(SLH), the prestigious collection of more than 540 independent luxury hotels around the world, announces a record year of bookings for its independently-minded Italian hotel portfolio. Featuring 77 hotels throughout Italy, including three new openings in 2023 – La Roqqa (Porto Ercole), Cape of Senses (Torri del Benaco) and Furore (Amalfi Coast,) SLH has one of the most characterful and diverse portfolios.
Richard Hyde, chief operating office, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, said: “We have a deep affection for Italy and it stands as Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s flagship destination since we launched in 1990. Reservations for the region this year have surpassed projections, showing a remarkable 65% increase in revenue YoY. Our guests continue to be fascinated by Italy and the wide choice of reimagined historical properties in our portfolio.”
Hotel de la Ville, a charming historic residence on the outskirts of Milan and overlooking the Villa Reale and Monza Park, will carry out major renovations in 2024 that will consolidate the Nardi family’s long tradition in luxury hospitality. The project includes the conversion of 16 single-occupancy rooms – a legacy of the building’s 19th-century origins – into eight new luxury double rooms with refined and exclusive furnishings and the latest technological facilities. Important sustainability innovations will also involve both spaces that house the hotel’s kitchen, in favor of a state-of-the-art system with high-tech equipment, and Derby Grill gourmet restaurant, which for more than 60 years has been recognised by industry guides as one of the most qualified in Italy.
With a view over the Arno and Ponte Vecchio, Hotel Lungarno perfectly embodies the sense of the place with its charming and elegant atmosphere; inside, it has one of the most representative collections of contemporary art, with over 400 works including some by Cocteau and Picasso. A double date with art for hotel guests who can also visit the exhibition at the Gallery Art Hotel Numero Cromatico, A burning fire – Lungarno Collection, until February 2024. The special atmosphere of the Picteau Bistro & Bar, together with the Michelin-starred Borgo San Jacopo restaurant, with its new autumn menu, complete the stay. The new Rooftop Terrace Suite, with its breathtaking view from Palazzo Pitti to Ponte Santa Trinita, from Ponte Vecchio to Brunelleschi’s majestic Duomo, can also be booked exclusively for private events, dinners and summer aperitifs. Finally, for a stay with families, it is possible to book the exclusive Arno Executive Floor and Panorama Executive Floor.
Miramonti Boutique Hotel, Merano
It is a true ‘Mountaint retreat’ with unique views and direct access to the forest, a fascinating refuge with an extraordinary panorama. Built on porphyry stone at 1230 metres above sea level, in a forest setting above Merano. A major new project is the construction of Rock House: three new sustainable units, situated very closed to the Miramonti Boutique hotel, completely made of wood, protected by porphyry rock with a design that evokes Scandinavian and Japanese influences.
Sina Centurion Palace, VeneziaThe Sina Centurion Palace on the Grand Canal in Venice, located in a strategic position between the Punta della Dogana Museum and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, reconfirms itself as the headquarter of the international jet set. Once again the hotel was been chosen as an exclusive location for events linked to the Venice International Film Festival and for many jet set stars such as Sofia Coppola, Matt Dillon, Pierfrancesco Favino and others. At the center of the events is the signature of the Executive Chef Giancarlo Bellino heading the elegant Antinoo’s Lounge & Restaurant. His cuisine, inspired by the new flavours of Venice, is highly recommended by the major guides such as the Michelin Guide, Guide de L’Espresso and Gambero Rosso. This is the place where you can meet “Contemporary Venice” while sitting comfortably at your table.
Sina Palazzo Sant’ Angelo, Venezia
The Sina Palazzo Sant’Angelo is a multi-awarded boutique hotel located in a privileged position on the Grand Canal in the heart of Venice, between the Rialto Bridge and the Accademia Bridge, just a few steps from St. Mark’s Square and La Fenice Opera House. Thanks to its 26 rooms, the hotel offers an intimate, special authentic Venetian experience. A place of the soul, an ideal port of call for sophisticated Guests looking for an original place to stay, that now boasts a new enchanting oasis of peace: the lush internal secret garden, a warm and intimate Venetian courtyard where to enjoy breakfast or read a book while sipping on an Spritz cocktail. The hotel’s gastronomic offer has also been enhanced in order to meet the needs of an increasingly taste-conscious clientele.
