Many exciting new luxury hotel openings happened in 2018 again in the business travel destinations we cover at FirstGuide. We hope that screening through the list will provide you with fresh ideas about new hotels to stay.
- New in 2018, the 5* Pestana Amsterdam Riverside Hotel occupies the former town hall and archive of Amstel, a national monument, and new build wings. The original features have been retained with a stark white colour scheme to contrast with the dark wooden staircases to create a very classical and timeless look. The 154 guest rooms and suites are also mainly white with earth colour accents – very modern but very comfortable and luxurious and each individually designed. It’s less stark in the restaurant run by Dutch Masterchef judge Peter Lute which features exposed brick, a skylight ceiling, and a lovely patio garden. And if you’ve some leisure time, the hotel spa is excellent with an indoor pool, two types of saunas, treatment menu, and a well-equipped fitness room. 10 meeting rooms are available for business functions.
Amsterdam: QO AmsterdamIf you prefer not to stay in the centre of Amsterdam, the QO Hotel is a good choice. New for 2018, the QO Amsterdam is a short walk from a metro stop from where it’s a 10-minute journey to Centraal Station. The hotel is committed to sustainability with environmentally-friendly features such as recycled shower water used for toilets, geo-thermal heating, carpets made from recycled fishing nets, a greenhouse, and rooftop fish farm. But green doesn’t mean a lack of luxury or basic. Every guest comfort is attended to in the 275 rooms that have wooden floors, soft, calming colour schemes, a seating area and desk, and open plan bathrooms. The hotel restaurant makes use of the homegrown products and local produce and the bar on the 21st floor serves excellent cocktails with a side order of panoramic views. The wellness centre takes a holistic approach and all spaces make the most of natural light including the smart meeting rooms.
Bangkok: Akyra TAS Sukhumvit BangkokA new boutique retreat for 2018, Akyra TAS Sukhumvit Bangkok is in the heart of the city’s retail quarter, a stroll away from the shopping malls Terminal 21 and EmQuartier. The hotel has adopted a contemporary pared-back style with understated interiors that shout urban sophistication through natural woods and pale colours along with art specially chosen to create an aesthetic called “Thaiconic”. There’s also an element of sustainability with specially designed amenities done with rice and bamboo material and biodegradable plastic. Rooms follow this theme with lovely floor to ceiling windows to take advantage of sweeping city views. The views are even better from the rooftop that houses a stylish pool and also a bar that serves light bites during the day. The hotel restaurant is on the ground floor and serves authentic Thai cuisine on an international menu in a laid-back setting.
Bangkok: Waldorf Astoria BangkokNew for 2018, The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is the brand’s first property in South East Asia. Located in the 60-storey Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard the designers have styled a hotel with contemporary architecture blended with Thai artisanal tradition. There are 171 spacious residential-style rooms and suites with spa-inspired bathrooms featuring marble tubs. Starting at 50 sqm, the accommodations are among the largest in the city. Most have floor to ceiling windows and all have a 49-inch TV and desk. The core of the hotel is the levels that are given over to food and beverages with six distinct dining venues with representations from Thai, Nordic, French cuisines in formal and informal settings that also includes a champagne bar and a rooftop bar. Guests can relax in the spa and there are excellent meeting facilities including a stunning ballroom with sweeping statement staircase.
Barcelona: The Barcelona EditionOccupying a converted office building opposite the Santa Caterina Market in the Citutat Vella district, the Barcelona Edition hotel is about 15 minutes from the beach. Everything about this brand new hotel is modern but with an eye to the inspirations of lauded sons of Spain. The double height lobby features a stunning white spiral staircase, an Eric Schmidt chandelier, and furniture from original designs by Dali and Gaudi. Accommodation is 100 rooms and 2 penthouse suites. All rooms are neutral, luxury spaces with wooden floors, custom designed furniture, work area, and marble bathrooms. Guest amenities include a well-equipped fitness centre and rooftop saltwater plunge pool. There are for dining and drinking spaces: a cabaret restaurant in the basement, a rooftop bar, a lobby bar, and a cocktail bar. Meetings and events can be booked in these venues.
