Famous as the medieval home of violin makers and painters, Cremona, in the verdant Po Valley in Northern Italy, welcomes a new addition to its list of attractions: Delle Arti Design Hotel. With its official opening on 15th July 2002, this brand new design hotels? member property reflects the contrast of hi-tech and ancient culture that typifies its region.
The hotel’s traditional façade gives little indication of its innovative interior, including snaking, Pompeian-red corridors, art installations and a dedicated multimedia area with internet and DVD. Giant screens show images from concerts and cultural events in the interior courtyard, and dramatic lighting effects highlight the Delle Arti’s sleek, modern architecture, created by Italian architects, Giorgio Palù and Michele Bianchi.
This sharp elegance is also transferred to the thirty-three guestrooms. Substantial use of natural wengé wood, crystal glass and satin-finish stainless steel brings about a restrained, but warm effect. Simple furnishing emphasizes the essential nature of the rooms’ interiors.
Uncomplicated pleasure is also offered in the hotel’s health and fitness area, including steam bath, sauna, jacuzzi and the “Technogym palestra unica”, complete with personal trainer, if desired. For less strenuous pampering, a small beauty centre is on hand, reserved for the exclusive use of the Delle Arti’s guests.