24 August, Il Sole 24 Ore
The Excelsior Hotel Resort in Venice, the pearl of Lido and the symbol of the film festival which will start in the next days, is ready to host the jet set after the renovation works that ended in April. Its majestic façade found again its past glory and the iconic dome has been recovered after the fire in 2014. In addition, the reception has also been completely remodelled.
On the terrace facing, it’s possible to dine at the restaurant Tropicana, while admiring the beach with its golden sand and the cabins typical of Lido. The pictures of the movie stars are hanged on the walls: Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor – which stayed at the hotel when she was very young-, Ingrid Bergman, Vittorio Gassman, Alida Valli and Clark Gable, till today’s stars like George Clooney, Al Pacino, Quentin Tarantino, Johnny Depp, and Sandra Bullock. The celebrities that stayed here can only confirm the close relationship of the hotel with cinema, as it has become the headquarters of the festival, of which the Blu Bar Manager, Antonio Micellotta, knows all the secrets.
The partnership between London & Regional Properties Group (L+R), a company specialised in the industry sector, and Coima Sgr, the asset manager dedicated in real estate investments funds, made possible the relaunch of Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort and save it from decline, unlike another famous Venice hotel, Hotel Des Bains. A three-year plan has been set up for the relaunch of the hotel, with an investment of 250 million euro for its total renovation to be completed by 2020. The first phase of the project has just ended, the next steps will be restyling of the 196 rooms among suites and deluxe rooms, as well as of the lobby and the common areas, and finally the overhaul of the luxurious garden in Belle Epoque style with annexed a swimming pool.
110 years after its glorious debut in 1908 till the inauguration in 1932 of the Venice Film Festival, the Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort has always been a symbol of luxury and high life. The hotel continues to have a central role in the hospitality industry, boasting the splendour of a past epoch, yet offering all the comforts and services of a modern five-star hotel. Moreover, the restyling of the hotel is included in a bigger plan aimed at relaunching Lido, a project combining private and public investments which contains interventions also for the Hotel Des Bains.
Source: Il Sole 24 Ore
Translator: Cristina Ambrosi