Mandarin Oriental confirms new Rome property

Ten 19th Century Sallusti villas to be transformed into a new ultra-luxury hotel

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has unveiled plans for the development of an exceptional luxury property in the centre of Rome, scheduled to open in 2026. Mandarin Oriental, Rome will bring the Group’s Italian portfolio to five; complementing its existing properties in Milan and Lake Como, as well as the recent announcements of Cortina and Porto Cervo.

Mandarin Oriental, Rome will create a unique experience in the city, as the hotel will be housed in ten 19th-century villas, originally built as homes for prosperous Romans, surrounded by lush landscaped gardens. Guests will be located only steps away from the city’s major attractions and archaeological sites.

The villas will accommodate 108 guestrooms and suites, offering serene views of the gardens or the city’s landmarks. Many of the suites will feature private gardens and terraces, enhancing the urban retreat experience for guests. The interior design will be curated by award-winning designers Gilles & Boissier, the French design duo who have won accolades for their sophisticated and contemporary interiors, including Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech and Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid, ensuring a blend of chic elegance and style in every detail.

Villini del Rione Sallustiano were acquired by Merope Asset Management in 2021

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Within the grounds, guests will have the opportunity to experience six restaurants and bars in different settings including Al fresco dining and a stand-alone dining concept in one of the villas. The Mandarin Bar, located on an expansive rooftop terrace, will provide captivating city views and no doubt become a coveted destination.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental will provide a wide range of the Group’s award-winning wellness experiences in a serene setting, which will include large indoor and outdoor pools nestled amidst the beautifully landscaped gardens. Six treatment rooms, one VIP treatment suite, thermal rooms and a dedicated sundeck will complete the wellness offering and indulge those seeking pampering and relaxation.

The secluded site is located between Via Piemonte and Via Sallustiana within The Gardens of Sallust, an ancient Roman archaeological site, featuring magnificent landscaping and historic charm, which offers visitors a glimpse into the grandeur of Rome’s past. Many of Rome’s cultural heritage sites and premium retail and leisure offerings including Via Veneto, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum and Piazza Navona are close at hand.

Rome's Villini Rione Sallustiano

“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, ensuring that we honour and respect local artisanal craftsmanship and Roman cultural heritage, while incorporating the finest luxury, contemporary comfort, sustainability standards and the legendary service for which Mandarin Oriental is renowned,” 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, the company developing the property, 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,” Croce added.

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