Patricia Urquiola Shapes Italian Palace Into Luxurious Hotel

2023•12•07

Patricia Urquiola skillfully transforms an Italian ‘palazzo’ into an opulent hotel, seamlessly merging the past with the present.

It is truly unique to witness a renovation project take place. The transformation is often remarkable, and the enhanced functionality can exceed even the most creative mind’s expectations. Patricia Urquiola, a Milan-based designer, has demonstrated this beautifully in her restoration of a historic palazzo in Rome.

Hailing from Spain, Urquiola is one of Europe’s most coveted designers, renowned for her innovative skills. In this project, she seamlessly intertwines the essence of the past with a modern touch, breathing new life into this iconic Italian architectural gem.

Located within the Palazzo Salviati Cesi Mellini, this transformed hotel and spa, named Six Senses Rome, seamlessly blends circular elements with traditional Italian materials, providing an enchanting retreat steps away from iconic landmarks like the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. Embark on this exciting project to get inspired for your renovation design masterpiece.


1. Entrance: Step Into Luxury

Stepping into Six Senses Rome from Piazza di San Marcello is a way to be immediately greeted with the fusion of classic and modern elements. For example, it’s all there, with futuristic lighting contrasting the travertine floor.

The spacious lobby and social area are beautifully decorated with an array of sofas and lounge chairs designed in classic Italian style. They are arranged in clusters with tables and decorative items on circular rugs, surrounded by potted plants scattered across the travertine floors.

What Patricia Urquiola makes here is a space for gathering and relaxation, where the colors guide you to emotional balance, and the choice of decorations leads you to the beginning of a tranquil and welcoming stay.


2. Courtyard: The Union With Nature

The backyard is a space where nature gracefully surfaces and claims the scenery. Here, every material evokes the essence of the earth, fostering a seamless connection between nature and the human environment.

The iron bar overhead establishes a link with the bar crafted from green marble, harmonizing with the earthy hues of the chairs and the plants adorning the walls. It’s a design symphony where nature plays the conductor’s role.

Patricia Urquiola orchestrates a seamless harmony of elements, preserving the classical history of the building, subtly acknowledged in the backdrop.


3. Marble Through The History

Ancient Greek and Roman styles inspire Italy’s classical architecture and feature prevalent elements such as columns, arches, and the incorporation of high-quality marble, renowned for its elegance and durability.

Patricia Urquiola makes that in this project, where Italian architecture is celebrated, preserving exquisite marble craftsmanship and intricately designed wooden doors.

This careful preservation enhances the building’s historical legacy, transforming the path to the rooms into a captivating journey through Italian history. Opulent marble and ornate wall details contribute to the rich narrative, creating an immersive experience within the architectural splendor of Italy.


4. It’s Spa Time!

As you step into the bathhouse, you’ll immediately feel a sense of relaxation and rejuvenation. The spa has been thoughtfully designed with tranquility in mind and features several pools that invite visitors to immerse themselves in a world of soothing calmness.

Meticulously crafted with earthy tones, it produces a beautiful blend of aesthetics and serenity in addition to the curated lighting, a true highlight that seamlessly combines invisibility and presence.

Here, Patricia Urquiola captivates illumination as an exquisite interplay of relaxing colors and calming tones, transforming the space into a sanctuary that can heal and unwind even the most stress-laden days.

Spa of Patricia Urquiola Italian Luxurious Hotel

5. The Bedroom Sanctuary

The bedrooms in this delightful abode showcase an eclectic blend of “quirky” layouts, adding a distinctive charm to the living spaces. These sleeping quarters feature a neutral decor that seamlessly combines comfort and style and is imbued with a soft and inviting ambiance.

The walls are adorned with tambour paneling, introducing a touch of artistic flair that complements the overall aesthetic. Patterned rugs grace the floors, enhancing the visual appeal and providing a cozy retreat for bare feet.

The carefully selected light fixtures further contribute to the uniqueness of each bedroom, casting a warm and inviting glow that enhances the overall atmosphere.

Patricia Urquiola makes the bedrooms genuinely come to life in these thoughtfully curated details, offering a harmonious blend of creativity and comfort for a delightful living experience.


6. Detailed Luxury

A good design resides in the details, and Patricia Urquiola excels in capturing this essence perfectly in this hotel. The meeting spaces, adorned with comfortable tables and chairs, stand out as a spectacle when it comes to meticulous detailing.

Take, for instance, the plasterwork in the ceiling, crafted from an ancient Roman material known as cocciopesto. This unique material comprises fragments of earthenware or brick intricately mixed with lime and sand, imparting a timeless quality to the decor.

What truly distinguishes this space is the seamless fusion of past and modern elements. As you traverse the meeting rooms, there’s an unmistakable sensation of being transported to the 17th century without needing to journey through time physically.


Patricia Urquiola made a masterful touch in this hotel design that transcends the ordinary, elevating it to a realm where every detail tells a story. The true brilliance of this design lies in the seamless integration of the past and the modern.

As guests traverse its spaces, they are enveloped in an immersive experience that not only showcases the expertise of Patricia Urquiola but also invites them to be part of a timeless journey where the past is not forgotten but celebrated in every carefully curated detail.

It’s a Renaissance era reborn within the confines of this hotel, where the artful integration of historical elements and contemporary design creates an immersive and captivating experience.

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