Prospective European travelers now have an even bigger and better selection of luxury experiences to choose from, following a slew of new hotel openings and upgrades. Here are the latest luxury hotel openings and renovations in Europe, where guests can find updated accommodations, brand-new facilities, and added excursions.
The Rubens at the Palace, London
This luxury hotel in Victoria, London recently underwent a multi-million-dollar overhaul that renovated all its guestrooms and suites, and developed two new restaurants - the English Grill, a traditional English restaurant, and The Curry Room, an Indian concept.
The renovated suites now have new plush upholstery in golds, reds, and blues that hearken back to a 20th century London. It’s 600 square-foot Master Suite has views of the Royal Mews and gardens at Buckingham Palace, and includes a four-poster bed, an in-suite bathroom, and a living room with a Murphy bed.
The new family suites offer a king-size bed and a spacious seating area that can be converted into a daybed for additional guests. The Family Wings accommodations are ideal for big families, with connected guestrooms that hold up to 11 guests.
For more, go to www.rubenshotel.com.
The Castello di Ugento, Italy
In Puglia on the southern tip of Italy, the 17th century castle has been reborn into a luxury hotel following a four-year, $10 million restoration project; the property reopened in October.
Centered around an art and food experience, the castle hotel showcases an extensive collection of art that appears all over the property, and is home to the Puglia Culinary Centre, overseen by star chef Odette Fada. This teaching kitchen comes in partnership with the Culinary Institute of America, the only such collaboration outside of the United States. Students and guests alike can take cookery classes here that focus on Italian wine and cuisine.
The hotel has just nine rooms and suites, decorated with antiques, armoires, and contemporary pieces from Italian designers.
Visit www.castellodiugento.com for more information.
Le Premier, Croatia
This new 62-room hotel is housed in a converted 20th century palace on Kralja Držislava street, designed by famous architect Lav Kalda in 1923. Le Premier opened in November and offers facilities that include a restaurant, a spa with a sauna and hammam, and a cigar lounge. There is also a fitness center with Technogym equipment, where personal trainers are available to guests.
The hotel’s restaurant, titled “Le Premier,” is overseen by Michelin-starred chef Stefano Cosattini and features a winter garden.
For more information, visit here.
Adare Manor, Ireland
The historic hotel in Limerick reopened on November 2, following its largest renovation in 25 years. The newly refurbished Adare Manor now has a completely new wing with 42 bedrooms, increasing the total room count to 104, as well as a brand-new golf course, a new boutique, the spa by La Mer, a cinema, and fine dining venues.
Plus, the new ballroom is an ideal space for weddings and other formal gatherings of up to 350 guests. Overlooking the river Maigue, the ballroom has a grand staircase, marble floors, and crystal chandeliers.
For more, go to www.adaremanor.com.
The Valsana Hotel & Apartments, Switzerland
The Tschuggen Hotel Group debuted this property on December 7, right in time for ski season. Placed at the end of Schanfigg Valley, Arosa, guests can take a short walk to a ski lift where they can explore the surrounding mountains.
The Valsana offers 40 rooms and nine family apartments, a spa with saunas, hammam, and a pool; plus, its restaurant, “Twist,” will serve up traditional regional cuisine with a modern bent.
For more information, visit here.