LThe year’s significant hotel openings demonstrate a strong trend of rehabilitating existing urban heritage. Instead of building, the idea is to renovate iconic businesses, abandoned places or historic buildings. From London to New York to Venice, these relics of the past are being given a second life thanks to visionary hoteliers, while other addresses are being discovered in the heart of nature, from the peaks of Nepal to the jungles of Costa Rica.
A new era
A mythical palace on the Côte d’Azur managed by the hotel group IHG (Intercontinental, Six Senses, etc.) will be the star of the next Cannes Film Festival. The hotel is scheduled to reopen in the spring after a dramatic renovation led by Tristan Auer. The interior designer brilliantly tackled another French hotel legend, the Hôtel de Crillon. For the Carlton, we find a sober and elegant decoration for the rooms and suites that emphasize the magnificent volumes of this palace built in 1911. The hotel is leaving the Intercontinental collection to join the luxury Regent label, claiming strong growth.
Opening in April. www.carlton-cannes.com/en
1st place Vendome, Paris
5 star tiara
Chopard bought the former Hôtel de Vendome in 2014 to turn it into a pocket palace. Pierre Yves Rochon, an architect accustomed to the renovation of very large palaces, is responsible for the project of opening less than thirty rooms and a restaurant. Along with the desire to diversify into a vibrant sector, the idea behind this hotel profession was to provide an exceptional and historic location for the Swiss jewelry house and protect it from being bought by another luxury house. According to Chopard president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, in this spirit of complete independence, the hotel should not join an association like Relais & Châteaux or another competing collection.
Opening soon. www.1-placevendome.com/en
In the garden
The aging Opéra Cadet and its 85 rooms were the object of quite understandable greed. It is located in the center of 9e district, the hotel really benefited from an excellent position. The small Leitmotiv group is now at the head of La Fantaisie, which has reduced the number of keys to 73. Martin Brudnizki, who is currently finalizing Le Grand Mazarin, one of the most anticipated since the beginning of the year, has been chosen as the interior designer. Heavily inspired by the gardens of his Cadet brothers, San Francisco-based French star chef Dominique Crane will be at the helm of the restaurant at this hotel.
Opening in April. www.lafantaisie.com
Regina Experimental, Biarritz
The call of the sea
The trio of owners of the experimental group, Romée de Goriainoff, Pierre-Charles Cros and Olivier Bon, have big hotel ambitions, opening more than a dozen establishments in the coming years. In Biarritz, they occupy an icon: the favorite address of Regina and Edward VII, or Queen Amélie of Portugal, dating from 1907. The old MGallery has been undergoing a complete renovation for a year. Dorothée Meilichzon, the experimental group’s emblematic architect, is responsible for the decor, which evokes the bold lines of Ettore Sottsass and 1950s modernism.
Opening in summer. en.experimentalgroup.com
Chalamon Domain, Saint-Remy-de-Provence
Symphony of Provence
The acquisition of Domaine de Chalamon marks a return to basics for Guillaume Foucher and Frédéric Bousse, who opened their first address at Domaines de Fontenille in the Luberon in 2016. The duo has since multiplied ambitious projects in Marseille, Re or Menorca. For this return to the south, we find two owners’ taste for beautiful buildings and exceptional gardens. Chalamon includes a residence dating from the 16th centurye asr and more than 1700 hectares located on the edge of the Alpine mountains. At the same time, a guest house managed by the Fontenille teams is expected to open next March in Oppède, still in the Luberon, and a hotel in Tuscany in the summer.
Opening in early May. www.lesdomainesdefontenille.com/fr
Nayara, Costa Rica
to the wild
Leo and Ruthy Githis are among South America’s most visionary hoteliers. The couple develops luxury hotels with a strong environmental conscience, the mantra of all their developments in Costa Rica, Panama and Chile. In Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano National Park, they have replanted a forest that was destroyed by an agricultural project and created a tent hotel that recently opened. Birds and monkeys, some species of which have disappeared in the region, have returned to the area. The tented rooms are on stilts, the terraces are in direct contact with the lush nature.
Royal Mansour, Casablanca
A famous palace in Morocco will soon have a younger brother of the same name in the economic capital of Morocco. The former Méridien hotel from the 1950s has been replaced by a new establishment in the heart of the city, not far from the Medina. As in Morocco, the best of the country’s craftsmanship is called for, but the tempo will be more modern for Casablanca. The two hotels run a prestigious hotel school at the same time.
