Hot Paris hotel opens its doors

Les Bains is back, blazing a trial for this century’s trendsetters in the historic Marais district in Paris. Baroque Travel explores this bathhouse turned boutique hotel with its ghosts of revelers past

 

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"What happened in Les Bains stays in Les Bains.” – Lenny Krawitz

This one’s not for the faint-hearted. The famous Les Bains is back in Paris’s bohemian Le Marais neighborhood. In its new incarnation, it’s a luxury boutique hotel. Opened as a private bathhouse in 1885, it was a hotspot for bohemians of the Belle Epoque including Marcel Proust. It was then transformed into a famous nightclub where Yves St Laurent, Mick Jagger, Johnny Depp, Kate Moss and David Bowie used to party. Created by then-unknown designer Philippe Starck, and home to resident DJ David Guetta, the club was a celebrity-filled haven, full of beauties with spiked heels, red lips and oh so glam attire.

 

The new iteration honors the establishment’s glorious past and offers a bold new take on Parisian hospitality. Completely refurbished and redesigned by acclaimed architects and designers Tristan Auer, Vincent Bastie and Denis Montel, the new property has a sense of entitlement and a certain cachet, a spirit picked up from its glamorous past that still lingers, while offering a modern, chic hotel and club of international standard.

 

Featuring a restaurant, bar, private lounge, the club and 39 guest rooms and suites, Le Bains is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to cool. Located at Rue du Bourg L’Abbe in the historic third arrondisement, it sits shoulder to shoulder with other aristocratic buildings, many architectural masterpieces in their own right.

 

Les Baines epitomizes the creative lifestyles of those who visited here before, offering the new generation of rebels and revelers, a lifestyle more than just a place to stay, to eat and to party. A blend of home-from-home, hotel and club, Les Bains has been reborn with the same creative energy, beckoning to those who know they are entitled.

 

The building’s public spaces each create a different mood. While the guest rooms are sleek and comfortable, inviting and intensely personal, the public areas inspire bonhomie and rousing conversation. The bar, the heart of the hotel, is as much a place to gather as it is a daringly beautiful architectural creation. The ceilings curve, walls disappear into darkness and lights reflect off surfaces creating an almost hallucinatory experience. And when you savor the creative cocktails imagined, mixed and produced for you at the bar, using fresh herbs, house wines and spirits.

 

The restaurant Les Bains - La Salle-à-Manger, was inspired by the original legendary restaurant that was located here. The regal purple décor offsets the rich mahogany tables, on which guests enjoy seasonal French dishes made from fresh local ingredients. For private parties of up to 12 people, there’s Le Reservoir, located in a 15-meter water tank previously used to supply the spa at Les Bains.

 

An integral part of the hotel, The Club Les Bains conjures up memories and new emotions, an on-trend, eclectic establishment specializing in great music. Home to a swimming pool, black and white tiles and checkerboard, it sets the scene for live shows, concerts and events that rock the building from midnight to dawn, Thursdays to Saturdays.

 

If you would like to book a room at Les Bains while you’re enjoying summer in Paris, or would like to visit its legendary club, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make all your travel arrangements for you.

Moor your yacht at your Ibiza hotel

You don’t have to stay on your yacht when you get to Ibiza this summer – there’s a stunning new hotel next to a super yacht marina that will make you want to go ashore and have the time of your life. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

These days, more and more yacht owners are choosing to stay in their destinations when they reach them, despite the posh amenities onboard their luxury yachts. There is a whole new range of luxury hotels catering for super yacht owners, either with their own marinas, or with one close by. Once you reach your dream destination, you head off to spend a few days in spacious luxury for a while, with a choice of exclusive facilities available to make your stay a pampering one.

 

Now, if we’re talking Ibiza, let’s face it – all the action is on land, so it makes sense to take a few days off from sailing to enjoy some pampering amenities, such as gourmet restaurants, bars, spas, private beaches and the like.

 

New to Ibiza whether you’re traveling on land or sea is the stunning Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, which has every possible facility for a luxury vacation, including a marina right next door. The hotel, which is located just off Talamanca Bay, offers guests complimentary access to its superb Six Senses Spa, two gorgeous swimming pools and a rooftop terrace with stunning sea views. Located just 3km from Ibiza Town, this new hotel offers spacious luxury rooms with marble bathrooms, rainfall showers, floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces. Suites are also available, with lounge areas and separate dressing rooms. Some even offer private plunge pools.

 

Each room is decorated with luxurious details and equipped with free WiFi. All offer marble bathrooms with rainfall showers, floor to ceiling windows and open terraces with sea or garden views. The suites are spacious and come with a plush lounge area and separate dressing room. Some include a kitchenette and private plunge pool. Of course, the hotel boasts a fabulous Nobu restaurant offering Japanese-Nikkei fusion food, as well as three other restaurants including a beachfront seafood restaurant and a health café called Celicioso that prepares gluten-free cuisine, nourishing juices and superfood salads. And did we mention there are mixologists on call to mix you drinks on your terrace?

 

Décor is inspired by the colors and textures of the island itself, and each of the 152 guest rooms is a haven to escape to, to relax and unwind.

 

Let’s not forget the marina where you’ll be mooring your yacht. It offers 428 berths for vessels up to 30m long, as well as power and water facilities, WiFi, service and maintenance. So, while your yacht is cared for, you can enjoy this stunning boutique beach resort on Cala Talamanca beach.

 

Whether you choose to stay at this exceptional hotel, or moor in the marina and enjoy its myriad facilities, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us now for more information on a vacation in Ibiza, info@baroquetravel.com. We can also make your hotel and/or marina reservations for you.

Stylish hotel opens in Amsterdam

Always ready to find the new and extraordinary, Baroque Travel offers this unique gem, the stylish, imaginative Kimpton De Witt Hotel in Amsterdam

 

Whether you’re passing through this summer en route to a coastal destination or spending time in Amsterdam for business or pleasure, there’s a new hotel worth considering as your base. The Kimpton De Witt Hotel was once home to famous 17th Century poet and playwright P.C. Hooft, and has since been meticulously restored, keeping some of its old world magic and adding chic modern elements that make it quite unique. Decorated with exquisite art pieces created by local artists, and featuring plush accommodation as well as a trendy gastro pub and bar, this stunning establishment is located in the heart of the city, just 300m from Central Station.

 

We know we said this used to be a poet’s residence, but the hotel is actually enormous, covering a number of buildings including some that date back to the Renaissance era. There are 274 guest rooms in total, including rooms, suites and villas, some with city views and others secluded to offer peace and quiet. The choice is wide, with fireplaces in some rooms, private balcony or terrace in others and exquisite specialty penthouse suites as another option. Fifteen of the rooms in the hotel are located in original buildings that date back to the Renaissance era.

