to present creatively through design, art, hospitality, and diverse local experiences, especially in gastronomy, where both countries excel. The natural setting of Settimo with its city view adds a magical touch.”

A Rich History and a Bright Future

Sofitel’s journey began on June 26, 1964, with the opening of its first hotel in Strasbourg, Alsace, a region synonymous with gourmet cuisine, picturesque architecture, and stunning landscapes. Ten years later, Sofitel embarked on international expansion, aiming to showcase the unique qualities of each destination. Today, Sofitel stands as the first French luxury hotel brand to operate on all continents, boasting over 120 elegant and unique hotels in the world’s most coveted locations.

Among Sofitel’s prestigious properties are Sofitel Paris Le Scribe Opera, Sofitel London St James, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk, Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, Sofitel Mexico City Reforma, Sofitel Santa Clara Cartagena, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, and Sofitel Ambassador Seoul. The Sofitel Legend brand encompasses a collection of historic luxury hotels renowned for their timeless elegance and rich histories.

Sofitel is part of Accor, the world’s leading hotel group, which operates over 5,400 properties across more than 110 countries. Guests can enjoy the benefits of ALL – Accor Live Limitless, Accor’s loyalty program, offering a wide array of services, experiences, and exclusive rewards.

Partners in Celebration

The success of the anniversary event at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese was made possible by the support of numerous partners, including Agroittica, Cibaria, Doreca, Euronovo, Faic, Fam. Cotarella, Formasal, French Bloom, HqFood, Mochi, Pommery, Selecta, and The Circle.

As Sofitel celebrates its diamond anniversary, it continues to embody French elegance, culture, and art-de-vivre, setting the standard for luxury hospitality around the globe.

Sofitel Roma Villa Borghese

Address: Via Lombardia, 47 – 00187 Rome, Italy
Tel: +39 06478021
Website: https://all.accor.com/hotel/1312/index.it.shtml
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SofitelRomeVillaBorghese/


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