- New in 2018, the Emerald Palace Kempinski Palm Jumeirah Dubai is a worthy addition to the super-luxury hotels on the Palm Jumeirah. Evoking the grand palaces of the 18th century a, the hotel has a European look and feel, enhanced by the Moorish roof domes. The lobby is a grand white and gilt atrium with marble columns, crystal chandeliers, and sweeping staircases, setting an opulent theme that continues through the public spaces. 389 rooms are equally grandiose and spacious with bespoke Italian furniture. Leisure time can be spent on a private white sand beach, in a large indoor pool or outdoor pool with swim-up bar, in a state-of-the-art gym or yoga studio, enjoying a treatment in a large spa, or catching a movie in the hotel cinema. Dining options are equally impressive with Mix by Alain Ducasse and an Italian bistro among the restaurants and several bars that also serve food. Meetings are fully catered for and there is a superb ballroom inspired by the Imperial celebrations of centuries past.
Dubai: Swissôtel Al GhurairAl Ghurair Centre Complex in Old Dubai is a premier retail destination and now it also boasts a luxury 5* hotel. Opened in 2018, Swissôtel Al Ghurair and aimed at business and leisure travellers, there is easy access to the best attractions of Dubai. It is a modern design hotel with classic features. Unspectacular but designed for ultimate comfort, 428 rooms are neutral in tone and with all the amenities expected of a high-class hotel. Each is large and spacious enough to feature a sofa and desk area and the large windows flood the rooms with light. Guests have three in-house dining options: a fusion restaurant (Persian/Lebanese, Mediterranean), an international restaurant, and a café/diner. For leisure, guests can enjoy a swim, a gym session, or a game of tennis, and for wellness, there is a hamman, jacuzzi, and sauna. Meeting facilities are superb with eight state-of-the-art rooms.
Hamburg: The FontenayThe Fontenay is a new hotel in Hamburg in 2018. John Fontenay acquired the land in the heart of Hamburg near Lake Alster many years ago, but The Fontenay continues to carry on his legacy and its unique design that pays homage to the Hanseatic city. Each of the hotel’s 131 rooms is bright and airy, and sumptuously appointed with lush parquet flooring, walk-in closets, and balconies boasting stunning views of the lake. An all-day restaurant serving regional Northern specialities and bar contribute to the luxury feel of the hotel and offer a relaxed meal during the day or a rooftop drink at night. A rooftop spa and an indoor/outdoor pool offer new and exciting ways to relax and stay active. You’ll also enjoy the respite that the landscaped patio and 27-meter high atrium offer.
Hamburg: Tortue HamburgYou might wonder why a hotel’s name would be the French word for turtle. The Tortue Hamburg is new for 2018 and is so called because it expresses the joy of taking one’s time with more than a soupçon of Gallic flair, more specifically, referencing Napoleon’s occupation of the city between 1806 and 1814. A six-storey former civic building from 1888, has been converted by a-list architects and designers into a charming boutique hotel with a plethora of different moods throughout its rooms and public spaces that are interconnected with historical courtyards. Accommodation is 114 rooms and 8 suites described as warm cocoons with brass features, bespoke wallpaper, and plush fabrics. There’s a sense of theatre throughout including in the dining options, an open kitchen Asian restaurant and a smart brasserie. Two bars complete the food and beverage offer. The meeting rooms - called salons - are stunning settings to conduct your business affairs in Hamburg.
