Tuesday May 7th, 2013 - 10:28AM
VENICE, ITALY—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., has re-opened The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel here, following an approximately $45 million restoration.
According to the company, the 15-month restoration is part of a larger strategy to invest in the restoration of many Luxury Collection hotels in Europe, including Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville and Hotel Maria Cristina, San Sebastian, which re-opened last year, as well as Prince de Galles in Paris which will re-open later this month.
With interior design by Donghia Associates, part of the Venetian fabric house Rubelli, the protected landmark building's architectural restorations were led by Italian engineering firm Veniceplan Ingegneria Srl with the Regional Board of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Environmental Conservation of Venice and Lagoon.
The restoration included environment- friendly measures such as the use of LED lighting throughout the hotel's public areas and guestrooms, the recycling of waste water and the replacement of windows to improve thermal and acoustic insulation.
The Gritti Palace features 61 guestrooms and 21 suites, including suites with vews to the Grand Canal. The interior design of signature suites is inspired by renowned personalities, such as Ernest Hemingway, Somerset Maugham and Peggy Guggenheim, or references to emblematic locations such as Punta della Dogana, which represent the cultural and artistic roots of Venice and the Gritti Palace.
Cloaked in rich period colors, the restored rooms and suites feature local design elements including Venetian tapestries and velvets, unique pieces of furniture such as long Rococo couches, handcrafted Girandole mirrors, Murano glass chandeliers, as well as reproductions of Rubelli archival fabrics. Local and historical artwork is also showcased.
Set on the Grand Canal, the terrace was designed with polished wood and stainless-steel accents. Food and beverage offerings include the Club del Doge Restaurant and Bar Longhi, featuring etched Venetian mirror walls. The hotel also introduced Blu Mediterraneo Spa, a new concept by Acqua di Parma. Set in natural, soothing tones with delicate gold accents, the spa features contemporary touches such as intricate Orsoni mosaics, Murano glass, Venetian floors and wenge wood that draw from ancient Italian craftsmanship.