 

Guest facilities in the rooms are luxurious and plentiful and include iPads and MacBooks on loan, 24-hour in-room dining, gourmet local treats in the mini bar, plush Frette robes, Gaiam yoga mats, a Nespresso machine, complimentary WiFi, Smart TVs and Marie-Stella-Maris toiletries in the bathrooms.

To ensure that guests can live like a local, they also have the use of complimentary Van Moof bicycles to explore the city. Oh – and you can bring your pet if you wish.

 

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The hotel décor is Dutch-inspired, fresh, modern and refined, with plenty of imaginative spaces to reflect in, including a leafy garden conservatory and the cozy House Bar. This is an intimate luxury boutique hotel, despite its size, where guests can be pampered in luxury while enjoying the local culture.

The hotel offers three excellent restaurants in all, as well as a Fitness Center that is open 24/7 and a concierge.

 

The ultimate luxury

For the ultimate luxury, there is a completely private exclusive suite for those who wish to enjoy a secluded stay away from prying eyes and cameras. Located inside this new hotel is Little House, an exquisitely decorated three-story suite in a historic section of the hotel, where one can enjoy a special occasion, wedding, party or any other celebration. The suite offers one king-sized guest room, a twin guest room and a spacious lounge area.

 

If you would like to book a stay in this iconic Amsterdam hotel, whether it’s the exclusive Little House, or a room, villa or suite, let Baroque Travel assist. Mail us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make your reservations for you. We can also assist with any other travel arrangements you may require.

The most luxurious boutique hotel in the world

The exquisite Hotel Brunelleschi in Florence recently won the acclaim as the ‘Top Luxury Boutique Hotel Worldwide in the prestigious 'Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence'. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

Every year, Luxury Travel Advisor magazine awards accolades to the best establishments in the travel industry. One of the recipients of this year’s prestigious awards is the beautiful Hotel Brunelleschi in Florence, which has been named the ‘Top Luxury Boutique Hotel Worldwide’.

This charming hotel is situated in two historic buildings – one was previously a Byzantine tower built in the 6th Century and the other was built as a Medieval Church that dates all the way back to the 15th Century. Both have been meticulously restored to their former glory. This unique hotel is located in the historic centre of the city, close to numerous popular attractions and monuments and within walking distance of the centrally located square Piazza della Signoria and the Palazzo Vecchio. Located in a pedestrian area, the hotel is surrounded by popular shops and café’s and is just a five-minute walk to the famous Uffizi Gallery.

The entire area where the hotel is located was once the property of Filippo Brunelleschi, hence the hotel’s name. The hotel, which features an upscale Italian restaurant as well as a traditional trattoria, offers unparalleled views of the city and the dome of the famous Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the magnificent cathedral that was designed by Brunelleschi himself. The tower, Torre La Pagliazza, was once a prison. It towers above the block where it was built as it has done for around 1,500 years. It’s part of the hotel, and is home to one of the most luxurious hotel suites.

All of this luxurious hotel’s 96 guest rooms and suites are exceptional, individually decorated in a contemporary in style with vintage touches, parquet floors, opulent furnishings, air-conditioning, iPod docking stations and 42-inch LCD TVs. The private bathrooms offer toiletries by elegant Florence fragrance house, Maison Dr Vranjes. The most exclusive accommodation is the Pool Suite, which offers a four-poster bed and hot tub.

The restaurant, Osteria della Pagliazza, is located on the first floor of the hotel, and offers an exceptional selection of Tuscan fare. There’s also the luxurious Santa Elisabetta Restaurant, located in the Byzantine tower on its first floor; it features only seven tables for up to 24 people. Guests also enjoy a choice of drinks and cocktails at the Tower Bar.

The hotel also offers a fitness center, three meeting rooms and a private museum as well as a stunning terrace that looks out over the Basilica.

 

If you are interested in booking a stay in this exceptional establishment, let Baroque Travel assist you with your bookings. We can also make all your other travel arrangements, including flights, transfers, sightseeing and anything else you may require. Just contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will take care of everything for you.

New Four Seasons Hotel opens in London

The city of London has a brand new hotel, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square. Baroque Travel finds out all about the Four Seasons group’s latest London establishment

 

Located in an historic Grade 2-listed building in the center of the city of London, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square comprises a brand new luxury hotel as well as a prestigious private members club, the Ten Trinity Square Private Club, as well as 41 exquisite private residences. In its heyday, Ten Trinity Square was home to the London Port Authority and also hosted the United Nations. And it’s been featured in a James Bond Film. Now this exquisite building has been transformed into a luxury hotel by the Four Seasons group.

 

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Located right next to the Tower of London and close to Tower Bridge, the hotel is close to some of London’s best markets as well as a plethora of arts and cultural sites. It’s also become a great new dining and drinking destination with a selection of excellent restaurants and bars including the Rotunda, which features a spectacular setting and an impressive bar. Then there’s La Dame de Pic, which offers exceptional haute cuisine prepared by acclaimed French chef Anne-Sophie Pic, whose skills have awarded her three Michelin stars. A third restaurant, an Asian establishment, is due to open shortly, featuring both Chinese and Japanese dishes as well as a sushi bar.

 

The hotel also offers an exceptional spa, with eight treatment rooms and a team of expert therapists who are trained in advanced technologies as well as traditional practices. The spa complex features a vitality pool, steam and sauna rooms, a 14-meter indoor pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center that is open 24 hours a day.

 

There are 100 spacious guestrooms in all, decorated in a classical style and featuring en suite private bathrooms and spectacular city views. Facilities in the rooms include 24-hour in-room dining, a flat-screen TV and iPad access to the hotel’s various leisure and business services.

The 41 elegant residences range in size from one to five-bedroom units and are designed in the 1920s style when the building was first built. These are available for sale.

 

The opening of this hotel marks the first time in two decades that this exceptional building will be open to the public. It is the third British establishment to be opened by the Four Seasons Group. The Four Seasons group of hotels and resorts also owns the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane and a stunning country establishment, the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire.
 

If you are interested in finding out more about the hotel, and would like to make a reservation to stay there, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we can make all your travel arrangements for you, including flights, transfers as well as hotel reservations at this brand new hotel.

Iconic Hotel Eden reopens in Rome

After more than a year and a half, Rome’s iconic Hotel Eden has reopened its doors. The new iteration is even more luxurious and classically elegant than its predecessor. Baroque Travel finds out more

 

A stay at the Hotel Eden in Rome has always been a legendary experience. The hotel, which originally opened in 1889, has hosted a long list of royalty, heads of state and celebrities from all over the world, including many Hollywood actors and actresses.

