La Guardia is a design hotel created from a traditional building overlooking the harbour on the island of
Giglio in the Tuscan Archipelago. While famous in recent years as the resting place of the “Costa Concordia”, Giglio is a spectacular natural haven and marine park.
After the Costa Concordia ran aground in 2012 – virtually at its front door – the old hotel became the
centre of salvage operations. With the liner’s epic refloat and removal, the building was abandoned and
forgotten. In 2017 the property acquired new owners who gave it a new life, transforming the old building into the
perfect Mediterranean hide-away. The renovation lasted 3 years and involved two major international studios. Block722 architects from Athens supplied the concept, while project management was by architect Rosario Magariños of Uruguay.
In the rooms and suites, contemporary Italian furniture is matched with natural materials: wood, stone and concrete. Ethimo furniture combines with custom-made pieces carved from natural wooden planks. Every room is acoustically designed to keep sound out, and create the perfect cocoon for relaxation.
Interiors were personally styled by the new owner, designer Flavio Caprabianca. The result is a fresh
La Guardia nestles within a unique location, right atop an ancient granite cave. Inside the hotel, neutral
tones and flowing lines give way to tactile rustic accents. The aesthetic is minimalist, the feel is calming
and energizing. Just like the island itself.
The view from the large terrace over the rocks, the village port and the aquamarine waters of the bay, is
LA GUARDIA HOTEL
Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, Italy
Concept: Block722 architects
Executive Project: arch. Rosario Magariños
Interior Design: Flavio Caprabianca
Pictures: Hotel la Guardia