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New European HotelsMarch 1, 2008 By: Ruthanne Terrero Home-Based Travel Agent
Recommend these 16 properties to those clients who want to experience the Old World in a new setting.
Hard Days Night Hotel—Liverpool, England
Liverpool, also known as the Beatles' hometown, is the new site of the Hard Days Night Hotel (www.harddaysnighthotel.com), where each of the 110 rooms tells a different part of the Beatles' story. In the "Beatles Quarter" of the city, adjacent to the world-famous Cavern Club, the Hard Days Night Hotel showcases artwork, which covers key events in the lives of the "four lads from Liverpool." Liverpool is also celebrating its appointment as the 2008 European Capital of Culture. Contact the hotel's sales manager, Neil Sankey, at neil [email protected].
The Charles Hotel—Munich, Germany
Rocco Forte has opened the Charles Hotel (www.charleshotel.de/home), a new-build property set in the city's Botanical Gardens. It's also within walking distance to Maximilianstrasse and the center of the city. With 160 large, bright guest rooms, the hotel boasts a Presidential Suite that can be combined with another three suites to create an entire private floor covering 4,900 square feet. The hotel also has a large spa and an Italian restaurant with a terrace and two bars, which makes for an elegant, understated property with fine Italian dining.
Astarte Suites—Santorini, Greece
Family-run, the nine-suite Astarte Suites (www.astartesuites.gr) is on a less-developed area of Santorini, in a location that affords it fabulous views of volcanoes and calderas. Extra touches include Hermès toiletries and welcome treats of champagne and fresh fruit. The three Honeymoon Suites are large enough to accommodate four guests and feature two bathrooms, a living area with two sofa beds and a private outdoor pool. All can be booked over the GDS. Contact General Manager George Moschotis ([email protected]) for more information.
The intimate Mystique (www.mystique.gr), a member of Starwood's Luxury Collection, has just 18 rooms carved into a cliff on the edge of Santorini's town of Oia. The hotel's Vibrant and Allure Suites have spacious bedrooms and adjoining living space, plus large panoramic private terraces with open-air dining areas with great views of the sea and the caldera. Spiritual Suites have their own spa room and exercise equipment, as well as a Jacuzzi. Contact Director of Sales and Marketing Kalia Konstantinidou at [email protected].
Capella Castlemartyr—Cork, Ireland
Home-Based Travel Agent checked into Capella Castlemartyr (www.capellacastlemartyr.com) just one day after it started accepting guests, and for the most part found it hard to believe it was newly opened. The formal entrance, dining rooms, bar and largest suites are in the 250-year-old manor house built by the Earl of Shannon near Cork. A fountain is the centerpiece of the formal box hedge gardens, edged by lawns that transition to golf greens. To one side of the manor are the ruins of the castle built in 1210. Contact Caroline O'Leary ([email protected], 353-21-421-9016).
JK Place, Capri—Capri, Italy
JK Place, Capri (www.jkcapri.com) opened on the Amalfi Coast on the former site of the Hotel Continental. Set in the heart of Capri, the 22-room hotel has a luxurious lounge and a lovely outdoor swimming pool. Guests should fly into Naples and take the hydrofoil to the island. Contact Resident Manager Verena Fiori ([email protected]).
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze—Florence, Italy
The Four Seasons Hotel Firenze (www.fourseasons.com/florence) is set to open mid-year and is now confirming reservations for arrival from July 1, 2008. The hotel, carved out of both a former 17th-century convent and a 15th-century palazzo, has 117 guest rooms and suites, with no two alike. The hotel's Il Palagio serves up tranquil views of the inner gardens; its large French doors open to a terrace for alfresco dining. A 10-room spa was designed as a city oasis. Contact Thomas Citterio at
Ca' Sagredo—Venice, Italy
At Ca' Sagredo (www.casagredohotel.com), a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Luxury Lifestyle Hotels & Resorts, has 42 rooms and suites whose views are of the Grand Canal. The building housing the hotel, which is near the Rialto Bridge, dates back to the 15th century, when it was one of Venice's most luxurious palazzos.