 

The hotel was bought by the renowned Dorchester Collection in 2013, which also owns The Beverly Hills in LA and the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris. Since then, it has been completely revamped, meticulously recreating its historic opulence and adding a modern sensitivity. With its ideal location between the Spanish Steps and the Villa Borghese in Rome, the hotel is everything that one would expect of a modern luxury establishment.

 

You can’t possibly go wrong if your designers were responsible for revamping the exquisite Hôtel Plaza Athénée and redesigning Karl Lagerfeld’s apartment. And the dartists certainly did not disappoint. From the moment you enter the lobby which is festooned with gold and marble to the time spent relaxing in La Libreria, the sumptuous bar where the walls are decorated with frescoes, the floors boast geometric marble patterns and there’s a secret bar, you know you’ve landed in paradise.

 

The 98 private guest rooms and suites are light, bright, airy and spacious, with high ceilings and large windows. Decorated in neutral shades, they are comfortable and welcoming. Plush, too – lamps are from Murano, closets have antique mirrors, curtains are made from exquisite Italian textiles and the bathrooms are marble, and offer Bottega Veneta toiletries.

 

The hotel’s four signature suites are quite exceptional, with elegant interiors and breathtaking views. The largest and most exclusive is the Bellavista Penthouse Suite, which offers a study, living room, dining room, bedroom and a telescope for stargazing. Located on the hotel rooftop, it features unmatched views of Rome. Accessible only by private elevator, it’s decorated in 1930s-style.

 

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The hotel’s two restaurants are headed by Fabio Ciervo, an award-winning chef who is passionate about healthy eating (he originally trained with Michel Roux at the Waterside Inn). The gourmet restaurant La Terraza at Hotel Eden features nutritious gastronomic fare that focuses on wellness. A special event is the chef’s table where up to eight guests can watch 30 chefs at work in the kitchen that Ciervo designed. The second restaurant, Il Giardino Ristorante & Bar, features a small outdoor terrace. It’s perfect for breakfast or evening cocktails, as well as casual lunches and dinners.

A new addition is the hotel spa, a small, intimate space with just four treatment suites. It offers various treatments including facials and massages using exclusive products from the US and Italy.

 

If you would like to book a stay at the Hotel Eden this summer, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will make all your travel arrangements for you.

New London hotel causing waves

The world-renowned firm of interior designers, the Experimental Group, famous for their hotels, bars and restaurants around the world, has just completed a new project, their first hotel in London: Henrietta Hotel. Baroque Travel investigates

 

French interior design group, the Experimental Group, is known for providing places for people to have a good time, enjoy good food, wine and company. Their latest project, the Henrietta Hotel, which has just opened in Covent Garden in London, is tucked behind a discreet black door, revealing a series of beautiful guest rooms and a two-tiered restaurant headed by Michelin Star super-chef Ollie Dabbous that is already booked out for months to come.

 

The Experimental Group rose to fame when it debuted its Experimental Cocktail Club in Paris. Two years later the Prescription Cocktail Club in London’s Soho was born and this was followed by another bar of the same name, which opened in China Town in London. Today there are 17 Experimental Group hotels and restaurants, in Paris, London, New York and Ibiza. All are known as much for their elegance and exquisite design as they are famous for their innovative cocktail menu.

 

The London hotel, built on the street of the same name, is, like the group that designed it, experimental when it comes to design. Each of the 18 guest rooms is individually decorated, with practicality and spaciousness a main concern. Color choices are sumptuous and the bed heads, all hand-crafted, resemble door frames with their combination of materials such as mirrors, fabric and hand-painted designs. All of this is offset by Carrara marble skirting and Terrazzo-shaped carpets.

 

The Henrietta is located in Covent Garden; its location has also inspired the interior, which includes leopard-skin and other surprising secret touches. The restaurant includes magnificent classic Vico Magistretti Carimate chairs and handcrafted light fittings as well as furniture designed by Experimental Group’s owner, Dorothée Meilichzon. And the bathrooms are quirkily painted pink. Meilichzon’s attention to detail is evident throughout the hotel, from a giant mural of a tiger on a wall of the restaurant to many unexpected surprizes, such as the embroidery on the towels in the bathroom.

 

Located in the heart of London on Henrietta Street, which is famous as an area for art, literature and music, the hotel comprises two separate townhouses (numbers 14 and 15) – the former used to be a publishing house famous for publishing the likes of John Le Carre, George Orwell and Kingsley Amis. Together these two townhouses form the hotel, restaurant and bar; it sits proudly in an area famous for being the home of some of the city’s best restaurants, theaters, bars and museums.

 

The Michelin-starred restaurant features a menu that is simple, seasonal and with a subtle French style. The cocktail menu was created by aficionados Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller and is a historic look at Covent Garden’s chequered history.

 

If you would like to find out more about this iconic hotel, which opened its doors in April, let Baroque Travel assist. We can also book accommodation there for you, and a table at the restaurant. So contact us immediately, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make all your travel arrangements for you.

Penthouses at Hotel Arts Barcelona offer supreme luxe

If you’re looking for the ultimate luxury travel experience this summer, head for Spain and stay at the magnificent Hotel Arts Barcelona in one of their penthouses, says Baroque Travel

 

The luxurious Hotel Arts Barcelona already offers a legendary experience. But if you would like to enjoy the ultimate in luxe, make sure you stay in one of the hotel’s exquisite Penthouses, which occupy the hotel’s top floors. This modern hotel has been designed so that it is flooded with natural light, and the rooms of the penthouses seem as if they are floating above the city and the sea. They offer guests the ultimate in refined luxury, with personalized service a given.

So what do you get when you stay in one of the exquisite penthouses? Aside from superb, plush, comfortable accommodation, you also enjoy a butler on hand to offer any assistance you might require, not to mention your own Mini Cabriolet to use so that you can explore this magnificent city (four hours daily use is nothing to frown about!), exclusive bath amenities and superb breakfast daily.

Each of these exquisite penthouses is a duplex, featuring a spacious living room, dining area and kitchen as well as one or more bedroom suites. All boast wrap-around windows offering breathtaking city and ocean views. There are 10 penthouses featuring one bedroom suites, another 10 with two-bedroom suites, and four offering three-bedroom suites. In addition, there’s the Arts Penthouse and the Barcelona Penthouse on the 40th floor, both offering spacious outdoor terraces, as well as the Royal Penthouse and a Presidential Penthouse, both on the hotel’s top floors, featuring two bedrooms, an outdoor terrace, private gym and personal trainer.

All of these beautiful penthouses have been designed by acclaimed Catalan designer Jaime Tressera to capture the essence of this spectacular Spanish city. The hotel itself is known for offering guests a luxury resort experience, where art inspires and senses are awakened. There are six restaurants at the hotel, including the Enoteca, which boasts two Michelin stars and the Mediterranean-inspired Arola, with a terrace and nightly DJ. The hotel’s state-of-the-art spa, 43 The Spa, offers a selection of treatments including color therapy, steam rooms, luxury skincare products and a fully equipped fitness center.

