Rocco Forte Hotels celebrates the “renaissance” of the Hotel Savoy with the unveiling of its beautifully refurbished Florentine hotel, found in the heart of the city.
After undergoing 6 months of painstaking renovation, the prestigious hotel, built 125 years ago in 1893, officially reopens its doors on 13 April 2018.
Olga Polizzi, Director of Design, has enhanced the timeless elegance of Hotel Savoy, using contemporary themes, hints of the Renaissance and the very best artisans. Therefore, it doesn’t come as a surprise that world renowned Florentine fashion house, Emilio Pucci, has collaborated on the project, bringing the very essence of Italian design into the hotel. Laudomia Pucci, Image Director of the brand, has teamed up with Olga Polizzi to create a unique ambiance. reopens
The collaboration starts with Emilio Pucci producing an exclusive scarf for the Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy. The architectural décor of the historical Piazza della Repubblica, which the hotel overlooks, is redesigned in a typical Pucci way and features an appearance of the Duomo of Brunelleschi. The unique silk scarves, in two colour varieties; bright pink and turquoise blue, are encased on glass table tops, becoming the key decorative element to fill the terrace restaurant, where the benches exude warm Italian colours of the Mediterranean.
The hotel entrance and lobby have been reinstated to their original grandeur, with a five-meter-high corniced ceiling and two new large reception desks which incorporate caryatid putti on the four corners, representing the four seasons and the ‘fleur de Lis’ - the emblem of the city. The fluid and mostly white space is punctuated with Pucci accents and colourful art and design elements, including paintings by Luca Pignatelli.
The Pucci touch continues throughout the lobby where the print has been carried over on cushions that decorate the sumptuous sofas in a strong solid statement of black and fuchsia, whilst two armchairs undergo the ultimate Pucci treatment through a velvet flower print that merges renaissance motifs with a pop art spirit. The modern and sophisticated look of the hotel lobby is completed with a hand tufted rug featuring the iconic “Lamborghini” print from the Emilio Pucci Archives in nuances of pinks, greys, white and black.
In addition to the public spaces, Olga Polizzi has also created a completely new look for the guest rooms and suites. By reducing the number from 102 to 80, many of them have been completely restructured and have increased in size to offer guests a more luxurious and spacious experience: the Junior Suites, the Grand View Suites and the new impressive 177m2 Duomo Presidential Suite that occupies its own wing with splendid views of Brunelleschi’s stunning Dome. Furthermore, on the 5th floor lies the unique, two story suite with a panoramic view of the roof tops of Florence.
Each of the rooms and suites has been designed to give a sense of calm and freshness and the tranquil tones used, combined with the luxurious fabrics in a mix of materials, create a predominantly Italian feel, mirroring the essence of Rocco Forte. reopens reopen
Exclusively designed Il Bronzetto tables, chairs, mirrors and pieces from Chelini Firenze workshop, combined with C&C Milano materials, give Hotel Savoy a uniquely Italian flavour.
Following this significant renovation project, Hotel Savoy begins a new chapter in its history as renovated expression of luxury hospitality. The Florentine gem of Rocco Forte Hotels repositions itself as a landmark for 21st century travellers in Florence, a worldwide destination with a vibrant contemporary scene and birthplace of Italian fashion.
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