Discover Italy's 2023 hotel scene: new openings and renovations

Pieve Aldina, Chianti © Sylvie Bequet

The post-2022 resurgence has introduced a new wave of fresh opportunities and diversity in the realm of MICE experiences. Below is a selection of the additions and meaningful renovations that enrich the pre-existing array of options, bringing a new dimension to business events and their Italian spirit.

New Accomodation

Pieve Aldina, Radda in Chianti (Tuscany) | 5-star Hotel | June 2023 
22 rooms
Located on the hills of one of the most enchanting valleys in Chianti, Pieve Aldina is an elegant establishment that emphasizes local gastronomy and flavors with a touch of French influence. Endless vineyards and olive groves provide the perfect backdrop for an informal gathering or a bespoke event.

Nolinski, Venice (Veneto) | 5-star Hotel L | June 2023 
43 rooms 
The prestigious Evok group chose the city of Venice for its first hotel in Italy. It features contemporary design inside a former palazzo and a convenient 5-minute walk from Piazza San Marco, where Art Nouveau, Liberty style, and Modernism blend harmoniously. The Nolinski can be reserved for special and personalized events, allowing partial or full privatization of it’s spaces, including a cocktail bar and restaurants. The inventive menu showcases the creations of a two-Michelin-star executive chef.

Hilton Rome Eur La Lama, Rome (Lazio) | 4-star Hotel | January 2023
439 rooms, 7 meeting rooms
Hilton brings us another unique, ultramodern hotel to the EUR district of the capital city! Restaurants, bars, lounges and a rooftop terrace make it an ideal venue for events and meetings but also because of its direct access to the Rome Convention Center La Nuvola and convenience to Fiumicino and Ciampino airports.

Pieve Aldina, Chianti © Sylvie Bequet

Accomodation Refurbishment and Rebranding

Urban Hive Milano, Milan | 4-star Hotel | January 2023
97 rooms, 3 meeting rooms, a meeting lounge, a co-working space
An elegant boutique hotel in the heart of Brera celebrates the historical and creative atmosphere of the neighborhood through the design by Vudafieri Saverino Partners. It offers an experience that seamlessly integrates business and leisure with refurbished common spaces and rooms, drawing inspiration from international open-house hotels. The facility also includes a fitness center and the Portico 84 restaurant.

Worldhotel Cristoforo Colombo, Milan | 4-star Hotel | February 2023
120 rooms, 2 meeting rooms
Perfectly located in Milan's Porta Venezia, Worldhotel Cristoforo Colombo has recently undergone a significant refurbishment.The meticulous renovation has revitalized the Chiantà Restaurant, suites, three meeting rooms, and the outdoor area. Remaining a sought-after urban establishment, it caters to both business travelers and those seeking an authentic Milanese hospitality experience.

Quark Hotel Milano Milan | 4-star Hotel | April 2023
283 rooms, 42 meeting rooms
Located in Milan's economic heart, this renovated hotel boasts some of Milan's largest meeting spaces, suitable for events of any size. The interior redesign, with an all-Italian touch, combines intelligent, elegant, and functional design, while Michelin-starred chef Andrea Ribaldone oversees high-quality, locally sourced Italian cuisine. The fifth-floor Studios' Floor introduces innovative hybrid hospitality for networking. In a vibrant, green part of the city, the venue offers competitive solutions for business travelers.

Avani Rio Novo, Venice | 4-star Hotel | September 2023
144 rooms, 4 meeting rooms
With its arrival in Europe, Avani makes its debut in Italy with this modern hotel (formerly owned by NH) located in the Dorsoduro district of Venice, known for its authentic Venetian atmosphere, restaurants, and cultural sites. Originally built in the 1950s, the property showcases Italian Rationalism style with clean lines and geometric shapes. Its meeting rooms are customizable and feature natural light.

Tivoli Portopiccolo Sistiana Resort, Trieste (Friuli Venice Julia) | 5-star Hotel | June 2023
58 rooms, 6 meeting rooms
Situated in Portopiccolo, the Resort is a transformed ancient stone quarry turned into an exclusive coastal destination. Designed by the renowned Lazzarini Pickering Studio, it is located in a private bay with modern rooms inspired by Gio Ponti, featuring bronzed metal elements, unique decorations, and warm-colored fabrics. The Tivoli Portopiccolo Sistiana Resort & Spa has excellent amenities, including two spas, six pools, a gym, and diverse dining options. An ideal venue for events, with meeting rooms and exclusive locations like the Beach Club.

