D: Good morning Mr. Bastianelli, everyone in town is talking about the refurbishment of the 'Hotel Duchi della Rovere', what can you tell us about this project?
My business partner, Renzo Boccadoro and myself bought the 'Hotel Duchi della Rovere' because it's considered to be a really important feature here in Senigallia. Our project is a new adventure for us in which we firmly believe, and it's set in a location which has great potential.
D: The Hotel's new name will be The Raffaello Hotel, why did you decide to change the name of the hotel?
We decided to change the name in order to give our personal ownership to the project, to reconcile past history with future innovation, above all, regarding modern tourism, both business and leisure. When we first bought the hotel, we worked for a season, Spring/Summer 2017, in order to understand its strong points which we could enhance and its weak points that we would need to work on and improve. When we had understood its pros and cons, we started our refurbishment phase with these points in mind. And so THE RAFFAELLO HOTEL was born.
D: You speak about Business Tourism, but up to now the hotel has only been open for the spring/summer season, therefore only for leisure tourism, that's is to say Holiday makers.
That's right, in the past 4 years The 'Duchi della Rovere' Hotel has been open in the Spring/Summer season and has hosted Holiday makers, usually form Easter to mid September. Through a study of the modern tourism concept, we have understood that in our region, business travel is constantly on the increase and people who travel for work from September to June need a different type of accomodation which is functional and rapid. Moreover, tourism is changing and people no longer have the classic two week holiday in August: it's now preferable to take, for example, relaxing weekend breaks in all seasons, in a variety of beautiful places. The Raffaello Hotel intends to work with this type of tourism, and so we will be open all year round.
D: Can you tell us about your strong points?
Well, for a start, our location: We are in the centre of everything. "In central Italy, in the centre of the town, at the centre of the promenade and in the centre of your heart".
Our Rooftop Terrace is the ideal place to spend a relaxing day at the pool, or have drink at sunset. The majority of the products we use come directly from local producers in order to get the real taste of our region. Our Wellness Centre is there to pamper our guests with all its treatments available.
We want to cater for travellers but also for local people, offering moments in which to connect with our territory. For example, apart form our Yoga Course on the rooftop terrace which includes Vegetarian Tapas, we are organizing childrens' parties with storytelling, tasting evenings of local products and Sunday Brunch. We also ready to host business events such as meetings and all types of courses during the year in our numerous event rooms, according to the needs of companies or agencies. At the moment we are also organising an OPEN DAY on Sunday April 15th for couples who are getting married, to present our hotel as a possible wedding venue.
D: When does The Raffaello Hotel open?
We open on March 30th for Easter: for this occasion we are offering 30% discount, a great chance to spend a few days holiday in Senigallia. We really can't wait to open our doors and show off The Raffaello Hotel to both locals and visitors!