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Qatar's Katara opens new luxury hotel in Milan

Hospitality firm announces opening of Belle Epoque Milan hotel after major renovation

Qatar's Katara opens new luxury hotel in Milan

Katara Hospitality has opened a luxury hotel in Milan’s Porta Nuova district.

The Excelsior Hotel Gallia was bought and restored by Katara in a partnership with Starwood Hotels & Resorts under its The Luxury Collection brand.

Under the refurbishment, a new wing has been added to the former Palace Gallia hotel, the ground floor of which will be dedicated to meetings and conferences and includes a grand ballroom that can host up to 400 people.

The main hotel comprises 235 rooms including 53 suites of which the most opulent is the 1,000 sq m Katara Suite with four bedrooms, two terraces and a private spa.

The hotel also has a signature restaurant, Terrazza Gallia, managed by the Michelin-starred Cerea Family, and a 100 metre walkway, or promenade, connects the historical centre of the hotel with the main hall of the new wing.

Sheikh Nawaf bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani, chairman of Katara Hospitality, said: “Excelsior Hotel Gallia is a magnificent property that has undergone a meticulous renovation and strategic expansion that marries contemporary design with the hotel’s Belle Epoque architectural style, ensuring that this remains as one of Milan’s historic landmarks.”

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