Kuala Lumpur: Banyan Tree Kuala LumpurAdvantageously located in the Golden Triangle, the Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur is newly opened in 2018. Occupying the top seven floors of the Banyan Tree Signatures Pavilion Kuala Lumpur building, guests are almost guaranteed fabulous views of the Petronas Towers and the Kuala Lumpur Tower, views that are even better from the rooftop bar, the highest in the city. Designed as an oasis from the city and a sanctuary for the senses, there are just 55 rooms and suites, each with aromatherapy amenities and chromotherapy shower (suites have private relaxation pools). There are four dining options including a French bakery, an afternoon tea and wine lounge, and a grill. For leisure, guests can enjoy an open-air pool and a state-of-the-art gym. The spa is superb, as expected from one of the pioneers of award-winning oriental spas, with a laundry list menu of treatments accompanied by the fabulous views. The sophistication and serenity continues in the fully-equipped meeting facilities.
London: L'oscar LondonAn abandoned church in the heart of the city has been transformed into a 5-star hotel, newly opened in 2018. Named for Oscar Wilde and evoking the glamour of the Academy Awards, L'oscar London has retained many of the ecclesiastical features including tiled floors, ornate ceilings, and fireplaces depicting biblical scenes. There are also contrasting but beautifully integrated features such as 495 individual Lalique-style bird light fittings and beautiful flora and fauna embroidered bespoke fabrics with a recurring peacock theme. There are 39 guest rooms, each individually designed and decorated with a luxurious and decadent fin de siècle vibe with arts and crafts furniture and artwork. Each room on the first five original floors features a fireplace (two new floors were added in the conversion). The hotel is beautiful throughout, but the standout is the original Grade II chapel that now houses the restaurant with a bar installed where the organ used to stand.
London: Nobu Hotel ShoreditchThe Nobu Hotel has come to London. Located in the trendy artistic area of Shoreditch and another of the few new openings for 2018 in the British capital, the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch is a seamless extension of the signature restaurant which is the heart of the building, occupying almost the entire ground floor. The Nobu Hotel London has 143 rooms and 7 suites, each artistic and luxurious but comfortable with king sized beds, work and dining area and walk in showers in the basic grade (deluxe). There’s a full-service spa, gym, and meetings and event spaces. There is also a pocket garden providing a retreat from London’s busy streets. It is however, the restaurant that steals the limelight. It seats 240 and features a sushi bar, chef’s table and terrace with a landscaped garden. A separate lobby bar also serves some of Nobu’s signature dishes.
London: The Mandrake HotelAmong the clutch of new openings in the capital for 2018, The Mandrake Hotel in London’s Fitzrovia is very far removed from its former purpose as the HQ for a global media company. There are so many distractions here it feels more like an exhibition with accommodation than a regular luxury hotel. There are specially created soundscapes and fragrances, contemporary paintings and sculptures, and surprises around every corner: one space might feel like a nook in a souk, the next like the inside of a Chinese jewellery box, and the next is a greenhouse filled with medicinal plants – surely the definition of eclectic. Each of the 30 individually designed rooms are also a riot of colour and eye-catching features including balconies that open out onto jasmine covered terraces. There’s a restaurant, hidden bars, a library, a cinema, and a program of wellness and spiritual events. To go into any more detail would surely spoil the surprises that await at this stunningly creative arthouse hotel.
Los Angeles: Jeremy West Hollywood HotelOccupying a prime position on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and La Cienaga Boulevard with great views of Downtown and Santa Monica, The Jeremy West Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles opened in 2018. Striking from the outside, the hotel has metal cladding and its two towers are connected by a seven-storey LED-illuminated dream catcher. The SoCal lifestyle and design ethic has been well captured in the clean lines which features walnut panelling, hand-finished walls, and custom lighting. The 286 rooms and suites are open plan with a sophisticated and stylish look that’s almost Scandinavian. Dining in The Jeremy is limited as it’s in-room only but there are plenty of restaurants nearby. Harriet’s, the rooftop bar, however, is excellent and makes the most of the views. Guests can enjoy a pool with lounge and a well-equipped fitness centre. Meeting spaces are impressive and include a ballroom.
