Six Senses’ first-ever urban hotel connects guests to the heritage and community that give Rome its special appeal.
At all Six Senses hotels and resorts, the luxury hospitality brand’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in environmental best practices. For some Six Senses properties, this overarching philosophy also translates into the preservation of the natural environment. In its first urban location, the resolve to add value to the place of which it is a part translates instead into the restoration of this city’s heritage and the links forged with culture and community.
Even before its opening, the hotel inaugurated in March saw the completion of the first sustainable development project sponsored by the hotel, the historic restoration of the facade of its neighboring monument, the Church of San Marcello al Corso. And by restoring the building it now occupies, on 15ePalazzo Salviati Cesi Mellini from the last century, the hotel gave visibility to a baptismal bath – now visible through glass floor tiles on the ground floor – dating from the 4th century which had first been discovered during archaeological excavations in the early 1900s, but until now was hidden from view.
Throughout the restored palace, the original structure and architectural details such as the pillars, the grand staircase and the majestic arches defining each marble-clad space meet new contemporary details combining modern and elegant furnishings in natural shades of green , terracotta, and dusky pink with lush greenery and modern artwork that draws inspiration from the property’s Roman roots. The architectural elements of the ground floor cafe, restaurant and bar, such as the structural steel elements seen above the circular indoor-outdoor green marble bar, reflect the palace’s more recent history as a cinema then bank.
These themes of returning heritage to the community, celebrating local culture, and promoting an eco-friendly lifestyle are found throughout the property. Guests gain insight into the hotel’s environmental philosophy at the Earth Lab, which is the setting for hands-on discussions and workshops on making sustainable products, and provenance is the priority in the food and beverage program at Roman trend of the hotel. The interior designer behind this project, Patricia Erquiola, brought repurposed materials and traditional Roman craft construction methods into the hotel’s interiors and the spa encompasses the hotel’s vision of Roman baths.
The BIVIUM restaurant-café-bar, already popular among locals for aperitifs, occupies the vast open-plan space spanning much of the ground floor and branching off from the gallery that connects the two streets. Hotel entrances on opposite sides of the building face . This high-ceilinged space, divided by plants, casual seating areas, open kitchens and a bar spilling out outside for more seating, is the platform for modern, plant-based Italian cuisine with a nod. look at the Roman culinary tradition.
Pizzas made with stone-ground flour from ancient grains like Frassinetto, Jervicella, and Solina come with quintessentially Italian toppings like grappa-infused pears, artichokes, mozzarella, taleggio, and zucchini blossoms. Pasta dishes include pistachio fusilli, prosecco and red shrimp, and responsibly sourced items like porchetta and wild sea bass are cooked on the Josper grill.
In the spa, the inspiration that this hotel draws from Roman classicism as well as from nature is reflected in both the design and the wellness offer. Treatments including body cocoons and personalized facials are offered as well as high-tech biohacking tools, sound therapy, a healing herbal hammam and, perhaps most notably, a modern take on the Roman baths in a serene space comprising calidarium, tepidarium and frigidarium baths, a sauna and hammam and sensory showers. Yoga and meditation rooms as well as a nail shop and bar complete the wellness area, which is also joined in the hotel by a separate fitness area.
Located in the heart of the historic center of Rome, the hotel offers stunning views of the surrounding streets and monuments. These views are most impressive from NOTOS Rooftop, which is planted with lemon, pomegranate and olive trees and herbs for use throughout the hotel and opens as a bar and setting for yoga sessions during the hottest months.
The hotel’s Mellini Suite, one of the hotel’s many exceptional suites, has a terrace that sits right next to the grand facade of the nearby church. Each room and suite merges the hotel’s heritage-nature inspiration with Six Senses’ ethos of sustainability through its design. The hotel’s focus on wellness is further reflected in in-room amenities, such as Sleep with Six Senses bedding designed for a better night’s sleep.
Extending the connection guests have to Rome outside of the hotel, the property also hosts more in-depth cultural experiences. The hotel has partnered with Imago Travels to offer a series of insider tours offering behind-the-scenes access and insight into some of the city’s hidden highlights. Through all aspects of the hotel experience, Six Senses Rome aims to strike the balance between introducing guests to the Italian capital and adding value to the surrounding area – a company that began by bringing a landmark back to life. historical.