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June 24, 2007|Jane Engle; Mary Forgione

Want to stay somewhere you've never been? Here are some hotel openings and reopenings.


Hilton Molino Stucky

What's new: This super-luxury Venice hotel that opened recently claims to have the city's first rooftop hotel pool and its biggest spa. Named after a defunct 19th century flour mill and granary, the 13-building complex that is minutes by water from touristy Piazza San Marco underwent a $337-million restoration that transformed it into a 380-room hotel. At nine stories, it's high by Venice standards. Although modern, the complex retains historic touches that date back to 1895, such as pointed turrets, a red brick facade, silo-shaped ceilings and a mosaic of Demeter, the Greek harvest goddess.

Info: Giudecca 810, Venice. Room rates begin at more than $1,000 per night in high season (April to June and September to October) and nearly $400 per night during the rest of the year. Call 011-39-041-272-3311 or visit

-- Jane Engle


Ritz-Carlton, Moscow

What's new: This will be the first Russian property in the Ritz-Carlton family. The 334-room hotel, expected to open July 1, underwent a $350-million face-lift that now features a contemporary interior in a building that dates to the 18th century. Local color: the O2 Lounge rooftop bar, which affords views of Red Square; the $700 Czar's Breakfast, which includes a bottle of Cristal Champagne and Kobe beef steak; and the vodka sommelier at the Lobby Lounge.

Info: 3 Tverskaya, Moscow. Room rates start at $885 per night, though there's a special summer rate of $385 per night. Call (800) 241-3333 or go to

-- Mary Forgione

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