Luxury hotel brand Six Senses will debut in Italy’s capital this week, with the opening of Six Senses Rome.

The 96-room property is housed with the renovated 18th century Palazzo Salviati Cesi Mellini on Piazza di San Marcello.

The hotel had originally been scheduled to open in late 2021, but will now be unveiled on March 16, offering 12 room categories including three individually designed signature suites.

Facilities include the all-day dining BIVIUM Restaurant-Café-Bar, and NOTOS Rooftop (opening in April) for outdoor drinks and dining, and a spa with five treatment rooms, calidarium, tepidarium and frigidarium Roman-style baths, a hammam, meditation rooms, an outdoor yoga deck and a fitness centre.

The building’s transformation has seen the restoration of many original architectural elements, including 600-year-old columns in the main entrance, and a large baptismal bath dating back to the fourth century which is now visible beneath the glass floor tiles within BIVIUM.

The project has also seen the renovation of the adjacent San Marcello al Corso Church, the first sustainability project sponsored by the hotel.

IHG acquired the Thailand-based Six Senses brands for $300 million in 2019, and currently operates 19 Six Senses hotels and resorts in 16 countries, with a further 38 properties in the pipeline in locations including Tel Aviv, Kyoto and London.

For our round-up of new and forthcoming hotels in Rome (published in 2021), see:

New hotels in Rome