17 OCTOBER 2011


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Article from BTNews 17 OCTOBER 2011

Starwood at Florence

Florence, perhaps the prettiest of all Italian cities, and certainly the easiest to get around, has witnessed the the opening of the the St Regis hotel, formerly The Grand.  The property has undergone a meticulous 10-month restoration to bring the property back to its historical grandeur and artistic heritage.  Originally designed in 1432 by Filippo Brunelleschi, the architect of the Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore, the Grand Hotel was the first luxury hotel in Florence and is considered to be one of the most significant buildings in the city for its artistic and historical value.

The St Regis Florence features 81 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and 19 suites, including a spectacular designer suite by Bottega Veneta.  Reflecting Florence's rich artistic heritage, all the hotel's guest rooms feature individually hand carved gold leaf plaques including one of three different colour palettes – Medici, Florentine and Renaissance – with each concept offering a unique selection of custom-designed furniture, paintings, frescos and crystal chandeliers.  In honour of Florence and its traditions, every guest room and suite is named after noted Italian artists, benefactors and nobility. 

The restaurant interiors feature picturesque glassed art ceilings dating back to the 19th century and a spectacular hand-blown Murano glass chandelier. www.stregis.com/florence

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