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Rocco Forte Hotels has unveiled plans for a second hotel in Rome as part of its expansion plans.
The group will operate the city’s Hotel De La Ville when it reopens in late 2018, following a restructuring and refurbishment, which will see the number of rooms reduced from 192 to 105.
The hotel is located at the top of the landmark Spanish Steps, around half a mile from Rocco Forte’s existing property, Hotel de Russie.
The group has already announced its intention to double its portfolio over the next five years, from the current 10 hotels.
Properties are currently under development in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which is due to open this year, and Shanghai, where the hotel is scheduled to open for 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.
“With our existing city presence and knowledge of working in Rome, I am confident that we will take Hotel de la Ville to new heights.”