On the heels of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide its partners investing more than $206 million to restore four iconic European hotels under The Luxury Collection, the company will continue its commitment to the brand’s portfolio with restorations planned for hotels in Europe and Middle East this year. The additional investment of over $413 million includes the restoration of Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan, Santa Marina Resort in Mykonos and Grand Hills in Broumana.
In the past 24 months, Starwood and its partners have restored and reopened The Gritti Palace in Venice, Prince de Galles in Paris, Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville and Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastian. Additionally, The Luxury Collection restored public spaces and enhanced guest accommodations in historic hotels, including Hotel Bristol in Vienna and Hotel Danieli in Venice, introduced new villas to Hotel Pitrizza and Hotel Romazzino at Costa Smeralda in Sardinia and completed the redesign of he Park Tower Knightsbridge in time for its 40th anniversary last July.
The Luxury Collection will debut in Lebanon with the conversion of Grand Hills in Broumana which will reopen in December as a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa following an extensive renovation. The resort is nestled high up at the gateway of the mountain village, Broumana, and is centrally located between the sea, mountains and Beirut's downtown. Designed in typical Lebanese mountain resort style, Grand Hills will have 115 rooms and 53 suites, as well as three restaurants and two bars, all with views of the Zaarour Mountains and Mediterranean Sea set against the picturesque pinewood pedestrian village.
Marking the hotel’s 140th anniversary, Hotel Imperial in Vienna will complete its one-year restoration, led by renowned British designer Alex Kravetz, later this summer. The restoration will reinforce the hotel’s palatial and imperial grandeur with new concepts for the restaurant, destination bar and café and enhanced event spaces. The entrance connecting the hotel to the neighbouring Musikverein, home to the Vienna Philharmonic, will be restored and re-opened to provide a stately arrival experience for maestros, musicians and guests. Originally built in 1863 as a private residence of Prince Philipp of Württemberg, the celebrated hotel is situated in a prime location on the city’s Ring Boulevard.
In Greece, Santa Marina Resort & Villas will complete a three-year $8-million restoration in time for the 2014 summer season, including a complete renovation of all 75 guestrooms and suites. Led by Silvina Macipe Krontira of the Greece-based SMK Interiors, the resort’s restoration will have a contemporary yet timeless design complementing the views over the Mediterranean Sea. Located on the revitalized private beachfront, the newly redesigned Bayview Beach Restaurant & Bar will serve a selection of Mediterranean fusion cuisine and seafood within its contemporary, honeyed wood interiors.
The Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan will open this September following an extensive renovation, marking The Luxury Collection seventh hotel in Italy. With Studio Marco Piva leading the design and architecture concept, Excelsior Hotel Gallia will offer a sophisticated fusion of contemporary design in a new building with the Belle Epoque architectural style of the original historical hotel. Located in Piazza Duca d’Aosta, the hotel will offer 235 guestrooms and suites, a restaurant and roof-top bar with panoramic views of the city, a lounge bar and cigar room, as well as extensive leisure, wellness, event and meeting facilities.