Missoni Home From Home By The Luxury Channel

This month Missoni is to open its second hotel. The location is Edinburgh in Scotland, where the brand has renovated a collection of historic buildings in the Old Town area to create a 136-room boutique hotel.

The hotel has been created in partnership with The Rezidor Hotel Group and has been designed by Rosita Missoni, co-founder of Missoni, who now oversees the Missoni Home division. As well as featuring Missoni’s trademark prints, the hotel will have works by Rosita Missoni’s favourite designers, including Marcel Wanders, Hans J Wegner, Eero Saarinen and Arne Jacobson, some of which have previously been in place in the Missonis’ family home. There are also pieces by Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The rooms have a black and white palette with bursts of colour and use Missoni linens and toiletries created for the Hotel Missoni brand using a Missoni fragrance. Additions include an espresso machine in each room, healthy mini-bars and Missoni bathrobes and slippers. There will also be a Missoni Cucina restaurant on the first floor which is the trademark concept of the Hotel Missoni brand and seats 100 people, as well as a Missoni Bar in the lobby. In an interview with Luxury Briefing Rosita Missoni said, “The Missoni Cucina concept was a very natural thing for us as Italy has such a strong history of hospitality. We wanted it to be warm and relaxed and feel like an Italian home, with good Italian cooking using fresh ingredients that are in season.” There are also three private rooms for events.

The Edinburgh property will be followed by a 169-room Kuwait City outpost of the Hotel Missoni concept, due to open in summer 2009. After that a 250- room Oman property is to open in early 2012, located in Jebel Sifah, close to Oman’s capital Muscat.

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