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The Westin Excelsior Hotel Rome, The St. Regis Grand Hotel, Hotel Eden, Restaurant Doney, Vivendo Restaurant and La Terrazza Dell'Eden Restaurant offer the finest luxury stay and dining possible in the Eternal City.
A Scent Dinner is the combination of two stimulating experiences, where fine dining and a master class in scent meet. Two experiences take place at the same time: the first, an olfactory and invisible dinner, the second a culinary one where scents are translated into a tasting menu.
It's a collaboration between perfume critic and connoisseur Chandler Burr and three culinary masters, the enthusiastic and creative executive chefs from Restaurant Etichetta, Restaurant Vivendo, Restaurant Terrazza Danieli. One scent menu interpreted by three chefs, each creating a personalized and tailored culinary experience according to his philosophy and ideas.
During each dinner, guests are invited to consume an olfactory course made of scent raw materials and les parfum gourmands used in renowned perfumes, followed by a culinary creation inspired by those perfumes and made entirely of food raw materials. The evening travels between two senses.
About Chandler Burr
Chandler Burr, the New York Times perfume critic from 2006-2010, is the Director and Curator of the Center of Olfactory Art at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.
Burr, who began his career as a journalist, is also the author of two books about the perfume industry, including "The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume, Obsession, and the Last Mystery of the Senses" (2003) is about a genius of biophysics and perfume.
Burr hosts interactive Scent Dinners around the world in collaboration with the world’s best chefs, such as: Simon Lau Cederholm of Aquavit in Brasília, Vito Mollica in Florence, Samuel Benne of Lapérouse, Paris, to Fabrice Guisset at Las Ventanas in Cabo, Mexico, and Nicholas Schearer in Bangkok.
The 5 star Westin Excelsior Hotel located in Via Veneto, Rome, boasts over 10 dedicated spaces which can host any type of social and business event in absolute luxury. The venues are flexible and can cater for as few as five to as many 1000 guests in the Winter Garden, Borghese and Ludovisi rooms.
Consider your wedding day in one of the most glamorous corners of the city and home to La Dolce Vita. The Westin Excelsior, Rome can accommodate all the events associated with your special day, from the ceremony and reception to rehearsal dinners, private family functions, bridesmaids’ lunches and day-after brunches.
The luxury St. Regis Rome Hotel in central Rome offers a choice of 13 rooms to cater for any corporate or social event. The largest is the Sala Ritz which can host 540 guests for receptions, or up to 300 for a seated banquet in the original ballroom of the hotel which has now been restored with marble columns, Murano glass chandeliers and oriental carpets.
The Ristorante Doney is the main dining proposal of The Westin Excelsior Hotel in Via Veneto. It is an ideal place for a quick breakfast, brunch, aperitif, dinner, after dinner or just for meeting friends in the heart of Rome.
Also consider the Café Doney which is open from 8am-1am for an aperitif in this lively and colorful meeting spot onto Via Veneto, as well as ORVM piano lobby Bar which serves refreshments and cocktail until midnight.
Vivendo is the restaurant of the 5 star luxury St. Regis Rome hotel, one of the very best accommodations in the Eternal City. Vivendo has received many important awards since its opening at the end of 2000, not least being twice nominated as the best in Europe by Zagat.
High on design, Vivendo is contemporary in the spirit, but with a look to the past incorporating the traditional detail of the rooms and furnishing inspired by the period of the 1930’s and 40’s. The restaurant can seat seventy while an intimate 'Champagnerie' can host 14 people. The interior lighting is designed to help diners relax and to emphasize the works of culinary art.
Since 1906, the luxury Westin Excelsior Rome Hotel has hosted celebrities, statesmen and artists visiting the Eternal City. Not least because the hotel enjoys a prime location in the celebrated Via Veneto district of Rome, one time heart of the Dolcevita. Guests stay in 287 rooms. Of the 32 suites, the signature Villa Cupola is the largest in Europe.
Additional services include the Westin Kids Club and amenities for younger guests and a new 3,200 sq. foot health club with treatment rooms, sauna, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi and indoor pool.
The St. Regis Rome is located near Piazza Repubblica in central Rome. The luxury hotel has recently undergone a meticulous $35 million restoration, but look closely at the ceiling of the main reception hall and you can still see homages to famous personalities of the Grand Tour such as Goethe and Lady Emma Hamilton.