- Milu Hotel, Florence. Enjoy your hotel stay immersed in history and contemporary art.
A hotel that brings together all the charm of Florentine history with current artistic expressions - this is the Milu Hotel. A skilful mix that makes the most of the Palazzo Altoviti-Sangalletti, which was renovated in 1835 by architect and artist Giovan Battista Silvestri who joined it with the adjacent Palazzo Gerard-Uguccioni, also testified by the stone staircase connecting the hotel's five floors.
DO/architect David Ohayon in collaboration with Carmel Ilan, owner and head curator of The Norman Boutique Hotel in Tel Aviv, and Matteo Baroni restored the historical building to its former glory on the one hand, and on the other gave the interiors a complete makeover to respond to the needs of a modern, comfortable hotel that stands out from the bland anonymity of the many hotel chains with their “minimal” style.
So each room boasts a different colour palette, with furniture mainly designed by Italian manufacturers and local artisans, so each guest has their own unique environment. For more than a hundred years, the old Café Doney on the hotel's ground floor was an important gathering place for the aristocrats of the time. It closed in 1989 and has now been integrated into this new project. The original 1800s staircase has been preserved and acts as an art gallery where the artworks of international artists are displayed in constantly changing exhibitions.
Milu Hotel is easy to get to by public transport for a car-free holiday, and offers an intriguing combination of art and hospitality, in keeping with a stay in Florence, an Italian city with a huge range of cultural offerings.
Project: DO/architect David Ohayon
in collaboration with Carmel Ilan&Matteo Baroni
Location: Florence, Italy
Images: © Morgan Donovan