The Luxury Collection, part of Marriott International, announced the signings of five flagship properties for the brand: The Wellesley and The Westbury boutique hotels in London, Hôtel de Berri, a new hotel in the heart of Paris, Cristallo Resort & Spa in Cortina, Italy, and The Alexander in Yerevan, Armenia.
“Europe offers tremendous potential and we are committed to increasing our footprint significantly with the world’s finest luxury hotels over the next few years,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “Our goal is to open 12 Luxury Collection hotels globally by the end of 2017.”
The Wellesley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Knightsbridge, London
An intimate and refined hotel converted from a luxurious 1920s townhouse, The Wellesley is situated in the prestigious area of Knightsbridge, overlooking Hyde Park and steps away from London’s boutiques and restaurants. Hotel guests have the opportunity to explore London in the hotel’s Rolls Royce and access 24-hour Butler service to suit their needs, lifestyle and expectations. The Wellesley features 36 guest rooms and suites, with many offering panoramic views over the London Skyline. The Wellesley will become London’s third Luxury Collection Hotel when it joins the brand, slated for the first half of 2017.
The Westbury, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Mayfair, London
Currently undergoing an all-encompassing renovation by Alex Kravetz Designs, The Westbury is located in London’s fashionable Mayfair, world-renowned for its luxury shopping and historic British architecture. The Westbury features 225 guest rooms and 43 suites. Guests are able to enjoy an impressive culinary experience at Alyn Williams at The Westbury, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, or experience the exquisite Japanese cuisine of the intimate Tsukiji Sushi Restaurant. The Westbury is scheduled to debut under The Luxury Collection flag after its full renovation in spring 2017.
Hôtel de Berri, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris
Located in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris, just steps from the Champs Elysées, Hôtel de Berri is set to become one of Paris’ most fashionable hotels. The former office building is currently undergoing an extensive transformation to convert into a 76-room modernist luxury hotel. Once completed it will feature 37 spacious suites, a bar overlooking a large and quiet private garden, a specialty restaurant and a curated collection of contemporary and modern art, antiques and furniture. A fitness room and a spa suite are planned, whilst an intimate salon will be available for meetings and private events. A team of architects and interior designers has been working on a plan inspired by the aesthetic of legendary French 20th century designers.
The new boutique hotel is due to open early in 2018.
Cristallo, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Cortina
An iconic property set in the Dolomites mountain range in Italy, Cristallo Resort & Spa was built in 1901 and boasts a fascinating history. The resort is located in the Northeastern Alps, in the surroundings of Cortina, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, famed for the breathtaking landscape and surroundings. Just a few minutes away from the main shopping street and a short walk from the Faloria ski lift, connecting guests to the Dolomiti Superski area, the resort is in the center of Cortina. Featuring 74 rooms, seven Royal suites and two Presidential suites, each of the accommodations offer a sweeping view over the mountains around the town.
Cristallo also boasts four restaurants providing guests an array of Italian recipes and atmospheres. Owned by Hotel Cristallo SpA, Cristallo Resort & Spa will expand Italy’s The Luxury Collection portfolio to eight hotels.
The Alexander, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Yerevan
Owned by Tsupani CJSC and the first hotel to open as part of The Luxury Collection in Armenia in autumn 2017, The Alexander will provide guests with access to authentic destination experiences. Located in one of the most prestigious addresses in the capital city, The Alexander will be set in the historic heart of Yerevan, close to the Republic Square. An eclectic array of cultural attractions will be steps away, including The Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, known for its literary anthology dating back to the ninth century, the famous seven fountains, as well as the History Museum and National Art Gallery, the largest art museum in Armenia.
The Alexander will feature 114 guest rooms, including 17 suites and a Presidential Suite. In addition, the new-build hotel will offer superlative event space including a ballroom, eight meeting rooms and a business center.