“Venice! Is there a city that is more admired, more celebrated, more revered by poets, more desired by lovers, more visited and more illustrious? Venice! Is there a name in human languages that has made one dream more?” (Guy de Maupassant)
Hotel Hilton Molino Stucky – Giudecca 810 – Venice
The chosen venue for the International Hardwood Conference, MOLINO STUCKY HILTON HOTEL, a magnificent Venetian hotel situated on the banks of the Island of Giudecca.
The 5-star hotel, which stretches over nine floors, is one of the tallest buildings of the lagoon.
It hosts 379 refined rooms and a multi-awarded conference venue. It has the largest fitness centre and spa in the city, the first and only rooftop swimming-pool, and seven unique restaurants and cafés, including the Skyline with “the best view of Venice”.
A prestigious conference site obtained from the skilful renovation of 13 buildings forming the Molino Stucky (Stucky Mill), is a renowned example of industrial architecture in the city.
The name and structure have been maintained to preserve the historical memory and to comply with the intention of the founder, Giovanni Stucky, to “establish relations with the city”.
The history of the former granary is mirrored in the impressive beams and silos-shaped ceilings, in the pointed towers and exterior renovated with red bricks, in the luxuriant gardens and tall narrow windows. The original mosaic of the mill, depicting Demetra, the goddess of harvest, endows the Penthouse Tower ceiling with a precious touch.
The elegant clock that stood over the main entrance of one of the buildings, and the original bell that announced the end of the working day still adorn the lobby.
Ceilings in some rooms of the building still preserve the inverted diamond-shapes typical of hoppers of the ancient mill.
Situated on the Giudecca, a group of eight mutually connected islands, the Hotel is barely a few minutes by boat from San Marco Square and from the main sites of the city. Its exclusive position offers an incomparable and unforgettable view of Venice.