Six Senses to expand into Rome with UNESCO listed building

The hotel, resort and spa group will expand into Rome, Italy, in 2021 and will be restoring the façade of the UNESCO listed site. 

Six Senses' first Italian site will be located in Rome’s Palazzo Salviati Cesi Mellini, an 18th century construction that is protected by Roman municipality, and it will be supporting the restoration of the building and preserving its original staircase.

Six Senses’ chief executive officer Neil Jacobs says: “As stewards of such a cultural and historical site, we are responsible for celebrating its past and conserving its potential for future generations.

“This is more than a building to me. It is a human project, which is why we are teaming up with the architects and designers who feel as passionate and excited as I do. We want this to be a place of harmony and connection for our guests,” he says.

The new Six Senses site will house a spa and Roman baths alongside treatment rooms, a fitness centre and relaxation areas. Guests will also be able to learn about local herbs, plants and ingredients at its Alchemy Bar, while its Earth Lab will aim to educate guests about sustainability. 

Additionally, the property will have 95 guest rooms and suites, a restaurant, an events terrace and an outdoor courtyard garden with plants chosen to promote wellbeing. The buildings’ rooftop terrace will also have a fruit and vegetable garden and panoramic views of the city.

The interior design will be overseen by Patricia Urquiola, a Spanish architect and designer who was awarded the 'Order of Isabella the Catholic' by King Juan Carlos I of Spain and was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 2011.

The redevelopment is owned by the Orion European Real Estate Fund V, a fund sponsored by Orion Capital Managers, a European real estate private equity firm.

 Find out more about Six Senses London hotel and spa opening in 2023.