Originally opened in 1932, Excelsior Gallia has been fully renovated in 2015 by renowned Milanese designer Marco Piva in . An architectural jewel of belle epoque grandeur, Piva has created an extraordinary new destination in the city of style. Formerly known as “Palace Gallia”, the hotel is located in the heart of the new Porta Nuova district, overlooking the majestic Stazione Centrale.
Studio Marco Piva also curated a unique collection of more than 500 pieces of art, including paintings, sculptures and photographs. The interiors feature distinct references to Milanese lifestyle and the timeless elegance of the Art Deco era, including furnishings exclusively created by Italian designers and craftsmen.
Excelsior Hotel Gallia which is operated by Marriott International‘s Luxury Collection, comprises two buildings – the fully restored historic palace and a new modern wing with a façade that resembles a delicate steel and glass curtain. The striking adjoining is inspired by the hotel’s luminous past and the emerging skyline of the Porta Nuova area.
Guests entering the hotel are welcomed by the dazzling sight of a custom-made 30-metre Murano glass chandelier created by De Majo, depicting a waterfall of 180 light cylinders which illuminates the eight-story monumental stairwell. The historical lobby pays tribute to notable Milanese architecture of the 1930s, such as La Scala Theatre, Vittorio Emanuele Gallery and Villa Necchi Campiglio.
Excelsior Hotel Gallia features 235 luxurious guest rooms, including 53 suites. The 1,000 sqm Katara Suite – one of the largest Presidential Suites in Italy – is situated on the seventh floor, offering two terraces, four bedrooms and a private spa. The two-bedroom Gallia Suite mimics a sophisticated private residence with its beautiful loggia surrounded by historical columns and statues.
Regardless of room category, you will be impressed with the superb quality of the materials used as well as the quality of finishes. All marble bathrooms feature separate bathtubs and glass enclosed walk-in shower. Most of the furniture pieces are custom made, with no room for compromise. Similar attention has been paid to the heavenly comfortable beds, a silent state-of-the-art AC and flawless soundproofing, both indoor and outdoor.
One of the unique assets of the hotel is the breathtaking roof-top bar and signature restaurant Terrazza Gallia. The Gallia Restaurant on the ground floor offers the ideal location for a breakfast meeting, smart business lunch, or private dinner, whilst the Wine Cellar is the ideal setting for an intimate private lunch or dinner. At the time of my stay (post-pandemic) I was impressed by the number of non-hotel guests would would frequent the hotel.
Featuring the first Shiseido Spa in Italy, guests can enjoy treatments at Shiseido Spa Milan, the largest hotel spa in Milan, spanning over 1,000sqm. Located on the sixth and seventh floors of the hotel, the spa provides a relaxing and tranquil ambiance with natural daylight, offering a wide range of beauty and wellness rituals as well as a stunning heated swimming pool and fitness area with the latest equipment from Artis by Technogym.
The hotel’s historical Cupola room on the seventh floor houses a modern, multifunctional space equipped with the latest audio-visual technology, making it a spectacular and unique venue for celebrations and events. The ground floor of the new wing features 12 meeting rooms, spanning across 1000sqm, as well as 700sqm of foyer space. Since the completion of the renovations, Excelsior Gallia became the primary destinations for business events, including conferences, dinners etc.
Service throughout the entire hotel was consistent and at high standards. Despite the size of the property, service is personal and staff would often recognise you by name. Ever since the completion of the renovation, the area is most safe, with the hotel commanding strict control and monitoring.
Do not miss a super-car ride, the hotel having a partnership with Maserati. Besides proximity drives, subtle Maserati design elements are implemented in lighting and there is also a meeting room on the rooftop entirely furnished with hand-made Maserati leather chairs. The hotel already has a shopping arcade gallery, to reflect the essence of Milano.
Presently, Italian iconic luxury lifestyle furniture brand Gianfranco Ferre has an exquisite installation in the lobby and bar.
Oliver Petcu in Milan
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