Sina The Gray, Milano
Sina The Gray, a design hotel synonymous with style, elegance and eclecticism located in the beating heart of Milan just 100 meters from the Duomo, is increasingly known as a meeting place amongst the locals and international jet set who choose it as their base for business & pleasure. From the Salone del Mobile to Fashion Week or on the occasion of any Milanese event, the GBar, intimate, welcoming and overlooking the suggestive Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, and the ARIA terrace, with a concept that recalls the Big Apple and the most worldly metropolis, are among the most loved bars in town.
Vista Palazzo Lago di Como, Como
The first and only 5-star luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Como, Vista Lago di Como has been awarded by the World Travel Awards as Italy’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2023. Other awards received in the last year include Best Luxury Hotel 2023 – Lake Como from the widely circulated trade publication LuxLife Magazine, and Best Luxury Boutique Hotel from the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2022. A focus that does not end with travellers alone: respect for people, commitment to the community, care for natural resources and the land are the values of the Vista brand. Sustainability is in fact the common thread running through all the LarioHotels Group’s facilities, which this year obtained the Great Place to Work certification, a global benchmark for organisational culture
Vista Palazzo Verona
Located in the historic centre of one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, just a five-minute walk from Italy’s most famous balcony, Juliet’s, and Piazza delle Erbe, the Vista Verona has been nominated by the World Travel Awards as Italy’s Leading Luxury Hotel 2023. Just one year after opening and therefore in its first ‘full’ season, VISTA Verona’s results are very encouraging. The hotel is the only one in Verona with an indoor swimming pool within its SPA and offers 16 wonderful rooms and suites, a delightful restaurant on the top floor and a splendid rooftop with 360 degree views over the city of Verona.
Ca ‘Sagredo Hotel, Venezia
Grand Hotel Cocumella, Sorrento
The Grand Hotel Cocumella is the oldest hotel in the Sorrento peninsula. La Cocumella, a place in the myth. Where every spot has a story to tell or a secret to reveal to the lucky few, an island of peace and beauty in the heart of the Sorrento Peninsula.
Grand Hotel Parkers, Napoli
Hotel Dè Ricci, Roma
Hotel d’Inghilterra Roma
Hotel Regency, Firenze
Hotel Lord Byron, Roma
La Roqqa, Monte Argentario, Grosseto
Lupaia, Torrita di Siena
Grand Hotel Bristol Spa Resort, Rapallo
Located in Portofino, this turn-of-the-century, 80-room, Art Nouveau building is a pink landmark amidst the green hills and azure blue of the Tigullio Gulf, providing easy access to the Cinque Terre villages and Rapallo Marina for boat trips along the coast. Lazing by the pool, ‘me time’ at the new Erre Spa – the centrepiece of the hotel – and innovative fine cuisine prepared by a protégé of Alain Ducasse await you.
Margutta 19 Luxury Hotel, Roma
Nestled amidst Rome’s enchanting Spanish Steps neighbourhood, this boutique hotel combines the vibrant history of its unique location with contemporary Italian style. At each retreat, you’ll experience what it’s like to live like a local while enjoying all the luxuries of one-of-a-kind service. There is a lot of history swirling around the cobblestones and shuttered windows of Via Margutta. It’s on this ochre-hued street that Stravinsky and Fellini made their homes, Picasso fell for his ballerina wife and Gregory Peck set out to woo Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. And it’s now home to Margutta 19 – a refined retreat in a beautiful palazzo chic and intimate. The hotel’s welcoming restaurant – EMME -with an outdoor garden area on the charming Via Margutta serves up an authentic Italian cuisine with a sophisticated creative twist. Via Margutta is one of Rome’s loveliest back streets, and EMME has become the neighborhood hub – a place to meet, have a coffee or dine on great Italian food.
Fendi Private Suites, Roma
Before it was home to fashion royalty, Palazzo Fendi was an aristocratic residence. Today, this stately setting in Rome’s Centro Storico is reconnecting with its luxury living roots. While dedicated followers of fashion shop in the flagship boutique below, a true boutique retreat waits above: Fendi Private Suites. From the moment you walk in, this hotel wraps you in Italian sophistication. Dramatic Lepanto marble doorways give way to an understated design based on neutral tones and Fendi’s signature clean lines. This elegant look continues in the suites, where the walls feature black and white photographs by Karl Lagerfeld, and shelves are dotted with fashion books. With just seven impeccably polished bedrooms, this is a truly exclusive immersion into the world of Fendi. Fendi Private Suites is ideally situated right in the heart of Rome—a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. Then return to Fendi Private Suites and join your fellow fashionistas for cocktails at Zuma Lounge, followed by contemporary Japanese cuisine at Zuma restaurant.
