The Hoxton Rome opens – and it celebrates Italian midcentury modernism

Classic materials are given a playful twist

Guests can immerse themselves in midcentury Italian design at Rome hotel The Hoxton, which blends vintage pieces with traditional elements including Murano glass and marble bars.

It’s the 10th addition to the Hoxton hotel portfolio, which includes existing outposts in London, New York and Paris. The Hoxton Rome has set up shop inside a 1950s building in the city’s Salario neighbourhood, which has been refurbished by Fettle Design and Ennismore Design Studio.

Says Fettle principals Tom Parker and Andy Goodwin: ‘The heritage of the building itself and the time period in which it was constructed played a central role in our design decisions. We have referenced mid-century finishes and details that we found both through research and within other similar buildings both locally and elsewhere in Italy and used these as the starting point for the finishes for the public areas.’

While the colour palette is restrained and sophisticated, playful touches come via bold upholstery and textures
Photography: The Hoxton & Heiko Prigge

Public zones feel warm and inviting thanks to timber panelling which clads columns throughout the space, adding a tactile touch. Zig-zag timber panelling also wraps the curved reception desk – a motif that continues in the restaurant.

Statement pieces include a decadent marble cocktail bar while sculptural glass chandeliers add theatre. The studio has planted ‘easter eggs’ throughout the space too: for example, the under-counter of the cafe bar features a detail that riffs on an entrance lobby in the neighbourhood, and the ground floor ceilings contain a recurrent linear detail uncovered during the practice’s research.

The curved reception desk and bar feature wrapped timber and fluted details.
Photography: The Hoxton & Heiko Prigge

Adds Parker and Goodwin: ‘We felt that it was incredibly important that the [furniture was] upholstered in colourful fabrics to contrast with the more natural finishes found in the architecture to add warmth and a sense of fun to the space.’ These include a mix of mohairs, leather and bold patterns.

As well as offering 192 bedrooms, the Rome hotel has a lush outdoor terrace, coffee bar, and several apartment-style meeting rooms for anyone travelling for work. Rooms at the Hoxton Rome start at £138 a night.

Largo Benedetto Marcello, 220, 00198 Roma RM, Italy

Bedroom detail
Photography: The Hoxton & Heiko Prigge
The Hoxton Rome bar
Photography: The Hoxton & Heiko Prigge
Outside space at The Hoxton Rome
Photography: The Hoxton & Heiko Prigge
The Hoxton Rome takes over a 1950 building
Photography: The Hoxton & Heiko Prigge

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