Mandarin Oriental announces its first mountain resort in Cortina, Italy

The property will undergo a substantial renovation after its closure in the second quarter of 2023.

Hong Kong- Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has signed a long-term management agreement with Attestor Limited to rebrand and manage the historic Hotel Cristallo in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. The property will undergo a substantial renovation after it closes in the second quarter of 2023, reopening as the Mandarin Oriental resort in the summer of 2025, ahead of the Milano-Cortina Winter Olympics.

Mandarin Oriental Cristallo, Cortina will be the Group’s first alpine resort and will expand Mandarin Oriental’s presence in Italy. The property sits above the most recognized mountain village in the Dolomites, a short walk from Cortina d’Ampezzo, known as the “Queen of the Dolomites”, home to many award-winning restaurants, luxury brand boutiques and local crafts. Venice Marco Polo Airport can be reached in 1.5 hours by car.

Crystal Hotel was built in 1901 in the Art Nouveau style by the Menardi family and was a popular ski destination in the 1930s for Europe’s cultural elite. After the 1956 Olympic Games, the Hotel entered its “Golden age” as a renowned ski destination, hosting royals and celebrities including Peter Sellers, Frank Sinatra, Saul Bellow and Vladimir Nabokov. It has served as the backdrop for a number of award-winning films, retaining its historic charm as a grand hotel from the turn of the 20th century. In 2021 the property was acquired by funds managed by Attestor Limited, which also owns Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como. Hotel Cristallo will undergo a thorough renovation including a new extension, created by award-winning architects Herzog and deMeuron.

When it reopens, the hotel will offer 83 rooms, many with balconies, including 30 spacious suites with beautiful views of the Dolomites. The resort will also include a range of restaurants and bars, flexible spaces for entertainment and events, and an extensive spa and wellness center, which includes a swimming pool that crosses from the interior to the exterior. of the building.

The resort will provide a scenic backdrop from which to enjoy a wide range of experiences ranging from skiing, golf, walking and hiking, tennis, ice skating, mountaineering and a club for children equipped to meet the needs of different age groups. Thanks to significant investments in artificial snowmaking systems, the Dolomites are among the few alpine resorts with guaranteed snow cover throughout the season and have 1,200 kilometers of interconnected slopes.

“We are thrilled to bring the Mandarin Oriental brand to the beauty of the Dolomites, which has long been a top destination for skiers and adventurers and will no doubt appeal to Mandarin Oriental fans who enjoy alpine pursuits. We look forward to providing the group’s exemplary service to the resort and working with our Lake Como partners to create another exclusive property in one of Italy’s most advanced regions,” said James Riley, Managing Director of the Mandarin Oriental hotel group.

“We are thrilled to restore this famous property to its former glory ahead of the 2026 Milano-Cortina Winter Olympics, while creating a unique sense of modern luxury for international travellers. Following our successful partnership on Lake Como, we are thrilled to add an iconic Italian asset to our collaboration with Mandarin Oriental and look forward to creating an Alpine landmark,” said David Alhadeff, Partner, Attestor Limited.

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