Studio Marco Piva leads Excelsior Hotel Gallia restoration

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, opened the Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan. Owned by Katara Hospitality, this Milanese property emerged from the renovation of a historic building, the former Palace Gallia, while adding a new wing.

Located in the heart of the new Porta Nuova district, Excelsior Hotel Gallia is the latest property unveiled by The Luxury Collection.

Led by Milan-based Studio Marco Piva, the property's architecture and interior design married contemporary aesthetics with the hotel’s original Belle Époque style. The design firm also curated a collection of more than 500 pieces of art, including paintings, sculptures and photographs. The interiors have references to Milanese lifestyle and the Art Deco era, including furnishings created by Italian designers and craftsmen.


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Excelsior Hotel Gallia comprises two buildings – the restored palace and a new wing with a façade that resembles a steel and glass curtain. Guests entering the hotel will be welcomed by a custom-made 98-foot Murano glass chandelier created by De Majo, depicting a waterfall of 180 light cylinders that illuminates the eight-story stairwell. The lobby pays tribute to Milanese architecture of the 1930s, such as La Scala Theatre, Vittorio Emanuele Gallery and Villa Necchi Campiglio. The public spaces were outfitted by B&B Italia using aluminum, glass and marble.

Excelsior Hotel Gallia features 235 guest rooms, including 53 suites. The 10,764-square-foot Katara Suite is situated on the seventh floor, offering two terraces, four bedrooms and a private spa. The two-bedroom Gallia Suite mimics a private residence with its loggia surrounded by historical columns and statues. The other 51 suites revolve around five themes: Design Suites, dedicated to a Milanese designer or architect, namely Vico Magistretti, Achille Castiglioni, Giò Ponti, Luigi Caccia Dominioni and Franco Albini; Art Suites, which overlook the square and have a sliding panel with photos of the hotel’s façade; and Atelier Suites, evoking the ambiance of creative workshops. The hotel’s Signature Suites were conceived as art galleries with theatrical use of lighting, color, and artwork, while the Executive Suites were inspired by the Milanese lofts. All the rooms were outfitted by Cassina Contract, with the exception of the Katara Suite which was furnished by B&B Italia.

Set to open in September on the seventh floor, the hotel’s rooftop bar and signature restaurant Terrazza Gallia will be managed with the Cerea family. There will be a covered and heated outdoor terrace offering panoramic view of Milan, including the Central Station and the Pirelli skyscraper by Giò Ponti. Other dining venues include the Gallia Restaurant on the ground floor, and the Wine Cellar that offers a setting for intimate gatherings.

The property is home to the first Shiseido Spa in Italy, spanning over 10,764 square feet. The spa is located on the sixth and seventh floors of the hotel. Also available are the swimming pool, and the fitness area with equipment from Artis by Technogym.

The hotel’s historical Cupola room on the seventh floor houses a multifunctional space equipped with audio-visual technology. Connecting the historical center of the hotel with the main hall of the new building is the indoor “Promenade,” a 328-foot walkway with large boutique windows from the Montenapoleone Street. The ground floor of the new wing has 12 meeting rooms, spanning across 10,764 square feet, as well as 7,535 square feet of foyer space.