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The Quark Hotel Milano is to open on April 1st after renovations, offering leisure, long-stay, and city breaks to business and MICE travellers. 

Designed for families as well as hybrid and long stays

The 4-star urban retreat, built on the foundations of the hotel of the same name, will reopen on April 1 after a two-year renovation. The project is managed by Aries Group, which is assisted by the CaberlonCaroppi architecture studio for the interior design and starred chef Andrea Ribaldone. Located in via Lampedusa, in the heart of the Vigentino district, a stone's throw from the Bocconi and Iulm universities, and a few minutes from the Prada Foundation, the Quark Hotel Milano will have 283 rooms, including 12 apartment family suites on 70 sqm, and 52 rooms on the Studios' Floor, designed for hybrid and long stays.

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A congress centre with 42 meeting rooms 

Morbido, a casual dining restaurant, an events hall, lobby bar, and a Grab&Go will round out the Quark Hotel Milano’s gastronomic facilities which will be helmed by Chef Ribaldone. There will also be a three-level congress centre on a total area of 6,200 sqm and 42 meeting rooms, including two plenary rooms of 800 and 1,450 sqm, the latter able to accommodate over 1,500 people. There is also a 700-space outdoor parking and a garage for 200 cars.

The same group manages the Villa Pamphili in Rome

Colliers Global Investors Italy, an independent asset management firm focused on the establishment and management of alternative real estate investment funds, owns the Quark Hotel Milano. It is managed by Aries Group, which also manages the Villa Pamphili hotel in Rome, the Living Place Hotel Bologna, and the Ripamonti Residence & Hotel Milano, for a total of 1,640 rooms.

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Favignana's Cala La Luna has new management. The 4-star hotel will join Essence Hotels.

Aiming to reposition and provide  high-performance services 

Thanks to an agreement between the property's owner, the Bulgarella Group, and the Pesaro company Omega Hospitality, which will take over the management, the contract will be for nine years plus nine, and will include an ad hoc development plan for the resort.

“We are pleased with this collaboration,” says Ray Lo Faso, Bulgarella group general manager. “The development project prepared by the Omega Hospitality company for the hotel, which is one of our group's most valuable assets, was critical to the agreement's success. The aim is to be repositioned on the market and to guarantee high-performance services to the ever-growing needs of international customers.” 

 Bulgarella Cala la Luna

 

Ideal for families, couples, and small groups

The Cala La Luna village is for families, couples, and small groups and is located among the white quarries of Favignana. The resort, designed in a Mediterranean style with white and turquoise tones, has 75 housing units divided into standard and deluxe rooms as well as studio, two-room, and three-room apartments. There is also a restaurant, a bar and lounge, an outdoor swimming pool, relaxation areas, a Mediterranean garden, entertainment, and the option of excursions and water activities such as diving or sailing.

“We are aiming to reopen the resort as early as next Easter” 

“The agreement stems from a broad convergence of visions regarding the development of the Favignana resort between our company and president Andrea Bulgarella,” “We intend relaunching entertainment which, in addition to the classic animation for adults and children, will see a succession of events with international guests and artists,” says Antonio Cafarelli, president of Omega Hospitality.  Among the short-term goals are raising the hotel’s quality standards and renewing the catering by combining traditional Mediterranean cuisine with innovation and contemporaneity. “We are aiming open the resort as early as next Easter, with a re-opening event in the first days of April.”

Specialized in accommodation management

The Bulgarella group currently owns 30 hotels with a total of 2,450 rooms an hasd an asset value of around €350 million. Omega Hospitality has been active in tourism for over 30 years, specializing in accommodation management, integrated tourism services, incoming services, entertainment, and hotel outsourcing. In 2022, it began managing three hotels in Italian seaside destinations, including Sardinia, the island of Elba, and now Favignana, under the Essence Hotels brand.

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CdsHotels posted a €49.5 million turnover in 2022, a 39% increase over 2021, but more importantly, a +66% increase over the pre-Covid 2019 year.

“A significant contribution to the expansion of our turnover is undoubtedly due to the entry into our portfolio of the Sicilian CdsHotels Terrasini - Città del Mare, which has increased our portfolio by 800 rooms, boosting to an already positive trend,- says commercial director of CdsHotels Ada Miraglia. - Having such a large hotel meant a constant effort to ensure high occupancy throughout the season, so we are proud of the results. While the rise in costs eroded a large portion of income, this motivated us to face 2023 with renewed vigour. We opened sales in October and already have a very encouraging forecast of around +49% compared to 2021.”

