Starwood Hotels‘ Luxury Collection invests an additional 300 million euros to restore iconic hotels in Europe and the Middle East. The investments are allocated for the restoration of Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria; Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan, Italy; Santa Marina resort in Mykonos, Greece; and Grand Hills in Broumana, Lebanon.
The Luxury Collection will debut in Lebanon with the conversion of Grand Hills in Broumana which will reopen in December as a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa following an extensive renovation. The resort is nestled high up at the gateway of the idyllic mountain village, Broumana, and is centrally located between the sea, mountains and Beirut’s downtown.
Marking the hotel’s 140th anniversary, Hotel Imperial in Vienna will complete its one-year restoration, led by renowned British designer Alex Kravetz, later this summer. The restoration will reinforce the hotel’s palatial and imperial grandeur with new concepts for the restaurant, destination bar and café and enhanced event spaces
On the island of Mykonos in Greece, the Santa Marina Resort will finish a three-year restoration in time for the 2014 summer season, including a complete renovation of all 100 guest rooms and suites. Led by Silvina Macipe Krontira of the Greece-based SMK Interiors, the resort’s restoration will feature a contemporary yet timeless design complementing the majestic views over the Mediterranean Sea.
Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan will open this November following an extensive renovation, marking The Luxury Collection seventh hotel in Italy. With Studio Marco Piva leading the design and architecture concept, Excelsior Hotel Gallia will offer a sophisticated fusion of contemporary design in a new building with the Belle Epoque architectural style of the original historical hotel.
“Together with our owner partners, we continue to make significant investments to some of our most storied Luxury Collection hotels in Europe and the Middle East,” commented Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “These restorations reinforce our commitment to providing global explorers the opportunity to discover incredible destinations with the exceptional service and authentic experiences they have come to expect from The Luxury Collection.”
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