Rosewood Hotels and Resorts has announced plans to open a property in Rome in 2023, marking the brand’s eleventh hotel in Europe.

The Rosewood Rome will be the brand’s fourth hotel in Italy, joining its existing property in Tuscany, and the two forthcoming hotels in Sardinia and Venice, set to open in 2022 and 2023 respectively. 

The 157-room hotel will be located in the former headquarters of Italy’s Banca Nazionale del Lavoro – a landmark designed by Italian architect Marcello Piacentini – extending across three historic buildings, all of which were originally built in the early 1900s.  

The transformation of the building will be managed by Colliers International and led by global architecture and engineering firm Jacobs. Interior design firm BAR studio will build upon Piacentini’s work and pay homage to the property’s modernist Italian architecture.

The design will combine “timeless style with contemporary comforts”, drawing inspiration from the hotel’s location overlooking Via Veneto, one of the city’s most famous streets which was immortalised in Federico Fellini’s 1960 film La Dolce Vita. 

The hotel will comprise 113 rooms and 44 suites, and feature three dining venues, including a contemporary Italian bistro, a lobby bar and café, and a rooftop bar with a terrace offering sweeping views of the city.

The hotel will also offer a subterranean experience within the bank’s original vault, which will include a modern roman bathhouse, while the rooftop will house a spa with four treatment rooms, a wellness terrace with a reflecting pool and a fitness centre.

Additionally, the property will include three setting rooms and a grand ballroom.

Sonia Cheng, CEO of Rosewood Hotel Group, commented:

“Over the last several years, we have been searching for the right opportunities to evolve our European footprint and bring the Rosewood brand to new corners of the continent.

“As one of Italy’s most vibrant cities with an undoubtedly rich legacy and charming character, Rome has long been at the top of the list of priority destinations in which to set the Rosewood flag, and we’re thrilled to be working with our partners at Antirion SGR on this project that will surely set a new standard for luxury lifestyle experiences in Rome.”

Rosewood Hotels and Resorts has been appointed by real estate firm Antirion SGR to manage the property.

Ofer Arbib, CEO of Antirion SGR, added:

“We are honoured to embark on this exciting project with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts,”

“We could not think of more suited partner to create a new world-renowned destination that celebrates the heritage and rich offerings of Rome while simultaneously extending a sophisticated interpretation of ultra-luxury hospitality.”

The brand is also set to open a property in Amsterdam in 2023. In total, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts manages 27 hotels, resorts and residences in 16 countries, with a further 22 properties under development.