Los Angeles: Kimpton La Peer HotelOpened in 2018, the Kimpton La Peer Hotel in Los Angeles sits between Santa Monica and Melrose Boulevards in a sunny palm-lined street. There’s a European vibe to the style that also manages to capture a sense of West Hollywood with its sculptured walls and breezy warehouse and modern industrial feel. 105 rooms and suites are simple and fresh with pale oak floors and lots of white concrete softened by muted colours. Bathrooms have a deep soak tub and power showers. The public spaces are stylish but designed to be comfortable as well as functional with large lounge areas. Guest amenities include a lap pool and sun deck and a sprawling indoor-outdoor area that houses the buzzy restaurant and bar area. The hotel has a Tesla car for guest use or bikes if you prefer. Meeting facilities include a rooftop event space.
Los Angeles: NoMad Los AngelesLocated on the vibrant corner of 7th and Olive Street in Downtown LA, NoMad Los Angeles, created by the Sydell Group, continues in the spirit of the New York flagship taking residence in the historical Giannini building. The hotel features 241 rooms, a casually elegant restaurant & bar, library, an all-day Italian inspired café, formal dining room, and rooftop pool that offers sweeping views of the city and the Downtown Los Angeles skyline. Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara of Make It Nice (Eleven Madison Park, The NoMad, Made Nice) run the food and beverage program, offering settings distinct to the neighborhood and featuring new dishes inspired by local ingredients. These are the culinary duo’s first dining establishments outside of New York. Designed by Jacques Garcia, each of the 241 rooms at the NoMad Los Angeles look to Italy for inspiration – a nod to the buildings historical roots as the former Bank of Italy. NoMad Los Angeles is the designer’s first project in the city.
Miami: Hyde Midtown Hotel32 storeys high and newly opened in 2018, The Hyde Midtown Hotel is Miami enjoys a location in the city’s most buzzy cultural district. The futuristic exterior offers terrific views from large windows and the tower is split between 24 floors of luxury condominiums and 60 hotel rooms. The accommodation interiors are by David Rockwell and are lifestyle orientated so even the spacious studio grade rooms have kitchen facilities. On-site amenities are extensive. There is a terrace pool as well as a lap pool in the full-service spa. Residents and guests can also enjoy a games room, tennis courts, putting green, fitness centre, private cinema and the Hyde Music Lounge and Piano Bar in the lobby. The in-house dining option is a poolside bar and grill. A business centre will cater for meeting needs and there’s also a hotel courtesy car.
Miami: SLS LUX BrickellWith a combination of residences and guest suites, the SLS Lux Brickell in Miami is one of the newest hotels in the city having opened in 2018. With its LED lit façade and 57 impressive stories, it’s very striking. Each of the suites has a private balcony, small kitchen, large television, and luxurious rain shower. The clean white décor and mirrored accents set the stage for the lifestyle atmosphere the Brickell is trying to achieve in all its properties. This lifestyle means access to top quality R&R facilities like tennis and basketball courts, football field, two pools, and full treatment spa, as well as lush gardens and an art collection. Dining is in the SLS signature Katsuya (huge futuristic style restaurant that seats 180 and has a Japanese whiskey cart), while the Altitude Pool Bar and S Lounge also serve food alongside craft cocktails.
New York: Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown ManhattanOpened in 2018, the Crowne Plaza HY36 New York is on West 36th Street in the Hudson Yard neighbourhood in Midtown Manhattan The design of the hotel is contemporary and is described as New Modern Industrial, drawing inspiration from Grand Central and Penn Stations and the Lincoln Tunnel. The purpose built hotel has a fancy glass and steel façade and a large atrium illuminated by 50-foot tall cascading light fixtures. The 251 rooms and suites are styled for both function and comfort in bright colours with floor to ceiling windows, a generous work desk, spa-like showers, and a complimentary aromatherapy kit to soothe away stress and help you sleep. For food and drink, the TGA Restaurant and adjoining bar are bright and airy and there’s 12foot wide garage doors that open out onto an outdoor patio and beer garden. Other facilities include a fully equipped fitness centre, 24-hour business lounge and meeting rooms.