Novel d'Inghilterra Starhotels, Rome (Lazio) | 5-star Hotel | May 2023
88 rooms
Since the 1800s, it has been an international elite destination and a favorite among Roman nobility. Today, it is a charming and historic hotel that has been recently renovated to restore splendor to the rooms and suites with excellence and refinement. Each room has been enriched with unique antique pieces, emphasizing the “made in Italy” concept and is complemented by attentive service and versatile spaces.

Anantara Palazzo Naiadi, Rome (Lazio) | 5-star Hotel | May 2023
232 rooms, 8 meeting rooms
The renovation has entailed the refurbishment of various common areas of this elegant property, including the hotel lobby, the breakfast room, the ground floor restaurant, and the reconstruction of a terrace which now allows for a new pool installation to expand the spa. Located a 10-minute walk from Termini Station, it's the vibrant hub of corporate activities with 8 unique meeting rooms, suspended above Diocletian's ancient ruins and the rooftop terrace, perfect for magnificent evenings under the stars.

Cardo Roma Autograph Collection Rome (Lazio) | 4-star Hotel | 2023
324 rooms, 14 meeting rooms
Rooted in the foundations of Western culture, the Cardo Roma is an urban resort hotel located between Fiumicino Airport and the city center. It exudes timeless Italian haute couture, combining old-world charm with contemporary comforts. Recently renovated, it offers a sophisticated atmosphere with 14 versatile meeting rooms suitable for a variety of events, blending historical appeal with a modern identity.

Hotel Bulgari Roma, Rome | 5-star Hotel | June 2023
114 rooms
The Bulgari Hotel Roma, located on Piazza Augusto Imperatore, brings the Bulgari Hotels & Resorts charm to Rome. After a meticulous renovation, it now boasts contemporary Italian design and luxurious materials in its rooms and suites, and exclusive dining and lifestyle experiences such as Il Ristorante - Niko RomitoBulgari Bar, and Bulgari Dolci, the first Bulgari chocolate and pastry shop in Italy. Drawing inspiration from Imperial Rome, the hotel seamlessly blends past and present, honoring Roman heritage while exuding modern elegance.

Ortea Palace Autograph Collection, Syracuse (Sicily) | 5-star Hotel
75 rooms, 6 event rooms
Ortea Palace begins a new season with a renewed brand, joining the Autograph Collection, an array of unique hotels united by the common philosophy of Exactly Like Nothing Else. The Ortea Palace Hotel Sicily is a magnificent building from 1920, known as the “Palazzo delle Poste”, overlooking Porto Piccolo of the island of Ortigia. Its facade is made of limestone, enriched with classical decorations and friezes. Even its spacious event rooms offer a service in line with an exceptional experience in a distinctive environment.

Recent Openings

Radisson Collection Hotel, Palazzo Nani - Venice (Veneto) | 5-star Hotel | February 2022
52 rooms, 7 meeting rooms, a privée area
Nestled in Venice's historic center along the Cannaregio canal, this hotel occupies a historic building steeped in Venetian family history. Offering elegantly designed rooms and suites with Venetian decor, original frescoes, a charming garden, and a captivating restaurant, it's perfect for business meetings and special events. With event spaces, both indoors and outdoors, including a central hall adorned with neoclassical frescoes and beams, it caters to a range of gatherings.

Portrait - Milan (Lombardy) | 5-star Hotel | November 2022
73 rooms - DCA certified
The fifth of the Lungarno Collection by the Ferragamo family opened last year in Milan. It is an oasis of privacy, tranquility, and elegance overlooking Piazza del Quadrilatero, just a few steps away from the shopping streets. 
It has a casual dining venue, 10_11, encompasses a bar, restaurant, a beautiful garden, and a colonnade overlooking the square. The menu offers Northern Italian-inspired cuisine with authentic flavors paired with mixology rooted in Milan's aperitivo tradition.

Portrait Milan Lungarno Collection Ferragamo 5 star hotel