A new Radisson Collection is popping up or Venice if you search their website, and when I saw its name, I recalled that I had come across this one previously.
There are no press releases about this new Radisson Collection Palazzo Nani from Radisson, but there is one from IHG back in 2016 when this hotel was set to open as an InterContinental in 2018!
You can access the Radisson page for Palazzo Nani here.
Here are renderings by Radisson
There is availability at this hotel starting on August 30, 2021. I could not see anything available using points tet.
A brief history from Wikipedia (access here):
The palazzo was built in the 16th century to be a residence of the Nani family of the “Cannaregio” branch (later Nani Mocenigo). In the 1680s, the palazzo was remodeled according to a design plan by Alessandro Vittoria, who also performed the interior decoration.
In its golden years, the palace kept a substantial art collection, consisting of finds from the Roman era. The entrance portal was decorated with two large statues of consuls.
The Nani owned the palazzo until 1810, when they moved to San Trovaso to live in Palazzo Barbarigo Nani Mocenigo. In 1859, the palazzo was occupied by the Austrian army that converted it into barracks, then it was used as a school. The pieces of the art collection were gradually dispersed.
In 2002, the palazzo underwent an important restoration.
Palazzo Nani front facage is of four levels, including a ground floor and a mezzanine. The façade, today rather unadorned, is asymmetrical due to the massive 19th-century additions that extend the whole building to the right. The window layout is pretty regular and includes quadriforas; those of the noble floors have balconies. On each side of the quadrifora on the first floor there is a stone coats of arms.
The interior decoration is also attributed to Vittoria, with stuccoes and frescoes still well-preserved in the portego of the first floor.
The palace was once accompanied by a garden; that area is today built up.
Here’s the press release from IHG back in 2016:
InterContinental to debut in Venice with the signing of InterContinental® Venice – Palazzo Nani
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced the signing of its first InterContinental® hotel in Venice – InterContinental® Venice – Palazzo Nani. The hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with Cordifin Group and H.n.h Hotels & Resorts Management and open at the beginning of 2018.
The building will be converted from a stunning 16th century palace into an intimate 51-room InterContinental hotel. The palace’s hand painted alfresco ceilings and hand-carved wooden beams will be restored to their original beauty to preserve the building’s rich history. The hotel will feature a wellness centre, modern meeting facilities and Club InterContinental® Lounge.
Visited by more than 60,000 visitors a day, the city of Venice dates back to the 5th century and is famed for its matrix of canals connected by beautiful adorning bridges. InterContinental Venice – Palazzo Nani will lie on the Cannaregio Canal which connects to the Grand Canal at the epicentre of Venice’s vibrant island. Guests will be able to wander Venice’s narrow windy streets to observe the city’s gothic architecture and renaissance art as well as visit its historical landmarks, including St. Mark’s Square and its Basilica, Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace and the Rialto Bridge.
Robert Shepherd, Chief Development Officer, Europe, IHG said:
“We’re delighted to be partnering with Cordifin S.p.a to bring the first InterContinental hotel to Venice. It’s great to see momentum behind the brand continuing as we get set to celebrate its 70th anniversary this year. InterContinental Venice – Palazzo Nani will be a great addition to the InterContinental family, offering guests an unforgettable experience in a city loved by millions around the world.”
Luca Boccato, CEO of H.n.h. Hotels & Resorts Management and Cordifin Group representative said:
“The InterContinental brand is the pinnacle of luxury and complements our existing portfolio perfectly. InterContinental Venice – Palazzo Nani is in a fantastic location and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful building in this timeless city. We are looking forward to opening the doors of the hotel in 2017 and providing guests with exceptional service and an unforgettable Venetian experience.”
It is not uncommon for hotel chains to announce properties that never materialize, but it is not usual that they change brands and chains before the completion.
IHG has not had much luck with its InterContinental brand in Italy, with many hotels left, and some announced that have never materialized, like this one in Venice.
I am surprised that Radisson has not issued any press releases about its Radisson Collection hotel in Venice that should be one of its flagships.