With nonchalance, two slender golden flamingos preside the entrance of Palazzo Dama, the anticipation in Liberty style of the refinement of the interiors of this nineteenth-century noble villa, heritage of the ancient Malaspina family, only a few years ago transformed into a 5-star hotel by architect Antonio Girardi with respect for the architectural context and attention to every detail. As if it were still a private residence.
Together with the wrought iron with floral decorations, large mirrors, honey-coloured parquet, polychrome mosaics for the walls and floors, wood panelling, objects and vintage complements that made up the original structure, are added the comfort and contemporary atmosphere of beams of natural light, palm trees, white surfaces, furnishings made to the architect’s design, timeless colours such as sage green, turtledove and ocean blue, shiny brass, as well as a collection of sculptures, works of art and photographs that are dispersed everywhere.
There are the bright and opulent rooms occupied by the lobby, lounge and restaurant, with high windows overlooking a secluded garden full of vegetation, where olive trees, lemon trees, chairs and tables in wrought iron are arranged around the blue swimming pool laid with mosaic tiles.
Scenic and evocative is the choice of lighting fixtures: next to small lanterns and wall lights in transparent glass and brass, some magnificent chandeliers from the legendary Plaza Hotel in New York stand out.
Equally bright but with a more intimate and measured décor, the harmonious whole created for the 29 rooms and suites on the three floors of the classic building with bathrooms laid in marble mosaics.
The name of Palazzo Dama is also linked to the fame of the restaurant of Jaime Pesaque, Il Pacifico, with its sophisticated Peruvian nikkei menu, and the private Parisian club Raspoutine, which has its sister seat in the basement level of this building.
The heart of the building, a monumental wooden staircase, creates the background for further evocative surroundings in the space that houses the Pisco Bar, with eclectic nineteenth-century atmospheres and dark boiserie, reflecting the gleam of the rich 1920s chandeliers and the yellow velvets of the sofas.