The hotel also features an outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, terraced gardens and easy access to a long stretch of white sand beach which is just steps away.

 

If you would like to spend the summer in Spain this year, and enjoy some time in beautiful Barcelona, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us now while there’s still time to get last-minute summer reservations, info@baroquetravel.com and let us arrange everything for you.

The luxury hotel with a secret identity

During the Second World War, this luxury London establishment had a secret identity – not only was it a popular, centrally located hotel, but St Ermin’s Hotel was also a base for secret British spies. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

Luxurious and historic, the magnificent St Ermin’s Hotel in London was the hub of British secret intelligence from the 1930s onwards. In fact, throughout the Second World War, guests at this luxurious London hotel had no idea that they were sleeping beneath a floor full of explosives. The hotel was originally a series of private residences built in 1889. Then, in 1899, these sumptuous mansions were connected and transformed into the elegant hotel that exists to this day.

 

Interestingly enough, St Ermin’s was strategically positioned to become the center of British intelligence. Not only was it close to the Houses of Parliament, it was also located amongst a large selection of wartime intelligence offices. When the British government was looking for a home for its wartime operations, it chose St Ermin’s Hotel as the meeting place for British spies, a place they could visit to discuss wartime operations and intelligence information. The hotel became the place where job interviews took place, new agents were trained and information was passed from one person to another.

 

In 1938, the British Secret Intelligence Service Section D moved into the hotel and took over its top floors. Unbeknownst to fellow guests, the men and women eating and drinking at the hotel were actually spies plotting against Germany during the Second World War. These people kept a stock of explosives in the hotel itself, above the rooms where the guests were staying.

As the base of Operations for British Intelligence, St Ermin’s Hotel became the center of covert activities from the Second World War onwards. Word has it that there is a secret tunnel underneath the hotel that was used by the spies to gain access without being seen.

 

Today, guests staying at St Ermin’s can enjoy a covert spy experience in the form of a tour of the hotel’s more historic areas. Guests are able to see some of the hotel’s historic treasures, including a silk scarf printed with radio codes, an original hotel rug from the spy era, the Division Bell, which connected the Houses of Parliament and alerted members of Parliament to any vote being cast. Interestingly enough, the Division Bell is still connected to this day! Children enjoy a spy game when they stay here; they are given a top-secret spy packet when they check in, with ‘ultra-secret code red’ clearance, and enjoy an historic tour of the hotel that includes a trivia game.

 

Those guests staying on the top two floors of the hotel, which used to be occupied by MI6 (Military Intelligence) are informed of the story of the members of British Intelligence who used those rooms as their base. There were even double agents, such as Guy Burgess and Kim Philby, who worked for British Intelligence but were in fact Russian spies.

 

Of course, this elegant hotel is no longer a home for spies. Nestling at the end of a tree-lined courtyard in the heart of London’s Westminster, this deluxe establishment offers guests a relaxing environment and an old-world experience. It’s the perfect base from which to explore many of London’s historic attractions, and is an ideal destination for either business or pleasure.

 

St Ermin’s Hotel is part of the Autograph Collection, an exclusive portfolio on upmarket, independent hotels run by Marriott. If you would like to stay at this historic, plush hotel, let Baroque Travel assist. Mail us now, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will arrange all your travel requirements for you, including flights, transfers and reservations to stay at this iconic, quintessentially British hotel.

Stay in a palace in Portugal’s best-kept secret

A well-kept secret for decades, Porto is the place to stay on a summer vacation in Portugal. Baroque Travel finds out about a luxurious boutique hotel in a palace in this idyllic location

 

The historic city of Porto has been discovered by those in the know, and is quickly becoming the ideal location for a summer vacation. And with the opening of its latest establishment, a luxurious boutique hotel located in an historic palace, Porto is soon to be the destination of choice for the rich and famous. The latest hotel in this scenic coastal city is Palácio Fenizia, an elegant guesthouse in the lively Bonfim area, close to a number of city landmarks, including the Baroque Porto Cathedral and the magnificent neo-classical Mercado do Bolhão, the city’s famous marketplace where farmers come to sell their fresh fruit and vegetables.

Palácio Fenizia opened its doors this past February 2017. This beautiful building, which was erected in the late 19th Century, has been exquisitely refurbished by Italian architect Gianfranco Fenizia, who also owns the hotel. The architect has retained the building’s eye-catching Portuguese-style façade, which is covered with exquisite blue and white ceramic tiles. The hotel’s interiors are extremely sumptuous. The structure’s main staircase, skylight and wooden floors have all been restored to their former glory and paired with bespoke furniture, precious fabrics, wallpaper, antiques and other glorious vintage pieces. The refurbishment highlights this romantic building’s many assets.

The hotel, which is located in Porto’s historic center, offers just five spacious suites for guests that are exquisitely furnished, full of light with very high ceilings. There’s also an art gallery, a comfortable living room with a charming fireplace, a courtyard where guests can enjoy sunset cocktails and a peaceful summer garden, an oasis from the bustle of this vibrant city.

Each of the suites have en suite bathrooms, they have been individually decorated to retain their personal character and charm. Suite Grey and Suite Black are both located on the ground floor at the back of the building. They offer a large French window with direct access to a small private terrace and tranquil inner courtyard garden. On the first floor there’s Suite Azul and Suite Verde, both of which have direct access to the hotel’s south-facing balcony and overlook the inner courtyard. Suite Amarelo is also on the first floor; it overlooks Rua Fernandes Tomas.

 

If you would like to find out more about this sumptuous Porto palace, let Baroque Travel assist. We can give you all the information you require on this brand new Portuguese hotel, and make a reservation for you over the summer. In addition, we can also make all your other travel arrangements for you, including flights, transfers, sightseeing, restaurant reservations and anything else you may require. So contact us right away while there’s still time to book a summer vacation of a lifetime, info@baroquetravel.com.

Luxury in Paris at the Shangri-La

Glamorous and historic, the magnificent Shangri-La Hotel Paris is the place to stay when visiting the romantic City of Lights. Baroque Travel stops over to find out what makes it so special

 

Yes, Napoleon Bonaparte’s grand-nephew, Prince Roland, lived there – and it’s listed in the French ‘Monuments Historiques’. And guests who visit this sumptuous establishment are given the Royal treatment, too. The exquisite Shangri-La Paris Hotel offers breathtaking views of the city of Paris, including its landmarks, the impressive Eiffel Tower and the stunning River Seine. Decorated in the style of old-world elegance, this plush hotel is a fine retreat from the bustle of the city, offering an opportunity to be pampered while savoring its many sights and delights.

