In the ever-evolving world of luxury travel, this year has promised to be an exceptional time for Europe’s hotel scene, with a plethora of exquisite hotels making their grand debut. From the sun-kissed shores of Melides in Portugal to the timeless allure of Capri, Italy, and the enchanting vistas of Crans-Montana, Switzerland, travellers have a delicious new selection to choose from.
Join us as we delve deeper into the captivating world of the new European hotels we are excited about in 2023, exploring the essence of each hotel, and uncovering the myriad of wonders that have elevated these establishments to the pinnacle excellence. Embrace the allure of bespoke elegance, exquisite design, and unparalleled service as we embark on these fabulous new hotels.
5 new European hotels to book now
Hotel Vermelho, Melides, Portugal
Starting our list of the best new European hotels is this intimate boutique by Christian Louboutin, tucked away in the enchanting village of Melides, Portugal. Every inch of Hotel Vermelho’s design exudes an audacious spirit of the world-famous shoe designer.
As you step through its historical wooden doors, you are transported to a world of cultural curiosity and artistic splendour. With thirteen luxury rooms individually designed and bursting with local craftsmanship and rare artworks, each visit promises a unique experience. Beyond the rooms, the hotel’s gardens beckon guests to bask in the Melides sun by the heated natural pool.
The wellness area, tailor-made for individual needs, adds to the journey of relaxation. The culinary offerings at Xtian restaurant showcase the vibrant flavours of Portuguese cuisine with international nuances, inviting guests to indulge and embrace the essence of the Alentejo region.
Address: R. Dr. Evaristo Sousa Gago 2, 7570-635 Melides, Portugal
Hotel La Palma, Capri, Italy
In the heart of Capri, Hotel La Palma takes centre stage as an elegant and exclusive 50-room-and-suite hotel. Situated just steps from the famous Piazzetta, the hotel captures the essence of the Italian island’s timeless hospitality. The renovated property, a masterpiece by interior designer Francis Sultana, embodies the grandeur of yesteryear while remaining at the forefront of the social scene on the island.
Under the culinary direction of Chef Gennaro Esposito, the hotel’s dining offerings, Gennaro’s and Da Gioia by La Palma, celebrate the region’s flavours with a contemporary twist. The brand-new pool deck and beach club provide breathtaking views of Via Vittorio Emanuele and Marina Piccola, enticing guests to embrace the epitome of Capri’s allure.
This is the first Oetker Collection hotel in Italy (its sisters include The Lanesborough in London and Le Bristol in Paris), unveiling a remarkable renovation.
Hotel La Palma
Address: Via Vittorio Emanuele, 39, 80073 Capri NA, Italy
Six Senses, Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Set amongst the breathtaking Swiss Alps, Six Senses Crans-Montana provides an extraordinary high-altitude playground. With 41 neighbouring mountains above 4,000 meters, 140 kilometres of pistes, and 300 days of sunshine a year, guests are welcomed into a vibrant village life with an array of winter and summer activities.
The 78 Terrace Rooms and Suites and the Three-Bedroom Prestige apartment provide a Swiss chalet feel, blending the warmth of natural materials and modern luxuries. The Six Senses Spa, a haven of biohacking and high-touch therapies, offers an immersive wellness experience.
At the centre of the complex are a rooftop swimming pool, Alpine garden, and an open-air cinema. Taking inspiration from the rich colours and flavours of the seasons of this Alpine wonderland, the Wild Cabin all-day brasserie focuses on responsibly sourced local produce with an evolving menu to compliment seasonality year-round.
Six Senses Crans-Montana
Address: Rte des Téléphériques 60, 3963 Crans-Montana, Switzerland
One&Only Aesthesis, Athens, Greece
Step into a world of captivating charm and timeless allure at One&Only Aesthesis, a coastal hideaway that transports you back to the golden days of the Athenian Riviera.
Set in the beautiful coastal area of Glyfada in southern Athens, One&Only Aesthesis is graced with abundant natural beauty. The resort’s elegant architecture, carved out of native stone, harmoniously merges indoor and outdoor spaces, creating an ambiance that captures the convivial spirit of the Grecian era.
The chic resort rooms, elevated bungalows, and exceptional villas are imbued with the glamorous essence of mid-century elegance, drawing inspiration from the iconic beach bungalows that graced the Athenian Riviera in the 1960s. There are a trio of spectacular swimming pools dotted throughout the resort and there is a glamorous beach club, complete with comfortable loungers and parasols.
