Rocco Forte Hotels has announced plans for a second hotel in the Italian capital Rome.

The group will operate the city’s Hotel De La Ville once it reopens at the end of 2018, following a restructuring and refurbishment which will see the room count reduced from 192 to 105 rooms.

The hotel is located at the top of the Spanish steps (pictured above), around half a mile from Rocco Forte’s existing Hotel de Russie.

The group recently announced its intention to double its portfolio over the next five years, from the current ten hotels. Properties are currently under development in Jeddah (due to open this year) and Shanghai (scheduled for 2018).

Commenting on the news Sir Rocco Forte said:

“It has been a long standing ambition of mine to have a second property in Rome so I am delighted to be working with the prestigious Reale Group to launch a new hotel in the heart of the city.

“The success of our existing hotel, Hotel De Russie, has shown that Rome continues to be a highly attractive destination for both the business and leisure travellers and we are very confident of the long term growth prospects of the city.

“The two distinct hotels will complement each other, offering a combined 226 rooms and suites, and appealing to the luxury guest who seeks the outstanding Rocco Forte Hotels service. With our existing city presence and knowledge of working in Rome, I am confident that we will take Hotel de la Ville to new heights.”