 

Located in the heart of the city, across the Seine, facing the Eiffel Tower and around the corner from the Champs Elysees and exclusive fashion designer stores on Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V, this luxury hotel offers a choice of 101 spacious rooms including 36 suites, all recently renovated to create an interior style that is both luxurious and minimalist. Aside from the hotel’s signature suites, which are individually decorated, the rest of the accommodation is in hues of blue, white and ecru in a perfect blend of textures and colors including wallpaper that is threaded with silk, textured wall panels and refined crystal hardware.

 

Rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV with in-house movie channels, iPod dock and Bulgari White Tea toiletry products. Furniture is all custom-made with crystal finishes. En suite marble bathrooms all boast heated floors, a separate bathtub and rainfall shower, double sinks and a flat-screen TV. Some of the rooms offer spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower from the bathtub.

 

The hotel features three restaurants, two of which – the French gastronomic restaurant, L’Abeille and Chinese restaurant Le Shang Palace – both boasting Michelin Stars (two for L’Abeille, one for Le Shang Palace). These are overseen by Michelin-starred chef Christophe Moret and provide either French or Asian cuisine. The third, La Bauhinia, features a stunning glass cupola and Murano chandelier and offers a menu full of elegant dishes. Le Bar Botaniste offers rare botanical spirits as well as a wide selection of cocktails and liquors including its signature cocktail, the Pink Lady. There’s also an indoor swimming pool and state-of-the-art spa with hammam, a fitness room and a billiard room.

 

If you would like to find out more about this exceptional Parisian hotel, or would like to book yourself into the Shangri-La Paris Hotel over the coming summer months, contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will make your reservation for you, as well as organize any other travel arrangements you may require.

Nobu Hotel to open in London this summer

Opening in June 2017, located in the heart of London’s artistic quarter, Nobu Hotel Shoreditch is the first European hotel from the internationally renowned Nobu Hotels brand. Baroque Travel finds out all the details

 

Nobu Hospitality Group, which is owned by actor Robert De Niro, celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa and businessman Meir Teper is expanding into Europe. It’s first establishment will be located on Willow Street in London’s Shoreditch, and will feature 150 bedrooms, a fine Nobu restaurant and a cocktail lounge.

The design is quite unique, inspired by Shoreditch’s dynamic, raw creative energy combined with Nobu’s values of simple luxury. The five-storey building’s façade is quite unusual, fragmenting at one end. With a backdrop of the warehouses of Great Eastern Street to the North and The Bryant Building’s apartments and offices, the building fits into the Shoreditch environment perfectly.

Originally Ron Arad Architects were commissioned to design the hotel in 2011 but they left the project in 2013 and Ben Adams Architects took over. The result is a striking modern building of bronze, concrete, timber and glass that offers 142 guest rooms and 7 suites, all with bright white en suite bathrooms featuring walk-in rain showers and bespoke gold washbasins. The hotel, which offers a tranquil respite from the bustle of one of London’s most important districts, also features an innovative ‘East meets West’ culinary dining experience in its restaurant, London’s third Nobu eaterie.

World-renowned Nobu cuisine is Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s innovative interpretation of Japanese, Peruvian and other South American elements, influenced by his extensive travels and years of studying Japanese cuisine in Tokyo. The Nobu Shoreditch menu will feature many of Nobu’s timeless dishes, such as Black Cod Miso and Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, as well as plates inspired by the creativity and vibrancy of the local area. Reached via a grand staircase, the restaurant, which seats 240 guests, also features its own bar, boasts 16-feet (5 meters) high glass doors leading out to an open terrace.

There’s also an exclusive spa on the property, that features a wellness area, 24-hour fitness center, a lobby bar that also features Nobu-inspired dishes and award-winning cocktails, extensive meeting areas and 24-hour in room dining. The hotel features contemporary, very distinctive interior design and a stunning little garden, a public space in Shoreditch that offers an oasis of quiet in this busy district.

The hotel’s 7 exclusive suites overlook the hotel courtyard and garden from private balconies. Each of these spacious accommodations offer Japanese aesthetic subtleties and the largest, the Nobu Suite, features two private balconies, a dining area, lounge and bathroom with bathtub.

 

If you are interested in booking a room in the latest Nobu hotel in London this summer, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com so that we can give you all the information you require, plus make a reservation for you at Nobu Shoreditch for a unique Japanese-inspired experience.

Private luxury awaits in iconic Santorini

Opening in July 2017, Erosantorini is about to change the way visitors enjoy a vacation on the Cycladic island of Santorini. Baroque Villas finds out more about bespoke getaways at this the private luxury estate

 

Santorini has always been the quintessential Greek island, with its magnificent white-washed architecture hugging the cliffs overlooking the azure sea. But now a new luxury private estate that opens in July 2017 will offer the most exclusive experience on this exquisite Cycladic island. For the first time ever, guests will be able to enjoy the ultimate luxury and privacy on a beautifully designed private estate perched at the edge of Santorini’s majestic caldera overlooking the island and the Aegean Sea.

Guests staying at Erosantorini will enjoy an intimate, completely personalized break on what is unquestionably the most breathtaking island in the world. Santorini is renowned for its dramatic scenery, a volcanic landscape that is quite unique and quite spectacular, the result of a massive volcanic eruption more than 3,600 years ago.

On this breathtaking little island, donkeys still transport visitors from the Old Port to the capital, Fira, above, as they have done for centuries. The carefully tended vineyards here are infused with lava, producing quite unique, crisp and delicate wines that are famous worldwide.

Erosantorini offers every possible indulgence to lucky guests. Surrounded by two acres of private land, it features just four suites and a fully detached private bungalow that were created by Athens architectural firm x2 Architecture. Together these accommodate up to 10 adults and four children. The suites include marble bathrooms, private heated Jacuzzis, underfloor heating and cozy areas with fireplaces for relaxation.

The public areas on the estate are just as tasteful, the epitome of contemporary Mediterranean sophistication designed by acclaimed designer Paola Navone to offer every possible luxury in every setting. There’s a fully equipped spa, open-air home cinema, communal dining area, outdoor cooking and dining area, pool cave and a terrace specifically designed for yoga and pilates. And let’s not forget the jogging and walking track that runs around the perimeter of the estate.

In keeping with the picture-perfect setting, nature plays a starring role. Tiered terraces lead down to a huge infinity pool (the largest on the island), and even the concrete floor outside has been painted with carpet designs to suggest a cozy home-from-home feel. Greek hospitality is at its best here, and guests enjoy an almost limitless selection of services provided by a professional staff that includes an executive host and a concierge.

While the view and the service are both all-encompassing, the food is just as important and the chef and his team prepare exquisite meals using only fresh produce from the estate’s own vegetable garden and from the sea. While you’re staying on the estate, you can visit the chef in the kitchen and learn about Greek cooking, or accompany him to the fish market to purchase the daily catch.

