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The Hotel Gabrielli will re-open early next year, reasserting itself as the crown jewel of Venice, an unofficial distinction it has held since its original opening in 1856.

Set within a 13th-century palazzo, the property is located on a prime spot on Riva degli Schiavoni and with a direct view on Isola di San Giorgio.

Owned and run for five generations by the Perkhofer family, the Gabrielli was an open house for luminaries from the worlds of art, literature, fashion and politics.

It was also a milestone during the Grand Tour and was the preferred location for Orient-Express travellers who used to stay there before departing on their trains.

“When you’re in this location, everything breathes history and charm,” said Elisabetta Fabri, President and CEO of Starhotels, who now own the property.

“We want to write the new chapter of the famous Hotel Gabrielli, creating an intriguing and whimsical atmosphere, a very classical Venetian experience with contemporary comfort.”

Many original features, such as the Quadrifora windows on the main façade, ancient courtyard columns, marble bathrooms and pavements in Istrian stone are coming back to life.

Highlighting the property’s heritage, luxurious fabrics by famous local brands will give guests the illustrious feel of residing in a classic Venetian Palazzo.

Local artisans have also been involved to enrich the hotel’s authentic elegance. Original Murano chandeliers and mirrors, painted wooden beams and luxury marble wall coverings will show the authentic craftsmanship of the Venetian Serenissima.

The five-star hotel will feature 73 rooms, a Mediterranean restaurant, a Venetian garden, spa, gym and a roof terrace with sky bar.

“We are bringing Hotel Gabrielli back to life and we can’t wait to show the hotel next year,” said Salvatore Pisani, Complex General Manager of Splendid Venice and Hotel Gabrielli.

“Its excellent location away from the busy tourist areas but within easy reach of Piazza San Marco means the new Gabrielli will be the place for exclusive events, dreamy ceremonies and the ultimate travel experience.”