Top five global hotel openings 2014

The return of the Ritz Paris and the launch of Virgin's new brand are among C&IT's most anticipated worldwide hotel openings for 2014.

A penthouse room at the brand new Solis Sochi Hotel, Russia
A penthouse room at the brand new Solis Sochi Hotel, Russia

Solis Hotel, Russia
Opening in time for Russia's Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Solis Hotels and Resorts present three developments located in the Caucus Mountains, an hour from Sochi, host city of the country’s highly anticipated sporting event.

Solis Hotel, Solis Suites and Dolina 960 are located 960 metres above sea level at Krasnava Olyana ski resort. The Russian slopes play a prominent role at the brand new resort with ski-in and ski-out access for guests.

The Solis Hotel features 120 rooms as well as a bar and restaurant, a ballroom and two boardrooms.

The Solis Suites will offer 52 guest rooms alongside its own restaurant and meeting rooms.

Solis’ third resort, Dolina 960, consists of 48 rooms and extensive spa facilities including two ‘shock experience showers’.

Interest will be high during the Winter Games when ski season is rife but when the sun replaces the snow the mountains offer a perfect setting for hiking, mountain biking and paragliding. This is in addition to the Sochi city beach, which is only an express train ride away.

The Ritz, Paris
The hotel industry temporarily lost a legend when one of Paris’ most loved hotels closed for two years following a large-scale refurbishment. Nearly 18 months since its closure, The Ritz is almost ready for its grand reopening.

The distinguished interior designer, Thierry W. Despont, has led a renovation that will showcase both the old and the new inside the hotel. This includes the reopening of the Michelin star L’Espadon restaurant and The Ritz’s renowned health club and spa.

The hotel’s meetings and events facilities have also been redeveloped to allow visiting delegates the opportunity to be swept away by the romance of the Place Vendôme, one of Paris’ most visited areas.

Adding to the anticipation that has been following The Ritz Paris since its closure in 2012, the hotel owners are keeping their cards somewhat close to their chest with exact details of the hotel’s brand new make up. Be sure to follow new developments as and when they are released on the hotel's website.

Virgin Hotel, Chicago
Sir Richard Branson has taken Virgin to a great number of markets be it finance, travel or entertainment. 2014 is the year he extends the company’s presence in the hotel industry. This year Branson launches Virgin’s new lifestyle hotel brand and Chicago has been elected the chosen city to host it.

The hotel will be in the Old Dearborn Bank Building situated in the city’s Loop neighborhood, home to the city’s Financial District and will feature 250 guest rooms, an array of meeting spaces and a rooftop bar and lounge.

An interesting feature of the hotel will be the mysterious Virgin Clubhouse, which has yet to be explained in any great detail. Virgin will open its hotel to the Chicago residents and its excited tourists in August this year.

JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul, South Korea
Last week the mayor of Seoul released plans that would see the city transformed into one of the world’s leading C&I destinations by 2028.

One of the major pieces to this jigsaw is the brand new Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a state-of-the-art events venue, which opens this year.

JW Marriott has built a brand new boutique-hotel adjacent to the venue in Dongdaemun Square. The 155-room hotel will have no fewer than five restaurants including a roof top bar on the 11th floor. The hotel also includes five meeting rooms each with wireless connectivity with the largest of the five being the Grand Ballroom fit for 750 people.

A conference room with capacity for 80 people is also available. Set to open in February the JW Marriott will be Dongdaemun Square’s first luxury hotel, an area of the city that is famed for its retail attraction.

Nobu Hotel Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Located in the heart of Riyadh’s financial district sits the Nobu Hotel. With 99 guest rooms, tennis and golf resorts and a total of 35 suites, the Saudi Arabian capital’s newest hotel caters for travellers with high standards. Spearheading the development is none other than Hollywood veteran Robert De Niro who has taken up the role of creative director for a number of Nobu Hotel and Nobu Restaurant developments including this one.

The hotel, which climbs 24 storeys into the Riyadh skyline, includes a Nobu restaurant as well as meetings and event spaces for corporates who are looking for sophistication to woo their delegates.

Upon the Nobu Hotel Riyadh opening this June it will operate under the Leading Hotels of the World umbrella, which represents some of the best hotels located in the world’s most exotic destinations.

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