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Soho House arrives in Rome with timeless style

730 565 Hamish Kilburn
Soho House arrives in Rome with timeless style

Soho House opens for the first time in Italy, in Rome, in the San Lorenzo district, with spaces for members to eat, drink and meet. The 69-key house shelters all the Soho House comforts, including guestrooms, long-stay apartments, a swimming pool, rooftop bar, a Soho Health Club and a screening room. Melania Guarda Ceccoli explores…

Soho House Rome bedroom

The time has come, as part of the brand’s aggressive growth plans, Soho House has arrived in Italy, with the opening of Soho House Rome. Located in the San Lorezo district of the city, the new house is now the epicentre of a new hospitality scene in Rome that is fast, helping making it one of the hottest hotel development spots in Europe.

The entire 10-storey building was designed by the Soho House Design in-house team, including the travertine-clad façade on the ground floor and plastered for the upper floors. There are balconies on each floor, with ribbed details and crenellated ceilings. Crittall exterior windows at each level give the building an industrial look, taking inspiration from the Fondazione Pastifico Cerere building near San Lorenzo, connecting Soho House to the local area that hosts it. Italian craftsmanship was used throughout the House, including locally made chandeliers and glassware.

Inspired by an Italian market, the reception area hosts a long counter with a marble shelf that wraps around the corner that passes from the reception to the bar in Store X. The floor is in striped grit, and the travertine of the facade covers the internal wall creating a light and airy lounge space. The space is furnished with a mix of Italian-made furniture and vintage elements.

The ninth floor is the central space of the club, with a bar, the House Kitchen and the Drawing Room. Guests can access a long lounge bar overlooking the outdoor park, with a terrazzo floor and metal bars give the space an industrial look.

House Kitchen is a space where you can order food and drinks all day, with an open kitchen equipped with sofas, chairs and tables everywhere and Crittall doors that open onto the balcony. The spaces are completed by ceramic lamps made in Italy and elements in Italian leather, exposed ceilings, terrazzo floors covered with mustard yellow bespoke carpets and industrial metal shelves that protrude above locally sourced marble counters.

The Drawing Room, which runs along the other side of the building, is a lounge with green walls, light herringbone flooring, and a briar-fronted bar. The space also features a travertine fireplace and vintage furniture, including armchairs and marble tables.

The first floor of the building is dedicated to an exhibition space that can be used by members for events and is also available for private hire, which can be used as a single large room or divided into two rooms, each with its bar.

Soho House The Club Rome

Image credit: Soho House/Giulia Venanzi

The rooftop bar, restaurant and swimming pool is located on the 10th floor, and offers a 360-degree view of the Eternal City. The red-tiled pool is surrounded by patterned sun loungers, crenellated umbrellas, and a stone floor in the traditional Italian Palladian motif.

The bar and restaurant occupy the other three sides of the top floor, with sofas running along one side. A large mural is painted all over the walls with motifs of vines, trees and planters to give the space a garden feel. Inside is a terracotta bar with a glazed tile facade, furniture covered in burgundy and Italian green. The environment is completed by festooned lighting and a pizza oven. Glass railings flank the edge of the top floor, providing uninterrupted views. A canopy roof equipped with heating elements covers the dining space.

On floors seven and eight, the Soho Health Club, a new fitness, health and wellness area of the Soho House, brings together the world’s best experts in health and beauty with class-based workouts, equipment and state-of-the-art skin and beauty treatments, including infrared saunas and cryogenic chambers. The treatment rooms and the sauna feature wooden floors and corrugated walnut cladding. On the seventh floor, the gym has two-tone walls, a base inspired by Roman geometric patterns, exposed ceilings and a balcony that allows members and their guests to train outdoors.

Also on this floor is the 42-seat projection room with velvet armchairs and footrest pouffes. The space will allow the screening of the best news in the world of cinema and new releases of independent and arthouse cinema.

The house shelters 49 rooms and 20 apartments. The rooms have Italian grit floors, plastered walls, the headboards of the beds are made of wood in the shape of a wave and feature Hypnos mattresses. The hand-painted ceramic bedside lamps with a carved top and craquelé enamel finish are a unique collaboration with Soho Home and the Italian designer Bitossi who produced lights in the 1970s and recreated them specifically for the Maison. The bathrooms feature a geometric pattern in green marble with a tadelek finish. Doors, cabinets and furniture all have ribbed detail.

