European most luxurious new hotel openings
Can there be anything more romantic than a long weekend in Europe? Whether you’re into the decadence that comes with staying in a beautifully restored grand dame in Hungary or you prefer perfectly executed Parisian chic, this year’s new hotel openings across the Continent are something to write home about. Put a luxe spin on your Grand Tour by booking into one of Europe’s most anticipated new hotel openings for 2022.
Europe’s Most Luxurious New Hotel Openings 2022
The Hoxton Barcelona, Spain
Opening April 2022
The Hoxton has always prided itself on being a hotel brand that taps into the culture and community that surround each of its properties, whether in Southwark or the States. The focus at every one of their hotels is originality, eclecticism and a buzzing lobby culture that’s all too welcome in an often greige corporate hotelscape.
When it opens on 25 April, The Hoxton Barcelona won’t be letting the side down. Set in the hip neighbourhood of El Poblenou, the hotel has 240 rooms, all designed to reflect the Mediterranean with terracotta floors, handcrafted wall hangings and huge windows allowing the sunshine to pour in. The rooftop is home to both a pool, with views across to the astonishingly magnificent Sagrada Família, and Tope, a bar and taqueria.
On the ground floor, Four Corners is a laid-back pizza restaurant with a slice shop and bodega. In keeping with The Hoxton ethos, the basement – aka La Cave – is a multifunctional space ready to host local cultural and community events.
Anantara New York Palace Hotel Budapest, Hungary
Opening May 2022
Luxury hotel brand Anantara has added to its not inconsiderable portfolio with Anantara New York Palace Hotel Budapest. It’s set in an exquisite Belle Epoque building in the heart of the city, on Erzsébet Krt boulevard on the Pest side of the Danube River. And while the Alajos Hauszmann-designed facade remains intact, inside has seen a sparkling, no-expense-spared renovation.
The entrance sets the scene, with its marble floor and huge domed ceiling; but everywhere you look, there’s a glittering Venetian chandelier, a frescoed ceiling or a gilded balustrade. This is lavish on a lavish scale. There are four places to eat, ranging from fine dining courtesy of chef András Wolf in the New York Café, where classical musicians play while you eat, to the White Salon, serving traditional Hungarian cuisine.
Upstairs, the 185 rooms and suites are a little more pared back, with the exception of the two Presidential Suites – we’re talking handmade Murano lights, custom furniture, marble bathrooms… With a new spa slated to open later in the year, this is sure to be Budapest’s brightest destination.
The Julius, Prague, Czech Republic
Opening May 2022
Julius Meinl, the gourmet foods producer-meets-luxury hospitality brand, is ready to throw open the doors to The Julius Prague. Set on Senovažne namesti 3, in the heart of the Old Town, its location couldn’t be more convenient. The city’s key landmarks – Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge, the National Museum – are mere minutes away.
But what really sets The Julius apart is its flexibility. The 168 living spaces come in all sorts of configurations and sizes – though all with kitchens – to suit a one-night visit or a month-long stay. Decor is pleasantly neutral (this doesn’t read as boring) with natural materials and brass detailing throughout – and Villeroy & Boch crockery, high-tech appliances and walk-in rainforest showers come as standard. The organic towels and vegan-friendly amenities are a welcome touch. With an all-day bistro and bar, gym, laundry set-up and co-working spaces, this isn’t just comfortable, it’s convenient too.
One&Only Aesthesis, Athens, Greece
Opening June 2022
Hugging the sprawling coastline in Southern Athens, within Glyfada forest reserve, Aesthesis is One&Only’s latest European escape. The architecture across the 127 rooms, suites and private villas channels the cosmopolitanism and glamour of the mid-century Athenian Riviera. Think high ceilings, woven leather, muted tones and accent patterns – plus, of course, sweeping views of the Aegean beyond. As the waves lap the shoreline and the scent of lavender catches the breeze, you’d be hard pushed to remember that you’re just minutes away from the buzzing city of Athens.
Two restaurants serve a sustainable, locally sourced menu with an emphasis on Greek mezes, seafood, meats and vegan delicacies. Leave time for the Chenot Spa, where in true Chenot style the focus is about tailored, scientifically backed treatment plans. Or you could take your pampering to a new level with a visit to nearby Lake Vouliagmeni, the area’s famous thermal springs with natural healing properties.
Six Senses Rome, Italy
Opening Autumn 2022
In the centre of ancient Rome on the charming, cobbled Piazza di San Marcello, just a few blocks from the Fontana di Trevi and Pantheon, is a picture-perfect palazzo building that is now Six Senses Rome. This is the first Italian opening for the luxe hotel brand, and as you’d expect, it is highly anticipated. Interiors of the 95-room property are being overseen by designer Patricia Urquiola who has been tasked with seamlessly merging the building’s context with all the contemporary Six Senses touches we’ve come to love.
On the ground floor, spaces are decked out in travertine marble, oak and bronze with an open kitchen trattoria and bar and a verdant courtyard garden, perfect for seeking shade with an Aperol Spritz. There’s a spa and Roman baths on the first floor, and guests will have the opportunity to harness the power of local herbs, plants and ingredients at the Alchemy Bar.
But the showstopper promises to be the rooftop terrace, thanks to its organic gardens and unbelievable views across the Eternal City. With the shopping streets of Via Condotti, Frattina and Borgognona just moments away, this hotel promises la dolce vita.
Sommerro, Oslo, Norway
Opening September 2022
The transformation of this landmark 1930s building into a 231-room hotel has been masterminded by Norwegian LPO Architects and London- and New York-based studio GrecoDeco. And what a job they’ve done. Beautiful oak parquet flooring, vibrant frescos and murals, and exquisite detailing in the furnishings all stay true to the spirit of the place, across the rooms, four restaurants and three bars. A 100-seat gilded theatre and an 8,000 sq ft underground wellness haven mean you might never want to leave.
Certainly not when you ascend to the city’s first year-round rooftop pool, sauna and terrace, home to Tak Oslo, a Nordic-Japanese restaurant by award-winning Swedish chef Frida Ronge. It’s also a great vantage point to spot the myriad museums, galleries, antiques stores and restaurants in the neighbourhood, as well as the iconic Frogner Park, Oslo’s biggest inner city green space.
Le Grand Mazarin, Paris, France
Opening mid-October 2022
There have been a slew of grand Parisian hotel openings of late and new five-star Le Grand Mazarin looks set to keep the momentum going. Behind it is the family-owned French luxury hotel group Maisons Pariente (headed up by Patrick Pariente, who co-founded Naf-Naf, they’ve other properties in Provence, Saint-Tropez and Méribel), which means it will be ultra-elegant, with exceptional service.
It stands on the corner of Rue des Archives and Rue de la Verrerie in the ever buzzing Le Marais; and the decor has been designed to reflect the area’s bold eclecticism, putting “a playful spin on styles and periods with myriad influences.” The 61 rooms and suites have been described as quirky, plus there’ll be an all-day restaurant, underground bar and a swimming pool. Flamboyant, unexpected, chic… only in Paris.