Opening in 2023.
JK Place, Milan
The JK collection is discreet, it can be found in the wing of the Borghese Palace in Rome, at 7 rue de Lille in Paris.e district. The 38-room Milanese opus is expected to be located at 15 via Borgospesso, a year-round hub for major fashion brands. We have to find there the full taste of the collection for interiors that combines furniture of the great Italian decorative periods and classical sculptures, all mixed with modern works of art and photographs.
Opening in spring. www.jkplaces.com
Georgia, Santa Monica
Art Deco was developed in California
The saga of the hotel opened in the 1930s is combined with the saga of Hollywood studios. With its famous turquoise facade, the Georgian was a haven for movie monsters like Clark Gable or American icons like JFK’s mother, Rose Kennedy, who loved to spend her summers there. The facility was in need of serious renovation. It was carried out according to the rules of art, respecting the history of the place. Retro furniture harmonizes with the now essential tools of hotel automation. An art gallery and two restaurants will complete the hotel’s offer.
Opening soon. www.thegeorgian.com
One and Only Aesthetics, Athens
Spirit of the Riviera
After the magnificent Mandarina project opened in the jungle overlooking the Pacific coast of Mexico, he is aiming for another horizon in Greece with the One & Only hotel. The aesthetic, expected this summer, overlooks the sea. The opening of the establishment will take place in the village of Glifada, popular among Athenians and easily accessible fifteen minutes from the capital. “Esthesis” will be directed by Yann Gillet, former director of Martinez in Cannes. The hotel invests in a large natural area bordering a large protected forest near the lake Vouliagmeni is famous for its thermal springs. This future paradise of prosperity will also be equipped with a year Chenot Spa.
It opens this summer. www.oneandonlyresorts.com
At the top of Battersea
When you arrive in London, the old power station you see from the Eurostar has been abandoned for forty years. A huge real estate and commercial project reminiscent of the Tate Modern has just opened in this huge brick building. Art’otel within Battersea welcomed its first customers in early 2023. The decor is by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon, featuring pop and colorful furniture. The highlight is the outdoor pool overlooking all of London.
Shinta Mani, Nepal
American-born architect Bill Bensley is little known in Europe. He has successfully developed two design studios, one in Bangkok and the other in Bali. Bill Bensley develops his own hotel collection in addition to decorating for many establishments in Asia. The next opening is expected on the edge of the Himalayas: 29 suites in an elegant stone building that respects the mountain environment. Shinta Mani is located in Mustang, a former independent kingdom of Nepal, and has long been closed to all outside visits.
Opening in May. shintamani.com
Nolinski Venezia, Venice
Known for its elegant Parisian addresses, the Evoque collection (including the Cour des Vosges hotel) is investing for the first time outside the capital, specifically in Venice, Italy. The former Chamber of Commerce of the City of Doges thus becomes the second Nolinski after Paris, located on the boulevard de l’Opéra. You’ll find the entire Evoque universe there, starting with the star-studded Parisian restaurant Le Palais Royal, while the interiors are handled by architects Le Coadic & Scotto, who participated in the Cour des Vosges. Another strong point: the establishment overlooks Calle Larga, in the heart of the luxury shopping district; Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana are nearby.
Opening at the end of summer. nolinskihotels.com
Warren Street, New York
Kit and Timp Kent have created a hotel collection that reflects their creative, bold and stylish couple. We are especially indebted to them Soho Hotel where Charlotte Street in London. They mix modern art collections with old furniture, reinvent the grand classics of the English residence according to their imagination, and do not hesitate to play with acid colors. Their new land of conquest is New York, where they have acquired a modern building in an old parking lot in the southernmost part of Tribeca, not far from the 9/11 memorial.
Opening at the end of 2023. www.firmdalehotels.com
He is good in his shoes
The most famous French shoemaker, Christian Louboutin, takes refuge in the Alentejo region of Portugal every year to design his winter collections. During his stay, he developed the idea of opening a place designed as a creative guest house. For this, it has partnered with the Marugal hotel group (Totem, Madrid, Relais de Chambord, etc.) to take care of operations. Already announced as one of the hotel events of the summer, Vermelho will accommodate 13 rooms with an opening on the 1st.er Superstition is out of place in April Melides.
Opening in April. www.marugal.com