Gran Meliá is set to make a grand entrance into Milan with the opening of Palazzo Cordusio, an embodiment of ultra-luxury hospitality where Spanish warmth meets Italian flair. Housed in the historic Palazzo Generali, this flagship property represents the finest in hospitality, characterized by sophistication and a deep connection to its surroundings.
Situated in Milan’s vibrant Piazza Cordusio, Palazzo Cordusio will become a social and gourmet hub, thanks to a partnership with Sunset Hospitality Group. The hotel, strategically located near iconic landmarks and cultural sites, is poised to become the city’s newest culinary destination, offering globally inspired dining experiences. As the second Gran Meliá hotel and fourth luxury property by Meliá Hotels International in Italy, Palazzo Cordusio’s launch is a significant expansion of the brand’s luxury presence in the country.
The Palazzo Venezia, the site of the new hotel, is a jewel of nineteenth-century Italian design and was once the Milanese headquarters of Assicurazioni Generali. The building’s eclectic design was inspired by architect Luca Beltrami and played a key role in the area’s restoration between the late 19th and early 20th century. The reopening of this landmark under Meliá Hotels International aims to rejuvenate Piazza Cordusio, connecting the Duomo with the Sforzesco Castle and inviting international travellers to explore its storied past.
The renovation, managed by Generali Real Estate and MHI with Studio Marco Piva’s support, focused on conserving as much of the original structure as possible. Key elements like the grand staircase, marble walls, floors, and the mosaic lunette with the Providence allegory were meticulously restored, maintaining the building’s historical essence.
The transformation has resulted in 84 rooms and suites, each preserving protected elements while adapting to their new purpose. These luxury accommodations feature imposing windows and, in some cases, private balconies offering views of Piazza Cordusio and surrounding landmarks.
Interior design, handled by Studio Asah by Alvaro and Adriana Sans, blends sophistication with contemporary style. Rooms and communal areas are adorned with Rubelli fabrics, a tribute to Generali’s Venetian roots, and furnishings from iconic Italian brands like Molteni, Cassina, and Fornasetti.
The hotel’s culinary scene, overseen by Sunset Hospitality Group, introduces four distinct dining concepts: Gioia Pasticceria, Giardino Cordusio, Isola Restaurant, and SACHI. These range from authentic Italian pastries to signature cocktails and Japanese cuisine, offering a diverse and rich dining experience.
Guests can indulge in the intimate wellness area, complete with an indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath, and relaxation lounge. A state-of-the-art gym with panoramic views complements the luxury experience. The opening of Palazzo Cordusio by Gran Meliá in Milan, following Villa Agrippina in Rome, marks a significant milestone for Meliá Hotels International. It solidifies Italy’s role in the group’s luxury development strategy, which includes a fifth hotel in Milan by 2024 as part of The Meliá Collection.
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