After an extensive, six-month renovation, Hotel Lungarnoreopened June 1 to celebratory fanfare. High emotion. And heartfelt gratitude.
“An immense thank you to all who worked day and night, during weekends and bank holidays, to make this [reopening] happen,” says Valeriano Antonioli, CEO of The Lungarno Collection. “Many say this is the best version ever of the Hotel Lungarno.”
And that’s saying something. A hotel since 1967, the building (now housing Hotel Lungarno) was purchased by the Salvatore Ferragamo family in 1995, before being transformed into the collection’s flagship.
Closed six months for the renovation, Hotel Lungarno’s most recent incarnation includes: 18 new suites, each with private terrace; two new executive floors; a revamped lobby and airy Picteau Lounge with views of the Arno River and Ponte Vecchio.
And beautiful Michelin-starred Borgo San Jacopo restaurant where executive chef Peter Brunel is already back at it – introducing new plates and creative recipes.
Design is by internationally renowned interior designer, Michele Bonan, whose touch is on all of the Lungarno Collection properties. And art, of course, remains a focal point as more than 400 original works – by Picasso, Cocteau, Bueno, Piranesi, Sironi, Cassinari, Guidi, Fusi, Morlotti, Rosai, and Tosi– return to the hotel’s walls.
“Every painter represented was either a friend or student of Picasso,” says Antonioli. “Truly incredible.”
With return of the art collection – one of the largest, privately owned in existence – Hotel Lungarno is now offering special ‘art itineraries,’ relative to the drawings. Exclusively for guests.