Marriott’s new lifestyle brand to debut in Rome


Marriott Bonvoy has unveiled the inaugural property in its new lifestyle brand, Cardo Hotels. 

Set to open in early 2024, Cardo Roma, Autograph Collection is situated in Rome’s bustling Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR) district. 

Originally designed by famed architect Lucio Passarelli, the renovated hotel comprises 324 guestrooms and suites, as well as a range of business and leisure facilities. Meeting and events spaces span 3,100m², with the crown jewel a 1,400-capacity ballroom. 

Cardo Hotels Rome Suite

Interiors are courtesy of Amsterdam-based designer Saar Zafrir, who drew inspiration from Rome’s ancient history. “In Roman times, ‘otium’ referred to being free from commitments,” says the designer. “Our goal is to immerse guests in this tradition of indulgence, luxury and comfort, where every moment is meant to be savoured.” The design narrative is reflected in an elegant palette of rich olive green, warm terracotta and sophisticated off-white. A spacious lobby meanwhile uses playful geometry, dramatic arches and distinct 3D wall textures to enhance its modern and visual appeal. 

Rooms and suites span across seven floors, ranging from 50m² to 100m². All accommodation features smart technologies like keyless entry and a tablet that acts as a digital concierge. Additional comforts include coffee table books from Taschen and a bespoke Muro room fragrance. 

“The cardo was a north-south oriented street in Roman cities, the central point of economic life, embodying a lively and energetic vision that inspired our new, all-encompassing hospitality concept,” says Nicolas Romero Oneto, Head of Cardo Hotels. “Cardo hotels uniquely adapt to the aesthetics and culture of their city, making them the perfect fit for Autograph Collection Hotels, which are ‘exactly like nothing else’. Cardo Roma exemplifies this philosophy, blending personal well-being with business culture, setting a new standard for next-generation hotel experiences.” 

Cardo Hotels Rome Restaurant

Cardo Roma will host two distinct dining venues. Signature restaurant Vertici offers authentic Italian cuisine, with a contemporary twist, and is accompanied by Vertici Bar, the perfect spot for an aperitivo. Meanwhile, seasonal pool bar Spectio is set to become a go-to spot for alfresco cocktails, snacks and smoothies accompanied by live music and DJ acts. 

At the heart of the hotel also lies Olea Wellness and Spa, a 1,200m² sanctuary dedicated to the rejuvenation of body and mind. Through four pools, each kept at a different temperature, the space will offer a bathing experience reminiscent of ancient Rome. The spa offerings include a traditional sauna and hammam, along with six treatment rooms for holistic body and facial treatments featuring products from French brand Cinq Mondes. A fitness centre equipped with Technogym gear will also be available to guests. 

The opening of Cardo Roma, Autograph Collection will be followed later in 2024 by Cardo Brussels, Autograph Collection – the brand’s second property.

Cardo Hotels Rome Pool

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