by Allen J. Sheinman | November 05, 2018
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been chosen to manage the Rosewood Venice, set to open in 2020 as the brand's second hotel in Italy and eighth in Europe. Located in the 15th-century Palazzo Dona' Giovannelli in the historic city's Cannaregio neighborhood, the ultra-luxury property is within easy access of local landmarks such as the Strada Nova, Piazza San Marco, Basilica di San Marco and Palazzo Ducale.
The hotel will feature 50 guest rooms with water views due to the property's dual canal frontage; two dining venues, including a piano bar; the Sense, a Rosewood Spa; a state-of-the-art fitness center, and extensive meeting and event space.
The building's main floor, or piano nobile, is richly adorned with frescos, stuccos and coffered ceilings, as well as fireplaces and tapestries. A defining feature of the property are two walled courtyards, a rarity in Venice, which will offer an inviting outdoor space for dining and relaxing.
"As one of the most romantic cities in Europe, beloved for its breathtaking architecture and beautiful canals, Venice is an ideal location for Rosewood's newest property in our rapidly expanding European portfolio," said Sonia Cheng, CEO of the Rosewood Hotel Group. "Celebrated for its integral role in the development of Italian commerce, culture and arts, Venice is ripe with history and natural beauty. We look forward to providing guests with unrivaled access to its many treasures." 
"The opening of Rosewood Venice will mark a significant moment for the Rosewood brand as we continue to build out a prominent presence in Europe," said Radha Arora, president of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. "We are excited to bring our 'Sense of Place' philosophy to this landmark property so as to provide new opportunities of exploration not only for affluential explorers visiting from afar, but also for members of the local community who are looking to experience their city in a fresh way."