If you love (or at least can appreciate) all styles/periods of art, then it's pretty much guaranteed that you will fall in love with Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amistà. The hotel-museum boldly mixes modern and contemporary pieces with the existing classical architectural features of the 18th Century Italian Villa. Hotel owner, Dino Facchini (of the fashion label Byblos) hired architect, Alessandro Mendini to design and furnish the masterpiece. Mendini, famous for successfully juxtaposing different styles and cultures together, certainly created a unique and exciting concept for this hotel - especially considering its location. Surrounded by beautiful gardens in Verona, (home to star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet) this hotel is anything but expected. Striking colors scream next to highly detailed architectural reliefs, creating an intriguing urge for more.
Of the 60 rooms & suites, no two are alike. Each room has its own highly stylized mini-themed decor occurring - almost as if each room was its own exhibit space at a museum. The museum quality is provided by designer furnishings and art work by well known artists. You just might find yourself lounging in a Ball Chair by Eero Aarnio or sipping tea in a Phillipe Starck's Eros chair. The furniture alone is enough for me to stay here. However, I can understand why not everyone would be thrilled to see such a drastic mix of contemporary and classical being fused together but you have to admit, there is nothing else out there that compares to this and for that, it's worth praising.
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