Update: The Four Seasons Won't Manage Hotel Danieli; the deal fell through after Statuto Group announced a refinancing of the hotel, which will continue to be managed as a Marriott Luxury Collection hotel.
The Four Seasons Had Hoped to Manage Hotel Danieli, to open Four Seasons Venice in 2024, making it the fourth Four Seasons in Italy after Four Seasons Florence, Four Seasons Milan, and the recently opened Four Seasons Taormina San Domenico Palace in Sicily. A fifth Four Seasons in Italy, the Four Seasons Puglia, hasn't announced an opening date, but as a new build is likely to open after Four Seasons Venice. The deal was announced by Italy's L'Economia.
The Hotel Danieli, which first opened as Palazzo Dandolo in the late 14th century, is centrally located in the heart of Venice, just a 6 minute walk from St. Mark's Square. Named for Giuseppe Dal Niel of Friuli, known as Danieli, who bought the building in 1824, restored it, and turned it into a hotel, the hotel is currently a Luxury Collection property managed by Marriott. As an older property, it's been due for a renovation for some time, so we're happy to see that before reopening as a Four Seasons, the hotel will undergo a EUR 30 million renovation helmed by Parisian interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, whose other Four Seasons work includes the Four Seasons Firenze in Florence, Four Seasons George V Paris, Grand-Hotel du Cap Ferrat on the French Riviera, and Four Seasons Megeve, in addition to other luxury hotels such as the Shangri-La Paris, The Peninsula Shanghai, and The Savoy in London.
Four Seasons Preferred Partner Benefits for Four Seasons Venice
Once it reopens in 2024, the best way to reserve the Four Seasons Venice will be with Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits, which are available to all TravelSort Clients. That's because FSPP guests enjoy top priority for space available upgrades, ahead of AMEX FHR reservations and ahead of reservations made via Virtuoso and other channels, including with the hotel directly. Preferred Partner guests also enjoy daily complimentary breakfast, a $100 credit once per stay when reserving a room, and a $200 credit once per stay when reserving a suite.
Venice pre-pandemic was a victim of over-tourism, with most luxury hotels extremely overpriced for what they delivered, so much so that we included it in our post Most Overpriced Travel Destinations and Where to Go Instead. We hope that Venice will manage to reduce the volume of day-trippers and cruise passengers and encourage “slow tourism,” to return more charm to the destination. In the interim, while waiting for the new Four Seasons Venice to open in 2024, we recommend The Cipriani, a Belmond property that we reserve for clients with Belmond Bellini Club benefits, which offers a complimentary boat service between the hotel and St. Mark's Square. It enjoys a resort-like feel, thanks to its Olympic-size swimming pool, poolside dining, tennis, and spa.
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