Gran Meliá launches within Milan’s Palazzo Venezia

Second luxury hotel within the Gran Meliá brand

Gran Meliá ushers in a new era with the opening of Palazzo Cordusio, a flagship property residing within an icon of nineteenth-century Italian design, this month. Providing a gateway to Milan’s rich culture and iconic landmarks, Palazzo Cordusio, A Gran Meliá hotel, is primely positioned in Piazza Cordusio, one of the city’s most iconic squares.

The luxury hotel is housed within the historic Palazzo Venezia – a jewel of the Assicurazioni Generali heritage and for over a century the company’s Milanese headquarters – and marks Gran Meliá’s Milanese debut, joining its Italian sister property in Rome, Villa Agrippina.

Master Suite bedroom, Gran Melia
Palazzo Cordusio Gran Melia, Master Suite bedroom

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As the second Gran Meliá hotel, and fourth luxury property in Italy, the opening of Palazzo Cordusio further strengthens Meliá Hotels International’s presence in the destination as a key player in the luxury hospitality segment.

Originally constructed between 1897 and 1901 by Generali, Palazzo Venezia’s eclectic design sought inspiration from the architect Luca Beltrami, and played a pivotal role in the restoration of the area between the late 19th and early 20th century.

The reopening under the aegis of Meliá Hotels International (MHI) will be the driving force behind today’s redevelopment of Piazza Cordusio, which promises to hand back one of the city’s key cultural hubs to the Milanese people, symbolically connecting the Duomo with the Sforzesco Castle, whilst inviting international travellers to discover its storied past.

Palazzo Cordusio Gran Melia, Supreme Room bathroom

Following the transformation of the building’s internal spaces 84 rooms and suites have been created, each of which preserves protected elements, whilst elevating the areas for their new intended use. The luxury accommodations are characterised by imposing windows and in some cases private balconies which provide abundant natural lighting and unique views of Piazza Cordusio, via Orefici, via dei Mercanti and the Duomo.

The Group will introduce four exceptional home-grown concepts to the hotel’s dining scene with the debut of Gioia Pasticceria, Giardino Cordusio, Isola Restaurant, and SACHI.

Palazzo Cordusio Gran Melia - Savoia Suite bedroom

Guests can also access an intimate wellness area with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath, and relaxation lounge; alongside a state-of-the-art gym complete with Technogym equipment and a full-width view of the Palazzo della Ragione and Piazza Mercanti.

The arrival of the first Gran Meliá branded hotel in Milan, and second in Italy after the success of Villa Agrippina in Rome, represents an important milestone for MHI. The opening further solidifies the country’s importance in the group’s luxury development pipeline, which includes the addition of a fifth hotel in Milan by 2024, as part of The Meliá Collection.

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