The one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and studios are located on the third and fourth floors and are available for short and long term stays. The apartments have wooden floors with plastered walls and bathrooms with Italian ceramic tiles. The kitchen and living area are furnished with furniture from Italian vintage markets and bespoke pieces that reflect details of classic Italian furniture.

There is also a fifth-floor suite with vintage wood floor, upholstered headboard in red velvet, briar bed made by local Italian artisans and a freestanding bathtub located by the window overlooking Rome. There is also a lounge with a large dining table, a bar area and a DJ console.

Art Soho House Rome

Image credit: Soho House/Giulia Venanzi

The art collection has a curatorial focus on the theme of Saints and Sinners. Local and international artists have been invited to create a work that addresses this concept. The idea has been interpreted in many creative ways: from football ultra-fans to Mary Magdalene, from Popes to Emperor Nero, art investigates the concepts of good and evil and the spaces in between. The works hosted by Soho House Roma include pieces by critical Italian artists such as Gianni Politi, Nico Vascellari, Silvia Gambrone, Claudio Verna, Elisa Montessori, Monica Bonvicini and Thomas Braida.

Rome continues to be a major hotspot for hotel development, with brands such as W Hotels Mama Shelter, The Student Hotel and Rosewood Hotels and Resorts all recently sharing news about recently opened or anticipated hotels in the Eternal City.

Main image credit: Soho House/Giulia Venanzi

Guestroom inside Mollie's Motel

Mollie’s Motel & Diner: 100 new sites planned for next 10 years

730 565 Hamish Kilburn
Mollie’s Motel & Diner: 100 new sites planned for next 10 years

Following the successful launch of two Mollie’s, the new, affordable motel and diner concept has appointed leisure property specialist, Fleurets, to support ambitious plans to expand to 100 sites over the next 10 years through site search and acquisition, both in roadside and city centre locations…

Guestroom inside Mollie's Motel

Originally conceived by Nick Jones MBA, the Founder of Soho House, Mollie’s launched in 2019 with a Motel, Diner and Drive-Thru in Buckland, Oxfordshire, followed earlier this year by the second at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, where the group invested in excess of £15 million. The third is expected to arrive in 2022 and will shelter a larger hotel in the former Granada TV Studios in Manchester city centre, with a Soho House located above on the building’s top floors.

A further 10 locations have already been earmarked as part of the immediate expansion plan.

Exterior of Mollie's Motel & Diner

Image credit: Mollie’s Motel & Diner

Exclusively designed by the Soho House interiors team, Mollie’s mission is to forge a new ‘budget luxe’ proposition within the travel and leisure industry – focusing on stylish, affordable stays, contemporary design, excellent service, innovative tech, sustainability and destination dining inspired by the retro American roadside diner.

Mollie’s has two formats and are seeking two- to three-acre freehold sites in strategic edge-of-town or roadside locations with the opportunity for 75-plus bedrooms, 145-plus cover diner and car parking. The city centre model will focus on prime city centre locations with high prominence with an opportunity for more than 100 bedrooms, 145-plus cover diner and 125-plus cover lounge/bar.

With significant investor support, the brand’s aims to grow to 100 sites in the next 10 years. To achieve this, it has retained Fleurets to support the expansion plan through site search and acquisition, both in roadside and city centre locations.

“We are delighted to be working with Mollie’s to grow this exciting challenger concept in the hotel and leisure market,” said Paul Hardwick Head of Hotels at Fleurets and Kevin Conibear, Head of Urban Markets at Fleurets. “Mollie’s has reinvented the perception of the roadside hotel and diner, with high quality accommodation and dining, but at affordable prices. The customer response to Bristol has been hugely positive and this is a welcome addition and enhancement to the vibrancy of our city centres and edge of town, roadside locations.”

Mollie’s Motel & Diner is now backed by a new strategic shareholder cohort and led by Managing Director, Darren Sweetland (Soho House, Tesco Plc).

> Since you’re here, why not read about the latest expansion plans from Soho House?

