5 of the best... European hotel openings in 2015

From the Dubrovnik Riviera to the first international property for a boutique British brand, C&IT rounds up four of the best hotel openings in Europe this year.

Sheraton Dubroivnik Riviera Hotel
Sheraton Dubroivnik Riviera Hotel

The Hoxton, Amsterdam

Two significant new openings in the Dutch capital and a first foray into international territory for an exciting hotel group in the form of The Hoxton, Amsterdam have forged an exciting 12 months for both Amsterdam and the Hoxton Hotel Group.

The 111-room hotel and former home of the Mayor of Amsterdam in the 17th century opened in July alongside the Herengracht canal. The hotel’s five room categories are spread across five floors, while the mezzanine bar ‘Up Top’ sits at the top of a winding spiral staircase in the lobby. Italian-inspired Lotti’s is the signature restaurant and is run in partnership with Soho House & Co.

As for meetings, groups can make use of up to six event spaces, including a central pantry kitchen, which at nighttime morphs into a private evening venue for drinks and dinner.

W Amsterdam

The second new Amsterdam hotel to appear on this list belongs to Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ acclaimed W brand. It arrived on the scene in October and brought with it a number of cool touches that W hotels around the world are well accustomed to.

Upon arrival, guests pop straight into an elevator that takes them to the top floor of the hotel where they can check in. There they will the city’s first ever rooftop pool and the W Lounge, which has 360-degree views across the city.

The hotel includes 238 rooms and 414sqm of event space with a combined capacity of up to 430 delegates. Furthermore, fine dining restaurant The Duchess can host a private table of up to eight people offering a unique and intimate experience with the chefs.

Meliá Hacienda del Conde, Tenerife

Meliá Hacienda del Conde, located next to a protected nature reserve and sits on the cliffs of Teno, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by an 18-hole golf course, is billed as a luxury resort perfect for the high-end incentive. 

The resort includes 117 rooms and caters for meetings and events with six spacious rooms, each equipped with the latest technology.

Its facilities include the Yhi Spa with treatment rooms, a thermal circuit and a full gym. There is also a large, lagoon-style pool with sun terraces overlooking the sea. The resort has an à la carte restaurant as well as a grand buffet restaurant, which offers an extensive range of international cuisines. There is also a poolside bar and an indoor café serving coffees and teas.

Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel

Duborvnik’s reputation as an up and coming C&I destination has risen dramatically in the last 12 months and a number of boutique and top brand properties have opened in the city over the years.

The Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel was a long time in coming with consistent delays up until its grand unveiling in September. The 250-room resort, located in the city’s coastal region of Zupa, is perched on a short hillside overlooking the Adriatic coast making for stunning views of the pristine ocean.

As well as 239 rooms, the hotel features an additional 11 luxury suites styled as Classic Suites, Executive Suites and Presidential Suites.

The hotel includes five meeting spaces, including a 900sqm grand ballroom that can host more than 1,000 delegates for receptions and gala dinners and can be divided into three smaller rooms.

Three bars and restaurants are on offer for groups, with the Restaurant Leut serving Mediterranean-inspired cuisine next to views over the Adriatic, while Bar Piano and Pool Bar Pinija are both relaxing settings for afternoon tea or late night drinks.

Sol Beach House Ibiza, Melia Hotels & Resorts

Earlier this year, Spanish-owned hotel group Melia Hotels & Resorts launched its new lifestyle brand Sol Beach House with its inaugural hotel opening in Ibiza in July. The property is located next to the large Congress Centre in Santa Eulalia, making this an exciting addition for both conference and incentive groups alike.

The beach resort includes 239 rooms and suites, as well as two restaurants and a pool bar. Bedrooms are modeled on chic and stylish beach houses, which come with sea views while the spacious Beach House Xtra Suite and Junior Suite come with large living areas and a private terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Meeting space includes three separate rooms, which combined can host up to 150 people, with audiovisual equipment and wifi included.

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