New York: Mr C SeaportBelonging to the Ciprianis – the family behind the legendary Harry’s Bar in Venice – the Mr. C Seaport in New York opened in 2018. And naturally, guests are greeted with a bellini cocktail at check in. Located on Pier 17 (rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy), the historic building enjoys terrific natural light thanks to loft style ceilings which also make the rooms spacious by New York standards. There are 11 categories for the 66 rooms which are refined and elegant with a base white décor warmed up with pops of blues and greys, and teak cabinets and desks. Rooms have rain showers, 50 inch TVs, and fine Italian linens. The hotel showcases a signature dining concept (now copied in other Mr C locations) with the Bellini Italian restaurant and bar being open for rustic Italian fare from breakfast through dinner. Guest amenities include a fitness centre and also complimentary Lincoln Navigators or custom-made bikes to get around the city.
Paris: Hotel des Grands BoulevardsNew for 2018, the Hôtel des Grands Boulevards in Paris is the third property from the Experimental Cocktail Group. Inspired by the building’s pre-French Revolution roots, it describes itself as having an updated country aesthetic with references to Marie Antionette’s farm, vintage blue tiles, red marble, whitewashed wood, and cast-iron stoves. The result is a charming mix of the indoors meets outdoors with terracotta pots, trellises, greenhouses, foliage, statues, and fountains. The hotel has 50 cosy rooms with draped beds, vintage linens and antique furniture sharing space with modern-day travel must-haves. An up and coming name on the Paris dining scene - Giovanni Passerini – has been chosen to head the Grand Restaurant on the main floor where he serves classic French-Italian pastoral cuisine. A cocktail bar and inner courtyard are attached to the restaurant which can host private dining events.
Rome: Elizabeth Unique HotelTake a journey back in time like a privileged traveller on a grand at the Elizabeth Unique Hotel in Rome. Occupying a beautifully restored 17th century palazzo, the hotel enjoys a central location a few minutes from the Spanish Steps. This shuttered-windowed townhouse boasts a sophisticated and grand style with intimate public spaces with neoclassical elements like white marble, fireplaces and an art collection especially curated by a neighbourhood gallery. The 33 rooms have arched walls, wooden floors, reproduced antique wallpaper prints, lacquered wood panels, and plush fabrics yet still achieve a contemporary high end look. Some rooms have their own en-suite spa. The hotel’s elegant and loungey restaurant is an homage to Burt Bacarach and has an open-air terrace in a courtyard as a charming setting for alfresco dining or a sundowner.
Shanghai: AmanyangyunIf you want something different in a luxury hotel, you need to look much further than the remarkable Amanyangyun in Shanghai. Located in an ancient camphor forest, the core of the hotel is a set of antique villas from the Ming and Qing dynasties to which 24 courtyard suites have been added. The villas and trees were due to be lost in a dam construction and have been moved and preserved here 15 years later. The style is true to tradition of typical Aman minimalism with wooden lattice work and black stone. Despite the antique look, it is very contemporary and fitted with all luxury amenities and comforts you’d expect. The wellness centre is beyond excellent with indoor and outdoor pools, hamman, a Russian Banya, fitness studios, and a fully-equipped gym. There’s a rich variety of restaurants representing various global cuisines and meetings and events are catered for. The Amanyangyun’s unique feature is the Nanshufang, a cultural centre and college of Chinese arts and culture.