Opening October 2023.
Address: Leof. Poseidonos, Glifada 166 74, Greece
La Fantaisie, Paris, France
At the heart of the Faubourg Montmartre neighbourhood in Paris, La Fantaisie stands as a lush enclave in the bustling city centre, beckoning guests into a harmonious environment where nature and pleasure intertwine.
From the moment guests step onto the wooden terrace adorned with charming chairs and tables, the hotel awakens their senses with an atmosphere of warmth and welcome. With 63 rooms and 10 suites, La Fantaisie is a haven of peace, each space infused with an aura of tranquillity inspired by nature. Breathtaking views of the city or the blooming garden greet guests as they open the doors to their individual havens.
The interior design, meticulously curated by Martin Brudnizki, exudes a measured exuberance with soft and sunny colours, luxurious materials, floral wallpapers, and richly upholstered seats, evoking a bucolic charm. One of our favourite American chef’s, Dominique Crenn, brings her star power to La Fantaisie, renowned for her dishes steeped in memories and poetic emotion.
Address: 24 Rue Cadet, 75009 Paris, France
Bonus: 3 new London hotels we’re excited about
When it comes to new city hotels, there is no bigger boom than London right now, which started with The Dorchester and Claridge’s undergoing multi-million pound renovations. This year a flurry of super-luxe hotels will make their way to the capital. In this comprehensive exploration of Europe’s best new hotels, London shines brightly as the crown jewel of luxury hospitality, with The Peninsula London, Raffles London at The OWO, and Mandarin Oriental Mayfair proudly taking their place among the finest offerings on the continent.
The Peninsula London
Standing proudly in London’s prestigious Belgravia, The Peninsula London emerges as a beacon of timeless elegance and refined luxury. This newly built hotel is due to open in September, poised at one of the city’s most exclusive addresses and overlooks Hyde Park Corner and Wellington Arch. The Peninsula has 190 exquisitely styled rooms and suites, meticulously designed by architect and interior designer Peter Marino. Each room reflects the distinctive grandeur of Belgravia, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows that bathe the spaces in abundant natural light.
For those seeking the pinnacle of luxury, the Peninsula Suite stands as a palatial retreat, complete with a private screening room, fitness centre, and VIP drop-off service. The hotel will also be a haven of culinary delights, offering five distinctive venues for dining and libations, including the charming Lobby, the chic Chinese Restaurant, the intimate Cigar Lounge, the Rooftop Restaurant and Bar with stunning views, and The Peninsula Boutique & Café. There is also a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a 25-meter heated indoor pool, saunas, and steam rooms.
Opening 12 September 2023.
Address: 1 Grosvenor Pl, London SW1X 7HJ
Raffles London at The OWO
Situated in the iconic Old War Office building, Raffles London emerges as a spectacular addition to the heart of Whitehall. With a rich history steeped in espionage and frequented by luminaries like Sir Winston Churchill and Ian Fleming, this historic landmark has been meticulously restored to house a stunning new hotel and residences.
The Guerlain Spa promises an unparalleled wellbeing experience, offering an array of bespoke wellness treatments amidst serene and secluded spaces. Conceived by interior design studio Goddard Littlefair, the spa features an indoor 25-meter heated swimming pool, saunas, vitality pools, and an innovative array of restorative therapies.
Opening 9 October 2023.
Address: 57 Whitehall, London SW1A 2BX
Mandarin Oriental Mayfair
Set to open its doors in Autumn 2023, Mandarin Oriental is opening its second jaunt in London, adding a more boutique offering to its Hyde Park grande dame counterpart. Sitting on Hanover Square, Mayfair’s oldest square, the hotel will boast a sleek restaurant by acclaimed chef Akira Back, a trailblazer born in Korea and raised in the scenic landscapes of Aspen, Colorado. Blending the tantalising flavours of Japanese and Korean cuisine, Mandarin Oriental Mayfair will be the chef’s first UK venture.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Mayfair stands as the perfect antidote to the fast-paced rhythm of London life, presenting an urban utopia. An oasis of serenity, the spa is set to offer an array of indulgent treatments and wellness.
Opening Autumn 2023.
Address: 22 Hanover Square, London W1S 1JP