Hospitality on Horizon: Europe

Luxury hotels opening in Europe in 2015 exemplify exactly what today’s top-tier meeting attendees expect—and then some. Here’s a preview.

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Properties Opening in 2015—Europe

Hôtel de Crillon, ParisFrance
Paris
Hôtel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel
OPENING Second quarter ROOMS 147 MEETING SPACE 4,000+ square feet THE BUZZ Dallas-based Rosewood Hotels’ two-year restoration of one of the world’s most majestic hotels, built in 1758 at the request of King Louis XV. THE PERKS Classical food and lodgings reimagined for the twenty-first century on the Place de la Concorde. 888.767.3966; www.rosewoodhotels.com 

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renderingItaly
Milan
ME Milan Il Duca
OPENING May ROOMS 132 MEETING
SPACE * THE BUZZ ME by Meliá’s renovation of the Duca di Milano Hotel, designed nearly 30 years ago by the great postmodernist Aldo Rossi at the Piazza della Repubblica. THE PERKS Cocktails on the roof and a dedicated “aura manager” to maximize guests’ enjoyment of the financial, industrial, and fashion capital of Italy. 877.954.8363;  www.me-by-melia.com 

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Mandarin Oriental Milan
OPENING Spring ROOMS 104 MEETING SPACE * THE BUZZ Three nineteenth-century buildings united around a courtyard as a Mandarin Oriental on swanky Via Monte de Pieta. THE PERKS For planners, a 100-seat ballroom and two additional meeting rooms; for guests, an indoor pool and Mandarin Oriental spa. 800.526.6566; www.mandarinoriental.com

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jwmvenice3Venice
JW Marriott Venice
Resort & Spa
OPENING March ROOMS 230 MEETING SPACE 10,054 square feet THE BUZZ The surprise of a JW Marriott coming to Sacca Sessola, a private state-protected island in the Venice Lagoon. THE PERKS Indoor, outdoor, and rooftop pools plus bars and restaurants exploring the flavors of Venice and all of Italy. 888.236.2427; www.jwmarriott.com 

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The Netherlands
Amsterdam
W Amsterdam
OPENING Fall ROOMS 169 MEETING SPACE 5,165 square feet THE BUZZ W’s taking the trend for rooftop activity over the top with a soaring glass lobby, restaurant, and bar built over the former Office for Transactions and Telephony on Dam Square. Below, the juxtaposition of restored 1925 elements and ultracontemporary design. THE PERKS The brand’s famous Whatever/Whenever policy, promising guests whatever they want, so long as it’s legal. 877.946.8357; www.whotels.com

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DouroValley2Portugal
Douro Valley
Six Senses Douro Valley
OPENING Spring ROOMS 71 MEETING SPACE * THE BUZZ Europe’s first Six Senses resort, blending historic architecture and contemporary decor by New York’s Clodah Design. THE PERKS A 24,000-square-foot spa, indoor and outdoor pools, two restaurants, wine academy, and blissful isolation on 19 acres of Portuguese countryside. 800.591.7480; www.sixsenses.com

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Russia
Moscow
Delano Moscow
OPENING * ROOMS 160 MEETING SPACE 20,000+ square feet THE BUZZ The heights of hotel luxury capping off the $12 billion Moscow International Business Center, the first-ever mixed-use residential, retail, and office development in Moscow. THE PERKS Dining and nightlife to rival the newly opened Delano Las Vegas and the first Delano in South Beach. 800.606.6090;  www.morganshotelgroup.com 

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Spain
Barcelona
The Cotton House, Barcelona
OPENING Spring ROOMS 83 MEETING SPACE * THE BUZZ Design by Lázaro Rosa Violán studios, inspired by the decorative arts of the building’s nineteenth-century architecture, which housed the headquarters for the Association of Cotton Manufacturers.  THE PERKS A rooftop pool and terrace, garden terrace for dining and drinks, plus a location in the heart of the city. www.hotelcottonhouse.com

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Switzerland
Zurich
Kameha Grand Hotel Zurich
OPENING Spring ROOMS 245 MEETING SPACE 9,700+ square feet THE BUZZ The ultramodern architecture by LA’s Sebastian Knorr and interiors by Amsterdam’s Marcel Wanders, with references to Swiss banking, clockwork, and chocolate throughout. THE PERKS The six-minute drive from theairport, Italian and Japanese cuisine, a Fitness Powerhouse gym, spa, and 11 themed specialty suites. 41.44.525.5000; www.kamehagrandzuerich.com

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Annette Burden

Annette Burden

Annette Burden has written and edited for Elite Meetings International since 2007. In addition to writing on travel for other publications, she founded and edited Meeting Traveler, Resorts & Great Hotels, and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazines.

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