Six Senses Rome to open in 2023

The luxury resort, hotel and spa operator's first Italian property, will open in a Unesco-listed palazzo in the heart of the city in early 2023


By Lauren Heath-Jones

27 September 2022

Six Senses Rome, the luxury resort, hotel and spa operator’s first Italian property, will open in Rome in early 2023. 

Originally scheduled to open in August 2022, Six Senses Rome will be housed inside a Unesco-listed palazzo in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw from landmarks such as the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain. 

Located on the Piazza di San Marcello, overlooking the Via del Corso, the urban retreat will offer 96 guest rooms and suites, as well as several social spaces and a spa.

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Urban wellness retreat

Connecting guests with the local community through the ancient Roman tradition of communal bathing, the spa features five treatment rooms, including a couples suite, and a thermal bathing circuit with a caldarium, tepidarium and frigidarium offering a 60-minute journey to reduce inflammation and aid muscle recovery. 

The wellness space is completed by a hammam, biohacking and meditation rooms, a sauna, an outdoor yoga deck, solarium, fitness centre and nail salon. 

The spa’s design was inspired by Roman and Greek mythology and features walls adorned with a bas-relief depicting the myth of Daphne and Apollo to create a ‘bygone Roman feel’. 

Six Senses Rome
The spa's design was inspired by Greco-Roman mythology

As with all Six Senses properties, guests of Six Senses Rome will be able to learn how to harness the power of local herbs, plants and ingredients at the hotel’s Alchemy Bar or learn about sustainability in the EarthLab.

A green oasis 

Billed as a ‘green oasis’, Six Senses Rome aims to set a new level of consciousness in sustainability and wellness in an urban setting. 

Its interior design was created by Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola. Globally renowned for her responsible design development and for creating spaces that people emotionally connect with, Urquiola has blended the building’s original features with her contemporary vision of hospitality, which includes breezy open spaces, natural light, sustainable architecture and imaginative planting. 

Featured on the Unesco World Heritage List and protected by the Roman municipality, the property’s main façade and central staircase have been preserved and restored back to their original grandeur.

Six Senses Rome
Six Senses Rome features a rooftop terrace offering 360-degree views across the city

Additionally, the baroque façade of neighbouring church San Marcello Corso has also undergone major renovation works. The renovation represents the property’s first sustainability project and demonstrates its commitment to the community.

Cultural programming 

The property is completed by several social spaces, as well as a botanical garden, a spacious al fresco rooftop terrace offering 360-degree views across Rome, and an organic fruit and vegetable garden. 

Its restaurant, inspired by the company’s ethos of using natural, local and sustainable ingredients, will take a seasonal approach to its menus, offering a modern take on Italian cuisine. 

Additionally, guests at Six Senses Rome will have the opportunity to experience some of the city’s most iconic cultural institutions, including the Borghese, the Doria Pamphilj galleries and the Palazzo Colonno. 

The restaurant will take a seasonal approach to its menus, offering a modern take on Italian cuisine

The cultural programming also includes painting classes and sessions exploring the waterways that feed the Trevi Fountain.

“Six Senses Rome will be rich with ideas for hands-on and multi-sensory art, archaeology, fashion and gastronomy,” the company said.

Core values 

Francesca Tozzi, general manager of Six Senses Rome, said: “I’m honoured and proud that this milestone is happening in my home city.”

“My team and I are working with enthusiasm to translate the brand’s core values of emotional hospitality, sustainability and wellness into a Roman context. For us, high quality and luxury include out-of-the-ordinary experiences and respect for the local community, while keeping things fun and quirky.”

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