News for the Hospitality Executive
Starhotels Rosa Grand, Milan
Nine years after the area was purchased, five years after work commenced (four years for the building site) and an investment of 57 million euros, the new extension of the old Starhotels Rosa is now open in the heart of Milan, in Piazza Fontana, alongside the original building with an entrance on Via Pattari. The new complex is called Rosa Grand. The numbers are big: 327 rooms, 7 conference rooms, 2 restaurants and 2 bars, 26.150 square meters of space. But the ideas behind it are big, too.
The project and urban plan designed by the Studio Arassociati effectively restores an area of Milan that is of great significance to the city.
The square, linear facade has redefined the perimeter of the piazza, creating a harmonious relationship between the interiors and the outside. The hotel is made up of various buildings but the creation of this extension also comprises a complete renovation of the whole, providing the entire complex with a new sense of unity.
The critic Vittorio Sgarbi commented, “The facade is simple, neutral and restrained; it repairs an area that was lacerated without exploiting the wound but by medicating it with respect and care, as if it were not a new construction but rather an intelligent restoration of what was already there.”
The facade is in white Montorfano marble with finishes in terracotta and pink Baveno granite, the same stone that was used for the Cathedral of Milan. The roof, which is also in terracotta and white granite, appears to be a continuation of the facade. The arcade facing Piazza Fontana is lit by leds creating the illusion of a starry sky.
Artful use of illumination, be it the light projected onto the facade or the lighting design in the interiors, together with the symbol of the rose, are the leitmotifs of the hotel.
Both the exterior and the interior of this building on one hand describe the sobriety of public architecture and, on the other, the gentleness of intimacy and the joy of hospitality.
The architectural design and the volumes are an expression of a serene modernity in an equilibrium of space and material intensified by the sophisticated use of light.
Starhotels Castille, Paris
The choice of the location in Rue Cambon, one of the most delightful streets in the city center as well as being the historic site of Maison Chanel, in the district between Place de la Concorde, la Madeleine and Place Vendôme, is no coincidence. “A hotel’s personality can only develop properly if it’s immersed in the history of its surroundings and has something to say for itself,” claims Elisabetta Fabri, Vice President and CEO of Starhotels.
The central location is ideal for tourists and business clients alike. There is easy access to airports and railway stations and it’s a perfect starting point for those who wish to explore the town on foot.
Starhotels has renovated the Castille over the last year, accentuating its charm and unique style, with phenomenal attention to detail.
Starhotels Splendid, Venice
Time stands still at the Starhotels Splendid Venice. The rarefied atmosphere oozes history and passion. The colours are simply breathtaking.
A recent restyling has brought the most authentic characteristics of this unique hotel back to life. The location in the heart of Venice could not be better, overlooking the Mercerie, behind St. Mark’s and a stone’s throw from the Rialto.
Reaching the hotel by water is an unforgettable experience.
The Starhotels Splendid Venice is an integral part of the cityscape and everything about the hotel breeds a tangible sense of history and respect for its urban setting. So it comes as no surprise that the focal point of the hotel is the Campiello, a large outdoor courtyard, a typical feature of Venetian architecture where people traditionally meet up and socialize. The Campiello gives onto the restaurant, bar, library and lobby, and is perfect for hosting prestigious outdoor events, seating up to 40 people. A retractable glass roof makes it possible to use it all year round.
Other common areas include the library where one can pick a book from a wide choice of reading material on elegant bookcases and relax on plush capitonné benches or access the internet point on a velvet-topped bureau.
The 165 rooms, including 16 suites and 22 adjoining rooms, some with a balcony and a view of the Basilica and the campanile of St. Mark’s, are all decorated in soft beige hues for a cozy atmosphere of restrained luxury. The mirrors, lamps and light design contribute to the sober elegance.
Starhotels Savoia Excelsior Palace, Trieste
After two years of undergoing a complete renovation, the Starhotels Savoia Excelsior Palace is once again “the most important and luxurious hotel in Austria-Hungary”… as it was originally proclaimed at the time of its original opening.
The Savoia Excelsior Palace is a modern expression of the majestic, refined, sumptuous, unequalled style of the turn-of-the-century “Grand Hotel”.
It is located on Riva del Mandracchio, opposite the Palazzo dei Congressi and the Stazione Marittima, with one side facing Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia.
By renovating this historic hotel in Trieste, Starhotels endows the city with a splendid symbol of an epoch and an ideal location for official receptions, at a time when Trieste is re-inventing itself as a renowned international tourist destination.
This grand structure has an exceptional location from which to visit the city, the port and the monuments. It is an elegant meeting point for locals and a sumptuous sanctuary for travellers. First and foremost, it is a journey into the past and an irresistible opportunity to experience the marvellous hospitality of Starhotels.
1200 meters of boiserie, 20,000 meters of silk and velvet, 6000 porcelain antiques, decorated ceilings, stuccos, period furniture and the voluminous lobby, where the sunlight dances on glass and crystal, enhance this historic marvel.
Starhotels assembled a team of the best experts in their field to renovate the building in order to meet modern administrative and commercial demands.
The hotel was built in 1911, designed by the Austrian architect Ladislaus Fiedler, who used materials that were ultramodern at the time. The monumental building is in perfect early 20th century Mitteleuropean style which is the charm of most of the architecture in Trieste. Designed to be the ideal “Grand Hotel”, it instantly became a model for other hotels. Throughout its history, its guests have included aristocrats, artists and diplomats, as well as the tourist elite visiting Trieste by land or sea, on their grand tour to or from northern Europe. Fond of Trieste, Emperor Franz Josef was a frequent guest. His private apartment and bathroom, masterpieces of interior design, are preserved intact.
