A landmark Roman hotel’s meticulous renovation

Pierre-Yves Rochon is working his magic on the belle époque building

The St Regis Rome is being revitalised by Pierre-Yves Rochon
The St Regis Rome is being revitalised by Pierre-Yves Rochon

In Rome a genuine landmark is undergoing a full, meticulous transformation. The St Regis Rome (stregis.com; from €650) – opened in 1894 as The Grand by no less a hotel icon than César Ritz – has Pierre-Yves Rochon (author of some of hotel-dom’s most impressive historic restorations, among them the Shangri-La in Paris and peerless Four Seasons in Florence) to thank for the elegant results so far.

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Eighty of the 161 rooms and suites have been completed and Rochon has retained the integrity of the hotel’s ornate belle époque details, imbuing the spaces with Eternal City tones: the brilliant blue of its sky and the warm terracotta of its palazzi.

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