Hotel Calimala set to open in Florence

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A redesigned guestroom at the Hotel Calimala in Florence.
A redesigned guestroom at the Hotel Calimala in Florence.

Hotel Calimala, a 19th-century property known locally as the Palazzo Degli Angeli, is poised to open in Florence's Centro Storico neighborhood on Oct. 1.

The building has been transformed into a 38-room boutique hotel designed by architect and interior designer Alex Meitlis and will feature custom-made furniture, design elements by Ivo Bisignano and a curated art collection by Carmel Ilan.

"The interiors of Hotel Calimala are inextricably linked to the city," Meitlis said. "Our mission was dictated by the building's history and age. It was important to us that every stone, crack and crevice that could be salvaged would remain within the final design. When guests wake up in their room, they will instantly know that they are in Florence and not anywhere else in the world."

Amenities include Angel, a three-story dining area with a restaurant and bar serving Mediterranean/Middle Eastern fusion cuisine, a floral garden patio and a pool.

The Hotel Calimala is the second Italian property of the Milu Group; the eponymous Milu Hotel was established in the center of Florence in 2016.

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