In Celebration of 150 Years, Grand Hotel Minerva Prepares For The Next Century With a Complete Renovation

  • The Breakfast Room: The room’s structure divided by columns has a natural geometric rhythm, which Scarpa further highlighted with a geometric black and white marble floor. After restoring the floor, Benelli chose a venetian polished plaster in pale blue to contrast the black and white floors and restored Scarpa’s original chairs. The walls are adorned by art from another enigmatic and renowned Italian artist, Giuseppe Chiari, which come from the family’s personal art collection.
  • The Bar: Benelli transformed the old front desk counter, a long marble slab emblazoned with the hotel’s logo on it it, into the lobby bar, while restoring Scarpa’s original bar stools
  • An original coffee table designed by Scarpa now acts as the centerpiece of a sitting area in the lobby next to the grand piano joined by newly added sand colored velvet couches
  • The Staircase to the infamous rooftop swimming pool was restored, both of which Scarpa and Detti built in the 50s
  • An original fireplace from an old room upstairs was moved into one of the lobby living rooms with two big Frau armchairs placed in front of it.
  • An important statue by Emilio Greco formerly in the hotel’s garden was moved front and center in the lobby
  • The front desk once set in the middle of the main floor was moved to one side creating an open and inviting lobby
  • The kitchen was moved to another part of the hotel, not facing the square, in a much more strategic location. A part of the kitchen, facing one of the interior courtyards, was built with beautiful glass walls for guests in the breakfast room to witness the action of preparing fresh pastries in the morning
  • The Restaurant and Bar were moved to the front of the hotel featuring big beautiful windows overlooking the square. This allows a natural connection between the scene inside the hotel and out on the square as locals and tourists alike pass through.



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Tony Bowles, Contributing Columnist

Tony Bowles, Contributing Columnist


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