Leeu Collection buys historic Florence building for hotel conversion

Italy: The Leeu Collection has acquired its second European property, the former Collegio Alla Querce in Florence, Italy.

Located in Via della Piazzuola, the complex covers a total area of 13,400 square metres with an additional 15,500 square metres of parkland. The building will be converted into a 70-plus bedroom luxury hotel and gardens, set to open in 2021. Parts of the historic Collegio Alla Querce, which has its own chapel and theatre, were previously used as a boarding school and hotel.

Leeu Collection founder Analjit Singh said: “We will remain true to the pillars of our brand: inspiring art collections, distinct architecture and design; manicured and detailed landscaping that reflects respect for the environment; superlative service with attention to the smallest detail; spectacular views and an outstanding food and wine experience. Given the Florence hospitality and tourism boom, as well as the improving economic backdrop rejuvenating the European hotel sector, this new development is well timed and complements our existing portfolio.  The Leeu Collection team will create an unforgettable experience in a superb setting.”

Carrie Wicks, CEO of The Leeu Collection, said: “The acquisition of this formidable historic property will complement Leeu Collection’s ethos of extraordinary offerings around the globe. The project foresees the creation of a five-star luxury hotel and a wide range of additional facilities, such as meeting and event spaces, a spa and restaurants.”

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