First look: Taking guests on a journey into heritage, discovery, and community within Rome’s UNESCO-protected historic city center, this is the launch of the brand’s first urban hotel in Italy.
Enjoying a prime position within the UNESCO world heritage site of Rome’s historic center, Six Senses Rome is the brand’s first hotel to open in Italy. The fifteenth-century Palazzo Salviati Cesi Mellini has been restored to its grand origins to house 96 guest rooms and suites and serve as a green oasis a few steps from iconic landmarks, including the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. The all-day dining and lifestyle area on the ground floor offers a modern Italian menu with a Roman nod, and the sun-kissed rooftop terrace treats guests to panoramic views over the historical neighborhood. Six Senses Spa brings its trademark wellness formula to life through the tradition of ancient Roman bathing, with further highlights including five treatment rooms (one for couples), a hammam, biohacking, and meditation rooms, an outdoor yoga deck, and a fitness center. From Cocciopesto on the walls to the extensive presence of Travertine local stone, the reverential nod to Roman traditions is evident throughout the hotel’s 96 guest rooms and suites, with some featuring the iconic Triclinium-style marble seating on their terraces. At the same time, state-of-the-art, in-room technology is subtly incorporated along with the groundbreaking Sleep With Six Senses standards of bespoke homemade and organic mattresses, cotton bedding, pillows, and additional amenities to promote a good night’s sleep. With a selection of 12 accommodation categories, including three individually designed signature suites, the many options include secluded rooms with courtyard views and suites facing the bustling Via del Corso and neighboring San Marcello al Corso Church. While enjoying a prime position in the heart of the city, the sense of calmness and tranquility is still ever present and welcome after a busy day seeing the sights.
True to the Eat With Six Senses ethos, menus foster a strong link with local culinary traditions, whether at the all-day dining BIVIUM Restaurant-Café-Bar or up high on NOTOS Rooftop. Besides the Roman Empire-inspired 5-course tasting menu, dishes include plant-based, meat, fish, and sweet classics with Sicilian touches to honor the Executive Chef’s home favorites. The other pillars of the brand’s food and drink philosophy come forth through the innovative use of natural and seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers and suppliers.
History and sustainability
The Palazzo housing Six Senses Rome is a treasure trove of wonders, from the monumental marble staircase with its decorative skylight to the newly restored 600-year-old columns in the main entrance. The large baptismal bath dating back to the fourth century was uncovered during archaeological excavations at the beginning of the 1900s and is now visible beneath the glass floor tiles within BIVIUM Restaurant-Café-Bar, the spot where all paths cross.
What’s fascinating about the soul of the Palazzo is how classical elements blend in harmony with the contemporary, sustainable design by architect Patricia Urquiola. When combined with an abundance of plants from the entrance to the rooftop, guests will enjoy a strong sense of reconnection with nature both inside and out.
From spa to spaaahh
A sanctuary of wellness, Six Senses Spa Rome offers a holistic experience that is far from ordinary. The 60-minute Roman bathing circuit is a modern-day take on the ancient ritual, reproducing the calidarium, tepidarium, and frigidarium to reduce inflammation and muscle recovery by heating the body up and then cooling it down. It is a sociable and immersive experience for balancing mind and body.
Treatments ranging from results-driven personalized facials to signature body massages are expertly performed using premium products by Biologique Recherche, Seed to Skin, Organic Pharmacy, and Subtle Energy. In-house experts guide guests on their path to wellness with high-tech and high-touch therapies such as biohacking, sound therapy, body cocoons, and breathwork. Other highlights include the healing herbal Hammam and sensory immersions at the Alchemy Bar.