Opening in the vibrant and historic Regola neighborhood of Rome this spring, the 42-room hotel Chapter Roma will be the first location in the newly established Chapter Italia Portfolio, developed by Marco Cilia (formerly of Hotel Americano in New York City). The hotel, part of the Design Hotels collection, is set to open in March 2019.
Blending a contemporary and classic aesthetic, South Africa-based designer Tristan Du Plessis of Studio A has breathed new life into the building that dates back to 1880. Chapter Roma has a laidback yet spirited design with an industrial-chic style and a strong connection to the city. The guestrooms are centered on a few statement pieces in otherwise minimalistic spaces with custom-made vanity-storage solutions.
Cilia, who was born in the Regola neighborhood, said in a written release that his goal in opening Chapter Roma was to “create a place where guest truly feel like they’re living like a local.”
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. Elements of raw steel, brass, copper and bronze, as well as high ceilings, herringbone floors and mid-century Italian furniture help create the industrial look. The design is rounded off with a palette of dark green and rust.
Inspired by the streets of Rome along with the neighborhood’s galleries and boutiques, 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.
Opening on to Via Santa Maria dei Calderari the bar features Roman arches wrapped in raw steel. Chapter Roma will also have an all-organic daytime market and, later on in the year, a signature restaurant.