2014 is a year that will mark some grand hotel openings across the world. Today we will review the openings and re-openings of European hotels like the Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, London, The Peninsula in Paris, St Regis in Istanbul , Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam and the much-delayed, much-awaited reopening of the iconic Ritz Paris.
1. Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, London – Late 2014
After a morning’s stroll through London’s bustling Borough Market, you enjoy a short walk back to the comfort and elegance of Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London. The 34th to 52nd floors of Renzo Piano’s iconic building house the hotel, which is Shangri-La’s first property in the UK.
Conjuring a sense of Oriental elegance, the 202 guestrooms and suites at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London offer a luxurious home away from home, serviced by Shangri-La’s legendary hospitality. Each room is unique and features floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning city views.
The hotel’s 17 spacious suites are amongst the finest in the city and include personal butler service. The three Signature Suites, including Suite on 37, Suite on 38 and the Shangri-La Suite, offer the ultimate indulgence and have uninterrupted views across London’s landmarks.
2. The Ritz Paris, Paris – July 2014
The Ritz Paris closed its doors in the summer of 2012 for an unprecedented restoration program.”After the hotel failed to receive the French Tourism Ministry’s prestigious “palace” hotel designation, the Ritz’s owner, Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al Fayed, decided to bring the hotel up to date.”- forbes.com
The iconic hotel known for hosting the rich and famous, Coco Chanel even had her own suite hasn’t seen a major renovation since 1979.
Rooms, suites, restaurants, bars, the spa and spaces where people meet at leisure and for pleasure, not forgetting the famous Ritz Escoffier cooking school and the hotel’s unique and celebrated gardens, all were restored and recreated by internationally renowned interior designer Thierry W. Despont.
3. Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, Amsterdam – August 2014
Boasting a historical exterior comprising six original 18th century canal palaces and a unique grand staircase built by the architect of Louis XIV, Daniel Marot, the stunning Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam hotel offers sophisticated comfort and unparalleled service in a setting characterized by a long, rich history. The hotel provides an opulent base in the heart of the Herengracht canal from which to explore the vibrant city of Amsterdam.
This luxurious hotel in Amsterdam offers a variety of 93 spacious rooms and suites overlooking the city’s canal or the Courtyard . You can savor international specialties as you look out over the Courtyard Garden in their stylish Restaurant, or relax and enjoy a coffee in Peacock Alley after a busy day exploring the attractions of Amsterdam. Indulge in a variety of spa treatments, refresh with a dip in the indoor swimming pool, or maintain your exercise regime in the fitness center.
4. The Peninsula Paris, Paris – August 2014
The Peninsula Paris will open its doors in August 2014. The 200-rooms hotel is the first European address of the luxury group Peninsula Hong Kong. In a magnificent historic building, that originally opened as The Majestic Hotel in 1908, on Avenue Kléber in the exclusive 16th arondissment, just steps away from the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe,it will bring new levels of distinction to the Parisian luxury hotel market.
5. St. Regis Istanbul, Istanbul – Early 2014
Set to open in the first half of 2014, The St. Regis Istanbul will mark the debut of the luxury brand in Turkey and extend Starwood’s presence in the country.
Located in the sophisticated Nişantaşi neighborhood in the Sisli district on the European side of the city, The St. Regis Istanbul will offer easy access to chic boutiques, restaurants and cafes, and important landmarks including the Istanbul Congress Center and Taksim Square. Designed by award-winning Turkish architect Emre Arolat, the new-build hotel will overlook Maçka Park and the Bosphorus. The St. Regis Istanbul will have 118 rooms, of which four suites will feature custom interiors by world-renowned designers, as well as an exceptional presidential suite spanning approximately 2,000 square feet.