Prague’s high-end accommodation options get a serious upgrade. With new and not-yet open properties, often in well-preserved historic buildings, these accommodations attract locals and visitors who love the city’s new arts, cultural and fashion scene.
Hyatt opened its first property in the Czech Republic with the unveiling of the 5-star Andaz Hyatt Prague. The 176 luxurious rooms are housed in a 1916 building known as the Sugar Palace on the edge of Old Town. Andaz Prague is one of the first “luxury lifestyle” hotels in the city. Located on Senovážné Square, within the magnificently restored Sugar Palace, the building was originally built for the city’s Sugar Industry Insurance Association. The hotel’s stand-alone MEZ bar delivers an exhilarating atmosphere with its signature cocktails, infused with local ingredients, each inspired by the historic figures of Prague.
The Julius Meinl family, legendary European entrepreneurs of retail and dining, expands their hospitality influence with the launch of a new long-term stay concept. Dubbed the Julius, the brand draws upon the family’s 160-year legacy of quality and service to embody a timeless standard of European hospitality through a modern lens. The Julius Prague, with 168 residences, was beautifully designed by Milan-based studio Matteo Thun & Partners, and opened to long- and short-term guests this spring.
Vienna-based WSF Group is in the middle of a $21 million transformation project, turning the former Alcron Prague hotel property into Almanac X Prague. The popular Alcron opened in 1932, quickly becoming the venue of choice for locals and international visitors in Prague’s creative and media worlds, with actors, producers, singers, writers, celebrities and foreign correspondents enjoying its location just off Wenceslas Square. The deluxe Almanac X Prague, with new interiors by Spain-based Tres Cinco Uno Creative Studio, in consultation with Prague’s Marani Architects, will open in December with 204 newly refurbished rooms and suites. The new hotel will also feature a restaurant with a modern take on local Czech cuisine and a wonderful rooftop terrace overlooking the city.
Marriott’s W brand expands further in Europe with plans to open its first W hotel in Czech Republic in mid-2023. The 154 rooms and suites of W Prague will be located on Wenceslas Square in a building formerly known as Grand Europa Hotel, an Art Nouveau-style property dating back to 1905. Restored historical features of the former Grand Hotel Europa will be complemented by a new oval-shaped extension, and the two buildings will be fully connected.
Other 2023 hotel openings in Prague include Fairmont’s Golden Prague Hotel, currently renovating its prime riverside property, with its own share of history as the former Brutalist-style InterContinental Hotel. The new Golden Prague is undergoing a $117 million renovation and will open its doors in 2023 as one of the most exclusive 5-star properties in the city, with 297 luxurious rooms and suites, extensive spa with indoor and outdoor pools, and three restaurants and bars.
The best food tours go beyond reliving a newly arrived traveler of having to figure out which restaurant or bar to hit first. They also provide context in explaining how a destination’s crops and cuisine tie in with a place’s historical events and different populations. During a vacation in Iceland, 20-year veteran tour guide and proud Madeira native Jaqueline Freitas was reminded of this when she put herself in the hands of a savvy Reykjavik guide leading a street food tour.
From 24-Hour Butler Service to a Sky Pool: Boutique Luxury Awaits at Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences in Los Cabos
Set on a seaside bluff overlooking Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences is a Baja paradise specializing in serene vistas and impeccable hospitality, offering a Pacific coast lifestyle with authentic Mexican touches. Guests can now earn a fourth night free at the stunning resort, plus a $100 resort credit, when booking through March 20, for travel through June 15.
Wilderness Reserve, an 8,000-acre estate of historic and charming properties, woodlands and lakes, invites visitors to its newly launched YOXMAN, a three-day, Michelin-starred dining experience. Four United Kingdom chefs come together to prepare an array of different cuisines throughout the weekend, and guests are treated to plenty of entertainment throughout the experience.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts adds to its growing collection with Rosewood Hotel Bauer, slated to open in Venice in 2025. Led by Venice-based architect Alberto Torsello and interior design group BAR Studio, the property will lie in the city’s historic San Marco district.
When American travelers make plans to visit Portugal, Lisbon is usually their first stop.
PONANT recently announced a new collaboration with Smithsonian Journeys for a series of co-branded sailings for 2023. Led by two Smithsonian Journeys experts, such as an art historian, solar astrophysicist or international relations expert, the 21 itineraries seek to deepen travelers’ immersion and knowledge of different destinations.
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Savoy Signature Hotel Group continues to generate a buzz in international hospitality about the way its diverse portfolio shapes Madeira’s future as a destination; the brand keeps existing fans (particularly the traditional group of older British and German visitors) interested while drawing younger, more active travelers beyond the confines of Europe. The Savoy Palace, opened in 2019, took on the “legacy” mantle of a predecessor (the former Savoy Hotel) that stood on the same site, and then reopened with a lot of enthusiasm after the height of the pandemic passed.