Special sporting weeks and vintage car events

For 2023 CdsHotels has a rich calendar of special weeks dedicated to sports activities with football, tennis, volleyball and swimming schools as well as a boy-scout week, a fitness week, and a vintage week with tours in vintage cars as prizes. The company has also signed a preferential partnership with Grandi Navi Veloci, in addition to the one signed last year with Tirrenia, to facilitate connections with the Sicilian hotels.

Quality catering, sports and wellness are cornerstones of the CdsHotels' strategy

CdsHotels has seven villages and five hotels in Puglia and Sicily and plans to expand to other seaside areas of Italy beginning with Calabria and Sardinia.

“We have been looking for hotels that can meet the criteria that distinguish us: in addition to a privileged position on the sea, we want areas for quality catering, as well as to sports, wellness, and fun for the entire family, especially in our villages,” added commercial director of CdsHotels.

CdsHotels is present at all the major trade fairs and participates in workshops and other promotional activities aimed at the Italian and international markets. Some 69% of CdsHotels' customers are Italian, with Lombardy, Lazio, and Campania leading the way, while the remaining 31% are international guests. In recent years there has been a significant recovery particularly from the German, French, UK and Swiss markets.

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The expansion of big brands in Italy continues and, according to some sources a Tribute (Marriott) on the Pietrarsa waterfront, and a Mama Shelter (Accor) in Como are in the pipeline.

700 Tribute are rooms in the pipeline for 2023-2025

In Campania the project is a hotel complex which is now under construction, involving part of the old Villa Monaco. Already the restaurant, the Casa Colonica, and a bar, Le Cabine, are operational. According to budget sources the total investment will be some €21.9 million. Once completed the complex should join the Tribute portfolio. The brand landed in Italy in 2020 with the Regency Rome, a 4-star with 40 rooms, and in the three-year period 2023-25 a further six Tribute hotels are in the pipeline in Italy for a total of over 700 rooms.

A new Man Shelter for Como?

It would also seem that a new Mama Shelter is being developed in Como. At the moment however, the size of the property, the exact location and the presumed opening date are unknown. The first hotel of this Accor lifestyle brand in Italy was the Mama Shelter Roma which opened in July 2021.

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The expansion of the San Domenico Hotels group continues with the management of the Rosa Marina Resort in Ostuni, in the southern Puglia region.  

The property is part of the Marseglia Group

The hotel company headed by the Melpignano family has in fact just signed a management contract for the management of the Rosa Marina Resort in Ostuni in Puglia, owned by Monopoli-based Italiana Alimenti, in turn part of the Marseglia group, world leader in the processing and marketing of vegetable oils.

The 4-star with 248 rooms will open next Spring 

The resort is a four-star hotel with 248 rooms, spread over a property of some10 hectares. Before its reopening, scheduled for next spring, the complex will undergo renovations, with the aim of repositioning upwards. The number of rooms will be reduced accordingly, in order to increase the average square footage. The works will be carried out by Italiana Alimenti itself, which besides the Rosa Marina also owns a supermarket in Bari and a cinema in Andria.

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The project to reposition the Castelfalfi resort  in Tuscany in a luxury key continues. The resort acquired in May 2021 by Sri Prakash Lohia, the Indonesian billionaire of Indian origin, announced its entry into the exclusive Virtuoso branded circuit ahead of the 2023 season. 

Exponential growth on the US, German and UK markets

The ambitious investment plan for the property has already seen the implementation of a series of structural and design changes, as well as new services and experiences, including a new Kids Club and Adventure Park last year. These changes have enabled the property to grow exponentially in America and consolidate its position in the domestic, German and UK markets, especially in the golf segment

“I want to ensure that guests enjoy the full potential the estate has to offer"

Before managing the Castelfalfi team Roberto Protezione was GM of Belmond Castello di Casole for five years, and prior to his return to Italy he was in the Emirates, at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island and the Westin Golf Resort in Abu Dhabi.



“I am proud to be working alongside the professionals who are already working on fulfilling the vision that the property has for this magnificent estate in the heart of Tuscany. I am confident that my previous international experience will help to further raise the standards of service and hospitality, ensuring that guests enjoy the full potential the estate has to offer."

