Six Senses Hotels will open its first Italian property in Rome in late 2021.

The 95-room hotel will be located within the 18th century Palazzo Salviati Cesi Mellini, located on the Piazza di San Marcello.

The building was named after the São Marcelo cardinal-elders Salviati, Cesi and Mellin who once lived there, and was built by Tomaso De Marchis.

It also served as a residence for the Aldobrandini family, Order of the Servants of Mary, and was the original site of palace of Cardinal Giovanni Michiel, nephew of Pope Paul II.

The exterior of the historic building and its central staircase will be preserved. Patricia Urquiola famed Spanish architecture and designer, will design the interior.

The property will be within walking distance of luxury shopping streets and famed sites such as Fontana di Trevi and Pantheon.

Amenities will include an events terrace, outdoor courtyard garden, rooftop terrace and a restaurant focused on local ingredients. The ground floor will have space for meetings and larger events.

In addition, the first floor will contain the Six Senses Spa and Roman baths along with treatment rooms, a fitness centre and relaxation areas.

The hotel will also offer opportunities for guests to learn about wellness and sustainability with the Alchemy Bar and Earth Labs.

Orion European Real Estate Fund V, sponsored by Orion Capital Managers, will lead the redevelopment.

Six Senses CEO Neil Jacobs commented:

“As stewards of such a cultural and historical site, we are responsible for celebrating its past and conserving its potential for future generations.”

“It also speaks to my heart. I studied culture and art in Florence and feel at home in Italy. This is more than a building to me. It is a human project, which is why we are teaming up with the architects and designers who feel as passionate and excited as I do. We want this to be a place of harmony and connection for our guests, sprinkled with a lot of love.”

The Six Senses Hotels, Resorts and Spa group was acquired by IHG in 2019 for $300 million.

It has 18 hotels and resorts, and 30 spas in 21 countries.

Its first London property is set to open in 2023, while an Iceland hotel will open in 2022.

Elizabeth Pridgeon