ECE Group’s company ECE Work & Live will convert a listed office property from the early 19th century in Rome, Italy, into a hotel operated by Ruby Hotels with around 165 rooms.
The property is centrally located on Via Nazionale in the center of Rome and thus not far from the main train station Roma Termini in the immediate vicinity of many tourist attractions. Initial demolition work for the project has already begun.
Construction is scheduled to start in the fall of 2023, with opening scheduled for spring 2025. The investment volume is around € 60 million.
The project is ECE Work & Live’s first hotel development in Italy and the first joint project with the luxury hotel group Ruby Hotels. The Otto family holds a 25 percent stake in the Ruby Group.
Torsten Kuttig, Director Hotel Development at ECE Work & Live: “Our first hotel project in Italy combines the main objectives of our strategy in the hotel segment: to expand our international activities and extend them to attractive markets such as Italy, to increase investments in the conversion of existing properties and to focus on hotels with a leisure and business competence. We are therefore very pleased to have identified a suitable existing property in the heart of Rome, which we can convert into a modern hotel building together with Ruby Hotels as our partner.”
Catherine Hilt, Group Senior Manager Development at Ruby: “Within Rome’s stably growing market, affordable luxury is an over proportionately growing, albeit underserved niche segment. With our Lean Luxury concept, we aim to address this specific demand. This project fits perfectly, and we are particularly happy to be realizing it jointly with our long-time partner ECE,”