By Sarah Townsend
Hospitality firm announces opening of Belle Epoque Milan hotel after major renovation
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.”