The concierge is on hand to make any further arrangements for guests should they wish to explore the island and its many delights. Whilst every holiday here is completely bespoke, some of the services include private massage sessions at the spa, personal trainer for yoga and pilates, private tastings in the wine cellar, cooking classes with the chef, cinema under the stars around an open fire pit, romantic candlelit dinners with unsurpassed views, yacht and sailing cruises, sightseeing by helicopter, on foot, by private car or with a driver, excursions on foot or on donkey treks, bespoke fishing, kayaking and swimming trips.

 

If you are interested in enjoying a bespoke vacation at Erosantorini this summer or any time of the year if you’re planning a special celebration or wedding (there’s a private chapel on the estate), why not contact Baroque Villas and we will assist in every way possible. Call now to find out more, info@baroquevillas.com.

Live it up like a Rock Star

If you’re looking for an unforgettable luxury experience, Baroque Travel has found a hand-selected collection of beautiful boutique hotels to choose from

 

Mykonos Blu Grecotel Exclusive Resort, Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos Blu Grecotel Exclusive Resort, Mykonos, Greece

Located in seven different countries around the world, RockStar Hotels is a collection of superlative establishments that are culturally typical to their destinations and offer extremely high standards in service, décor and amenities. With around 40 hotels already in the collection, including iconic establishments such as the Armani Hotel Milano, Mykonos Blu Grecotel Exclusive Resort and the Palazzo Barbarigo in Venice, a meticulously restored palace located on the Grand Canal. There’s also the historic gem, the Hotel Alfonso XIII in Spain’s Seville. RockStar offers a quintessential hotel experience to discerning travelers, and with hotels like these on its books, that unique ultra luxe experience is guaranteed.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville, Spain

Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville, Spain

Each hotel is a hidden gem, a best-kept secret offering every opportunity for a superlative stay. RockStar Hotels’ aim is to put the fun and romance back into staying at these exceptional hotels. But its name comes from the perks on offer to make every guest feel just like a rock star. These VIP experiences include free upgrades, early check-in and late check-outs whenever available and a selection of complimentary amenities.

 

Palazzo Barbarigo, Venice, Italy

Palazzo Barbarigo, Venice, Italy

What sets hotel groups like US-based RockStar Hotels and equally famous Leading Hotels of the World and Relais&Chateaux apart from big hotel brands like Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons is their complete independence. This is a collection of hotels hand-picked by expert travelers and seasoned hoteliers because they all have the same ethos – luxury, distinctive personalities, superlative service, exceptional facilities. These upmarket boutique hotels are visited every 90 days to ensure the standard remains constant.

 

Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel, Hvar, Croatia

Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel, Hvar, Croatia

What has proven to be a game-changer is that RockStar’s hotels are located in lesser-known destinations where big brand luxury establishments aren’t situated. This gives travelers an excellent option of a luxury establishment in a relatively untouched location. Let’s face it, well-known destinations like Paris, New York, Rome and Milan have a wealth of plush hotels to choose from. But where do you stay if you’re looking for a luxury hotel in Crete or Croatia. A RockStar hotel, that’s where.

 

Internacional Design Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal

Internacional Design Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal

They may be more obscure, but this selection of high-end hotels is located in many sought-after travel destinations, including Italy, France, Croatia, Greece, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Spain. More hotels will be added in other magical locations around the world.

 

Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort, Heraklion, Crete

Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort, Heraklion, Crete

Some of RockStar’s stand-out establishments include the Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort in Heraklion on the Isle of Crete, Hotel Vestibul Palace in Split, Croatia, Mercer Hotel Barcelona, Spain and Melia Villa Capri Hotel and Spa in Anna Capri.

 

If you would like to find out more about this exclusive collection of luxury boutique hotels, or wish to make a reservation at any of them, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us now, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make all your travel arrangements for you.

Only You hotel opens its doors in Madrid

Modern, refreshing and appropriately chic, this brand new boutique hotel opened its doors on the first of December. Baroque Travel takes a look

 

If you are visiting Madrid over the Festive Season or in the near future, why not enjoy a stay in a modern boutique hotel that has just opened? The Only You Hotel Atocha is the second hotel from Spanish boutique hotel brand Only You. The first, which is located in the Chueca district, is extremely popular because of its quirky, ultra stylish interior. And this new one, which offers 206 rooms over seven floors in a converted historic building, is likely to be just as unique.

Only You Hotels offer guests a luxury hotel experience of a different kind; reinventing the luxury experience to suit its cosmopolitan guests. Balancing spontaneity with sophistication, this new hotel brings with it a spirit of genuine Spanish hospitality with an enthusiastic edge.

It’s located close to the Madrid-Atocha Train Station and a 10-minute walk to centrally located Retiro Park, which is close to a variety of popular shops, restaurants and bars. The famous Prado Museum is 900m from the hotel, and the renowned Puerta del Sol is three minutes away by taxi. The hotel offers comfortable rooms with large-screen TVs, en suite bathroom, bathrobe and slippers. Guests can enjoy breakfast here, and there is also a café and bakery.

Aside from its stunning location close to so many of the city’s attractions, this new urban hotel has another advantage, a home-from-home feel for those who are yearning for an authentic taste of New York. It offers a selection of unique American-style features, such as a pop up gin bar that features some cocktails that made their name in the Big Apple. During the current four-month launch period, visitors can also enjoy authentic jazz from the famous US jazz label Blue Note, a barber shop that is reminiscent of Frank’s Chop Shop on the Lower East Side, and a superb menu specially created for the hotel by New York-based Michelin star chef, Bryce Shuman.

 The hotel is the perfect base from which to explore Madrid on foot or by taxi. Its stunning modern décor was designed by Barcelona-based interior decorator Lázaro Rosa Violán, and the result is a warm, welcoming, sophisticated space. The spectacular lobby features different areas and concepts that visitors can enjoy throughout the day and at night, with exhibitions, events and an inviting bar and café.

Other features include a gym with personal trainer and running club, and numerous dining options, including Trotamundos by Spoonik, offering Asian and Caribbean fusion food created by resident chef Javi Mora, The Bakery by Mama Framboise, which offers numerous sweet and savory delights New York deli style, and the already popular YouUniverse, a restaurant with a terrace on the seventh floor, where guests enjoy breakfast or brunch with stunning city views.

 

If you would like to find out more about this exciting, eclectic hotel, or would like to reserve a room there, contact Baroque Travel right now, info@baroquetravel.com and we will arrange this for you.

