W Hotel Rome

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design Historic & Heritage
  • Company/Firm
    Meyer Davis
  • Lead Designer
    Will Meyer & Gray Davis
  • Other Designer(s)
    Zoe Pinfold: FFE Design Lead, Stephanie Schreiber: Senior Project Manager
  • Architect
  • Interior Designer
    Meyer Davis
  • Hospitality
    W Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc.
  • Construction Company
  • Photo Credit
    Courtesy of Meyer Davis
  • Location
    Rome, Italy
  • Project Date
    December 2021
  • Developer
    Omnan Group

The hotel exudes 1970’s glamor. Traditional architecture blends into color blocking and graphic patterns in hues of orange, red & green. With stone walls reminiscent of the past & contemporary reflective surfaces, the entryway & welcome lounge contrast surrounding historic buildings. A hand-painted mural in reception blends modern art & an old-world feel, tiles throughout the ground floor are inspired by celebrated Italian stonework, and the skylight installation harkens to the ancient practice of pouring rose petals through the oculus of the pantheon on Pentecost Sunday. The living room bar is a jewel box in the heart of the hotel & the 147 guestrooms & 15 suites feature luxurious design details — wooden herringbone-patterned floors, marble surfaces & decadent maroon curtains. In a city marked by heritage, the hotel decor layers Italian color palettes & patterns that blur distinct eras of design.

The approach embraces visual & experiential design. The intersection results in tension that creates an energetic buzz. With the tagline "Live Eternal," the hotel showcases a melding of time periods, creating a magnetic collage of antiquity and modernity.