5 charming hotels where we can’t wait to check-in

Our wishlists have got longer over these months, from Italian destinations to exotic paradises. The choice of the hotel will play a fundamental role in the organization of the perfect post-pandemic escape. 

These are the proposals of the 5 new Marriott International Hotels, where to spend at least one day. From retreats of charm in Italy and Europe to Oriental resorts from the Arabian Nights: destinations that will surprise you! 

Grand Universe Lucca, Autograph Collection

Located in the heart of Tuscany, on the foothills of the Alps and built inside a 16th-century palace, Grand Universe Lucca, Autograph Collection overlooks the two most iconic squares of the city: Piazza del Giglio and Piazza Napoleone. Thanks to its central position, the boutique hotel with 55 rooms, inaugurated last November, represents a perfect starting point to discover the splendid Tuscan city, also known as “the city of one hundred and one churches”. Within walking distance of the hotel, there are masterpieces of medieval and Renaissance architecture, including the Church of Santi Giovanni and Reparata and the historical Teatro del Giglio.

Music, one of the pillars of the hotel’s philosophy, is reflected in the name of every room, from the “Sala Piccolo” to the “Suite Puccini”, dedicated to the homonymous composer who was born in Lucca and was a regular visitor to the property. Tuscany’s land and cultural heritage are recalled in red, green and yellow silk and velvet fabrics that celebrate the renowned silk production in the city, and they are matched with modern wooden floors and golden details. 

The peculiarity of the building is the precious souvenir created purposely for every guest who, visiting the Symphony Lounge, can choose to listen to a personalized musical prelude composed by the pianist and inspired by his/her personality and taste.

W Ibiza

W Ibiza dominates the scene on the boho-chic seafront of Santa Eulalia, combining the multiple nuances of Isla Blanca’s two souls: the contemporary and the rural one. The hotel, inaugurated in July 2020, is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the brand’s mood: here you can breathe a holiday atmosphere made of relax, Mediterranean sounds and scents, chill music, and bright colors. The interior design reflects the hotel’s character: curated by the study of Baranowitz and Kroneberg from the Netherlands, the furniture in eclectic style reflects the contemporary travelers’ tastes, they recall the colors of the island and embody local materials. The 162 rooms and suites and all the environments have been designed so that the light is ever-present and an integral part of the building, from the sunrise to the sunset. The Chiringuito Blue is a restaurant on the beach where the Israeli chef Haim Cohen proposes his best Mediterranean dishes. A visit to the beautiful AWAY Spa is a must for a relaxing holiday. 

Thanks to the W insider, an expert on the island and surroundings, it will be fantastic to organize activities around Isla Blanca or trips to discover the city with its art galleries and boutiques. Moreover, thanks to whatever/whenever® program, which allows you to ask any questions at any time, travelers can see all their desires satisfied, from a piece of cake at night in their room to a sailboat ride. 

The St. Regis Cairo 

St. Regis Cairo, on the banks of the Nile, is the new landmark of the city thanks to its architecture. It was inaugurated in January 2021 and it is located at the northeastern end of the Corniche, in the heart of the lively Egyptian metropolis. The hotel offers easy access to the beautiful monuments of the city, which is rich in history. The suggestive architecture, designed by the famous architect Michael Graves, is characterized by geometric lines, whereas dark wood and elaborated textures combine with intricate embroidery, jeweled woodwork, bronze and wooden sculptures embellished with gold, mother-of-pearl inlays, and majestic crystal chandeliers that create a modern Egyptian aesthetic. It is a symbol of modern Egyptian glamour. The guests are surrounded by a refined design and can enjoy high-quality service, excellent culinary proposals, and a selection of bars and lounges. The building, with 39 floors, has 286 rooms, which are sumptuously furnished, three Royal Suites with a panoramic view on the Nile, and 80 luxury apartments for a unique experience in the Egyptian capital. 

Here, guests can pamper themselves surrounded by the opulence of the marvelous rooms inspired by the ancient Egyptian heritage. The polite and personalized service culminates with the signature St. Regis Butler service, to anticipate any customer’s need and satisfy their preferences thanks to exclusive attention for the entire stay. 

Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Resort, Abu Dhabi

The building, which last August 2020 marked the debut of the Luxury Collection in the capital of the Emirates, is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi. Inspired by local architecture and the rich history of the country, the resort has 103 rooms and villas decorated with traditional Arabian patterns, the mashrabiya (ventilation elements, typical of Arabian architecture), and accessories in typical bedouin style. Sober interiors and neutral tones are in harmony with the landscape surrounding this extraordinary retreat in the desert. In this far-off paradise, you can also enjoy some culinary pleasures: from the Lebanese menu proposed by the restaurant Bait Al Hanine to the elegant rooftop bar Al Mesayan, guests will not be spoiled for choice. The hotel offers many activities such as trips to the desert, encounters with local tribes to discover the medicinal uses of local plants, and tours to discover the beautiful natural landscape, for example, the sabkhas – large expanses of salt – and ponds with flamingos. 

This intimate and elegant shelter allows guests to enjoy the beauty of nature in peace. The Spa is the distinctive sign of the experience in this hotel, where guests can find their interior balances and go on a journey to individual wellness. The gastronomic proposals are interesting with restaurants that offer a majestic view of the desert dunes. 

Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Budapest

 Built during the Belle Époque in 1902, the Matild Palace was erected under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Maria Clotilde of Sassonia-Coburgo and it boasts the premises to become the social hub of the capital.

The iconic palace, UNESCO World Heritage Site, is preparing to host a new hotel of the Luxury Collection, whose opening is expected in the second quarter of 2021. The design, curated by the English study MKV Design, combines the historical heritage and the liveliness of the modern city, which is constantly evolving. Located in the heart of the city and close to the Danube, the hotel is a spectacular starting point to discover the magic of Budapest or to simply taste the atmosphere staying inside the hotel, thanks to its restaurants and bars, such as the terrace with garden The Duchess, which hosts a liquor library, and the Matild Cafe and Cabaret, which brings you virtually to the beginning of 1900. Finally, the heart of the hotel: a luxury Spa inspired by the Hungarian thermal baths and decorated with marble elements and design furniture. 

The building combines a modern and sophisticated design and sumptuous elements of the Belle Époque. It is easy to travel with your imagination to that period thanks to the history of the building, conceived by Her Highness to welcome in the city those who enter from the Elisabeth Bridge. 

Travel with Manintown curated by Francesca Riggio


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