The 142 rooms, including 18 suites and an additional 18 suites with cooking facilities for longer stays, are furnished in a classical style with a contemporary touch. Luxurious, elegant materials, refreshing, bright wallpaper and Calacatta marble in the bathrooms, set the tone. Care has been taken over every detail; from the monogrammed cushions to the bolsters and the matching tassels and fringes. The large terraces overlooking the Gulf are perfect for a sea-view breakfast. The Cruise Suite is a large 110 sq. m. apartment with kitchen, lounge, studio and two bathrooms. The teak floorboards and nautical-style furniture recall the master cabin on a sumptuous yacht.
The mission of the renovation project, made possible with the consent and support of local institutions and the Sovrintendenza (city officials), was to restore this monumental building respecting the original style of 1912.
The outcome is the result of teamwork from highly qualified professionals employed by Starhotels, under the coordination of the CEO Elisabetta Fabri, who established the guidelines, on the basis of plans by the architect Elena Carrabs.
Starhotels The Michelangelo Hotel, New York
The Michelangelo Hotel is an authentic Italian experience. The new lobby is a perfect combination of details. A fil rouge of speckled marble flooring in a myriad of corral shades. Soft scarlet and brown silk sofas in tone harmoniously setting off the colour scheme of the walls. The bar is a cozy café overlooking 7th Avenue, sumptuously furnished with moka velvet capitonne benches and matching carpet with red silk wallpaper set alight by golden bronze lamps. An impeccable mix of glamour and sophistication.
The 179 exceptionally spacious rooms have recently undergone major restyling. Some rooms have a fresh, modern appeal, with light-coloured wooden furniture and bright blue velvet. The suites are more dramatic, with sharply defined fittings and red and black velvet. Everywhere, large golden bronze lamps with an Eastern feel, bookcases and sofas of unquestionable charm are reflected in artfully placed mirrors. All is a tribute to luxury: the sense of space, the details, the fabrics. The bathrooms are the largest in Manhattan. The 28 residences are the ideal solution for long stays.
Starhotels Tourist, Milan
Experience classic taste with contemporary flair in the renovated Starhotels Tourist. The tone is set by a spacious marble hall with imposing columns and mirrors creating an impressive play of voids and solids in a classical manner.
The Starhotels Tourist is in a business district in the north-east part of Milan, a few minutes from the Arcimboldi Theatre. Well connected to the centre, the Hotel is 3 km from the motorway system (in the direction of Monza) near the junction with the east section of the ring road.
The 134 rooms, all fully renovated in a soberly modern style, have oak parquet alternating with multicoloured striped fitted carpets. The linear styled contemporary furniture is made of blond teak; the polished steel sofas and armchairs are covered with iridescent velvet mimicking the pattern of the carpeting. Backlit blow-ups of Milan are hung on the walls over the beds.
Starhotels Ritz, Milan
Unconventional colours, contamination of styles, crisp modern design, metropolitan allure. These are the main characteristics of the completely renovated Starhotels Ritz that create a warm contemporary atmosphere in an exclusive and cosmopolitan ambience.
Located in via Spallanzani, just off Corso Buenos Aires, the famous shopping street, the Hotel welcomes its guests into a spacious hall.
Vibrant colours and ingenious light and shade effects play a major role throughout the Hotel. Their scenic effect is enhanced by the use of warm, live materials such as leather. The ubiquitous alternation of red and black adds a new emotional charge to the feeling of
comfort at the Starhotels Ritz.
Fitted carpets, teak and wengè furnishings, leather and velvet are the materials used to restyle the 197 rooms, in which a Starbed and a special choice of pillows ensure the finest Starhotels hospitality, and sweet dreams.
The Starhotels Ritz has seven meeting rooms for its business guests. On two floors, these modular facilities (some of which with natural lighting) all have state-of-the-art equipment for meetings and other events and can seat up to 170 in an overall area of nearly 400 square metres.
Black parquet flooring, rosewood furnishings (reflecting light from geometrically shaped wall lamps with copper detailing) and comfy red leather seating define the bar and restaurant zone. The restaurant offers both Italian and international cuisine.
On the 8th floor there is a wellness area with a fitness room, Finnish sauna and showers and a delightful solarium with elegant wicker chaises longues and a splendid view across Milan.
The Italian style, faultless professionalism and keen business sense of a family whose name has stood for hospitality for 30 years: such are the basic elements of Starhotels, the brand and its history. A formula devised in 1980 by the founder Ferruccio Fabri and which passion, dedication and Italian “genius” have over the years turned into an international success. After 20 years under the guidance of Ferruccio Fabri, who is still the company’s inspiration, Starhotels has over the last ten years found a cosmopolitan vision and new impetus in the managerial flair, pragmatism and determination of his daughter Elisabetta Fabri.
Despite the major successes to date, Starhotels does not, in its managerial wisdom, forget the characteristics that have always underpinned its business. It retains its conviction that ownership of buildings, ongoing investment in facilities, professionalism and local food & beverage concepts and its focus on the “four-star” segment – with hotels in city centres – are still the winning strategies. The key themes in a success story whose first 30 years is but the beginning.
3.725 rooms, 142 meeting rooms, 22 hotels, 20 four-stars in the heart of Italy’s most beautiful cities, 1
boutique hotel in Paris and 1 deluxe in New York. All Starhotels are strategically located in city centres. Every hotel offers
the warmth of fine Italian hospitality, impeccable service and rooms of inimitable style and comfort.
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