The First Roma Dolce hotel will officially open on Rome’s Via del Corso near the Piazza del Popolo on March 1. This marks the second hotel in Italy’s capital city owned and operated by Singapore based The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts, joining The First Roma Arte.
Set in a 19th-century palazzo, the building was designed by visionary architect and urban planner Giuseppe Valadier, who also created the Piazza del Popolo and connected the popular gathering spot to the lush terraces of Villa Borghese.
The First Roma Dolce has 23 guestrooms and suites, updated by Studio Marincola Architechts, the same Rome-based firm behind The First Roma Arta and The Pavilions Madrid. The rooms will have a contemporary, residential-style feel. All rooms and suites have boiserie wood paneling, bookcases with collected books on fine pastry and culinary traditions, art, history and design, and spa-like bathrooms crafted of Nero Saint Laurent Italian marble, a black natural stone embellished by golden and white veining, with Acqua di Parma bath amenities.
The hotel boasts four Suites with View and Balcony, all of which are over 500 square feet and have a private balcony overlooking Via del Corso, an bedroom, living room, a Turkish bath, whirlpool tub and more. Tip: Guests in the Prestige Fitness Rooms can book an expert personal trainer for in-room classes.
Culinary-wise, the hotel’s pasticceria, an elegant pastry gallery on the hotel’s first floor that offers both sweet and savory indulgences, is expected to tempt both travelers and locals alike. Tip: Guests may enjoy the sophisticated Italian dolce (“sweet”) and other seasonal delights in in their rooms via 24-hour room service.
Following this opening, The First Roma Sensi will open in late 2019, a short distance across the Tiber River in the Prati neighborhood. Guests staying at any of the three Pavilions Hotels & Resorts’ properties may “sample” all three hotels—Arte, Dolce and Sensi—from their base hotel, enjoying such five-star services as a Michelin-starred restaurant, rooftop culinary classes, a full spa and an indoor swimming pool, along with convenient transport between properties via luxury sedans and eco-smart golf carts. Each property is also a short five- to ten-minute walk from one another.
This is the 9th hotel of the Pavilions Hotel Group which was created by Gordon Oldham, lawyer, entrepreneur, adventurer and philanthropist as a celebration of all the elements that reflects his love of design, life, nature, history, conservation, adventure and culture.
With award-winning Resorts and Hotels in place, The Pavilions embarked on an ambitious expansion plan in 2015, with investments in key locations in Europe (Amsterdam, Madrid, Rome and Lisbon) and Asia (Niseko).
Today, The Pavilions is not restricted to the development, sales and marketing of hotels. The Pavilions has evolved to include residences such as villas, apartments, penthouses, the conservation, restoration, and conversion of historic buildings to create commercially viable developments and provide a heritage experience.
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