The historic Hotel de La Ville in Via Sistina, located in the heart of Rome, atop the Spanish Steps and with sky-high views over Via Sistina and Rome’s rooftops, has reopened to the public following an extraordinary renovation that gave it new impetus.
Built originally as a monastery and transformed into a hotel in 1924 by the Hungarian architect Josef Vágó, who redesigned the façade by combining neoclassical- and Liberty-style elements, the palace is the second Rocco Forte’s hotel in Rome, after the hotel De Russie in Via del Babuino. To decorate the Hotel de la Ville, Tommaso Ziffer and Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte’s director of design, took inspiration from the era of the Grand Tour, and the result is art-filled spaces that blend plush contemporary decor with classical influences, combining handmade wallpaper, rich Italian fabrics and historic tapestries.
The nine-floors palace include 15 suites with large terraces, a state-of-the-art spa and a wellness area, private spaces for events and meetings, an enchanting internal courtyard and a terrace overlooking the Villa Borghese gardens. Fusing three buildings into one and incorporating elements that recall the Grand Tour concept, the courtyard design has been lifted by George Carter, a designer who specializes in creating gardens inspired by the simple geometry of 17th century.
Supervised by Fulvio Pierangelini, Creative Director of Food for Rocco Forte, the rich food and beverage offering ranges from the Julep Herbal & Vermouth Bar, a cocktail bar with a fascinating design, the fusion restaurant Mosaico overlooking the internal courtyard, and the Rooftop Bar Cielo, entertaining guests with memorable views of the Roman skyline.