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Feb 23, 2012

Bon Voyage: Europe's Newest Hotels

What started out as just a little seedling of wanderlust has bloomed into a full on obsession to get our jetset on. Gallivanting across the pond is more inviting than ever, especially with this slew of just opened European hotels.

London, U.K.

Belgraves brings a little New York swag - accented with British pomp - to London-town.

Located in the fashionable Belgravia nabe, this new addition to the Thompson Hotels family, boasts 85 stately rooms and suites, a bar, restaurant and lofty lobby. The handsomely decorated rooms are outfitted in palettes of gray tones and in-room amenities include Rococo chocolates and Coco De Mer intimacy boxes. Celeb chef and Great British Menu star Mark Hix heads up the hotel’s restaurant Hix Belgravia, as well as a new outpost of his hip Soho imbibing den slash cigar garden Mark’s Bar.

Milan, Italy

Milan as eco-friendly pioneer?

Sounded odd to us too, until we discovered E.c.h.o, the city’s newest boutique hotel. The eco-chic property was designed with sustainability on the brain: recycled design elements, massive solar panels, and water recovery systems. Zen-seekers will revel in the high ceilings and leafy backdrops that bring the notion of urban hang suite to life.

Paris, France

Next week, the French doors of W Paris - Opera will open with a grand flourish.

Though situated within an 1870’s Haussman-era heritage building, neoclassical style is almost completely absent from the city’s first W Hotel outpost. Mod reigns supreme, and you’ll feel like you’re in a ‘60s French pop video - save for the heritage-protected mosaic flooring and stained glass windows which were incorporated into the design. Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arola crafts shareable dishes for both the lounge and onsite dining destination, Arola Restaurant. When you decide to take a field trip, landmarks like the Garnier Opéra House and the haute couture of Rue de la Paix and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré are just steps away. Be one of the first to rest your head at the new property with the Ignite the Light package, available from February 29 – August 31, 2012.


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