Europe will see a slew of hotel openings this summer in familiar places such as Barcelona and Munich, as well as less-frequented destinations like Kazakhstan. Some are brand-new properties, while others are emerging from revamps, but all feature luxurious amenities that clients will love. Here, Travel Agent rounds up the who, what and where of European hotels debuting during the region's 2007 peak season.
Set in the heart of
Núñez y Navarro worked hard to preserve what it could of the original building, as it's said to be one of the most emblematic buildings in
The best rooms to book are the hotel's five suites. Two junior suites offer a salon and two suites provide Jacuzzi swimming pools with private terraces.
The Colonial Suite is the most luxurious, with an outdoor area, Jacuzzi and terrace. All five suites offer a view, with The Colonial Suite providing a look at Las Ramblas and, from the terrace, the bell tower of the
Current rates start around €280. The travel agent liaison is Nuria Graells (email@example.com).
Outdoor-oriented guests can partake in a game of tennis on Dolce La Hulpe's two courts, round up a game of volleyball on its beach volleyball field or rent a mountain bike to breeze through forest trails. Guests also can go for rounds of golf in any of the 10 courses surrounding the hotel.
Two attractions, Castle of La Hulpe and the
To celebrate its opening, multiple packages are available for booking that revolve around business, leisure, golf and spa guests.
When it opens this summer, the newly built Swissôtel Tallinn in
While the location may be ideally suited for business travelers, leisure travelers will be drawn to the Swissôtel Tallinn for dining and entertainment. Located on the hotel's top floor, the Specialty Restaurant & Bar features a panoramic view of the city. Café Swiss meanwhile, offers traditional cuisine and a buffet of international foods.
By e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, agents can book a Business Advantage room for an opening rate of €139 with taxes.
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Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli in
The villa once was the summer home of the Feltrinelli family, whose lumber empire is reflected in the property's intricate carved wooden ceilings. Ten ceiling frescos, hand-painted in the 1890s, have been restored and cover thousands of antique and custom-made furnishings. This $1 million investment is the property's second, as the villa opened as a hotel in July 2001 after a five-year restoration totaling roughly $30 million.
Guests can opt to swim in the nearby lake or receive massages in a grove of lemon trees. In town, visitors can attend an opera in
Note: The hotel's most famous guest, Benito Mussolini, was held prisoner here by the German army between 1943 and 1945.
Villa Feltrinelli is open April 5 through October 21 and caters to couples and small groups, but not young children.
Room rates range from €980 to €3,200 May 1 through September 30 and from €700 to €2,800 April 5 through 30 and October 1 through 21. This includes breakfast, wine and laundry and valet service.
Thanks to Sacha Baron Cohen and his Borat character, the "glorious nation of
One of the largest countries in the world,
Guests will have access to the business center, the spa and other recreation facilities located in the hotel's tower. The hotel itself will include a restaurant, lobby bar, cigar bar, bowling alley and nightclub.
The Charles Hotel, a Rocco Forte property, is set to makes its debut this summer in
The hotel, located in the Lenbach Gärten section of
Rocco Forte Hotels spent $93 million to build the eight-story, 132-room property. The custom-built rooms overlook the Old Botanical Gardens; nine junior suites and 18 master suites provide more living space, only to be topped by the Presidential Suite, which is large enough to host private receptions. The bar and restaurant only will be open for lunch and dinner.