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10 Hotels in Italy for summer holidays

For your perfect stay in city, mountains or by the beach

1) Hotel Maalot, a secret garden in Rome

In the heart of Rome, between the Trevi Fountain, the Parliament and the Pantheon, runs a path of narrow streets, known to be the busiest pedestrian route in Europe. Here, in Via delle Muratte, stands a historical building of the nineteenth century. And, between 1828 and 1837, the great composer Gaetano Donizetti also stayed here. This historic building now houses the Maalot, a 5-star boutique hotel, which occupies all four floors of the building. The interiors of the Maalot hotel, designed by the Roman studio RPM Project, are in a “British” inspired style. The atmosphere of an English residence is apparent in the choice of covering the walls with fine fabrics, the floors with carpeting, and in the selection of colors for the thirty rooms, each one different from the next. The leitmotiv of the hotel is comfort. The softness of fabrics and upholstery, rich and restful colors, luxurious Calacatta marble for the bathrooms; everything you would expect from a 5-star hotel in the heart of Rome.

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2) On Lake Como, the Grand Hotel Victoria Concept & SPA

The Grand Hotel Victoria Concept & Spa, by R Collection Hotels Group’s, expresses Italian hospitality excellence. In Menaggio, on Lake Como, the hotel enjoys a magnificent view of the lake, which gives even more comfort to the five-star rooms. An extensive private park surrounds two buildings, the Villa and the Palace, overlooking gardens and pools, for a stay to remember. The historic building, the Villa, sports a private pier, allowing guests to arrive directly from the lake by Erre Water Limousine. The newest part of the Grand Hotel, the Palazzo, stands on the site of an ancient convent, and on the ground floor houses the pool area, the gym, the Spa, and the second restaurant. A tunnel connects the Villa and the Palazzo, directly linking the two lobbies.

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R COLLECTION HOTELS Grand Hotel Victoria Menaggio esterni

3) Icaro, an art hotel in Dolomites

Love mountains? Then Icaro is the perfect spot for you. First opened in 1936, the ICARO Hotel is now run by Angelika Sattler, the third generation of the family. ICARO Hotel now welcomes its guests in a completely renovated building designed by Modus Architects of Brixen. ICARO Hotel stands out in a landscape of sculptural peaks; all around the building, in fact, you can see the jagged peaks of the Cir on Sassolungo, the Catinaccio of Antermoia, and beyond, up to the Sciliar. Rooms, public spaces, and wellness areas are designed to enjoy the magnificent view as much as possible. The architecture of the building is inspired by the shape of the classic mountain hut, reinterpreted in a contemporary way. Respect for the surrounding nature is evident in the choice of larch boards for the exterior cladding, and spruce, oak, and elm for the interior; wood, therefore, plays a fundamental role in this architecture. The new luxury concept is also based on conscious use of energy.

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Exterior09 ICARO by Leonhard Angerer.
Photo Leonhard Angerer

4) Eala Resort, a lakeside dream on Lake Garda

Eala, which in the Celtic language means swan, is the name of the new five-star resort in Limone del Garda, on Lake Garda. Set among the lemon groves, overlooking the lake and Mount Baldo, Eala respects the surrounding nature, for a wellness stay that becomes a totally immersive experience. The interior design of the common areas, rooms, and suites is conceived to project guests into a dreamlike dimension, with an evocative and soft atmosphere. The rooms and suites feature large outdoor spaces. The terraces welcome whirlpool baths for total open-air wellness and furnishings that seem to surround you with clouds, celestial spheres, and stones from the lake. The wellness area is a triumph of water and emotions. From the indoor swimming pool overlooking the lake to the nest with panoramic sauna, emotional showers, Turkish bath and Mediterranean bath with lemonade, whirlpool, relaxation rooms with herbal teas, each step is a discovery of wellness and beauty. The panoramic sauna stands out for the black wood of the lemon groves, while the lounge area takes up the motifs of the cliffs of Lake Garda. The pride of the ” Nest” is the “Breath of Garda,” an arena where you can choose different kinds of hydromassage.

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5) In Milan, the renovated Park Hyatt Hotel

Park Hyatt, the 5-star hotel in the heart of Milan, has just reopened after a 2-year long renovation by London-based studio Muza Lab. Park Hyatt Milan expresses the luxury of a different experience, starting with its location. The entrance, in fact, provides direct access to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele ll, the “Drawing Room of Milan,” and the Mio Lab bar offers a dehor that directly overlooks the Galleria. The entrance features the “Cupola,” a large 9-meter-high room receiving light from a large glass dome, and houses the bar with the same name. However, it is in the 106 rooms and suites that the Mediterranean yet international spirit of hospitality is fully embodied. The rooms, in fact, feature warm materials and light colors, with oak parquet floors, travertine bathrooms, and light-colored marble washbasin cabinets that blend with the interior design.

