The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., announced that the company and its owners are investing $200 million to renovate and restore some of its hotels in Europe.
The brand already reopened two hotels in Spain this year: Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville and Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastian. This will be followed by the debut of the restored Gritti Palace in Venice and Prince de Galles in Paris in 2013.
The Luxury Collection is an ensemble of more than 80 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts around the world, spanning 30 countries, offering the brand’s signature concierge service, luxury amenities and indigenous cultural experiences. There are currently 40 Luxury Collection hotels in Europe, Africa and Middle East and the four restored hotels in Spain, France and Italy.
Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville reopened in March 2012. Located on the historic Calle San Fernando in the heart of Seville, Hotel Alfonso XIII was commissioned by King Alfonso XIII for the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition. The restoration spanned 10 months and was led by Sevillian architect Demopolis, with interiors designed by The Gallery at HBA London. Recently recognized for “Best Historic Renovation” at the annual Gold Key Design Award, Hotel Alfonso XIII is a showcase of Moorish architecture and regional Andalusian design infused with Arabic accents. The hotel offers 151 guestrooms and suites and culinary experiences including Spanish cuisine at Bodega Alfonso and Andalusian specialties at San Fernando, the poolside Taifas restaurant and bar, and the Art Deco-inspired American Bar.
Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian reopened in July 2012. The renovation of Hotel Maria Cristina was completed in time for its 100th anniversary in July. Situated in the city center of San Sebastian, Spain’s culinary capital, this Belle Epoque gem was originally designed by French architect Charles Mewès and was christened in 1912 by its namesake, Queen Maria Cristina. Carried out over nine months, the refurbishment was led by Idom Engineering & Architecture, with interiors restored by The Gallery at HBA London. The hotel’s 107 guestrooms and 29 suites are dressed in pastel tones and decorated with gold furnishings. Following the restoration, the hotel introduced haute Chinese cuisine at Tse Yang, complemented by Basque and international selections at Easo Restaurant and cocktails at DRY bar.
Hotel Alfonso XIII
The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice is reopening on Jan. 31, 2013. Located along the city’s Grand Canal, the Gritti Palace is slated to open in time for the city’s celebrated annual carnival and the Venice International Biennale of Contemporary Art, following a 15-month restoration. Working closely with the Venetian fabric house Rubelli and interior design firm Donghia, the restoration will return the hotel to its former glory using rare archival fabrics and chandeliers and glassware from Murano.
The hotel’s design is inspired by the Gritti Palace’s origins, dating back to 1475 as a private home for the noble Pisani family followed by the Doge of Venice, Andrea Gritti. In addition to the hotel’s famous terrace, The Gritti Palace will feature 61 guestrooms and 21 suites, as well as Club del Doge restaurant and the restored Bar Longhi. Soon to be unveiled are the reintroduction of the iconic culinary school, The Gritti Epicurean School, the new Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo SPA and the Explorer’s Library at The Gritti Palace.
Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris is reopening in Q2 of 2013. Built in 1928 along Avenue George V, Prince de Galles is one of the popular addresses in the City of Lights. The Art Deco treasure is set to reopen following a two-year renovation. With Pierre-Yves Rochon leading the design direction, the hotel will feature 159 guestrooms and 44 suites in authentic Art Deco style. The hotel’s mosaic courtyard will be fully restored and together with a new signature restaurant led by chef Stéphanie Le Quellec, set the stage for a Parisian social scene.
In the last five years, Starwood doubled its global luxury room count. With more than 150 luxury hotels operating under the St. Regis, Luxury Collection and W brands, Starwood has the largest footprint of luxury hotels in the industry. It is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,128 properties in nearly 100 countries and 154,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Westin, Le Méridien, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft and Element.
In addition to its commitment to restore some of the Europe’s emblematic hotels, The Luxury Collection is enhancing its portfolio. The brand is on track to surpass 90 hotels by 2014, including nine new hotels and resorts that are slated to open in Asia Pacific in the next two years.
Hotel Maria Cristina