Meliá Hotels International is to open a new ME by Meliá hotel at the Piazza della Repubblica in Milan.

ME Milan Il Duca will be housed in a building designed by renowned architect Aldo Rossi and will feature 132 rooms − including 34 suites − a lounge bar and restaurant, modern conference rooms and a 600m2 rooftop bar with panoramic views over the city.

"The economic and industrial capital of Italy has been awaiting a hotel such as this," said Gabriel Escarrer, CEO and vice-chairman of Meliá Hotels International. "The announcement of a new ME in Milan, prior to the imminent openings of ME Ibiza and ME Mallorca, constitutes the next step in the international positioning of the ME by Meliá brand as providing revered hotels for modern and discerning travellers, combining business and pleasure with authentic lifestyle experiences."

ME Milan is set to launch in 2015 and will be the first ME hotel in Italy, where Meliá already manages successful properties including Gran Meliá Rome.