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Hotel Palazzina Grassi, Venice, Italy

Thursday 14 Jan 2010

Venetian dream

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Starck opens first Italian hotel in Venice 

Philippe Starck’s first Italian hotel, Palazzina Grassi, has opened on the Canal Grande in Venice. The renowned French designer was chosen by Emanuele Garosci, hotelier and former rally driver, to create an imaginative five-star hotel with 16 bedrooms and 6 apartment suites, a private members club and a restaurant. Traditional Italian touches such as exposed bricks mix with contemporary design, including transparent glass wardrobes and 9 custom-made Murano glass works by the artist Aristide Najean.

Emanuele Garosci, creator of Palazzina Grassi, said: “There was a need in Venice for something new, to go against the traditional way of thinking about Venice - Starck was the answer. Palazzina Grassi is more like a private club, a combination of a hotel and very unique spaces where guests can live as a Venetian.”

Set in the heart of Venice, Palazzina Grassi is housed in a 2,800 sq m 16th century building, former home to aristocrats. Overlooking Venice’s colourful rooftops, the guest rooms offer large backlit mirrors, warm lighting, floors in Venetian wood, bathrooms using natural stone and bespoke pieces of furniture including dressing tables. In the apartment suites beds are situated in the centre of the room and are surrounded by transparent glass wardrobes, soft rugs and coffee tables made of steel and moonstone onyx.

The ground floor PG’s restaurant and bar offers a masterpiece in art and design in the form of two seven-metre long monolith high dinner tables, one made of marble and the other of mirrored glass. The G club, overlooking the Canal Grande, contains a private intimate dining room. Its two interconnected rooms feature a bar outfitted with vibrant red, yellow and silver Murano tiles.

Palazzina Grassi is a member of Design Hotels™.

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