Rome is set to welcome a chic new addition to its hotel scene this spring with the opening of Chapter Roma. A sleek fusion of gritty and glamorous, the hotel is positioned in the vibrant and historic Regola neighborhood.
The first location in the newly established Chapter Italia Portfolio developed by Marco Cilia (formerly of Hotel Americano in New York City), Chapter Roma will offer just 42 boutique rooms. Part of the Design Hotels™ collection, the new opening aims to act as a catalyst for change for Italian travel.
Embodying both a contemporary and classic aesthetic, South African based designer Tristan Du Plessis of Studio A has breathed new life into the building – which dates back to 1880. Inside awaits Du Plessis’ signature industrial-chic, sultry style with a strong local connection to this ancient cosmopolis. The guest rooms are centered on a few statement pieces in otherwise minimalistic spaces, creating simple yet impressive spaces.
A Rome native, Cilia has seen the modern-day city change and develop over time; “We are introducing a new vibe for hospitality in Regola with the opening of Chapter Roma. I was born here, and it is important that we put our guests in the Italian state of mind; protecting Rome’s design heritage while celebrating the future with genuine and original design, service, and food and beverage offerings. With Chapter Roma we’re telling the first part of our story, we want to create a place where guests truly feel like they’re living like a local.”
Cilia decided upon Regola due to the area being commemorated with the names of the winding cobblestone streets. Chapter Roma itself is on Via di Santa Maria dei Calderari, or the “street of the blacksmiths,” and Du Plessis has paid tribute to this lineage by using a variety of metals throughout the property. Think elements of raw steel, brass, copper and bronze, adding an industrial touch to an elegant space with high ceilings, herringbone floors, and mid-century Italian furniture.
Inspired by the streets of Rome along with the neighborhood’s cutting-edge galleries and furniture boutiques, a contemporary artwork by CYRCLE, a two-man collective made up of American artists David Leavitt and David Torres, as well as graffiti by local artist Alice Pasquini grace the walls of the Chapter Roma’s lobby bar.
A hybrid space for work, play, and everything in between, Chapter Roma will also feature an all-organic daytime market, delivering a new kind of accessible luxury to the modern in-the-know traveler and, later on in the year, a signature restaurant.
For Tristan Du Plessis, the property presented him with both a challenge and a canvas of creativity. “We wanted to create a design that stood out for its youthfulness whilst still respecting the traditions of the city, by using local craftsmen, materials and aesthetics for a large amount of the hotel and collaborated with young local and international artists as well as furniture and lighting manufacturers to imbed a spirit of rebellion throughout the design.
The age of the building was both inspiring and challenging, but the old walls and ancient layout made sure that each room has a unique footprint which has lent us the opportunity to create varied and interesting room types.”
Bring it to life
When: Opening March 2019
Cost: Rooms from €219 per night.
Bookings: To make a reservation, please visit chapter-roma.com or phone +39 06899 35351