There have been mixed signals from Italy about the fate of the longest continuously operating hotel in Venice – the Danieli, which was first part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection and then Marriott.
It was confirmed in January (read more here) that it would exit the Marriott system and become a Four Seasons hotel, and then in March (read more here) that it would continue to fly the Luxury Collection flag. The Four Seasons has now confirmed that it will become Hotel Danieli, Venezia, A Four Seasons Hotel in 2025.
You can access Marriott’s page for Hotel Danieli here.
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Four Seasons Issues The Following Press Release:
FOUR SEASONS ARRIVES IN VENICE: LUXURY HOTEL BRAND TO EXPAND ITALIAN PORTFOLIO WITH THE ICONIC HOTEL DANIELIGruppo Statuto extends long-term partnership with Four Seasons, selecting the luxury brand to manage historic hotel ideally located along Venice’s Grand Canal=
Leading luxury hospitality company Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and Gruppo Statuto, one of Italy’s preeminent hotel development companies, announce that Four Seasons will assume management of the historic Hotel Danieli. Following extensive renovations, the property will be reintroduced as Hotel Danieli, Venezia, A Four Seasons Hotel in 2025.
Located in the Riva degli Schiavoni region of Venice along the Grand Canal, adjacent to Piazza San Marco, the Hotel consists of three buildings: the 14th century Palazzo Dandolo and two 19th century additions linked by bridges – Palazzo Casa Nuova and Palazzo Danieli Excelsior. Hotel Danieli’s rich heritage is on display throughout the property, showcased in the beautifully preserved Venetian Gothic style architecture, along with art and antiques from throughout the property’s history.
“Italy is a beloved and important destination for luxury travellers, and we have been capitalizing on the strength of this market with property enhancements and incredible new additions to our portfolio – many of them in collaboration with our long-term partners, Gruppo Statuto,” says Bart Carnahan, President, Global Business Development and Portfolio Management, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “With Hotel Danieli, we are adding another iconic property to our Italian portfolio, where we will honour the historic legacy of this Venetian landmark while also introducing the exceptional Four Seasons service experience to one of Italy’s most popular destinations.”
Venice is a significant travel market globally, celebrated for its art, culture and architecture. The city is also known for its unique geography, as it is built on an archipelago of hundreds of islands, some of which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, connected by bridges and canals. Travellers explore the city via water or on foot, allowing them to take in the extraordinary sights and attractions at every turn.
“Hotel Danieli is a renowned and historic property in Venice, and we are confident that our partnership with Four Seasons will help usher the Hotel into its next chapter, maintaining the standard of quality and excellence that guests have come to expect of the Hotel,” says Giuseppe Statuto, owner of Gruppo Statuto. “Together with Four Seasons, our properties in Milan and Taormina have seen great success, and Hotel Danieli will perfectly complement these world-class experiences that are unmatched in Italy.”
Hotel Danieli has a long history of being one of the most luxurious hotels in Venice with an ideal location in the heart of the city. Guests will be a short walk from myriad attractions, including the market stalls of Piazza San Marco, gondola rides along the canal and Basilica San Marco.
Guests will be immersed in the splendour of the property from the moment their stay begins, enjoying unique arrival experience on boat via the Grand Canal. Guest rooms feature exceptional views of the Grand Canal, surrounding city and Venice’s Bay. The property also features four restaurant and bar outlets, which also benefit from exquisite views, as well as seven meeting and event spaces.
The Hotel will undergo extensive renovations prior to reopening as a Four Seasons experience, with renowned designer Pierre-Yves Rochon overseeing the interiors. Rochon has worked on several other historic Four Seasons properties in Europe, including in Florence, Paris, Cap-Ferrat and Megève. During the renovation period, the property will remain open with select services and amenities available. During this time, the hotel will be operated and managed by Gruppo Statuto under the name The Hotel Danieli, Venezia.
Upon reopening as a Four Seasons experience in 2025, Hotel Danieli, Venezia, A Four Seasons Hotel, will join Four Seasons growing collection of properties in Italy, including Four Seasons Hotel Milano, which recently underwent extensive renovations of its common areas; Four Seasons Hotel Firenze; San Domenico Palace, Taormina, A Four Seasons Hotel; and an upcoming resort in Puglia.
About Gruppo Statuto
Gruppo Statuto owns and develops luxury Hotels at the top level of the market. The Group’s activity also includes residential as well as High Street retail developments both in Roma and in Milano. Gruppo Statuto owns some of the most iconic luxury 5-stars hotels in the country, among others, the well-known Four Seasons Hotel Milano; San Domenico Palace, Taormina, A Four Seasons Hotel; the Iconic Hotel Danieli in Venice which will soon undergo an important refurbishment before reopening as a Four Seasons Hotel; the Mandarin Oriental Milano, and the upcoming Porto Cervo which is currently under development; and other Hotel projects which are under development in Roma and Milano city centres.
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Video Of The Suite I Had At The Danieli:
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Typical move in Italy. First, they are switching the brand, then they are not, and finally, they are (unless they change their minds between now and 2025!).
I stayed at this hotel once back in 2020, and Four Seasons definitely need to retrain some of the front desk associates that could not have been more “unwelcoming.” They didn’t like that I had been assigned a suite etc., and I cut my stay short and left after a night.
The hotel’s location is good, however, and it would have been great to have more Marriott-affiliated luxury options in the city.
The Gritti Palace, also part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection, is a fantastic hotel, and I’ll be back there in four weeks for the Venice Biennale. I have not been to the St. Regis Venice under its current brand but stayed there once when it was Westin.