Main image credit: Mollie’s Motel & Diner

Render of lounge inside Soho Beach House in the Caribbean

Soho House: A sneak peek of upcoming openings

730 565 Hamish Kilburn
Soho House: A sneak peek of upcoming openings

Soho House, which shelters members-only Houses targeted towards ‘creative souls, has unveiled renders and details of projects that are expected to open this year. Editor Hamish Kilburn explores…

Render of lounge inside Soho Beach House in the Caribbean

Following a challenging year for all sectors in hospitality, Soho House, which was founded in 1995 by Nick Jones, has emerged from the pandemic with a teaser that showcases an optimistic year – with six new Houses that will soon become part of the members-only brand’s ever-growing footprint.

Aside from opening its first property in 1995, key milestones include the brand’s first countryside property (Babbington House in 1998), its arrival in the US (with the opening of its first property in New York in 2003), the brand’s venture into Europe (with the opening of its Berlin property in 2010) and the brand’s first opening in Asia (both in Mumbai and Hong Kong in 2019).

Fast-forward to the present day, and as the brand’s 27 Houses are awaiting the return of modern travellers, we take a look at the new destinations and Houses that are expected to open this year.

The Strand, London – coming soon

Just down the road from the original House – 40 Greek Street, Soho, London – 180 House, which will be located on The Strand, will become the brand’s 10th property in London. Just a short walk from Somerset House, the property will shelter a club, three floors of co-working space, and a rooftop pool with views of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Canouan – opening Q1, 2021

The opening of the brand’s property in Canouan will mark its arrival in the Caribbean region and will be located on the secluded island of Canouan, which is part of St Vincent and the Grenadines. The renders of the 40 bedrooms and a gym show a paired back design that celebrates barefoot luxury and the authentic charm of the Caribbean.

Tel Aviv – opening spring, 2021

Located in a former convent in the historic Jaffa neighbourhood, the property will feature a pool, terrace, and 24 stylish bedrooms expected to reflect the life and soul of the destination.

Rome – opening summer, 2021

In recent months, there has been a lot of development interest in Rome – with brands such as Rosewood and Bvlgari Hotels also announcing debut arrivals excepted in the next few years. Located in the San Lorenzo district, the debut Soho House property in Rome – the brand’s seventh property in Europe – will shelter 49 bedrooms and 20 apartments, with unparalleled views stretching across the Eternal City from its rooftop, terrace and pool.

Paris – opening summer, 2021

For a brand that is known for amplifying creatives (connecting travellers and locals alike) in thriving neighbourhoods, it makes a lot of a business sense for the members-only lifestyle brand to expand its portfolio with a property in Paris. In the former red-light district of Pigalle – steps from the 19th-century cabaret Moulin Rouge – the brand’s property in Paris will shelter 35 bedrooms, a gym, and a courtyard garden overlooked by a pool terrace.

Austin – opening summer, 2021

On South Congress Avenue, Soho House Austin will become the brand’s first property in Texas and the 10th Soho House territory in North America, and will feature a rooftop pool, 46 bedrooms, and a members screening room.

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Top 5 stories of the week: Cakes, ribbon cutting and hotel design launching at sea

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Here are the top 5 stories of the week, as selected by Hamish Kilburn, editor of Hotel Designs.

This week we collated all the ingredients for a great series of stories. We’ve had architectural cakes, new builds, significant anniversaries, drawing-board renderings of new hotels, showroom openings and even a sprinkling of an exclusive Q&A from the managing director of bathroom specialist Duravit.

It’s been a busy week, so here’s a breakdown of the major stories.

1) Winning design unveiled from WATG’s Great Architectural bake-off

The winning design, by Benoy - replicating The Barbican Centre

Image credit: WATG

Leading architects gathered last weekend for the final of WATG’s Great Architectural bake-off. Judges included Great British Bake-Off competitor; Jane Duncan OBE, the 75th RIBA president; Bethan Ryder, Digital Editor at Wallpaper*; Peter Murray.

2) Will hotel designs and Cruise ship design marry at sea? 

Under the Arch sculpture

Image credit: Zemer Peled

In an exclusive feature, editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn investigates why so many hotel designers are stretching their services to also include cruise ship design.

