Casa Flora, Venice
Looking through our travel archives it seems as though there is a recurring theme when it comes to hotel design, a theme that not only captures the essence of what ‘home’ means but also what it feels like. Home is the ability for one to have a sense of place and calm, it isn’t stark and white with no where to put things but rather warm and welcoming, a reflection of an individual’s personality. The enchantingly eclectic, Ett Hem Stockholm, is filled with charm and elegance with the space encouraging guests to laze in the library with a glass of red or dine together on the tremendous kitchen table. Similarly at Arent&Pyke’s Alex Hotel the concept ‘Hotel as Home’ is captured by it’s casual and intimate atmosphere, directing guests to enjoy the lively common areas rather than being cooped up in their rooms.
Having it’s grand opening tomorrow, the divine Casa Flora is no exception to this theme, with its delectable interior we can see why it would be hard for guests to leave . . .
Fittingly located within a traditional Venetian house, Casa Flora resides on the picturesque pale blue lagoon of Venice and is far from an ordinary holiday rental. Just like a home would be, rooms are adorned with an array of greenery, filled with custom designed Italian furniture and embellished with luxurious textiles from Rubelli. The hotel is the result of a design collaboration by the best in the business – the renowned Gioele Romanelli (owner of Flora Hotel) and Design-Apart creative director, Diego Paccagnella came together in 2015 with the mission to produce a boutique hotel aimed at the design-savvy traveller and two short years later they presented us with Casa Flora.
The spacious yet intimate apartment is light filled and airy with crisp white walls that act as a canvas for the heavenly furniture and decor – all of which are custom designed for the space and made by skilful Venetian craftspeople (such as the beautiful Murano Glassware from Salvaiati). Bold pops of colour create interesting and exciting moments as you move through the spaces, from the bright turquoise counter base in the kitchen, to the yellow vase in the living room and deep cherry side tables in the bedrooms – all perfectly balanced with traditional parquet flooring and stone fireplaces. This beautiful apartment is definitely high on our ever growing list of hotels to visit, we may even just move in.