Aquapura—Douro Valley, Portugal
The new Aquapura Douro Valley (www.aquapurahotels.com) is set in Portugal's charming wine region. The new hotel, which is set in a 19th-century manor house, has 50 units, including a Presidential Suite. In addition, 21 luxury villas range in size from one to three bedrooms. Contact Tania Garcia at [email protected]. Mamaison Pokrovka Suite Hotel— Moscow, Russia
The Mamaison Pokrovka Suite Hotel (www.mamaison.com/moscow) opened in Moscow this past September. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, it has 84 suites with kitchenettes; a spa will open in September. The hotel sits on Pokrovka Street, between the Garden and Boulevard Rings, in the northern part of downtown Moscow, which has evolved into a charming neighborhood with cafés, restaurants and boutiques. Other attractions, such as the Kremlin, Red Square and the Bolshoi Theater are a 20-minute walk away. Contact Director of Sales and Marketing Alyona Schwartz ([email protected]).
The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow—Moscow, Russia
The 334-room Ritz-Carlton, Moscow (www.ritzcarlton.com) opened next to the Kremlin on Red Square this past July. Aside from Ritz-Carlton's signature Club Level, the hotel also has an ESPA with 14 treatment rooms and an exciting rooftop lounge. Sparing no expense, the property employs a staff that includes a three-Michelin-star chef, a vodka sommelier and "night butlers" who escort guests to Moscow's hottest venues. Contact Guest Relations Manager Alla Kosik ([email protected]
The Hotel Marqués de Riscal— Elciego, Spain
The Hotel Marqués de Riscal (www.starwood.com), a member of Starwood's Luxury Collection, sits in the heart of the Rioja wine region. The already-iconic hotel was designed by Frank O. Gehry, who also designed Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum.
With just 43 guest rooms, including 11 suites, the hotel's accommodations have views of the vineyards and the charming town of Elciego. The property's two restaurants provide traditional Basque-Riojan cuisine, and of course the best of local wines. Along those lines, the 14-room spa employs a variety of "wine therapy" massages and treatments. Contact Director of Sales and Marketing Tiago Sarmento at [email protected].
Solís Cambrian Hotel & Spa—Adelboden, Switzerland
Solís Cambrian Hotel & Spa (www.solisadelboden.com), which is in the Swiss Alps, has just opened. The ski resort was relaunched two months ago, following a complete refurbishment that repositioned it as a luxury hotel and as one of the newest properties carrying the new Solis brand, which is the brainchild of Horst Schulze, the former CEO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
We hear the rooms on the fifth floor, many of them duplexes, are fantastic and full of character because they are under the eaves. Room 501 is a suite with a balcony on which to sit and enjoy a glass of champagne while watching the sun set on the stunning snow-capped mountains.
To get to Adelboden, clients should fly into Bern, which is a 40-minute road or rail journey away, or to Zurich and Geneva, from where there are easy train connections to the resort. The travel agent liaison at the hotel is Sales Manager Carl Schwarz ([email protected]).
Le Richemond—Geneva, Switzerland
The Rocco Forte Collection has just reopened Le Richemond (www.roccofortecollection.com) in Geneva following a two-year renovation. The hotel, which is set in the center of the city—facing the famous Brunswick Gardens and overlooking the Alps, Lake Geneva and the Old Town Cathedral—now sports the first dedicated Shiseido spa in Switzerland. Also new is the Royal Armleder Suite, which occupies the entire top floor of the hotel and is nearly 2,700 square feet in size.
Kempinski Residences—Istanbul, Turkey
Travel agents with clients headed to Istanbul for an extended stay should consider The Kempinski Residences (www.kempinski.com), which just opened at the Kempinski Residences Astoria—a multi-use complex in central Istanbul. The property, designed for mid- to long-term rentals, provides 24-hour concierge service, housekeeping and the ability to rent a cook or waiter and access to the Anantara Spa, a Turkish bath and an indoor swimming pool. It's also five minutes from the Bosphorus and the Ciragan Palace Kempinski. Contact Arcan Bayraktaroglu ([email protected]).
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus—Turkey
The yet-to-open Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus (www.fourseasons.com/bosphorus) is confirming reservations for arrival from July 1, 2008. On the European bank of the Bosphorus, the hotel houses 141 guest rooms and 25 suites, a 10-room spa and pools overlooking the water, all in a 19th-century palace Contact Levent Gurcay at [email protected].