Katara Hospitality yesterday announced the grand opening of the Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a luxury hotel in Milan, owned and restored by the global hotel developer, owner and operator based in Qatar.
The hotel recently underwent extensive renovation, adding a new wing, to restore the Milanese landmark to its original splendour. Formerly known as “Palace Gallia”, the hotel has a prime location in the heart of the emerging Porta Nuova district.
The grand opening took place around the annual design fair Salone de Mobile and the recent launch of EXPO Milano 2015.
Excelsior Hotel Gallia is the latest to be unveiled by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. as part of a multi-million Euro investment with its owner partners to restore Europe’s most iconic hotels under The Luxury Collection brand.
“Excelsior Hotel Gallia is a magnificent property that has undergone a meticulous renovation and strategic expansion that marries contemporary design with the hotel’s Belle Epoque architectural style, ensuring that this remains as one of Milan’s historic landmarks,” said Sheikh Nawaf bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani, chairman of Katara Hospitality.
“This Luxury Collection hotel is one of Katara Hospitality’s flagship international investments and we are proud of what has been achieved together with our partners such as Starwood. Excelsior Hotel Gallia is a true reflection of our vision to ensure the heritage of such iconic properties continues around the world” added Hamad Abdulla al-Mulla, CEO and board member, Katara Hospitality.
Hoyt Harper, global brand leader, The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts said: “We are proud to have worked with local artisans and architects to reimagine this iconic hotel for today’s luxury travellers and the local community.”
“It brings us great pleasure to strengthen our partnership with Katara Hospitality with this exceptional hotel as we continue to grow The Luxury Collection in Italy, where the brand originated,” continued Michael Wale, president, Starwood Hotels & Resorts – Europe, Africa and Middle East.
Excelsior Hotel Gallia comprises two main buildings – the fully restored historic palace and a modern new wing with a façade that resembles a delicate steel and glass curtain.
Following the renovation, Excelsior Hotel Gallia features 235 luxurious guest rooms fitted out by Cassina. This includes 53 suites of which the most opulent is the 1,000sq m Katara Suite – one of the largest presidential suites in Italy. Situated on the seventh floor, the Katara Suite offers the epitome of luxury with two terraces, four bedrooms and a private spa.
The hotel’s signature restaurant Terrazza Gallia is managed with the advice of the Michelin-starred Cerea Family. Guests seated in the large, covered and heated outdoor terrace will enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the city including the new skyline of Porta Nuova district.
Guests can enjoy indulgent treatments at Shiseido Spa Milan, the first Shiseido Spa in Italy. Spanning over 1,000sq m across the sixth and seventh floors, this is the largest hotel spa in Milan with a wide range of beauty and wellness rituals as well as a swimming pool and fitness area with the latest equipment.
Connecting the historical centre of the hotel with the main hall of the new building is the indoor “Promenade”, a 100m walkway with large boutique windows from the famous Montenapoleone Street, the heart of the Milanese fashion district.
The ground floor of the new wing is dedicated to meetings and conferences, featuring 12 meeting rooms spanning across 1,000sq m and 700sq m of foyer space including a grand ballroom with no columns and large windows that can host up to 400 people.