3) The luxury hotel experience: how to design an ultra-modern bathroom

Modern bathroom

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Regardless of their location, the world’s finest hotel bathrooms are designed to evoke a sensory experience. Tegan Denwood  investigates how hoteliers can simply create an ultra-modern bathroom that lives up to the growing consumer demands of guests checking in…

4) Soho House to open in Amsterdam this Summer

Rendering of Soho House Amsterdam

The 79-key Soho House Amsterdam will open in the city’s The Bungehuis building in July 2018…

5) Seven minutes with Managing Director of Duravit

Martin Carroll

As Duravit opens its new Clerkenwell showroom, the editor of Hotel Designs, Hamish Kilburn, went behind the scenes to ask the Managing Director of Duravit, Martin Carroll, ‘why here’, ‘why now’ and ‘what’s next’…

Rendering of Soho House Amsterdam

Soho House to open in Amsterdam this Summer

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The 79-key Soho House Amsterdam will open in the city’s The Bungehuis building in July 2018…

Following the coverted launch of White City Soho House, the hotel group Soho House has announced that it will open a 79-key property in Amsterdam’s The Bungehuis building this Summer.

Soho House Amsterdam will also include the brand’s much-loved signature rooftop pool, a floor of club space and a Cecconi’s restaurant and Cowshed spa on the ground floor. In addition, in true Amsterdam fashion, the property will also include 75 bike racks and a small workshop for repairs.

Originally built in the 1930s as a trading office, and later served as a university building in 70s, The Bungehuis is a six-storey ‘National’ monument which is characterised by varius expressive details such as bay windows on each side and Art Deco detailing throughout. Inside, the building features rustic architectural accents in bronze, stained glass, milk glass and tropical timber as well as glazed tiles of the ‘Porceleyne Fles’ in Delft.

On the 5th Floor, the main members’ area overlooks the canal, with bold fabrics, antique furniture mixed with specially designed pieces, geometric rugs and a high-gloss black floor.

The public area has comfortable seating and a big open fire, with the adjacent Library, which has its own bar and small workspace area.

On the other side, House Kitchen will serve food and drinks throughout the day, with a big open kitchen and deli counter. It will be fabricated in pinks and Hague blues, with banquette seating, lounge chairs and vintage tables and lamps.

Rendering of guest room

Image credit: Soho House Amsterdam

A DJ booth next door will contain performances and members’ events on evenings and weekends and has its own lounge and bar, with green cork flooring and acoustic soundproofing in the walls.

The House Gym will be located on the fourth floor, overlooking the canal with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, HIIT and yoga studios. The ceilings are painted in a high-gloss canal green, mirroring the view outside, and reflecting the resin cross pattern, the Amsterdam city symbol.

The Screening Room on the same floor will feature velvet armchairs, footstalls and vintage lamps on individual side tables. A small pre-screening bar has high gloss lacquered and velvet clad walls, mirrored tables, dark fabric sofas and armchairs, and a ribbed timber bar serving drinks and snacks.

The 79 guestrooms are spread across three floors, all ranging in size from Tiny to Extra-Large. Each of the rooms house antique pieces mixed with specially designed furniture and rugs. The bed throws and fabrics are inspired by the original windows in the grand Bungehuis staircase, with tables, poufs and sofas designed by Soho House.

The Ground Floor of Soho House Amsterdam will be open to the public, with Cecconi – a modern day classic Italian restaurant, a Cowshed spa and private hire rooms.

Soho House, which launched its first private members’ club to the world in 1995,  is now 12 properties large. The group’s plan remains strong to continues to have a major focus on expanding its program to find unique locations, bringing film, media and creative industries together under one roof. With Amsterdam launching and Barcelona to come, that plan is most certainly in motion.

Image credit: Soho House Amsterdam

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Luxury property group Soho House marks out Manchester site

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Private members club – and favourite with London’s celebrity scene – Soho House is planning to open its first hotel in northern England with a Manchester property, according to reports.

The group has sites across Europe, North America and in the south of England and would look to move into the Old Granada Studios as part of the ongoing £1.2 billion regeneration of the Quay Street site by Allied London.

According to reports in the Manchester Evening News, the project will take up the space currently occupied by Granada TV’s Studio 4 (famously where The Beatles made their first TV appearance in 1962) and will boast 150 bedrooms as well as the city’s first rooftop swimming pool.

Group founder Nick Jones, husband of Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young, has previously been vocal about his desire to open a northern hotel in Manchester or Leeds.