In a 19th-century building in the Regola district at 7 Via di Santa Maria de' Calderari, a stone's throw from the Ghetto, there is a cosmopolitan, glamorous, inclusive air. Embellished with design and art

It is a place that has a soul Chapter Rome. It is young, unconventional, original. Everything here reflects the philosophy of hospitality that drives the entrepreneurial spirit of the young owner, Marco Cilia, assisted by an equally young management team: Jacopo Arosio, general manager, Eleonora Zamagni, sales & marketing manager. As young is all the staff, from the receptionist at the reception desk to Alessandro Pietropaoli chef at the Campocori restaurant, from the barmen and bartender at Hey Baby Bar to those who take care of guests in the Market with its informal and lively mood.

Ancient craftsmen and fine materials

"Chapter Roma is located in a historic part of the city, once populated by craftsmen. I wanted a look that would recall, by using them, the materials used by blacksmiths, the ancient calderari, to whom this alley in the historic centre owes its name, and create a luxurious mix. In fact, inlaid wood panelling, precious marbles, luxurious fabrics and leather upholstery dialogue with exposed bricks, raw concrete, wrought metal finishes, raw steel, brass, copper and bronze elements,' Cilia explains.

A theatrical setting between design and art

Today, a hotel must offer an experience, it must 'be' an experience. The design can be the most exclusive, the service of the highest quality, but if the structure has no character or soul... For this reason, Johannesburg-based studio Tristan Du Plessis was called in to do the interior design, and was responsible for the design and conversion of each room. Du Plessis enriched the interior inspired by 1930s New York with bronze furnishings, two-tone wood panelling and velvet-lined beds. The hotel has 42 rooms, each one unique, characterised by simple but original furnishings created by international designers and custom-made pieces crafted by Roman artisans. The theatrical setting of the structure, which preserves original bricks and arches, is complemented by art, a fundamental element. "I have also brought my passion for art here: installations and works by local and international artists such as the US collective Cyrcle, sculptor Willy Verginer, and photographer Haris Nukem, stand side by side with street art and graffiti signed by Warios and Alice Pasquini," says the owner.

On the rooftops of Rome

On the rooftop-terrace, the hotel has a unique view of Rome's skyline that can be enjoyed from the spacious, Mexican-inspired Hey Güey terrace. The view from Teatro Argentina to the Altare della Patria and the nearby Synagogue is an unusual vantage point over the eternal city. Carefully furnished, it recalls the atmosphere of a tropical garden among cacti, prickly pears, succulent plants and an apecar as a mobile streetfood-style kitchen.

The idea of accessible luxury

With its unique and immediately recognisable style, Chapter Roma revolutionises the Capitoline scene with an idea of accessible luxury. A reference point for the youngest, most dynamic and international city. A location intended for those who know how to appreciate contemporary and unconventional styles and languages, without forgetting the past and tradition.

And for the near future...

Marco Cilia's revolutionary visionariness did not stop here in Rome. The next project is a resort in Chianti with over 70 rooms and private villas, scheduled to open at the end of 2023. In full Chapter mood, it will see a fusion of grit and glamour, this time in a luxury rural key. In this project, again Tristan Du Plessis will breathe new life into a 14th-century Tuscan medieval hamlet surrounded by gardens, woods and ponds in a combination of internationality and all-Italian allure. A project surely destined to revolutionise the panorama of luxury hotellerie in Chianti, as has already happened in Rome.

Photos by Paola Pansini and Giulia Venanzi