지금 우리는 중세시대로 시간여행을 떠납니다.
시간여행속에 남겨진 각각의 공간을 저마다 컬러를 갖고 우리를 안내합니다.
30개의 고풍스러운 객실은 바로크의 시간이 멈추어버린 공간을 선사하는 동시에
현대적인 가구와 시간 속에 지속됩니다.
보보리 가든 속에 자리 잡은 맨션은 고스란히 중세시대의 공간을 담고 있습니다.
시간을 고스란히 담아 내는 호텔 리뉴얼 프로젝트는 맨션 내부의 바로크양식의 디테일을
변형하지 않고 그대로 사용함으로써 과거와 지금의 시간을 연결합니다.
이렇게 밀착된 시공간은 호텔을 6성급 못지 않은 고급스러움으로 물들이게 됩니다.
예전에도 이야기 하였지만 시간의 흔적만큼 귀하고 소중한 것은 없습니다. 북촌에 위치한
소담스러운 한옥이 그 유니크함으로 값비싼 호텔로 이용되는 것처럼
시간은 돈으로 환산할 수 없는 디자인과 깊이를 만들어 냅니다.
그 깊이를 단지 돈으로 환산한다는 것 자체가 부끄러운 일이긴 합니다.
-기존에 있던 카드룸, 도자기룸, 시가룸 그리고 화이트룸은 새롭게 정비하여
지금의 공간과 만납니다.-
reviewed by SJ
some hotels we 'yatzerize'
because of their particular modernity, others because of their unique
style and others because of their ability to shake us. This hotel has
nothing of the above. It is a unique case of a simple name that makes us
bow, out of historical respectfulness and importance. The Grand Hotel VILLA CORA is the jeweled apple of Florence. Located inside a centuries – old park overlooking the enchanted Boboli Gardens, this main villa is an aristocratic residence built at the end of the XIX century by Baron Oppenheim.
It reflects the architectural styles of that period, dominated by a
strong eclectic decor that provides the villa with different, artistic
Being both a cultural and a cosmopolitan symbol of Florence this legend underwent a 3 year long restoration which aimed to conserve as much of the original architecture as possible. Upon entering the interior of this 46 room Villa, you instantly feel the sensation that you are floating on air dressed in a chemise, petticoat corset, hoop & dress layers; bonnet on head, gloves to the elbow and a smile of adoration to match the feeling in the eyes.
With its old world room themes such as the Card room, Ceramics room, Cigar room and White room,
the interiors embrace the new world of design in comfort, technology
and we do dare to say simplicity, while being surrounded by history none
more so when you arrive at the Mirror room’s majesty
with its original baroque decorations. In all these spaces it is not a
question of the old marrying with the new, but the grandness surrounding
the now, a description which is easily understood in the Bar Long.
Now floating along the upstairs of the Villa, we find the 30 accommodation quarters. The greatness of these interiors is that no two are the same as the other, as they have all been decorated to inspire the famous – I’m not sure if we can call them 'people' - who have stayed there. People like Napoleon III, Tchaikovsky, Princes Eugenia & the Japanese Emperor Hirohito. Consisting of great passion these rooms are the gems of this tribute. Original craftsmanship is surrounded by beautifully bold coloured furnishings and theatrical curtains, which depict the era with more simplistic detailing and a much more modern & colorful tone.
However, part of the true magic is in the remaining bedrooms. Firstly
there is the ‘La Follie’ quarters which acts as a small guest house
located at the edge of the park providing absolute discretion with just 2
private quarters. ‘La Follie’ is for those who wish to remain anonymous
while retaining that ’floating’ sensation. Secondly, there is the
‘Villino Eugenia’. What used to be the stables of the historic villa
have been transformed into a small guesthouse. With 14 different
accommodations each has been decorated and furnished according to the
bourgeois styles of the late 19th century with ceilings representing
rare and exotic subjects. Finally, the last glorifying surprising
element is that the overwhelming spa is located inside the Villino
Eugenia where lucky guests get the opportunity to experience some
present day Princess Eugenia pampering.
In conclusion, we literally dropped to our knees with adoration. The Grand Hotel Villa Cora needs no words, just a simple bow of thankfulness to all those who brought a Queen back to her glory.
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