The Radisson Collection opens its fourth hotel in Italy in the heart of Venice. Set in an exceptional jewel of Venetian architecture, Palazzo Nani, near the Cannaregio Canal, this extraordinary property is perfectly positioned in the historic heart of the city.
Located near the Venetian Ghetto in the northern part of the city, the Radisson Collection Hotel Palazzo Nani offers 52 guest rooms and suites, plus three private apartments, each attractively designed and offering striking views of the canal, city streets, or intimate courtyard, creating a sense of serenity through a refined color palette and soft fabrics.
The Restoration of Venice’s Palazzo Nani
Originally built in the 16th century, the hotel was the residence of the Nani family, an ancient family of Venice involved in the political, social, and cultural life of the city. The interior decoration preserves the stucco and frescoes attributed to Italian sculptor Alessandro Vittoria, who remodeled the palace in the 1780s.
Now, more than two centuries later, this extensive 22-month renovation project led by architectural firm Marco Piva and carried out by Concreta, has transformed Palazzo Nani into an exclusive five-star property for the Radisson Collection Hotel.
The restoration work aimed to preserve the original decorative and architectural elements of the facade and the interior of the building. Particular attention was paid to the restoration of historical ornaments, stuccoes, and paintings on the walls and ceilings. In addition, during the excavation work, some Roman flooring was found and surveyed by the Superintendence of Fine Arts and Heritage, along with objects and documents that testify to the previous lives of the building.
The hotel’s services include a private meeting room and a space that can accommodate up to 80 people for a variety of functions. The Zoja Wine Bar & Terrace, named after the noble family that once resided in the Palazzo, is a refined space where guests can go to enjoy food, wine, and cocktails of the Venetian tradition in a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Details of the Radisson Venice
For all common areas, the project of Studio Marco Piva has provided a concept of ‘box-in-the-box’ furniture aimed at keeping intact the strong historical identity of the palace, enriching it with a contemporary language.
The rooms are spacious and bright, marked by chromatic tones that recall the nuances of the frescoed ceilings, in combination with intensely colored seating, an expression of the characteristics of Venice, from the colors of water to the reflections of glass, to the interiors of gondolas.
The main entrance of the hotel located on the ground floor houses the console reception and gives access to the two restaurants and the lounge bar/breakfast room. In the main restaurant, the focus point consists of a sculptural monolith filter, a large marble bench with an interior upholstered in soft teal velvet. A curvilinear bar counter dominates the scene and follows the floor islands. The covering is a material carpet of white Venice marble and Paradigma marble that adds deep contrast. The dominant colors of the spaces are the various shades of lagoon green.
In the lounge bar, also used as a breakfast room, dark colors run from wall to ceiling to create an immersive, enveloping atmosphere, emphasizing precious custom metal elements, such as the bottle rack on the wall, with a boiserie in dark ribbed wood that incorporates a motif reminiscent of the striped ruby-colored upholstery similar to the interior of a boat.
Art and elegance shine everywhere, as in the two lobbies in the ‘noble salons’ on floors B and C, distinguished by frescoes made with crushed marble, muses painted in the ovals above the doors, ceilings with Apollo, Venus and Cupid and Orpheus in Olympus.
Impeccable service, breathtaking views, and attention to historic details make this newest Radisson property an unforgettable place to enjoy a stay in one of the world’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring cities.