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The Best New European Hotel Openings Of 2019

From a castle in the countryside to a chic property in Chelsea, these are some of Europe’s newest hotels worth making a trip for.

We’re now well into the new year, and most of us are already looking to plan our next holiday. There are some incredible new hotels to check out locally from a Brisbane boutique filled with quirky portraits to Australia’s first co-working space-slash-hotel, but there’s also a slew of new openings in Europe to take note of.

So if you’re looking to travel a bit further, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites. Read on to see our pick of the best new hotels in Europe.

Caer Rhun Hall, North Wales

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Among the best new hotels in Europe is Caer Rhun Hall. Image: Caer Rhun Hall

Does it get any dreamier than spending an evening in a castle set among rolling green hills? We think not. Caer Rhun Hall in North Wales offers just that.

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Here you can find authentic Victorian-era experience. Image: Caer Rhun Hall

The hotel is housed in a three-storey, remodelled mansion, surrounded by hectares of neat parklands and dreamy gardens. A Tudor-panelled hall, an elegant drawing room, and a comfortable library – not to mention a breakfast of local Welsh-cured meats as well as cheeses and bread from the local farming community – lend themselves to the authentic Victorian-era experience.

Belmond Cadogan Hotel, London

London’s Chelsea has a new addition. The posh neighbourhood will see the opening of Belmond Cadogan Hotel this year.

Once owned by Oscar Wilde, the historic property underwent a stylish update, unveiling a collection of sumptuous rooms and suites, a fine-dining restaurant serving contemporary British, and, for those looking to explore and rejuvenate, direct access to Cadogan Place gardens and spa suite.

Savoy Palace, Madeira

If you haven’t thought to put Madeira on your travel bucket list, now might be the time. The four-island region off Portugal will see the opening of a swanky new Savoy Palace in capital city Funchal in spring this year.

The massive five-star hotel comes complete with two restaurants and a congress centre. The design is timeless, drawing influence from Belle Epoque. Rooms are airy and bright, and free-standing, white tubs feature in their marble-floor bathrooms.

Grand Park Hotel Rovinj, Croatia

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The Istrian Peninsula is part of Croatia, but close to the border of Slovenia. Image: Grand Park Hotel Rovinj

Another spot that may not have been on your travel list is the Istrian Peninsula. Technically part of Croatia, but close to the border of Slovenia, the area is fast gaining notoriety among tourists. It’s home to Croatia’s first Michelin-starred restaurant, as well as the new Grand Park Hotel Rovinj, set to open in spring 2019.

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The hotel boasts three public pools, including a rooftop swim spot. Image: Grand Park Hotel Rovinj

Of note are the hotel’s two Rovinj Suites, sprawling spaces each with their own private indoor-outdoor plunge pools. For guests not staying in the suites, the hotel’s three public pools, including a rooftop swim spot, will be available for use.

Hotel des Grands Boulevards, Paris

With a cosy rooftop terrace overlooking Paris’ busy streets, beautiful rooms accented with pops of pastel pink, and a chic French-Italian restaurant housed in an atrium, newly-opened Hotel des Grands Boulevards in Paris will give you little reason to leave.

Should you choose to, however, attractions like the Opera Garnier, Place de la Republique and the Louvre Museum are only a short stroll away.

Voco St. John’s, UK

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voco St. John’s is nestled in the leafy, historic streets of Solihull. Image: voco St. John’s

UK’s suburb Solihull, south of London in the West Midlands, recently welcomed new hotel voco St. John’s to its leafy, historic streets. Previously the St. John’s Solihull, the new accommodation is now filled with warm spaces home to design-forward furniture pieces and walls painted royal blue and decorated with stencilling and framed artwork.

Enjoy its indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym, dine at its restaurant, or pop outside to explore the neighbourhood’s timber-framed Tudor houses and shops.

Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel, Athens

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Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel will open in March 2019. Image: Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel

Despite being just 30 minutes from the centre of Athens, Four Seasons Astir Palace is bound to feel worlds apart from the city’s mayhem. Opening in March, the hotel is perched atop a peninsula in the Athens Riviera and will offer sophisticated rooms with balconies and patios that look out onto bright blue water and rocky landscapes. Three private beaches and eight restaurants, bars and lounges are also on the bill.

The hotel’s in-house spa, however, will easily become a destination in itself. Inspired by the teachings of Hippocrates, it provides guests with seasonal rituals and ancient remedies in private water-side cabanas.

The Barcelona EDITION, Barcelona

The best way to describe The Barcelona EDITION is as an urban resort. An intimate space with low-ceiling and sheepskin-carpeted lounges, the hotel sits in the Spanish city’s bustling creative hub in the centre of the famed historic Ciutat Vella district.

Its Punch Room communal area with dark oak checkerboard floor and a fireplace, its basement floor-level restaurant Cabaret, and its hip rooftop drinking hole The Roof make a stay here much more than just a hotel overnight.

(Main image: Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel / supplied)

Published 22 February, 2019