2014 is gone but many wonderful hotels have opened their doors the past year, representing for some the debut of the brand in the country or even the continent. There are many properties that did not make it to the scheduled opening and we will look forward to the new dates.
What is true is that not all hotels are the same, here is a list of ten unique properties around the world that stand out as the best openings of 2014. These are luxurious hotels, with prime locations excellent services and facilities that can please even the most discerning travelers.
The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, Israel
We waited a long time for the opening of this hotel, and it seems the time was worthwhile. The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem has brought back to life one of the most historic buildings of this meaningful city. This property is luxurious and chic. It has come to raise the bar in hospitality in a country where hotels have not been necessarily described as splurge destinations.
The Four Seasons Orlando, USA
There are many hotels in Orlando, even some are categorized as luxury properties. But the new Four Seasons is beyond compare. It is just steps from all the major attractions, and at the same time it delivers an experience of privacy and seclusion with excellent facilities, great restaurants and a beautiful golf course.
The Mandarin Oriental Taipei
With almost 300 rooms, many of which are exquisitely designed suites, this hotel is indeed the best address in the city. Enjoying a prime location and delivering superb service just after months of being opened the Mandarin Oriental is already considered as the place to be in Taipei.
The Waldorf Astoria Dubai the Palm, UAE
Located in the exclusive man made Island of the Palm, this hotel is everything that luxury can be. With huge rooms and impressive views, with first class facilities and gourmet restaurants. The hotel blends in a perfect way Arabian and modern architecture.
The Peninsula Paris, France
It is hard to believe that in a city with so many good hotels another opening can bring a new level of luxury, but Peninsula has accomplished that and even more. This hotel is one of a kind with an amazing location in Paris, just steps from everything. With 200 beautiful rooms and state of the art facilities. This was a great debut for the Peninsula family in Europe.
Anantara Emei Sichuan, China
Located at the footsteps of the Emei mountain, this hotel is a haven of relaxation and wellbeing. With beautiful facilities, one can enjoy a dip in the pool overlooking the lake or just take advantage of the excellent Spa. The whole complex is surrounded by a Natural UNESCO heritage site, where it is easy to spend hours exploring and admiring the beauty of the place.
Raffles Istanbul, Turkey
Raffles is a real luxury name in hospitality, it does not open too many properties every year, but each new Raffles hotel seems to be even better than all the others. There are 132 rooms and 49 suites in their new hotel in Istanbul. It is located in the exclusive Zorlu center, a mixed complex with luxury shopping and offices. With premium dining and wonderful spa facilities it is an oasis in the midst of this bustling city.
Park Hyatt Vienna, Austria
It is housed in a historic building where hundred years ago existed a famous local bank. It offers some of the biggest rooms in town. The first district where the Park Hyatt is located has been listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site. There are 143 rooms, many of which are suites. The hotel prides itself in delivering personal tailored experiences to all guests.
Rosewood Beijing, China
A unique destination deserves a unique hotel. The Rosewood is a truly gem of hospitality in the Chinese capital. The 283 key property marks the debut of the brand in China. It is located at the heart of the business district. The smallest rooms range from 538 square feet. It is an authentic retreat with excellent wellbeing facilities and culinary journeys.
Andaz Papagayo, Costa Rica
It actually opened the last days of December 2013. Surrounded by the magical rainforest of Costa Rica and the unique turquoise waters of the Papagayo peninsula, this boutique hotel combines the concept of glamor, sustainability and friendliness of the Costa Rican People. This tiny Central American country is one of the trendiest destinations and Andaz seems to be the new trendiest hotel.
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