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Hundreds of travel professionals from around the world visited
Venice to experience the latest tourist attractions the city has to
offer including the Hilton, which opened this summer.
For large groups, the property is a good choice as the city’s
newest conference hotel, the Molino Stucky boasts the largest hotel
meeting center in Venice, able to host up to 1,000. Other perks
include 14 meeting rooms and a fully equipped event office complete
with a computer, printer, copier and Internet access. To make
business go smoothly, the Hilton also has a dedicated meetings
manager, along with special spouse/partner sightseeing programs for
those with a little extra free time.
While the Molino Stucky boasts modern amenities, the
architecture is classic Venice.
“The building and its location have a long, colorful past, and
we have dedicated time and energy into retaining this character,”
said Paolo Biscioni, the hotel’s general manager.
Dating back to 1895, the building was a former flour mill
constructed by 19th-century merchant and trader, Giovanni Stucky.
The mill closed in 1955 and remained abandoned until the late
1990s. The property underwent a four-year restoration project while
preserving original accents like the outside red-brick facade, as
well as antique windows, wood-beam ceilings and steel pillars
throughout the guestrooms.
To give clients a glimpse of its history, the Hilton will have a
visitor’s center focusing on the heritage and restoration of the
hotel, along with interactive displays, films and guided tours.
The hotel is also close to other cultural attractions. Set on
Giudecca Island, the Hilton affords views of the Venetian canals
and is accessible from Venice Airport and a short boat ride to the
mainland. Additionally, Hilton offers guests transfers aboard a
50-seat shuttle boat about every 10 minutes to popular attractions,
including the Piazza San Marco and Zattere Gesuati. The
complimentary shuttle service starts at 6:50 a.m., and continues
until about 2 a.m.
As for accommodations, the Molino Stucky offers 380 guestrooms
with 100 executive rooms and 50 suites, with high-tech perks like
Internet access for a fee and interactive LCD televisions.
Agents might want to warn clients that the newly opened hotel is
still a work in progress.
“As it is a brand-new property, the hotel may still require some
fine-tuning,” admitted Biscioni.
During my visit in early July, the spa was open for business,
but some of the facilities, like the wet room, were still under
construction. And the hot water wasn’t working in all
But the multilingual and professional staff was always on hand
to work out any kinks.
“Our motto here is ‘smile,’” said Biscioni, who recently
received the Premio Excellent award for his exemplary career in
promoting hospitality culture. “And with this in mind, we strive to
satisfy our guests’ every request in terms of assistance and
Hilton’s Summer Savings:
Through the end of August, clients can save up to 30 percent on
Hilton accommodations, including at the Hilton Molino Stucky, if
they book using advance purchase rates.