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Five to Watch: City hotels in Europe

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Europe is a haven of beautiful, dynamic and vibrant cities. Its cities are also home to some of the finest hotels in the world. Here are Hotel Designs’ picks for five to look out for…

La Réserve Hotel and Spa, Paris (MAIN IMAGE)
Set in a 19th-century mansion, this luxury hotel is a 2-minute walk from the nearest metro station, and 5 minutes’ walk from both Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the Grand Palais museum complex. Featuring antiques and silk-clad walls, the elegant rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms, plus personal butlers. They also have minibars and Nespresso machines, and some come with free-standing tubs. Suites add living rooms; airy upgraded suites include dining areas and balconies.

Waldorf Astoria, Amsterdam
Set in several 17th-century canal-side palaces, this upscale hotel is within 4 minutes’ walk from 2 tram stops, and 15 minutes’ walk from both Dam Square and the Rijksmuseum. Elegant rooms with plush furnishings and fine fabrics come with desks, flat-screens and free Wi-Fi, as well as designer toiletries, coffeemakers and room service. Some offer period features such as beam ceilings. Suites add living areas and individual features including original fireplaces and painted ceilings; 1 has a 17th-century spiral staircase.

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
Hotel d’Angleterre, Geneva

Defining elegant luxury,  Hotel d’Angleterre is recognised as one of Europe’s finest five star luxury boutique hotels. With impeccable staff and service levels, the hotel proudly lives by its motto; “No request is too large, no detail too small”. Elegantly poised at the edge of Lake Leman with magnificent views of the famous Jet d’Eau and Mont Blanc, this beautiful boutique hotel showcases British charm with the finest Swiss hospitality.

Hotel d'Angleterre
41, London

This Forbes five star intimate retreat, 41 is an exquisite hidden gem overlooking the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace and minutes from Victoria Station. The team invites you to ‘plunder the pantry’ in a true ‘home away from home’ where the team will surprise and delight at every turn. 41 is one of the most distinguished and admired hotels in London, overlooking the Royal Mews and the grounds of Buckingham Palace. A discreet and intimate hideaway, 41 has the relaxed feel of an exclusive private members club.

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Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest is centrally located at the end of the renowned Chain Bridge, with panoramic vistas of the Danube and the hills of Buda. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest gracefully combines vintage architecture and design with modern services and amenities. Of the Hotel’s 179 generously proportioned luxury guest rooms, including 19 suites with vaulted ceilings and private step-out balconies, many offer views of intimate interior courtyards, the Old City or the sparkling Danube.

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest

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Five to Watch: Best US boutique hotels

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While the United States is usually considered the land of cookie-cutter, chain hotels; if one delves deeper, some real independent and boutique gems can be found across the US. Here are Hotel Designs picks for five to look out for…

Rancho Valencia, Rancho Santa Fe California (MAIN IMAGE)
Since its opening in 1989, the award-winning Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa – Southern California’s only Relais & Châteaux property – has garnered a reputation as one of the West’s most sought-after five star resorts. A sanctuary of good living tucked away on 45 acres of lush gardens and olive groves, this Mediterranean-inspired, all-suite property near Del Mar, California completed a $30 million renovation in 2013 including remodeled guest casitas, a brand new restaurant and new bar, and completely remodeled meeting space, as well as major enhancements to The Spa and fitness centre.

Langham Place, New York, Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
This hotel has spacious rooms starting at a generous-for–New York 400-square-feet, filled with natural light and supple surfaces. All units are outfitted with walnut furnishings, luxe Duxiana beds, and deep soaking tubs, while the apartment suites each have a full stainless-steel kitchen. The hotel also houses several original paintings by New York City artist Alex Katz—the lobby is a great place to start learning about his work.

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Hotel Emma, San Antonio Texas

The hotel is named in honor of Emma Koehler, a towering figure in Pearl history. Emma ran the brewery after her husband and Pearl president Otto Koehler died in 1914. She was an ingenious CEO who kept the brewery going during Prohibition by converting operations to dry cleaning and auto repair, and making near beer, ice cream and soda. While other breweries were shutting down, Emma kept her entire workforce employed. She turned over control of the company to a nephew in 1933, but was a formidable presence at the brewery until her death in 1947.


Hotel South Beach, Miami, FL

Despite its size, Hotel South Beach feels different to Miami’s normal Mid-Beach vibe. That owes in large part to the recycled and re-purposed natural materials preserved moss, petrified branches, and driftwood lighting that, in the words of Condé Nast, “feels apart from the glitz-and-glam of South Beach excess”…

Ambassador Hotel Tulsa, Autograph Collection
In 1929, General Patrick Hurley introduced Oklahoma to its first extended-stay hotel, the Ambassador Hotel. The 10-storEy Mediterranean-style building was designed to provide upscale housing for oil barons and their families while their mansions were being built. The Italian terra cotta ornaments and limestone cornices created a classic design. In 1960, the property transformed into an apartment hotel and later became home to retired seniors before closing entirely in 1987. Ten years later, developer Paul Coury purchased the property, giving it a $5.5 million renovation and bringing the historic structure back to life, thus creating the contemporary boutique hotel it is today.

