Westin Excelsior, Rome
With prime real estate in Via Veneto, this Beaux-Arts hotel has a history dating back to 1906. Guest rooms in the 281-room, 35-suite hotel feature damask wall and window coverings, crystal chandeliers, and either a gold-tan-mustard inflected Biedermeier style or gold-cream-wine hued Empire style decor. Common areas are equally as lavish with antiques, enormous chandeliers, and expanses of marble on floors and walls. Chef James Foglieni's Doney Restaurant serves a regional Italian menu and boasts a sidewalk patio right on Via Veneto.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.