Radisson Collection Hotel, Santa Sofia Milan has opened in the popular Italian city, representing the hotel group’s fifth luxury lifestyle hotel in Italy.
Strategically located in downtown Milan, the property sits halfway between Piazza del Duomo and the famous Navigli canal district.
The ancient Roman Columns of San Lorenzo, Santa Maria dei Miracoli e San Celso church and Basilica di Sant’Eustorgio with their colourful frescoes, and the Naviglio Grande with its restaurants, bars and nightlife by the water are just steps from the hotel.
Over a four-year period, architects Studio Marco Piva transformed the original headquarters of Allianz Italia from the 1960s into a five-star luxury hotel.
The original façade clad in trachyte from Veneto was preserved and accentuated with new exterior lighting, while the original roof with its characteristic oxidized-copper pitches marks the building’s architectural significance in the Milanese cityscape.
The hotel’s 159 rooms and suites were designed by Studio Marco Piva as small urban lofts with large windows and custom-built furniture.
Bars and restaurants include all-day dining restaurant, Sofia Kitchen & Bar, which occupies a space in the former courtyard of the building, now covered by a glass roof, offers a selection of Mediterranean dishes, as well as international and European cuisine.
ISSEI Rooftop, a fine-dining restaurant and bar specialising in Nikkei cuisine, a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisines, is located on the hotel’s seventh floor and boasts views across Milan.
On the fourth floor of the hotel, a new terrace was created with an outdoor swimming pool and lounge bar area that will be open during the warmer months.