Q92 Noto Hotel, Noto, Sicily
Q92 Noto Hotel is a unique blend of understated luxury and historical splendor.Opened in 2021, it is located along the main pedestrian corso of Noto, capital of Sicilian Baroque architecture and UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here you can live and breathe the heart and history of the city and soak up its timeless beauty from one of the hotels’ balconies. Trendy, private, and unique, it is a luxury hotel that showcases the best combination of Italian and Sicilian design throughout its nine lounges, guest rooms, and suites. It features a panoramic terrace with spectacular views of Noto Cathedral and a lush Mediterranean garden with a mini pool and sun loungers, all of it in a renovated 17th-century Baroque palazzo where superb cocktails and nibbles are served throughout the day!
Hotel Villa Carlotta, Taormina
Originally built in 1860, Hotel Villa Carlotta is an iconic and stylish hotel in the center of Taormina boasting breathtaking views of the sea and Mount Etna, enchanting gardens, excellent Sicilian dining, an outdoor pool and a brand new gym fully equipped with the latest Technogym equipment. The rooms and interiors have recently been renovated carefully selecting colors, fabrics and soft furnishings to create a classic and chic look and feel complemented by every possible comfort to create an intimate oasis of elegance and calm with service provided by an exceptional team of staff. Guests can sample the local cuisine at the Villa’s restaurant complemented by spectacular sea and Mount Etna views, the ideal place to enjoy à la carte meals in an unforgettable romantic scenario. This rooftop panoramic restaurant brings relaxed yet sophisticated all-day dining experience to the heart of Taormina.
Hotel Villa Ducale, Taormina
The luxury Hotel Villa Ducale in Taormina is renowned for its excellent service, warm atmosp here, and sense of romance combined in an exceptional setting where the breathtaking views across the Sicilian coastline, Mount Etna and the sparkling Ionian Sea could be just alone the only reason to visit. The Quartucci Family and its staff have welcomed guests in this little corner of paradise since 1993, where the warmth of their hospitality remains in the hearts of every guest that stays. An all-day dining al fresco terrace features an à la carte menù based on delectable Italian and Sicilian specialties. Relax at one of the many panoramic terraces or at their swimming pool, surrounded by lush green flowers and plants, with spectacular views of the sea and the strait of Messina.and a lush Mediterranean garden with a mini pool and sun loungers, all of it in a renovated 17th-century Baroque palazzo where superb cocktails and nibbles are served throughout the day!
ROMEO Collection: ROMEO Napoli (2008), ROMEO Roma (2024)
ROMEO Collection is a luxury Italian hospitality brand with three one-of-a kind hotels in Italy: ROMEO Napoli (2008), and ROMEO Roma (2024). The collection works to offer a new experience of beauty to the luxury world, bringing to life design, art, fine dining and wellbeing to each destination in a reimagined way and with Italian flair. ROMEO Roma, housed in a historic palazzo from 16th century, steps away from Piazza del Popolo, is designed by world-renowned Zaha Hadid and features a gourmet restaurant by Alain Ducasse, an open-air 22,000sqft courtyard, indoor-outdoor pools with Roman ancient ruins, LA SPA Sisley Paris, and a panoramic rooftop bar. ROMEO Napoli, designed by Japanese archi-star Kenzo Tange, overlooks the Gulf of Naples, features the Michelin-starred restaurant Il Comandante with spellbinding views of Capri and Vesuvius, a coming-soon rooftop bar with an infinity pool with the best panorama of the city.
Villa Spalletti Trivelli, Roma
Villa Spalletti Trivelli represents the ideal place to stay in Rome whether you visit the city to enjoy its beauties or for business. Located in the heart of the fashionable Eternal City, Villa Spalletti Trivelli, Count residence of the early XX century, with its 17 luxury bedrooms, suites and apartments, offers privacy and a personalised service for any guest wishing to enjoy comfort, relaxation and peace of mind. An image of nobility, quality, discretion, style and the attention to detail are the hallmarks of the Villa, creating a sense of home, of a very private world where the staff make your satisfaction their absolute priority and do their utmost to guarantee it at all times. Quiet and exclusive, Villa Spalletti Trivelli retains the flavour of that era with its period decor. Luxurious antiquity meets requisite modernity: all of our rooms are fully equipped with the latest of the contemporary comforts for our selective guests needs.