A&O has opened its first hotel in Italy. The A&O Venice Mestre is located at the gateway to the city on the Venetian lagoon. Realized by Italian architect Sandro Bisà, this hotel has an arcade passageway in the entrance area, an exterior façade consisting of black glass tiles, and an expansive inner courtyard with trees measuring up to 14 meters in height.
This new A&O hotel offers guests 309 rooms with a focus on double and family rooms and houses a total of 986 beds. With its
convenient location, the building is only 400 meters away from the Venezia Mestre train station, and offers excellent connections: with public transportation, guests can be in Venice’s historic city centre in just ten minutes. ‘With the new A&O Venice Mestre, we have not just opened up at a new location, but also expanded our portfolio to include the amazing travel destination of Italy’, says a pleased Oliver Winter, CEO of the A&O Group. “The new hotel is an important milestone in our expansion strategy, in which we make available new destinations to our guests by offering them affordable accommodations in popular cities.”
A&O Venice Mestre caters mainly to travellers on short trips and school and university students and anticipates 300,000 overnight stays a year, which accounts for 80 percent of its total capacity. The building is located at Via Ca Marcello 19, 30172 Venice, and offers 30 private parking lots. “A&O Venice Mestre is yet another step on our journey towards a new brand design, and stands for our new look: modern, sleek, and featuring premium, modern facilities, and fittings,” said the A&O CEO.
The facilities and fittings of the new A&O hotel live up to the current expectations of guests with regard to sustainability, energy efficiency, connectivity, and digital offerings: the new A&O is a class ‘A’ energy-efficient building, and its roof is outfitted with solar thermal and photovoltaic installations for the climate-friendly provision of heating and electricity. The air conditioning system for the hotel’s rooms utilises environmentally friendly fan coil technology. Furthermore, the entire building is outfitted with high-speed WiFi and its rooms feature tablet holders and USB ports. In addition, the room locks use key cards and are already geared to the future of the hotel industry: ‘opening doors by smartphone’.
Italian style elements in the entire building
The Italian-influenced style continues in an expansive, high-ceilinged lobby. The reception area is characterised by black glass tiles, a wooden slat ceiling, a digitally illuminated reception desk, and above all by Murano glass in the form of three gigantic chandeliers that are the architectural highlight of the building’s interior. The entrance area transitions to a green inner courtyard, the atrium, in which guests can have breakfast and relax under large trees.
A central aspect of the interior design is design cladding elements with city motifs which can be found in areas of the hotel ranging from the reception and the bar to the breakfast area and the individual rooms. In the rooms, the individual cladding elements in a typical city design appear as headboards on the beds. For more privacy, these cladding elements are integrated as ‘privacy boards’ on the bunk beds of the family rooms. These boards also contain LED reading lights, tablet holders, and USB ports.
The bathrooms are also larger than in existing A&O hotels, feature a bidet and shallower, modern shower trays, and shower cabinets with a rotating door. A&O continues to experience growth “Our growth spurt on the Italian market is by no means complete with the new hotel in Venice. We are currently working on additional projects in the cities of Milan, Florence, Rome, Bologna, Genoa, and Siena. In addition, apart from the existing markets of Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands, we also intend to expand further by integrating additional countries into the A&O Group, namely the United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Poland, and Hungary,” explained Oliver Winter, CEO of the A&O Group.
Source: A&O press release, August 2017