Project Description

RF de la Ville : Rome


Located at the top of the Spanish Steps, the historic 18th century palazzo reopened in 2019 after a complete transformation into Rome’s most vibrant hotel. Hotel de la Ville is a 5 star hotel with 104 rooms and suites that draw influence from the era of the Grand Tour and the memories that would have been collected during the journey.

With traditional wooden floors, elegant marble bathrooms and wonderful views over via Sistina and the rooftops of the Eternal City, Hotel De La Ville promises to be Rome’s most artistic and timeless hotel.

Project Brief

In mid-2017, Neil Howard was invited by Irene Forte to create the spa concept for Hotel de la Ville. Working closely with Irene throughout the process, Neil provided comp’ set analysis; created the spa layout; internal room layouts with DD examples; specialist equipment specifications; plus Beverley Caseley-Hayford’s input on the framework for the treatment menu, and training advice.

The Result

Opened in the Spring of 2019, after a complete re-organisation of internal space, RF Hotel de la Ville now partners RF’s sister 5 star hotel RF Hotel de Russie in offering two of the finest hotels in Rome, both in exceptional locations. The spa at RF Hotel de la Ville has a very personalized approach to its layout, with a centre-stage thermal suite that takes inspiration from the Roman bathing culture. Treatment Rooms are arranged around a peaceful inner courtyard, allowing natural shaded light to spill into the room, yet preserving privacy. Hotel de la Ville now offers the most extensive 5* hotel spa in central Rome.

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What the client said…

I have loved working with Neil on this project; his expertise and support has been indispensable in creating a world-class spa. Neil is a spa consultant that understands operations, and thus he has an extremely rational, practical and commercially-focused approach to creating a spa. Neil and I are already working together on our next Rocco Forte Spa project in Sicily.

Irene Forte Group Project Director at Rocco Forte Hotels.

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Do you require specialist assistance with a new Wellness Spa project, or seeking to improve the Operation of your existing Wellness Spa?