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Gay Hotel Group, Axel Hotels, announces Venice, Italy March 2019


With openings in 2019 for Miami Beach, USA, Valencia, Spain and San Sebastian, Spain Axel Hotels announces they will arrive in Venice, Italy in March 2019.

Barcelona: Axel Hotels will add a new project to its expansion plan with the opening of its newest hotel in Venice this March.

The LGBTI chain will open its first property in Italy, the Axel Hotel Venezia, opening up a new market in Europe and strengthening its international expansion project.

Axel Hotels, the world’s leading hotel chain for the LGBTI community, announces the upcoming opening of Axel Hotel Venezia next 15th March, its first incursion into the Italian market. This property joins two others that the chain has scheduled to open in 2019: AxelBeach Miami and Axel Hotel San Sebastián.

History, art and style define the future Axel Hotel Venezia, which will be located alongside the Rio della Fornace canal between the Santa Maria Della Salute basilica and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection museum. It is a historic building in the typical Venetian style in the Sestiere Dorsoduro neighbourhood, a meeting place for artists in Venice’s "dolce vita" era and just a 15 minute walk from the famous Piazza San Marco over the Ponte dell'Accademia bridge. Its strategic location puts it very close to the Santa Lucia station and the Piazzale Roma, with easy connections to Marco Polo Airport.

"It’ s a project realized - says Alessio Virgili CEO Sonders and Beach Group Italia - with Axel Hotels for their first opening in Italy, in Venice. As Group we’ll be strategic partner in Italy thanks to the know-how of the Italian market. For over 15 years I've been fighting for Italy to be a strategic destination for LGBTQ Tourism, it's been complicated, but today we can finally see the goals, not least the Milan victory that will host the IGLTA World Convention on LGBT Tourism. Today I feel proud twice, of this first opening, as both Italian IGLTA Ambassador and as President of AITGL "

The future hotel, which has been entirely renovated on 2017, will have 55 rooms, 12 of them will be added in June at the next door building connected to the main building. Many of the rooms will have views of the canal, fully equipped and decorated in the style of Venice’s historical palaces with their timeless charm. In terms of its spaces, it will have a Lounge Bar in the lobby, a terrace facing the canal and a breakfast area which was a hotspot for Venice’s effervescent cultural life in the 1960s. A fitness and wellness area will be built for the summer, a must for any Axel customer.

Sonders and Beach Group will be partner in Italy Axel Hotels as tourism services LGBTQ.

Venice is unique global destination that is completely unlike anywhere else, with a magic and mysterious spirit that makes it one of the most visited cities in the world. Its connection to the art world, fashion and architecture fits perfectly with the motivations of Axel’s guests and the LGBTI community in general.

In addition to the openings scheduled for 2019 and the opening of the Axel Hotel Valencia in 2020, the company is working to close new international projects in new destinations as part of its expansion plan, and expects to open 10 hotels in the next 4 years.

About Axel Hotels

In 2018, the Axel Hotels group ended the financial year with 25 million euros in revenue, the same number of hotels as in the previous year, an overall occupancy rate of 92% across the chain and an average rate of 110 euros. In 2019, with the opening of Axel Hotel Venezia, AxelBeach Miami and Axel Hotel San Sebastián (scheduled for December), the chain expects to increase its total revenue by 34% over 2018 and finish the financial year with an estimated turnover of 33.5 million euros.

Axel Hotels is the first hotel chain in the world for the LGBTI community with a heterofriendly philosophy: spaces designed and developed with this group in mind, but open to anyone and everyone. Above all, they are open and cosmopolitan spaces where everybody is welcome, respected and valued, without any kind of prejudice. An Axel hotel is essentially a meeting point where anyone and everyone is welcome and where a stay goes above and beyond accommodation to become a truly unique and 360o experience.