Palermo, Salita Belmonte – Grand Hotel Villa Igiea (MGallery Collection) for sale
Rif. 14-056-1 Palermo, Salita Belmonte
The Hotel Villa Igiea overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea and was built in Art Nouveau style in the heyday’s cultural life of the city. The original neo-Gothic style building reminds of a small castle with turrets and battlements, and was purchased in 1898 by Ignazio Florio Jr. to make a sanatorium (for its milder winter temperatures, competing with the famous weather station in Nice and San Remo). Just four years later, it was re-designed (with the art-nouveau style), to be used as a guest house, by an important exponent of International Modernism and Liberty Style – the architect Ernesto Basile – reflecting the taste of the “belle époque” of the end of ‘800.
The Hotel is located in Palermo, Salita Belmonte nr. 43, at about 4 Km from the city center, located on the slopes of Park Belmonte and Monte Pellegrino. It was built on the northern side of the Gulf of Palermo, on a sloping area that reaches the sea.
It has accessibility by all kind of transport; the property is approximately 4 km from the Highway A29 Palermo / Mazara del Vallo, 7 km from the motorway A19 Palermo / Catania, 4 km from the Central Railway Station, 30 km from the ‘Falcone and Borsellino International Airport and 1.5 km from the harbor of Palermo. Its striking atmosphere is due to its amazing position, overlooking the sea and surrounded by a beautiful exotic garden, and for being elevated above the natural coastline, with a free sea view for several kilometers. The complex Villa Igiea consists of 8 buildings, and has 124 rooms including standard rooms, deluxe rooms and suites, located on four floors of the main building and the two levels of one of the secondary bodies placed near the Harbor. The gross area is equal to 18.746 sqm, plus the 17.000 sqm area of its exotic park, a pool overlooking the sea, a tennis court, indoor parking and a private yacht mooring.
The refined interior decoration, with feminine and floral patterns, and the polychrome velvety and sensual architectures, still visible into the Villa, were designed by Basile, with the exception of the living room, whose frescoes belong to the painter E. Von de Maria Bergler. Everything is permeated by the original planning of Basile who had an extraordinary soft touch, inspired by the great European painting style. Two other important rooms of the Villa have to be mentioned: “Sala Donna Franca Florio”, a famous noblewoman admired by Kaiser Wilhelm II and emphasized by D’Annunzio, where he exhibited his famous portrait by Giovanni Boldini; today, this room has become the main restaurant. The “Sala Basile,” which was the former dining room, is now a large hall used for conferences with a capacity of about 120 people, and is considered one of the masterpieces of international modernism and one of the finest Liberty works of Palermo.
It is part of the Sale Procedure of the hospitality portfolio owned by AMT Real Estate S.p.A. and by Acqua Marcia Turismo S.r.l, located in Sicily (C.P.O. n. 44/2012 and n. 43/2012 – Liquidator Prof. Avv. Giorgio Lener).
It has been recently officially awarded as follow:
– Grand Hotel Villa Igiea MGallery Collection – € 23.200.000,00
It will be possible to submit additional improved irrevocable offer higher than the price of award within the date of stipulation as stated on the Sales Rules.
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