The Italian hotel group Baglioni Hotels & Resorts has entrusted the architecture and interior design studio Spagnulo & Partners with the restyling of its most iconic hotel, the Baglioni Hotel Luna in Venice, a 5-star luxury hotel located a few steps from Piazza San Marco and Palazzo Ducale, part of the Collection Baglioni Hotels & Resorts.
A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, the hotel is housed in a historic palazzo that boasts a centuries-old tradition of hospitality: as early as the 12th century, the building housed a hostel for the Knights Templar waiting to leave for the Holy Sepulchre, so much so that it is considered the oldest hotel in Venice. In 1700 the building acquired the Salone Marco Polo, a true jewel frescoed by the students of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, where breakfast is still served today.
The building’s great history, combined with the eclectic nature of the city of Venice, was the focus of Spagnulo & Partners’ interior design project: the materials, decorative references, fabrics and lighting all refer to different traditions and together make up a virtuous interplay between past and modern.
After an initial restyling a few years ago of the San Giorgio Suite, Spagnulo & Partners’ renovation of the hotel is now complete with the public areas on the ground floor, entrance and reception, lobby, restaurant and bar, as well as the new Spa, which will open in the coming months.
In the entrance area and in the large double-height Fireplace Room, the inlaid floors of red-verona, yellow-sena and peach blossom marble, the large antique Murano chandeliers and the Venetian stuccoes on the walls coexist with modern fixed and mobile furnishings designed ad hoc by Spagnulo & Partners. The new reception desk, linear and dynamic, is in burnished brass with a base in Istrian stone, like the existing column bases.
The elegant Caffè Baglioni, overlooking the canal and the Giardini Reali, has been embellished with new contemporary furnishing elements: the bar counter, with burnished brass tops that dynamically wrap around an oval copper volume; the new curved wooden tables, painted black with a silk effect; the armchairs, also designed by the studio and which will become a collection, made on a round base with an enveloping backrest and upholstered in two classic fabrics from the Venetian tradition; the wine cabinets that divide the space are made of glass and burnished brass.
The renovated Canova restaurant also reflects the successful contamination of the original elements of the historic building and the marked contemporaneity of certain gestures. In the dining room, a large window opens onto the kitchen, where you can watch the chefs intent on preparing traditional Venetian dishes. The space is intimate and sophisticated.
Completely new is the exclusive SPA, which will be inaugurated in the coming months, with massage cabins, sauna, Turkish bath and relaxation area, also inspired by Venice.
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PROJECT Baglioni Hotel Luna
ARCHITECTS Spagnulo & Partners
LOCATION Venice, Italy
PHOTO CREDIT Diego de Pol