Nobu Hospitality has announced plans to open its first hotel in Italy, with a property set to open in summer 2022 in Rome.

The city’s Grand Hotel Via Veneto will transform into the new Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Roma thanks to a collaboration between Nobu Hospitality – the luxurious brand founded by chef Nobu Matsuhisa, actor Robert De Niro and director Meir Teper – and Carlo Acampora, chairman and CEO of the Gran Hotel Via Veneto.

The hotel is located on the world-renowned Via Veneto, a short walk from attractions such as the Villa Borghese and the Trevi Fountain. It will house 122 rooms and suites across two 19th century buildings, along with a green-rooftop terrace, indoor and outdoor meeting space, a full-service spa, a fitness centre, an exclusive club lounge, and a Nobu restaurant which also offers 24-hour in-room dining.

The city is already home to a Nobu restaurant, but will be joined by a second next summer as part of the hotel opening.

Acampora stated:

“I am deeply honored to have Nobu as a partner because we share the same values of quality, service, and excellence. And here today, I cannot hide my love for Japan and for its exceptional culture of hospitality. So, I am very pleased to have opened the doors of the Eternal City to the first Nobu Hotel in Italy. The extraordinary experience that Nobu Roma will offer is what Romans and international tourists deeply need and we are all aware of the great responsibility that awaits us towards our future guests.”

Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro, and Meir Teper added:

“Rome is the gastronomic hub of the world and the ideal location for the Nobu brand. We are pleased to be partnering with Carlo Acampora on this exciting project and to bring the famous Nobu cuisine to the residents of Rome as well as visitors from around the world. We share many values with Carlo, especially on the significance of hospitality. Rome is an extraordinary mix of high culture, the arts, fashion, and historic architecture.And so, we are honored now to be able to be a part of the Eternal City through this thrilling opening!

Nobu Hospitality currently comprises 13 hotels in its portfolio. Last year the group opened hotels in Chicago and Warsaw, and plans to add further properties in destinations including Hamburg, Marrakech and Tel Aviv.

Business Traveller recently reviewed the Nobu Hotel London Portman Square, which opened in May 2021 after several delays due to the pandemic.

Hotel review: Nobu Hotel London Portman Square