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November 15, 2013 (London) - Dorchester Collection announces the appointment of Luca Virgilio as General Manager for its newest property, Hotel Eden, starting January 20, 2014.

Virgilio joins Dorchester Collection from his role as area General Manager for Baglioni Hotel London and Regina Hotel Baglioni Rome. His experience spans a 20 year career in luxury hotel properties across Europe. Previous positions have included General Manager at Hotel Metropole, Monte Carlo; General Manager at Hotel Carlton Baglioni, Milan and Rooms Division Manager at Hotel des Bergues, Geneva.

Fluent in Italian, French and English, Virgilio is a native of Italy, and attended Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland. Commenting on his appointment, Virgilio said: "I'm excited to be returning to Hotel Eden where I spent the early part of my career and I'm looking forward to leading the team at one of Rome's most celebrated properties."

"Luca Virgilio brings a wealth of experience and I am delighted to welcome him to the company. We wish him every success in this exciting new chapter for Hotel Eden," says Christopher Cowdray, Chief Executive Officer of Dorchester Collection.

Overlooking the Seven Hills of Rome in the Eternal City, Hotel Eden is ideally located between the Spanish Steps and Via Veneto. It is surrounded by green parks and yet close to the Vatican, St. Peter's Cathedral and Piazza Navona, The Colosseum is only ten minutes away by taxi.  The main shopping streets of Via Condotti, Via Borgognona and Via Frattina are conveniently located nearby.

The hotel's restaurant, La Terrazza dell'Eden, the bar and Terrace Garden on the sixth floor have some of Rome's most spectacular views spanning from St. Peter's Dome to the Vittoriano Monument and beyond, and is an observation point for the city.  The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in November 2012 under the helm of Executive Chef Fabio Ciervo.  This Michelin star complements those at Dorchester Collection's other hotels, which include three stars at The Dorchester, three stars at Hotel Plaza Athenee and three stars at Le Meurice.

Hotel Eden has recently been voted one of the "Top 50 Hotels in Italy" in Condé Nast Traveler's 2013 Readers' Choice Awards.

About Dorchester Collection

Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of the world's foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA, each of which reflects the distinctive culture of its destination. By applying its unrivalled experience and capability in owning and operating some of the greatest  individual hotels, the company's mission is to develop an impeccable group of the finest landmark hotels through acquisition as well as management of wholly-owned and part-owned hotels, and to enter into management agreements.


The current portfolio  includes the following hotels (in order of them joining the group): The Dorchester, London; The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills; Le Meurice, Paris; Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris; Hotel Principe  di Savoia, Milan; Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles; Coworth Park, Ascot, UK; 45 Park Lane, London; Le Richemond, Geneva; and Hotel  Eden, Rome.

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