Luxury and wellness at new Nolinski Hotel

You can’t ask for a better location in Paris, or a more luxurious establishment. Baroque Travel discovers a brand new 5 star boutique spa hotel, the Nolinski Paris in the City of Lights

 

Already a popular choice for those heading to Paris, the stunning Nolinski Hotel has only been open since August this year. Located in one of the city’s most prestigious districts, the 1st arrondisement, on Avenue L’Opera, the hotel epitomizes elegance and glamor, and offers a superlative level of service. An idyllic location means it’s close to the Palais Royal garden, not far from Tuileries, near the famous designer shopping area of Rue du Fabourg Saint-Honoré and close to the Comédie Française.

 

The Nolinski Hotel is part of the EVOK Hotel Collection; this is their first Paris establishment. It was designed by renowned interior genius Jean Louis Deniot (who designed the magnificent Chanel spa at The Ritz), and the interior is not only plush and beautiful, it’s also spacious and ultra-modern. Each opulent guest room is individually decorated and designed especially to give a luxe home-from-home feel. A luminous color palette has been used to offset the gray and white interior, offering splashes of green, beige, raspberry and blue or yellow. Some of the accommodation offers large windows and private balconies, both offering breathtaking views of the Louvre and the lush Palais Royal gardens.

 

Rooms boast a lighthearted collection of interesting vintage Seventies ceramic sculptures, precious materials and works of contemporary art. Throughout, the hotel exudes a combination of classic Parisian sophistication with a modern, quirky edge.

With highlights like a magnificent green Carrara marble reception desk, cloud frescoes all the way up the six-floor staircase and unexpected pops of color on each story, it’s a welcome surprise.

 

The Nolinski Paris is quite small (there are only 45 guest rooms and suites), and each is a respite from the bustling city outside. Guests enjoy iPod docks, flat screen TVs and complimentary Wifi in their rooms, and a choice of places to relax in within the hotel itself, including the Grand Salon, with its beautiful silver leaf ceilings and bronze fireplace. Here, guests can savor soothing teas, enjoy Mediterranean-style lunch and dinner or late-night cocktails.  The restaurant, Réjane, also offers lunch and dinner; it’s great for drinks, too, at either the brass bar or in the winter garden.

 

The highlight of a visit here is the opulent spa, La Colline, which is located in the basement. Boasting a sauna, hammam and massage rooms, it’s dark and restful, decorated with Louis XIV armchairs and sofas surrounding a stone-walled pool.

 

With wellness being a new trend in high-end vacations, being able to enjoy a stunning spa in an idyllic city setting in Paris is the ultimate luxury. Let Baroque Travel assist you with reservations at this exemplary hotel, as well as any other travel arrangements you may require. Just mail us now, info@baroquetravel.com and we will organize everything for you.

Lakeside luxury - Igloos in Lausanne

The magnificent Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne has added a whole new dimension to its winter vacation experience: the opportunity to enjoy superb food and breathtaking scenery in the comfort of one of two brand new igloos located in the garden. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

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From December 2016 till end of January 2017, the historic, luxury Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland is offering guests the opportunity to enjoy a very different experience in the hotel’s magnificent 10-acre garden, a memorable meal with exceptional scenery in the comfort of one of two lakeside igloos!

 

Nestling in the hotel’s exquisite garden, these two transparent igloos offer a moment of magic during a snowfall, a unique Swiss experience on the edge of the lake. Both igloos overlook spectacular Lake Geneva and the distant snow-capped Alps, offering a magical setting for an unforgettable meal. Created by a team of designers from Swiss décor website Chic Cham, together with architectural group Espaces Contemporains, each igloo is quite unique.

 

The first is built in traditional Alpine style with lots of wooden elements, accented with red and green, while the second igloo is more modern and decorated with frosted metallic. Each igloo can host up to six people who come to enjoy a delectable tea with plenty of gourmet delicacies, including classic Swiss treats from the holiday menu of the Lobby Lounge in the hotel. These include fondues, gingerbread and tasty mulled wine.

 

Winter is a special time to visit the Beau Rivage Palace; the hotel offers a wealth of activities for guests so that they can enjoy a snow vacation. These include an ice skating rink, located at the back of the Lobby Lounge, with a special chalet restaurant offering seasonal delights, hot chocolate, mulled wine, warm blankets and a cozy Finnish wood burner.

 

Children are not overlooked at this magnificent old world hotel. Pastry and macaron workshops are arranged especially for the kids, as well as pony rides, and an opportunity to enjoy toasted marshmallows in the hotel garden. In addition, guests can enjoy special Christmas lunch and dinner menus, as well as New Year’s Eve lunch and dinner at the stunning Anne Sophie Pic Restaurant, which boasts two Michelin stars (and let’s not forget that the restaurant boasts a female chef with no less than three Michelin stars under her belt!). In addition, the hotel is hosting a special New Year’s Eve gala event with champagne and a special tap dance performance.

 

Beau Rivage Palace is an exceptional hotel, and has been pampering guests with the high life since it opened in 1861. Guests have included the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel, Nelson Mandela and Tina Turner, to give you an idea of the caliber of people who have come to enjoy the establishment’s many offerings. Located right on Lake Geneva and offering breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps, this iconic hotel was recently meticulously refurbished to the sum of $28 million. The renovation included 100 guest rooms and suites.

 

If you’d like to book a stay at this historic luxury hotel, let Baroque Travel make all the arrangements for you. Mail us right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will organize everything for you, from flights and transfers to accommodation, bookings at the igloo of your choice, and sightseeing.

Living it up in London at The Laslett

8 Pembridge Gardens, Notting Hill Gate is the address of one of London’s most extraordinary hotels, a slice of Britain and a world on its own in this bustling cosmopolitan city. Baroque Travel finds out all about it

 

The iconic British lifestyle is the inspiration for this eclectic Notting Hill boutique hotel, which spreads itself gracefully across five Grade 2-listed Victorian townhouses. Embodying everything quintessentially British, the hotel boasts a proper British library on its ground floor, as well as artworks and crafts from local artists and designers.

The Laslett is a little world on its own, a comfortable, luxe, welcoming collection of accommodation (51 rooms including 8 suites in all), library, boutique and bar and coffee shop/restaurant. It’s the ideal base from which to explore all that London and Notting Hill hold dear, including bustling Portobello market, on trend boutiques, vintage stores, cafes and restaurants, and sightseeing musts such as Kensington Palace, just a 10-minute walk away. You can stop off there for afternoon tea in the Orangery, then go shopping along Kensington High Street. Trendy Chelsea is also in the vicinity of this extraordinary hotel.

The hotel has gained a reputation world-wide for its luxe offerings and home-from-home atmosphere. The ground floor space is much more a hangout for the local community than a hotel reception area. The rooms themselves have also been designed to resemble a stylish residence. Furniture is designer, décor is a mix of British local and vintage pieces and wherever you look, you’ll find thoughtful touches, such as Penguin Classics books to read and exquisite Neal’s Yard Remedies products in the en suite bathrooms.

