Five of the best... European hotel openings in 2016

From sea to river views, Iceland to Belarus, C&IT picks five of the best European hotel openings, outside of the UK, this year.

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Hague Marriott Hotel (Netherlands) 


From the executive lounge of the ninth floor of this hotel in The Hague, guests can enjoy panoramic views of the sea.  
Opened near the World Forum Convention Centre in the Dutch city in February, and close to attractions including the Peace Palace, Madurodam and beach, the property offer eight separate meeting and events spaces including one able to accommodate up to 700 delegates.  

Other features of the hotel, which has 306 rooms and suites, include a multifunctional space for workshops, a garden terrace, a business centre, a cocktail bar, fitness facilities and bike rental. The Gallery restaurant serves an international menu.   

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre (Iceland) 


In July, Hilton Worldwide chose the Icelandic capital for the global debut of its Canopy by Hilton brand, opening a 112-room hotel close to Reykjavik’s Harpa Concert Hall and Convention Center. 

The decor of the city centre hotel is inspired by the local landscape, using shades of ocean blue and grey volcanic rock, while its Geiri Smart restaurant offers regional fare in the form of fresh fish and organic vegetables. Guests can also eat in the hotel’s delicatessen, coffee shop or garden. 

An event space accommodates up to 50 delegates, who can make use of a 24-hour fitness centre and complimentary bicycles. The hotel promises guests the opportunity to watch the Northern Lights near the property between October and March.  
  
Hotel Camiral (Spain) 


Those preferring sunnier climes welcomed the summer opening of a new five-star hotel by the world-renowned golf venue PGA Catalunya Resort in the scenic town of Girona, less than 100km north of Barcelona. 

Following £28m investment, Hotel Camiral provides 149 rooms on the grounds of the luxury resort, with executive suites offering private terraces overlooking the 300-hectare golf course. Additional private event space includes a meeting room that can seat up to 420 delegates and seven studios for smaller groups.  

Aside from golf, the hotel can organise team building and incentive activities including cultural tours, gin and tonic tastings, and fishing.  

There is more to come: the hotel, which has three dining options courtesy of a restaurant, lounge bistro and pool-side bar, marks the first stage of a £45m development plan that will see the addition of a vineyard, sports facilities, equestrian centre and man-made lake by 2019.  

Il Sereno Lago di Como (Italy) 


Il Sereno Lago di Como became the first new hotel to open in the Italian region of Lake Como for decades when it launched in the summer.  

The luxury property, designed by Milan-based architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, has 30 suites and a signature restaurant, Ristorante Berton Al Lago, with a menu inspired by the local region.  
The hotel is the third in the Sereno Hotels portfolio, joining Le Sereno Hotel & Villas in St. Barthélemy and Villa Pliniana, also on Lake Como. 

Minsk Marriott Hotel (Belarus) 


The summer saw another long-awaited opening - that of the Belarusian capital’s first five-star hotel. 
The 217-room property - Marriott International’s second hotel in Belarus - brings an additional 940sqm of meeting and event space to Minsk including a ballroom for up to 600 delegates and eight breakout rooms. A further 25 suites have private balconies and riverside views.  

Situated within a new development that includes a 3,000-capacity sports and entertainment complex surrounded by bars and restaurants, the hotel’s own restaurant, Fornello, is inspired by the Mediterranean. Guests can choose whether to dine on the summer terrace, in a private area for ten people or enjoy the view from the open kitchen at the chef’s table. 


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