October 16 2009
Most interesting European conference venue? Venice, for sure. But where? While the city has magnificent gallery space and one or two good hotels (among many lacking lustre), it is not obvious how the two can be combined for successful meetings. I have, however, discovered somewhere that would have satisfied even Canaletto’s taste for combining business with pleasure.
For half a century the Molino Stucky languished, an abandoned neo-gothic flour mill on Giudecca Island near the Redentore. After an imaginative restoration costing “un sacco di soldi”, it has reopened as a luxury hotel with sufficient distance to lend enchantment to the tourist mayhem of San Marco. What is not commonly known is that it possesses probably the best professional meeting facilities in the Veneto, with state-of-the-art AV and a choice of attractive meeting rooms. Add a rooftop pool with panoramic views of the lagoon, a sensational presidential suite with private access to the tower, and the inventive cooking of Franco Luise (formerly chef at Cip’s at the Cipriani), and you have what Venetians call “una cosa sicura”.