Front view of Hotel Excelsior Gallia. Credit: Arup.; Front view of Hotel Excelsior Gallia. Credit: Arup.;

Excelsior Hotel Gallia, Milan

How to join art Nouveau and contemporaneity into a luxury hotel?

Since its opening in 1932, Excelsior Hotel Gallia has been one of the most renowned luxury hotels in the centre of Milan. This architectural jewel of Belle Époque is a symbol of the continuous cultural evolution of the city. 

Following the acquisition of the hotel by an international investment fund of Qatara team of excellence has been engaged to design, coordinate and supervise the upgrade the existing building into a five star luxury hotel. Arup was appointed as the Lead Consultant to coordinate the team of the architect and interior designer Studio Marco Piva and lead and delivery the engineering and specialist services for the restoration of the historical wing and the demolition and construction of a new wing.

From feasibility to post implementation, our services also included structural, mechanical, electrical and public health engineering, fire, acoustics, ICT/AV, vertical transportation, traffic and food and beverage consultancy. Our Lead Consultant role developed into a multidisciplinary and integrated Technical Supervision during the construction phase advising and monitoring the quality of the design intent of the new architectural proposal.

Project Summary

5star luxury hotel

30,000 m2of built up area


Front view of Hotel Excelsior Gallia. Credit: Arup. Front view of Hotel Excelsior Gallia. Credit: Arup.

The restoration

The hotel is located next to the recently completely renewed Milan Central Station and Pirelli skyscraper (built in 1948) and was part of the refurbishment process of the overall area surrounding the Central station. This refurbishment included the demolition of Pirelli’s wing structure alongside other three adjacent buildings that have been replaced by a unique new building, interacting with the surrounding environment. The facades have been refurbished in the process, bringing the building to the original condition. 

In addition to the five star services, the hotel facilitates a royal suite, a private cinema, a conference centre, a covered swimming pool and a spa. The new design combines 21st century hotel’s requirements but keeps the key brand elements of a city like Milan: style, fashion and elegant design. As an example, the 1,000 m2 Katara Suite on the seventh floor of the “historic” building is a profusion of very elegant materials accompanied not just by high technology, but by the attention to detail, including the custom made furnishings and the various shapes and types of rooms and suites.

This is a wonderful endorsement of the unique work we are currently undertaking with our partners Studio Marco Piva to further enhance this iconic hotel in Milan ” Hamad Abdulla Al-Mulla CEO, Katara Hospitality

Completed in 2014, The Excelsior Gallia Hotel is well-known by all the Milanese people as a high quality building for international clients waiting for an elegant design interpreted with a Milanese style.

Award wins

  • Europe's Leading Luxury Hotel 

  • Italy's Leading Hotel 

  • Europe's Leading Hotel Suite (Katara Suite) 

  • Italy's Leading Hotel Suite (Katara Suite) 

  • Tourism for Italy award 

  • Best Luxury Emerging Spa in Italy 

  • Best Luxury Urban Escape in Italy 

  • Best Luxury Fitness Spa in Italy