Mandarin Oriental announces first Rome venture

Rendering Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced the development of a luxury property in the centre of Rome, scheduled to open in 2026.

The hotel will be housed in ten 19th-century villas, originally built as homes for prosperous Romans, surrounded by landscaped gardens.

The secluded site is located between Via Piemonte and Via Sallustiana within The Gardens of Sallust, an ancient Roman archaeological site. Several of Rome’s cultural heritage sites and premium retail and leisure offerings are located close by.

A unique setting in the heart of Rome

The villas will accommodate 108 guestrooms and suites, offering views of the gardens or the city’s landmarks. Many of the suites will feature private gardens and terraces.

The interior design will be curated by award-winning French design duo Gilles & Boissier, while the dining options will be designed by DimoreStudio with landscaping by Parc Nouveau.

There will be six restaurants and bars in different settings within the property. This includes Al fresco dining and a stand-alone dining concept in one of the villas. The Mandarin Bar, located on a rooftop terrace, will provide city views.

A focus on wellness offerings

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental will provide a range of the Group’s award-winning wellness experiences at the Rome outpost. This includes fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, thermal rooms, a sundeck and treatment rooms.

Mandarin Oriental will partner in the project with Merope Asset Management, an Italian Real Estate investment and development company.

“Rome is home to many historical and architectural treasures and a destination of choice for luxury travellers. We will take the same meticulous approach in Rome as we have with our other historic properties,” said Laurent Kleitman, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

“We are delighted to be extending the Mandarin Oriental brand in Italy and look forward to working with our partners to create a truly unique landmark in the heart of the city” 

Pietro Croce, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Merope Asset Management added: “The ten Villas, nestled into a serene, secular park, are among the most spectacular properties in Rome. We are honoured to be partnering with Mandarin Oriental on this once-in-a-life-time project. Working in tandem with the local Public Administration, we trust we will be able to deliver a truly unique experience for our beautiful Capital City”. 

Mandarin Oriental, Rome, will bring the Group’s Italian portfolio to five. The Group recently announced upcoming properties in Cortina and Porto Cervo