Europe Hotel Update

Slated to open in Madeira, Portugal, in April, Savoy Palace will be the first member of The Leading Hotels of the World to hit the destination.

As Europe begins to shake off the chill of winter, its hotel scene is heating up with a variety of new hotels ready to welcome spring and summer guests. Here is a sampling of newly opened and forthcoming accommodations on the continent, beginning with a trio of Rome newcomers. 

The just-opened The First Roma Dolce hotel on Rome’s Via del Corso near the Piazza del Popolo is the second hotel in Italy’s capital city owned and operated by The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts, joining The First Roma Arte. Highlights of the property include contemporary design, creative gastronomy and inspired wellbeing.

Set in a 19th-century palazzo, The First Roma Dolce, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, has 23 guestrooms and suites with a contemporary, residential-style feel. All rooms and suites have boiserie wood paneling, bookcases with collected books on fine pastry and culinary traditions, art, history and design, and spa-like bathrooms crafted of Nero Saint Laurent Italian marble, a black natural stone embellished by golden and white veining, with Acqua di Parma bath amenities.

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Sister hotel The First Roma Sensi is scheduled to open in late 2019, a short distance across the Tiber River in the Prati neighborhood. Guests staying at any of the three Pavilions properties may “sample” the amenities at all three hotels — Arte, Dolce and Sensi — from their base hotel. Each property is also a short five- to 10-minute walk from one another.

Perched at the top of Rome’s Spanish Steps and minutes from the Trevi Fountain, Hotel de la Ville, a Rocco Forte Hotel is an 18th-century palace-turned-hotel that will begin welcoming guests in spring 2019. The new hotel’s 104 rooms and suites are filled with contemporary furniture, traditional wooden floors, elegant marble bathrooms and views over via Sistina and the rooftops of the Eternal City. The property will also house three restaurants, a rooftop bar and a two-floor spa and wellness facility.

In the seaside town of Biarritz, France, Hôtel du Palais will partially open between July and October of 2019. It’s the sixth property in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt in Europe. Final renovations are slated to be finished for a complete reopening in June 2020. Changes will include renovated guestrooms, two revitalized signature restaurants, a new lounge and bar, as well as restored public area. 

Hôtel du Palais will partially open between July and October of 2019 in the seaside town of Biarritz, France. 

Slated to open in Madeira, Portugal,  in April, Savoy Palace will be the first member of The Leading Hotels of the World to hit the destination. It is in the island’s capital of Funchal in walking distance to the Old Town. Its more than 350 guestrooms were designed by RH+ architecture and interior designer Nini Andrade Silva. 

The boutique Amerikalinjen Hotel, set to debut in Oslo, Norway, this month, is the sister property of The Thief, which opened in the destination’s waterfront in 2013. It houses more than 120 guestrooms decorated by Puroplan — a Helsinki-based interior design firm. The Atlas Brasserie serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Guests can also order from the Atlas menu — or just relax with a drink or a cup of coffee — at Haven, the verdant covered courtyard in the heart of the hotel. 

Opening this spring, JK Place Paris will have 30 guestrooms and suites, a spa by top French brand Sisley (with a swimming pool), and the first Casa Tua restaurant outside of the U.S. 

Also ready for a spring awakening, Croatia’s new Grand Park Hotel Rovinj will afford views of St. Euphemia church and Catarina island. It will have more than 190 guestrooms and nearly 20 suites. The property was designed via partnership between Maistra Hospitality group and local architecture studio 3LHD, which has also designed other Rovinj properties. 

Meliá Hotels International has just opened Innside Prague Old Town — its first hotel in the Czech Republic’s capital. Meliá says the new property is part of the Innside brand’s pivot to design-led lifestyle and resort hotels with a “bleisure” focus. This year, Innside is evolving to provide spaces for travelers looking to combine work and pleasure, while focusing on sustainability.

The new hotel has 90 rooms, all with the attributes of the Innside by Meliá brand, including in-room amenities such as a coffee machine, complimentary minibar with fresh juices and local beer and Smeg fridges packed full of healthy treats, drinks and snacks. Superior+ rooms also have high-end sound systems and free streaming services. Complimentary bike rentals encourage guests to explore the local area. 

The Powder Tower, one of the ancient gateways to the city, is a few minutes’ walk from the hotel, and a short distance farther is the Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter and Wenceslas Square. To encourage guests to discover new neighborhoods, they will have access to the brand’s city guides, which provide tips and information about local sights.

Looking Ahead

Nobu Hospitality plans to open a new property in Barcelona, Spain, later this year and one in Warsaw, Poland, in early 2020. The former will offer 250 rooms and suites, a spa, meeting and event spaces, and a signature Nobu Restaurant that will afford panoramic views of its iconic locale from its perch on the 23rd floor.

The new Warsaw location will mark Nobu’s first Polish hotel property. It will occupy a new building on Wilcza Street, and incorporate the existing Hotel Rialto. The plan is for the new build to blend directly with the original Rialto. The five-star hotel will offer about 120 rooms, meeting and event spaces, a fitness center and, of course, a Nobu Restaurant.

INNSIDE Prague Old Town, Meliá Hotels International’s first hotel in Czech Republic’s capital, has 90 rooms. 

Hard Rock International has announced plans for a new hotel in the Netherlands: the Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam American, which is set to open in April 2020. Located on the Leidseplein Square, the hotel will be set in some of the city’s most famous Art Nouveau buildings, according to Hard Rock. It will have 173 rooms and suites and newly renovated interiors; however, the hotel will keep all vintage decorative features intact throughout, from stained-glass windows to vibrant paintings on the interior walls, which will also be adorned with signature Hard Rock memorabilia.

Also scheduled to open next year, Iberostar Fontana di Trevi is the hotel brand’s first venture into the center of The Eternal City. It will be situated on one of the main streets in Rome’s historic center, between the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. The hotel, which stands just off Via del Corso, brings the number of properties in Iberostar’s city hotel portfolio to 10. 

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