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Italy is a beautiful place. People who have been to Italy are of one heart and mind that Milan, one of Italy's city, is the epitome of sophistication. Milan Fashion Week, as part of the "Big Four Fashion Weeks", holds the event semi-annually. The events dedicated to Women's Fashion is the most important. To be able to showcase your design in Milan is to make it big. The reason? Its reputation as one of the most luxurious and influential places in the Fashion and Design Capital in the world.
As you enter through its revolving glass doors and stepped into the hotel lobby, you will stand in awe. It's a world filled with the finest Marble, Chrome, Granite and Aluminum Steel. Lights hang from curved wires and are geometrically-shaped in a way that makes you stand there transfixed. The chairs and sculptures are done to perfection. Never have I seen such clear-cut precision. The hotel's original Art Deco staircase still remains to this date. In its center hangs a 30-meter high Murano-glass light which cascades down from the ceiling. It gives off the illusion of lanterns raining down the center of an eight-story stairwell. It would not go unnoticed for a minimal improvement on the elevators' waiting areas though. Perhaps they neglect to see the need to impress in those areas.
There is a lot going on behind the scenes. Though the walls are designed by Marco Piva, the effects of technological advancements have pervaded into the Excelsior Gallia. From the room phones to the decked-out chrome showers down to the "make up my room" and "privacy" buttons, all have digital lights with motion sensors. Guest rooms are done in a minimalist way. The doors to the rooms were made with luxurious brown or white leather and accessorized with a tinge of chrome. They seemed vault-like in a not-so-ridiculous way.
I have been longing to see space age-designed luxury for quite some time. With the re-opening of this place, I can say that it curbed my longing. Though the hotel has the largest spa in Milan, the pool is the one place where you can find total bliss. The ultimate in relaxation. Sleek white lounge-chairs surrounds the 15-meter indoor pool and right above sits a giant geometric-sculptured light. This area also boasts a few purple-lit relaxation rooms.
The last thing I am going to touch on is the brand new Terrazza Gallia. This restaurant sits on the Excelsior Hotel's rooftop and helmed by 3-Michelin Star Chefs Enrico and Roberto Cerea. Their menu offer gastronomically delightful regional cuisine. The view from the restaurant is beautiful. The food makes you wanting for more. Truly a magnificent place to eat.
The Excelsior Hotel Gallia is styled in the most unapologetic way. This place is what you would imagine a futuristic space age luxe would look like. The hotel has gotten its inspiration from the new modernist skyline of Milan. Every inch of its design and architecture is tres chic. The makeover was led by Studio Marco Piva.
Being an authority on luxury, I have to say that it is definitely worth the money. Just take a look at the private pagoda spa. It consists of a hot tub under a dome, a Turkish bath and a sauna.
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