Hyatt has announced plans to debut its Thompson brand in Italy.

The 70-room Thompson Rome will be housed within a 1930s Palazzo building on Via Botteghe Oscure, which was formerly the headquarters of the Italian Communist Party.

The hotel is set to open by mid-2024, and will retain original design elements including the entrance hall with five-pointed gold star set into the floor, and a marble bust of the party’s founding member and one-time leader, Antonio Gramsci.

Features will include four F&B options including a rooftop restaurant, terrace and cocktail bar, as well as meeting space and a fitness centre.

Thompson Hotels became part of Hyatt’s portfolio in 2019, following the group’s purchase of lifestyle hotel management company Two Roads Hospitality.

Thompson Rome will join the existing Thompson Madrid – which opened last year – as the second property under the brand in Europe.

The 148-room Thompson Vienna is also expected to open on the city’s Mariahilfer Strasse in 2025.

Hyatt to open Thompson property in Vienna

London was in fact the first location for the Thompson brand outside of North America, but The Belgraves was rebranded some years ago and currently operates as The Hari, Belgravia.

Commenting on the news Nuno Galvao Pinto, regional vice president of real estate and development at Hyatt, said:

“We know that there is a growing appetite amongst today’s travellers and developers for hotels that cater to culturally savvy guests and bring a modern approach to conventional hospitality.

“We are excited to meet this demand with one of the most exciting new hotels in Rome as we continue to scale our luxury, lifestyle and leisure brands across the region.

“We are honoured to continue to work with AG Group s.r.l. to welcome the Thompson Hotels brand to one of the world’s most coveted leisure destinations.”

For our recent review of Thompson Austin, see:

Hotel review: Thompson Austin