The July 2014 accommodation update for Italy.
PORTRAIT FIRENZE (5*) IN FLORENCE,
The Lungarno Collection, owned by the Ferragamo family, opened the latest addition to their collection, Portrait Firenze on 1 May 2014. Located in the heart of Florence with fabulous views over the River Arno and iconic Ponte Vecchio, the hotel styled by Florentine architect Michele Bönan, is inspired by the birth of Italian haute couture that took place in Florence in the 1950s. Each of the thirty-four suites is designed using hand-crafted furniture, exquisite fabrics and fine detailing to reflect the heritage of the Ferragamo family. Each suite features a kitchenette and includes complimentary use of an iPad and state of the art technology with access to a music and film library, a fully stocked mini bar with gourmet products, which can also be stocked in advance with personalised preference. www.portraitfirenze.com
INDIGO ROME – ST. GEORGE HOTEL (5*) IN ROME
The Intercontinental Hotels has inaugurated their new boutique hotel in Rome, the Indigo Rome St George, in Via Giulia, in the heart of old Rome at the beginning of June 2014. The hotel is a mixture of Renaissance and modern design and offers 64 rooms, a spa, a restaurant, a terrace with bar and free wi-fi in all areas.www.hotelindigorome.com
NH PALAZZO BAROCCI (4*) IN VENICE
The old Manin NH Hotel has been totally overhauled and upgraded by the NH Hotel Group and has re-opened in Venice at the end of May 2014. The hotel is located in the heart of Venice facing the RialtoBridge and it is built on the site of the old Teatro Sant’Angelo, dating back to the 18th century. There are 59 rooms all furnished in 5 different style, a bar “Doge” with a truly Venetian atmosphere and delightful garden.
NH PARMA HOTEL (4*) IN PARMA
The new NH Parma Hotel opened in May 2014 and is set in the brand-new architectural complex which also includes the renovated railway station. It is strategically located near the historical centre of Parma, offers 120 rooms, restaurant offering local and Italian dishes and 8 meeting rooms.
RE-OPENINGS AND NEW SERVICES
RE-OPENING OF VILLE SULL’ARNO HOTEL (5*) IN FLORENCE
The Ville sull’Arno Hotel has been re-opened at the beginning of June after extensive renovation and improvement work. The Hotel offers 45 rooms, a spa, open air swimming pool in the extensive garden, the “Flora e Fauno” Restaurant, Dante’s Bar with its 19th century design. The Ville sull’Arno was originally built in the 15th century and it was a country retreat for the Florentine nobility, in the 19th century was used as workshop by the Macchiaioli painters. www.hotelvillesullarno.com
NEW DUOMO SUITE AT THE PALAZZO PARIGI HOTEL IN MILAN
The luxury Palazzo Parigi has inaugurated recently the new Duomo Suite with breathtaking views over the city. The new suite comprises a living area with kitchenette, walk-in wardrobe, main bathroom and second bathroom. The suite can be combined with the interconnecting Suite Prestige and Deluxe Room for a total of 3 bedrooms to form an apartment. www.palazzoparigi.com
NEW VAIR SPA AT BORGO EGNAZIA
The Vair Spa is located within Borgo Egnazia Resort in Puglia, its philosophy is to nurture the client physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Built in typical Apulina style, it boasts 11 treatment rooms, a couple’s spa suite with private garden and an opulent Roman water therapy suite at the heart of the building.www.vairspa.com
RE-OPENING OF THE EXCELSIOR HOTEL GALLIA (5*) IN MILAN
Starwood hotel and resorts have recently announced the re-opening of the historic Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan which is scheduled for November 2014. The hotel will offer 235 rooms and suites, a restaurant and a bar with panoramic terrace on the top floor, a lounge bar and cigar room, a spa, swimming pool and gym, two ballrooms and meeting spaces. www.starwoodhotels.com
JW MARRIOTT (5*) RESORT AND SPA IN VENICE
A new hotel is being re-developed by JW Marriott Hotels in Venice at Sacca Sessola and the opening is scheduled for mid March 2015. The hotel will have 266 rooms.
MELIA SIRACUSA MARE RESORT IN SICILY
The new Melia Siracusa Mare Resort is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2015 in the Sicilian town of Syracuse. It will offer 235 rooms, 140 apartments, sport facilities, 18-hole golf course, swimming pools, spa, private beach and meeting spaces. www.melia.com