The magnificent view from the terrace of the Danieli hotel in Venice: a few days ago, the news was that Bill Gates was about to buy it, which was later denied
Perhaps the most surprising news was that Bill Gates was to buy the historical Hotel Danieli in Venice. The gossip went around for days, but was later officially denied. The owners, Gruppo Statuto, who had bought it in 2005 from Starwood for 242 million euros, with a loan of 170 million divided between three banks, confirm that the legendary Venetian hotel, only 200 metres from Piazza San Marco, is still in their portfolio. The American magnate founder of Microsoft, known for being one of the richest men on Earth, as well as the majority stockholder of the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, the Canadian giant leader in hospitality, lost the challenge to buy the legendary luxury five-star hotel, which over two centuries has welcomed in its luxurious rooms, noblemen, celebrities, politicians, like Goethe and Walt Disney, Charles Dickens and Steven Spielberg.
Private entrance from the canal, at Danieli
Doge Dandolo Royal Suite
Grand Hotel dei Dogi
Ca' di Dio
Translated into English by Slawka G. Scarso
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