The Radisson Hotel Group has announced its fifth luxury lifestyle hotel in Milan, Italy with the launch of its Radisson Collection Hotel, Santa Sofia. According to a press statement by Radisson Hotel, the new hotel sits halfway between Piazza del Duomo and the famous Navigli canal district and emanates individuality and joie de vivre in true Italian style by fusing iconic architecture, quirky furnishings, great dining experiences, personalised service, and opulent amenities.
The hotel says that from the 1960s until the present, the building served as the iconic headquarters of Allianz Italia. It adds that the structure underwent a four-year transformation into the opulent Radisson hotel by architects Studio Marco Piva and aims for a LEED gold level certification, awarded for sustainable buildings. Among its nearby entertainment venues are lively squares, shopping streets and easy access to all the city’s attractions. The ancient Roman Columns of San Lorenzo, Santa Maria dei Miracoli e San Celso church and Basilica di Sant’Eustorgio with their colourful frescoes, and the Naviglio Grande with its restaurants, bars and nightlife by the water are just steps from the hotel.
It says that the hotel offers 159 rooms and suites designed by Studio Marco Piva. Both modern exterior lights and the historic Venetian trachyte façade have been preserved. The building’s original roof, with its oxidised copper pitches, stands out against the Milanese cityscape. Custom-built furniture, the juxtaposition of warm, natural materials such as wood and leather with glass and metals, as well as the rich brown, black, and dark navy blue colour palette, create an atmosphere reflecting the character style of Milan.
“We are excited to welcome our guests to this new hotel and give them a truly exceptional Milanese experience. From the style and comfort of our rooms to the exciting food and drink offerings at our restaurants and bars, Radisson Collection Hotel, Santa Sofia Milan is the ideal base for doing business, shopping or just enjoying the city,” says Marco Scola, General Manager of the hotel.
It adds that the ‘elegant maximalism’ design concept is embraced in the interior public spaces developed by Milanese designers AtelierP and Alessandro Cesario. The ancient Milanese palaces serve as inspiration for the large geometric patterns on the floors. Visual stimulation invites visitors to enjoy an eclectic mix of contrasting elements from various eras of Milanese history at the hotel’s all-day eating establishment, Sofia Kitchen & Bar.
A fine-dining restaurant and bar serving Nikkei cuisine, a combination of Japanese and Peruvian cuisines, is located on the hotel’s seventh level. The Radisson Hotel says that its cuisine takes cues from both land and sea, fusing fresh foods with earthy flavours and a mix of spices.
“Radisson Collection Hotel, Santa Sofia Milan is the perfect fifth Italian iteration of our Radisson Collection brand, and our second in Milan, as we continue expanding our portfolio of luxury hotels. As Radisson Hotel Group, we are looking to give guests more options in Italy across different hotel brands, with 30 hotels by 2027 as an ambitious, but very much achievable target,” says Chema Basterrechea, Global President and Chief Operating Officer at Radisson Hotel Group.