The Hotel De La Ville will be situated at the top of the Spanish Steps and not far from the Hotel de Russie. The property is currently closed and has 192 rooms, which will be reduced to 105 after a full restructuring and refurbishment, in collaboration with Reale Group.
The news follows the recent announcement of Rocco Forte Hotels’ expansion, with the group revealing its intention to double the number of hotels under its brand over the next five years. The existing ten hotels in the collection are largely European based, though the group will be opening a hotel in Jeddah this year and another in Shanghai in 2018.
Sir Rocco Forte said: "It has been a long standing ambition of mine to have a second property in Rome so I am delighted to be working with the prestigious Reale Group to launch a new hotel in the heart of the city.
The success of our existing hotel, Hotel De Russie, has shown that Rome continues to be a highly attractive destination for both the business and leisure travellers and we are very confident of the long-term growth prospects of the city. The two distinct hotels will complement each other, offering a combined 226 rooms and suites, and appealing to the luxury guest who seeks the outstanding Rocco Forte Hotels service."
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