Niquesa Brands Collection of Historic Italian Hotels
PHOTO: The Hotel Villa Michelangelo crowns its hillside outside Vicenza. (Photos courtesy of Niquesa Hotels and Residences).
A new brand can now be found on the top shelf of Italian hospitality. The Niquesa name stands for a high-end hotel collection offering intimate hospitality in several classic historic buildings. Launched last year in Europe, Niquesa Hotels and Residences is now reaching out to high-end American travelers.
The portfolio features a collection of historic Italian hotels located in Rome, Florence, Siena and Vicenza. Formerly branded Royal Demeure, the hotels now take their brand name Niquesa, from a patrician family with multiple businesses beyond jewelry. CEO Luigi de Simone Niquesa founded The Charming Hotels of the World in 1985. Charming Hotels encompassed more than 150 luxury boutique hotels around the world and subsequently merged into Worldhotels. Niquesa Hotels & Residences promise to emphasize personal service with a focus on privacy, cuisine and aesthetic interiors.
The flagship of the brand is the 88-room Hotel D’Inghilterra in Rome, located a few minutes from the Spanish steps. The hotel is housed in a 16th century guest house for the Palazzo di Torlonia located across the street. Recently completed renovations to its historic rooms and suites will harmonize with the Cafe Romano, where Chef Antonio Vitale prepares classic Roman cuisine with modern highlights. The Bond Bar serves cocktails as well as a full wine list.
PHOTO: The Hotel Villa Michelangelo was built in the style that inspired Jefferson’s Monticello.
Thomas Jefferson took his inspiration from the architect Andrea Palladio in building his own masterpiece, Monticello. Vicenza’s 52-room Hotel Villa Michelangelo, located near the center of Palladian architecture, the World Heritage rated town of Vicenza. Other Italian urban jewels such as Padua, Verona and Venice are also nearby. Built in Palladian style, the hotel strives to draw the rustic feel of the Colli Berici hills or the Alpine foothills into the rooms via large shuttered windows opening onto. La Loggia Restaurant serves a Venetian menu using local ingredients.
The front doors of the 67-room Hotel Helvetia & Bristol open onto Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi. The hotel’s Bar Bibendum is a popular watering hole for Florentine society set as it is in a piece of Renaissance architecture in the city’s shopping district near the Via Tornabuoni, Florence’s most exclusive shopping street. The Hostaria Bibendum Restaurant serves Tuscan fare.
Siena’s 51-room Grand Hotel Continental is one of just a few properties located within the city walls. Chef Lucca Ciaffaraf oversees the SaporDivino Restaurant. The Wine Bar serves cocktails and selections from an expansive wine cellar of rare vintages hidden beneath the hotel’s medieval tower.
Niquesa has announced plans for a private jet component and executive chauffeur services in the near future. Stay tuned.
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