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Park Hyatt Milan P510 Prestige Suite Galleria View.16x9

6) Hotel Ca’ di Dio, in Venice

The perfect stay for visiting the Venice Art Biennale is at the Ca’ di Dio hotel, the fourth hotel in the Vretreats collection, a VOIhotels brand, located in the old hospice on Riva degli Schiavoni. Designed by Patricia Urquiola, the hotel features a cozy and intimate atmosphere, thanks to blending the best Italian design with traditional Venetian materials and colors. The public spaces carry a great deal of charm. The double-height lobby is still reminiscent of its original destination, which was the church. Today, the ceiling gains particular importance, thanks to a precious chandelier with 14 thousand Murano glass crystals.

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7) Hilton Molino Stucky, Giudecca, Venice

To visit the International Art Biennale in Venice, there’s nothing better than an unconventional hotel with a fantastic panoramic view: the Hilton Molino Stucky, on the Giudecca Canal. Housed in an old industrial mill, which closed down for good in 1955, today the Hilton Molino Stucky hotel is one of the best examples of converting an industrial building into an exclusive 5-star hotel. The renovation project has preserved the existing architectural structure, integrating it with exquisite finishings and furnishings 100% made in Italy. The artwork and wallpaper feature prominently in the rooms; the designs recall the wheat and the mill’s gears. The colors, gray, white, and beige, evoke the whiteness of the flour, the brass evokes the industrial element, while the dark parquet, glass and fabrics with golden and iridescent weaves, recall the golden splendor of Venice. MolinoStucky

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8) Borgo Santandrea, on Amalfi Coast

Recently opened, Borgo Santandrea, on the Amalfi Coast, is not just a hotel, but a destination rich in multi-sensory experiences, visual, olfactory and taste, thanks to the area’s landscape, nature, and gastronomy. Nestled on the 90-meter-high sheer rocky coastline, which gives a breathtaking view of the sea and the private beach with direct descent to the sea, Borgo Santandrea is a charming 5-star hotel combining perfectly the excellence of made in Italy. The idea for Borgo Santandrea came from two families with years of experience in hospitality, who collaborated with architect Rino Gambardella to create an oasis of serenity and wellness in one of the most beautiful places in Italy, the Amalfi Coast.

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9) In Florence, Il Tornabuoni hotel

The elegance of Renaissance velvets in a medieval Palazzo is the new hotel Il Tornabuoni, which recently opened in Florence. In the setting of Palazzo Minerbetti, the new hotel of the AG Hotels Group, part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, welcomes guests with the classic elegance that one would expect from a 5-star hotel in the heart of Florence. Luxury hotels are furnished with precious fabrics, such as silk, velvet, and wool, in vibrant colors derived from the Renaissance tradition. Il Tornabuoni hotel in Florence isn’t different. So, the rooms are decorated in orange, blue, peacock blue, gray, and yellow. Each color is different on each floor; the other suites display distinct personalities, adapting to the various distribution needs and furnishing styles. The rooms are in the same style, but at the same time, they vary according to the floor on which they are located. Rooms and suites are oversized, as well as the salle de bain for everyday wellness rituals.

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10) In Portofino, hotel Splendido Mare

Splendido Mare, in Portofino, features 14 rooms and suites finished with locally sourced and hand painted woods, the same traditionally used in the fishing boats lined up in the harbor. We also find rope patterns woven into the inlay of the bed headboards, handcrafted by the well-known textile designer Veronique de Soultrait. The 7,000 terracotta tiles, hand- crafted by a Ligurian artisan, used in the flooring of the restaurant, evoke the wave movement of the sea, giving the illusion of walking on the water. The wooden flooring of the rooms are inspired by the floors of the church of San Giorgio di Portofino, which can be seen from the inn itself. The modern furnishings, in the style of the 50s, celebrate the most worldy times in the history of Portofino and at the same time pay homage to an important period of Italian design. One of the suites is a tribute to Ava Gardner, emblem of 1950s glamor, who was a frequent guest of the inn during the shooting of the movie The Barefoot Contessa from 1957, with Humphrey Bogart. Each detail reflects the local spirit, with Italian-origin materials, such as Carrara marble in the floors and bathrooms or the ardesia cladding on the terraces. Arthur Arbesser is the fashion designer who created the staff clothing. A selection of designer photographs and abstract artworks by Ligurian artists represent the spirit of the place, its iconic history and the beautiful landscape, thus enhancing the homy atmosphere of the Splendido Mare.

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