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Five to Watch: Virtuoso's luxury hotel openings

Five to Watch: Virtuoso’s luxury hotel openings

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Travellers in the know seeking the next great upscale hotel look no further. Luxury and experiential travel network Virtuoso, along with its more than 16,000 travel advisors worldwide, has revealed the hottest hotel openings around the globe for this autumn and beyond. From relaxing resorts to iconic urban landmarks, these five properties are sure to make an indelible impression on guests when they open or reopen over the next several months:

Bulgari Hotel Shanghai, China – Opening late 2017 (Main Image)
Situated in a tranquil riverside location in the heart of the city, Bulgari Hotel Shanghai will feature contemporary, spacious rooms and exceptional guest amenities including Maserati transportation. Offering stunning views of the city’s dramatic skyline, the hotel is located just minutes from attractions such as the iconic Bund and the museums of People’s Square. Virtuoso guests will enjoy an upgrade at arrival if available, breakfast for two daily offered 24 hours a day, hotel credit valued at $100 USD, complimentary Wi-Fi, and early check in and late check-out if available.

Montage Los Cabos, Mexico – Opening spring of 2018
Perched upon 39 acres of white-sand beachfront, Montage Los Cabos will feature 122 expansive rooms and suites when it opens. The resort will offer spectacular views and unique walk-in access to the finest swimming, diving and snorkeling in the region. Guests can take advantage of wellness programs and treatments at Spa Montage, and fitness offerings including two pools and tennis and recreational lawn facilities. Virtuoso guests will receive an upgrade when they arrive if available, daily breakfast for two, special amenity, complimentary Wi-Fi, and early check-in and late check-out subject to availability.


Raffles Europejski Warsaw, Poland – Reopening spring of 2018

Originally opened in 1857, the legendary hotel in Warsaw’s historic district has recently undergone restoration to preserve its heritage and character. Raffles Europejski, Warsaw will offer 106 elegant guestrooms and suites, a restaurant with an outdoor terrace showcasing Poland’s cuisine, a bar and cigar lounge, a patisserie and a spa. Virtuoso guests will enjoy an upgrade upon arrival, based on availability; daily buffet breakfast for two; hotel credit worth $100 USD; complimentary roundtrip private airport transfers; complimentary Wi-Fi; and early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability.

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Hotel Lutetia, France – Reopening spring of 2018

The hotel on the Left Bank in Paris, opened in 1910, has attracted celebrities from the worlds of arts, culture and politics over the years. The Art Nouveau gem will offer 184 rooms and suites, a spa, fitness facilities, and jazz and cigar bars. Its esteemed Lutetia Brasserie will feature a bar, terrace, show kitchen and private dining room. Virtuoso guests will enjoy an upgrade upon arrival, based on availability; daily breakfast for two; $100 USD equivalent credit to be used during stay; complimentary Wi-Fi; and early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability.

Five to Watch: Virtuoso's luxury hotel openings

Six Senses Bhutan, Bhutan – Opening late 2018
Five unique resorts in different locations will unite under the Six Senses name to offer an intimate new lodging experience with only 82 suites among all the properties. Each resort focuses on a specific theme, such as culture, and will feature the signature Six Senses qualities, including eco-friendly design, personalized service, world-class cuisine and wellness. Virtuoso guests will receive a daily buffet breakfast for two, special amenity, complimentary Wi-Fi, and early check-in and late check-out if available.

Six Senses Bhutan

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Five to Watch: Best UK country house hotels

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As summer comes to a close, the cosy winter months close in. With this in mind, Hotel Designs profiles five of our favourite country house hotels across the UK…

Gravetye Manor, Sussex
“The 17 bedrooms and suites at Gravetye Manor in East Grinstead are named after tree species found on the estate. Rich fabrics, fine antiques and hand crafted beds emphasise the classical beauty of the interiors, whilst floral themes bring the garden into the manor. All our rooms are individually furnished, providing the highest standards of comfort and are all equipped with flat screen televisions and iPod docking stations.” (Image: www.gravetyemanor.co.uk)

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Chewton Glen, Hampshire

“Chewton Glen is a quintessentially English, privately owned luxury Country House Hotel & Spa on the fringe of the New Forest. With some of England’s most stunning countryside rolling up around us and the calmness of the sea just moments away, Chewton Glen is an idyllic escape. You wouldn’t know we’re a mere two hours from London, easily reached by rail, air and road when you’re here, in such a tranquil setting. Christchurch, Bournemouth and Southampton are also nearby.” (Image: www.chewtonglen.com)

Image: https://www.chewtonglen.com/Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire
“Beyond the magnificent facade of the Mansion House which greets guests on arrival, lies a 5-star hotel on the border of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, which is like no other in the Home Counties. However, guests quickly discover that behind the imposing grandeur of Luton Hoo, the atmosphere is very relaxed and welcoming…” (Main Image Top: www.lutonhoo.co.uk)

Judges, Yarm, Yorkshire
“Judges Country House Hotel is an AA 4 Star Country House Hotel. Consistently rated by “The Good Hotel Guide”, particularly recommended by the Michelin Guide and praised by both “The Times”, “The Sunday Times” and “The Telegraph” newspapers Judges is one of the finest hotels and restaurants not only in North Yorkshire but also in the United Kingdom as a whole.” (Image: judgeshotel.co.uk)Image: https://judgeshotel.co.uk/

Askham Hall, Cumbria
“Award-winning Askham Hall is a place to stay and relax in a secluded part of the Lake District – the newest World Heritage Site. 17 bedrooms and a restaurant in the house. A converted ancient oak beamed party barn. A spa, hot tub and outdoor pool. Acres of grounds with beautiful surroundings in the heart of Cumbria’s Lowther Estate. A luxurious, intimate, unpretentious home from home awaits.” (Image: www.askhamhall.co.uk)