Gio Ponti’s Parco dei Principi Hotel

Anyone who has a love for the work of Gio Ponti, should visit the magnificent Parco dei Principi hotel in Sorrento Italy.

This wonderful site overlooking the sea at Sorrento was bought by Roberto Fernandes in 1958, who commissioned Gio Ponti to design a hotel which he did in 1960.

Opened in 1962, the hotel is as visually stunning today as it must have been back in the early 1960’s and long before the concept of ‘design hotel’ had been dreamt of as a concept. And yet here it is, unsurpassed as an example of wonderful design entirely in keeping with its position on the beautiful Sorrento coastline.

 The interiors have been remarkably well preserved together with much of the original fittings and furniture.

 If only hotels could be designed like this today!

 

 Parco dei Principi Hotel frontage

Parco dei Principi Hotel frontage

 Seating area

Seating area

 Dining Room

Dining Room

 Bar

Bar

 Lift entrance with surround made of ceramic pebbles

Lift entrance with surround made of ceramic pebbles

 Tiles in the hotel

Tiles in the hotel

 Many of Ponti's furniture designs were used in the hotel including the celebrated Superleggera chair.

Many of Ponti's furniture designs were used in the hotel including the celebrated Superleggera chair.

 Sofa and Compass table

Sofa and Compass table

 Bedroom headboard with early 1960s state of the art accessories.

Bedroom headboard with early 1960s state of the art accessories.

 Even the Waiters' station was designed by Ponti.

Even the Waiters' station was designed by Ponti.

 As was the post box.

As was the post box.

 Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool

 The Lido

The Lido