The building where the Splendide Royal hotel stands dates back to the late 1800s and is rich in history that belonged to the noble Ludovisi Boncompagni families, from Bologna origins from which some Popes of the time also descended.
The property was a very large estate; the wing where today’s hotel stands was the guesthouse while the actual lobby was the storage of the carriages returning to the palace after the lavish receptions of the nobility at that time.
With the abolition of noble titles during Fascism, the estate changed ownership and was divided into several buildings. Subsequently, the part of the property where the Splendide Royal stands was sold to the community of the Maronites, part of the Catholic Christian church, and became their monastery.
In 2001 Dr Roberto Naldi decided to take and renovate part of the Monastery and give life to the new Splendide Royal hotel in Rome, using the same name from the other hotel of the family located in Lugano which is a Swiss historical monument.
Without changing the soul and history of the building, the architects to whom Dr. Roberto Naldi commits the renovation project, recreate architectural elements inspired by rococo style in the lobby, such as the coffered ceiling and order vintage wooden furnishings from Venetian artisans and choose of lighting by Parisian artisans in the Louis XVI style. There are also many original and precious elements of the previous era included in the ambitious project, among which the majestic Murano glass chandelier used for the Luchino Visconti movie “Il Gattopardo” which furnishes and illuminates since the opening of the hotel the lobby where the reception is located to welcome our guests.
After 20 years of success with the original project which consisted of 69 rooms and suites, Dr Roberto Naldi decides to simultaneously launch the renovation projects of many of the original rooms, the award-winning Mirabelle gourmet restaurant and the launch of the new Splendide Boutique hospitality concept. In fact, the property expands by another 16 suites, inaugurating the boutique wing, a small hotel within the hotel that stands out for its contemporary, modern luxury and the utmost exclusivity and privacy.
Among the elements that enrich the Splendide Boutique, the façade is particularly noteworthy, where a splendid original painting stands out which recites a sentence inspired by one of Virgil’s poems and which is also the essence of the new project: Virtus sibi preamium