Today is a lounge, before, a place where the youth of the time
went wild at night to the rhythm of the Charleston
Opened shortly before the outbreak of World War I, Palace Grand Hotel reached its peak in the years following the Great War.
It’s the roaring ‘20s: air vibrates with joy and energy; the rhythm of Charleston combines with the most successful parties.
In New York, the Cotton Club takes the youth of the city to the dance floor, ready to let loose to the unbridled rhythm of jazz: it is in this period that Francis Scott Fitzgerald sets The Great Gatsby.
In Europe it is the “Black Venus” Josephine Baker to spread the music that breaks all the rules of ballroom dances: the Folies Bergère Music-Hall is sold out every evening.
And in Varese? Even the sophisticated city welcomes the new course and lets itself be happily seduced by the enthralling rhythms of the new music.
The wonderful ballroom, designed by architect Sommaruga according to the rules of Liberty Style, was the scene of the most beautiful dances of those years.
Just squint your eyes and imagine the soft light radiating from the deco chandeliers, real interior jewels, the swirling footsteps of the dancers in the middle of ostrich feathers and laughter.
And if the orchestra was not available, a gramophone in a corner was enough to start the dances.
In the beautiful summer evenings, the windows on the terrace offered an incomparable view of the lake and between a dance and the other, one could rest enjoying the beauty of the night.
After the Second World War came the years of the economic boom and the hall returned to host elegant events, including many dances of good society.
Today the salon is an elegant lounge.
While sitting in one of the comfortable armchairs, you can admire the friezes decorating the room, the richness of the bar counter, and accompanied by the notes of a piano, let your gaze, run over the breath-taking panorama that opens up beyond the terrace.