 

New and restyled signature suites and a new restaurant

Numerous innovations are also planned for the upcoming season, thanks to the collaboration with internationally renowned designers chosen to restyle the suites at the Castelfalfi Resort in Tuscany, create new signature suites and renovate the spa and the design of the hotel's new restaurant.

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From Bali to Puglia, via Marbella, Ibiza and the French Riviera and with two new properties in Puglia. The Mandarin Oriental group expands its range of Exclusive Homes private residences.

New hotels in Monopoli and Alberobello

Launched in partnership with StayOne in spring 2022, of the eight new additions two are in Italy: the Masserie Petrarolo in Monopoli and Pistola in Alberobello. The former is immersed in over 50 hectares of ancient olive groves and lavender fields and has nine bedrooms. The Pistola is newly renovated, while keeping intact some original elements such as the conical ceilings typical of trulli houses, and it has ten bedrooms.

“New experiences for our fans around the world”

The other new entries are in Bali, the Uluwatu Estate; in France, the Ville O, Palmira and Riviera, in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Super Cannes and Saint-Paul-de-Vence respectively; and in Spain, in Marbella, the Casona de Los Sueños and in Ibiza, the Can Pantera.

"Following the success of 2022, we are excited to offer new destinations and new experiences to our fans around the world," says James Riley, group chief executive Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

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At the ITHIC event planned for Rome in October 2023, how will the country's hospitality assets be oriented to generate income in the coming years? 

The 2023 edition will be held in the Villa Pamphili Hotel in Rome

What formulas, models and investment strategies can increase real estate value in the face of high interest rates and a difficult global macroeconomic environment? And how can hotels keep up with the new profitability expected for alternative formats that are growing in popularity, such as student hotels, glamping, serviced/branded apartments, co-living and other hybrid models?  These are some of the questions that we will try to answer during the 2023 edition of the Italian Hospitality Conference. Organized by Teamwork and THRENDS, ITHIC will not be held in Rimini this year, but in Rome in the exclusive location of the Villa Pamphili Hotel on 19 and 20 October

“Participants will include major global players”

Entitled Turning assets into value the 2023 event will be “more international and have more participants from the world of property and finance, with the aim of building perspectives and interpreting the great challenges of the coming years, relying on new models and ways of thinking.  They will include major global players in management, finance and development and there will also be an event dedicated to public assets that will be included in valorisation strategies, and a lounge area for international investors."

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Urban Hive Milano is the name of the new 4-star boutique hotel in the Brera district of Milan. The property was formerly the Carlyle Brera.

Five categories of rooms from Mini to Suite

The boutique hotel has been completely renovated by Vudafieri-Saverino Partners and has 97 rooms and suites in five different categories on seven floors: the Mini for single travelers or mini stays, the Cozy to be shared by two, the Grande for families (a double bed or two single beds, plus an additional single bed), the Taylor which is made to measure with premium devices and personalized services, and the Junior Suite, the largest room in the hotel with a view of Milan’s skyline.

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Co-working areas and three meeting rooms

There are also several co-working areas for different uses during the day. The mezzanine is for breakfasts but after 11.00am it morphs into a co-working space for the city's startups. From the community table in the lobby to the shared offices on the mezzanine and in the basement, these common areas have been designed to be open to the city. There is also a multifunctional business area with three meeting rooms.

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The Portico 84 restaurant is helmed by Dom Carella

The fitness room is open 24/7 and the Urban Hive Milano will also offer customers who arrive before the scheduled check-in time, a locker service for luggage and an area with a shower.  The F&B, by Dom Carella who is well-known on Milan’s gastronomic scene, is in the Portico 84 which shares access to the lobby on one side and to Corso Garibaldi on the other.



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The former Hilton Garden Inn Milano Malpensa is the debut property of the Dolce Hotels & Resorts brand. 

The Milan Malpensa property is the US group’s 4th in Italy

Prodea Investments acquired the 207-room hotel in July 2021 from Aquileia Capital Services (a Bain Capital Credit company), entrusting its management to the Greek hospitality company Zeus International. The latter then carried out a rebranding of the hotel, which is now called Dolce by Wyndham Milano Malpensa, and it is the US group's fourth property in Italy. Wyndham acquired the business travel-oriented Dolce brand in 2015 for $57 million.

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