Shanghai: Bulgari Hotel, ShanghaiLocated in the Suhe Creek revitalisation project in Jing’an, the Bulgari Hotel, Shanghai is the group’s sixth property. Sitting in manicured gardens atop the Shanghai Chamber of Commerce, also renovated by Bulgari, the building stands 48 storeys high with the hotel’s 82 rooms and suites on the top 8 floors, making the most of stunning views of the city. Contemporarily glamourous, the style is arthouse cool with monochrome photography from Italian cinema’s Dolce Vita Era. Rooms are similarly elegant and sophisticated with neutral palettes dark oak floors and gleaming marble. There are two fine dining restaurants – one Chinese and one Italian, five bar/lounge venues, and an on-site artisan chocolate boutique. Leisure time can be spent in the spa and wellness centre which includes a beautiful pool, or in the gym. Meetings and events facilities are superb and include a ballroom Naturally, there is a Bulgari jewellery salon on-site.
Shanghai: The Middle HouseAmong a clutch of new hotels in 2018 in Shanghai, The Middle House is styled as an intimate urban sanctuary. Designed by Piero Lissoni, the hotel has an Italian vision with Shanghainese cultural touches and artwork. With its sleek silhouettes and bold lines, the look is sophisticated luxury. Accommodation is 111 modern studios, a gallery suite, and a Penthouse. Rooms have large windows for the great views and soft neutral palettes. Being studios, they are all spacious with a seating area and work area. And come with interesting little extras such as a yoga mat. Guests have three dining options, an informal café/bistro, a casual Italian restaurant and a formal Chinese restaurant. Wellness facilities are excellent: the spa features a 33m swimming pool, sauna, steam room, group yoga, and a range of treatments, and the gym is well equipped. Meetings and events can be held in the café or in the penthouse with its large outdoor terrace.
Shanghai: The Shanghai EditionNew in 2018, The Shanghai Edition hotel is 5 minutes from The Bund. The hotel is split over two separate towers that used to be the Shanghai Power Company headquarters, the style of the hotel is modern luxury in the accommodation tower and old gentleman’s club in the other. There are 145 rooms and suites, all spacious and with great views. The décor is beautifully soft neutrals and all accommodations are fitted with bespoke furniture and all the modern conveniences a traveller needs. Dining options include two restaurants by Jason Atherton – Hiya (Japanese) and The Shanghai Tavern (Chinese) which offers private dining, lounge and cocktail bars, two rooftop bars, and a nightclub. The hotel gym is open 24 hours and also has an outdoor terrace and the spa includes a sauna. There are 10 levels of public spaces with state of the art meeting rooms.
Stockholm: Bank HotelNew in 2018, the Bank Hotel in Stockholm is elegant and welcoming. Named for the former bank building, this historic boutique hotel retains some of the construction details of a glorious past including the bronze entrance doors, mahogany clad walls, and architectural ceilings. The hotel offers 115 rooms and suites all with a different décor but with a nod to art deco and meticulous attention to detail, are designed in soft, natural colour palettes with bespoke fabrics to provide relaxation as well as indulgence. Bathrooms are marble, there are flat screen TVs, and seating/working area. The public areas of the hotel have a bank theme such as the restaurant which is called Bonnie’s (after Bonnie and Clyde) and the Papillon Bar. (There’s another bar called Sophie’s). There’s an art collection curated by a local gallery and a fitness area with workout equipment and a yoga area.
Tel Aviv: The Drisco HotelThe Drisco Hotel in Tel Aviv is located in the American Colony neighbourhood. The building dating back to 1866 has been styled to retain its original glamour while being a boutique hotel of stylish whimsy. In a 10-year project, classic Ottoman décor including some restored murals has been accented with 21st century design features to deliver a pleasing blend of old-world luxury and modern-day comforts, totally apt for the eclectic neighbourhood in which it resides. The hotel that opened in 2018 has 37 guest rooms and 5 suites. Each is sophisticated and stylish, with the Moorish accents complemented by soft neutrals and warm woods, and with marble bathrooms and private balconies. There’s a small gym and spa treatments can be ordered in. The upscale hotel restaurant serves sultan-worthy Ottoman cuisine and the Drisco bar is located in the lavish lobby. The rooftop is accessible for a drink, a quiet read, or just to admire the cityscape.
