Katara and Starwood open historic Milan hotel
Originally opened in 1932, the hotel was historically known as the Palace Gallia
Formerly called the Palace Gallia, the rebranded and refurbished Excelsior Hotel Gallia has been opened in Milan as a result of a partnership between Qatar’s Katara Hospitality and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
The 1932 Milanese hotel is owned by the Qatari group and will be operated by Starwood under a management agreement signed last week.
The hotel is in the Puorto Nuovo district in the Piazza Duca d’Aosta and has undergone extensive restoration and also had a new wing added.
H.E. Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani, Chairman, Katara Hospitality, said: “We always embrace the local spirit wherever we invest in hotel assets around the world and the Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan is no exception. We have made a major investment to bring this grand property back to its true glory.
“Today, it gives us great pleasure to share our Italian flagship property with Starwood Hotels & Resorts.”
The 235-room property features a signature restaurant, a cigar lounge, a lounge bar and over 1,000sqm of fitness facilities. The hotel will host weddings and conferences in its two elegant ballrooms and myriad meeting spaces.
Excelsior Hotel Gallia’s renovation has been handled by Italian architecture firm Studio Marco Piva and combines Belle Epoche architecture with modern design.
Hoyt Harper, global brand leader, The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts said: “We are proud to have worked with local artisans and architects to reimagine this iconic hotel for today’s luxury travellers and the local community.”
“It brings us great pleasure to strengthen our partnership with Katara Hospitality with this exceptional hotel as we continue to grow The Luxury Collection in Italy, where the brand originated,” confirmed Michael Wale, president, Starwood Hotels & Resorts – Europe, Africa and Middle East.
Katara owns 19 hotels worldwide, including the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes, London’s The Savoy, Buddha Bar Hotel in Paris and Raffles Hotel Singapore.
Their website states: "We are carefully, but relentlessly extending our influence throughout the world of hospitality."
The hotel is the seventh property in Starwood’s Luxury Collection to open in Italy. Luxury Collection offers authentic properties and travel experiences in lush locales across the globe and is aimed at the luxe world traveller. The Collection has a stated aim of opening 100 properties in the next five years.
Mr. Hamad Abdulla Al Mulla, Chief Executive Officer, Katara Hospitality added, “We are confident the ethos of The Luxury Collection brand is a strategic fit for our hotel as it is important that we have an operator which understands and respects the heritage of this wonderful hotel, ensuring it occupies its rightful position in the Italian and global market places.”