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Nobu announces openings in Rome and San Sebastián

Italy and Spain are the latest destinations in the Nobu Hospitality portfolio

Nobu Hospitality founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper – has announced the launch of its first hotel in Italy, Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Roma, expected to open in summer 2022.

The new opening will take over the existing Grand Hotel Via Veneto, located in the historic part of Rome on the renowned Via Veneto, and will be reimagined in collaboration with current Grand Hotel chairman and chief executive Carlo Acampora.

Set across two 19th-century buildings, it will house 122 guest rooms and suites, including a 500-square metre Nobu Suite, a green rooftop terrace, indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, a full-service spa, fitness centre, exclusive club lounge and signature Nobu Restaurant.

The restaurant will mark Nobu’s second dining venue in the country and offer 24-hour in-room dining

Acampora said: “I’m very pleased to have opened the doors of the Eternal City to the first Nobu Hotel in Italy. The extraordinary experience that Nobu Roma will offer is what Romans and international tourists deeply need and we are all aware of the great responsibility that awaits us towards our future guests.”

Matsuhisa added: “Rome is the gastronomic hub of the world and the ideal location for the Nobu brand. We’re pleased to be partnering with Carlo Acampora on this exciting project and to bring the famous Nobu cuisine to the residents of Rome as well as visitors from around the world.

Nobu launched its flagship in Las Vegas in 2013 and has since opened properties in destinations including Dubai, Manila, Miami Beach, Malibu, London, Ibiza, Marbella, Los Cabos, Barcelona and Chicago.

Further properties are currently under development in Marrakech, Riyadh, Toronto, New Orleans, São Paulo, Tel Aviv, Thailand and Hamburg.

Nobu Hospitality has also announced plans to open its fourth hotel and restaurant in Spain, Nobu Hotel and Restaurant San Sebastián.

Nobu San SebastianNobu Hotel and Restaurant San Sebastián

The property is scheduled to launch in March 2023 with 20 guest rooms and suites and a 98-seat Nobu restaurant offering panoramic water and city views.

The fully renovated hotel sits on the site of the famed Palacio Vista Eder property, which was constructed in 1912 and designed by renowned Spanish architect, Francisco Urcola.

The hotel overlooks the popular La Concha Bay

Nobu Hospitality chief executive Trevor Horwell said: “We are truly honoured to be entering the city of San Sebastián, well known for its cultural diversity and a beacon of gastronomic excellence in Spain.

“The Nobu Hotel and Restaurant San Sebastián is crafted on the tremendous vision of our partner, Millenium, to create a very special hospitality experience.  We look forward to becoming a part of the local community which we hold in such high regard.”

Co-founder Robert De Niro added: “San Sebastián is an exciting location for the brand as good quality food is intrinsic to the destination. We’re so pleased to be partnering with Javier Illán Plaza on this project and to be opening our fourth hotel and restaurant in Spain, bringing the Nobu cuisine to a new audience of residents and travellers.”

The president and chief executive of developers Millenium Hospitality Real Estate, which has a collection five-star hotels throughout Spain and Portugal, said: “The partnership with Nobu Hospitality and launch of Nobu Hotel and Restaurant San Sebastián further places the region on the map as the ultimate gourmet hotspot.

“I’m thrilled to be working with the brand to make this opening one of the country’s most exciting for 2023, which will be embraced by residents and visitors alike.”

Nobu Hospitality currently operates 12 hotels, with a further 13 in the pipeline including Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Roma.

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