All the accommodation offers the complimentary use of smartphones with unlimited 3G, with unlimited calls to selected international countries, aside from the usual facilities such as air-con, rain showers, work desks and a Big Bar filled with craft beers and local treats as well as London guides so you don’t get lost on your adventures. A delicious breakfast buffet is served every morning in the Henderson’s Bar, which is also a café and cocktail bar. You can order from Henderson’s and then enjoy your meal, drink or snack in the lounge, library or your room.  The boutique offers a selection of goodies, from jewelry and the signature Neal’s Yard Remedies products to trendy fashion, Garbstore’s No Chemicals perfume, oils and candles not to mention Mrs Miller stockings.

The best and most spacious accommodation is in the Master Bedroom Suites, some of which offer a day-bed, semi-separate living room, dining room or second bedroom, as well as a generous bathroom with tub and walk-in shower.

A popular nightspot, the Henderson Bar is named after famous Trinidad musician Russell ‘Russ’ Henderson. You can sample his signature cocktail, Henderson’s Rum Punch, there, a concoction that is shaken and stirred and delicious accompanied by a selection of bar snacks. If you prefer another tipple, there’s a lot to choose from on the wine and cocktail list.

 

If you would like to book a stay at The Laslett, one of London’s most luxurious and ecletic boutique hotels, contact Baroque Travel right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will make a reservation for you. We can also organize all your travel arrangements, including flights, transfers, sightseeing and anything else you may require.

Hungary’s oldest hotel reopens its doors

This summer, Hungary’s oldest hotel reopened its doors to offer just 10 luxurious contemporary rooms and suites. Baroque Travel finds out all about Hotel Pest-Buda in Budapest, which has just been meticulously restored to its former glory

 

Located just a few steps from Matthias Church in Budapest, Hotel Pest-Buda was originally opened at the end of the 17th Century in the Buda Castle district, the historic heart of this Hungarian city. Surrounded by historic buildings and quiet streets, the hotel has just been restored to its former glory and is now a sleek family-owned boutique hotel.

 

The new iteration offers four different types of rooms and suites, including standard rooms, courtyard rooms, suites and two magnificent atelier suites located on top of the building on the rooftop. Although more modern in style, the hotel still retains its historic aesthetic, with a Hungarian bistro that features an old-fashioned home-style kitchen – this was reopened after it was refurbished in 2011. In addition, the building’s original baroque-style roof is still intact.

 

Originally built as an inn, Pest-Buda is the first hotel to ever have been opened in Hungary and the ground floor of the establishment, where the restaurant is located, has served as a pub or restaurant for centuries. The renovation of the accommodation has just been completed, and the hotel now boasts 10 individually designed and decorated luxury rooms and suites.

The restaurant is a Budapest landmark, and now boasts an innovative chef, Lajos Lutz, whose menu features Hungarian specialities rediscovered in his inimitable signature style.

 

Today, this famous hotel, which is part of the Budapest-based Zsidai Gastronomy and Hospitality Group, is the perfect combination of old world style and modern comfort. With a choice of rooms for singles or couples offering walk-in rain showers or suites with lounge, separate bedroom and walk-in rain showers and stunning views of the street, Matthias Church and the National Archives, the hotel, which is just 10 minutes from the city center, is ideal for both business and pleasure.

 

The highlight of the hotel’s accommodation is the two Atelier Suites on the baroque rooftop that incorporate the exposed original roof structure plus a vast floor-to-ceiling window offering panoramic views of the rooftops, Buda Castle and the bell tower of Matthias Church. Each of the suites offers its own living room, a bedroom, and en suite bathroom with freestanding tub and walk-in rain shower.

 

If you are visiting Budapest in the future, and would like to find out more about this landmark hotel, or would like to book a room at Pest-Buda, let Baroque Travel assist you. Contact us now, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will make a reservation for you, or find out anything you would like to know about the hotel.

Lake Como opens its first new hotel in decades

Lake Como in Southern Italy is an idyllic location, much favored by those who can afford it, including actor George Clooney, who has a villa there. At the end of this month, the region will welcome a brand new hotel, the first in decades. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

Famous Milanese architect and designer Patricia Urquiola is the creator of Lake Como’s newest hotel, the magnificent Il Sereno Lago di Como. This stunning all-suite hotel offers just 30 sumptuous suites, each boasting a furnished terrace with breathtaking lake views. The hotel is the third in Sereno Hotels’ portfolio: the others are Villa Planiana, which is also located on Lake Como, and Le Sereno Hotel and Villas on the Caribbean isle of St Barths.

 

Although the hotel only opens to the public at the end of August, its reputation for excellence precedes it. Its signature restaurant, Ristorante Berton Al Lago, will be run by renowned Milan restaurateur, Andrea Berton, who is a Michelin star chef. The menu, which will be inspired by traditional regional flavors, will offer Italian cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant features a vast outdoor terrace right on the lake, and there’s also a section built over the water inside a revamped centuries-old boathouse.

 

Of course, the spectacular gardens have a famous creator, too: acclaimed botanist Patrick Blanc is responsible for their beauty, which includes two of his signature vertical botanical gardens scattered around the property, plus a striking masterpiece, a ‘green sculpture’. Named ‘Le Mirroir Vert du Lac’, ‘Le Canyon’ and ‘Les Racines Echasees’, these pieces each boast thousands of different plant species.

 

Guests can enjoy discovering hidden passages in the garden on a leisurely stroll. Right at the center of the garden they will find the vast freshwater infinity pool with a sundeck and bar, and next to it is a small beach where they can soak up the sun at the edge of the lake.

 

Of course, Lake Como is an idyllic setting, and the hotel is surrounded by its natural beauty, lush vegetation and charming little towns. Il Sereno is set right on the eastern shore of the lake. This spectacular contemporary hotel is decorated in a most understated manner, which contrasts to the classical designs more common here. The interior is filled with custom furniture pieces, exquisite rugs, wall coverings, fixtures and fittings, all elegant and sophisticated.

 

The hotel’s lounge areas offer breathtaking views, the walls are marble with bas-relief patterns and the suites themselves are luxury personified. Each offers exquisite robes and towels made by D.Porthault, and bath toiletries from Ex Voto Paris, as well as a private bar, 24-hour room service, every possible high-tech offering imaginable including complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TV and bluetooth music systems.

The hotel has three custom-made, hand-crafted boats on hand for guests to enjoy. These include two Jetto’s and a grand Vaporina del Lago to transport guests to other destinations on the lake.

 

If you would like to book a stay in this exquisite setting and at this brand new beautiful hotel, let Baroque Travel make all the arrangements for you, including flights, transfers, accommodation and any sightseeing excursions you may require. Just contact us now, info@baroquetravel.com and we will take care of everything for you.