- New for 2018, the Jaffa Hotel in Tel Aviv occupies the 19th century former French hospital and monastery and an adjacent new build. It actually took 20 years to build because historical artefacts from Old Jaffa kept being found during excavations and renovations. The dramatic architecture has been updated with slick, modern interiors with a grand, good look matched with an excellent hilltop location that afford views of the 4,000-year-old port and the ocean. The old meets new in a charming courtyard. There are 121 rooms and suites, with 38 in the historic part of the hotel. All rooms have high ceilings, tall windows, neutral décor, and quirky touches like TVs built into mirrors. Dining is an experience with the restaurants set in the former cloisters and chapel with a choice of an Italian restaurant and American Diner. There’s a serene spa tucked away in a quiet part and an inviting pool.
Tel Aviv: The Setai Tel AvivOn of three new luxury hotels for 2018 in Tel Aviv, The Setai Tel Aviv hotel sits at the entrance to the old city of Jaffa and occupies a 12th century fortress that is considered one of Israel’s most important buildings. A result of a 25-year process due to the antiquity of the site, the hotel includes the original stone buildings, corridors and inner courtyard as well as new build elements. 12th century artefacts discovered during the renovation are on display in the hotel. The 120 rooms and suites are among the most spacious in Israel and feature white sea stone from the original building, walnut furnishings, brass, Turkish rugs, and Middle Eastern fabrics. The restaurant has a dazzling Brazilian blue marble bar and serves Israeli cuisine with references to the property’s Turkish roots and there’s also a bar that serves afternoon tea. Guests can enjoy a full-service spa and fully equipped gym. Four meeting and banquet spaces are available.
- In Spring 2018, Hotel X Toronto by Library Hotel Collection was launched as bringing a fresh perspective on luxury to Downtown Toronto. This lakefront urban resort encompasses three distinct components: 404-guest rooms in the Hotel Tower topped by a three level SkyBar; Ten X Toronto (10XTO), an athletic facility with 90,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities; and the historic Stanley Barracks which is being restored for public access as casual dining venue, all surrounded by acres of gardens and breathtaking views of Lake Ontario and the iconic Toronto Skyline. With its unique sports and entertainment concept conceived by visionary hotelier Henry Kallan to be distinctly Canadian in its love for nature, sports and wellness, cinema, and welcoming global diversity, Hotel X Toronto is destined to become a Toronto landmark destination on the waterfront as it welcomes both locals and visitors. Guests will find numerous food and beverage options, some of which will open in 2019, an art gallery of nature photography, a 250 seat cinema and a private screening room, 60,000 square feet of flexible event spaces including two ballrooms and multiple gardens and terraces, an exhibition of Canadian history, a seasonal beer garden and Nano brewery, all crowned by the signature Falcon SkyBar, a three-level rooftop lounge featuring a 55-foot long heated indoor/outdoor pool offering year-round access and breathtaking views that will be a revelation, even to livelong Torontonians.
Warsaw: Raffles Europejski WarsawThe third European location of the Raffles group opened in Warsaw in 2018. The Hotel Raffles Europejski Warsaw is the rebranded and renovated Hotel Europejski, one of the great grand dames of European hotels. The Neo-renaissance palace dating from 1857 has been restored to pre-war glory and is now a beautiful homage to Warsaw with a collection of modern and contemporary Polish art adorning its corridors, public spaces, and accommodations, and fixtures and fittings from skilled Polish craftsmen. There are 106 spacious rooms and suites classically styled with dark oak floors, hand carved headboards, muted colours, a small library, and Art Deco-ish bathrooms which all feature the Warsaw skyline etched into the marble wall. Dining and relaxation spaces are equally grandiose with two restaurants, a cocktail bar, a cigar lounge and an upscale patisserie, and your well-being is looked after in one of the biggest and best spas in Warsaw. Meetings and events spaces include an elegant ballroom.