(CNN) — Small, intimate and well-located, a good boutique hotel offers more than just a place to rest.
The best ones, especially those in charming European cities, feature local flavor, distinctive character and a strong connection to the community.
While the pandemic may have ended many travel plans over the past two years, things are looking slightly more optimistic for 2022, with a number of new boutique hotels set to open across southern Europe. end of the year.
Whether you’re looking for a home away from home, a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, or somewhere in the center of it all, here are some of the most stylish new European boutiques to watch this year.
Townhouse in Gleneagles, Scotland
From presidents to princesses, high-profile entertainers and professional athletes, the legendary Scottish estate of Gleneagles has hosted more than a few famous faces during its nearly 100-year-old journey.
It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that the new Gleneagles Townhouse, a small urban offshoot arriving in Edinburgh’s New Town this spring, is one of the most anticipated openings of the year.
Gleneagles’ new little sister will take up residence in a historic building in Place Saint-André, with 33 well-decorated bedrooms, proving that good taste runs in the family.
Xenodocheio Milos, Greece
The famous estiatorio Milos has launched its first hotel, Xenodocheio Milos, located in Athens.
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With seven airy, whitewashed estiatorios around the world, restaurant brand Estiatorio Milos isn’t afraid to cast its net wide.
The upscale Greek seafood restaurant has entered new waters this year with the opening of Xenodocheio Milos, its first boutique hotel.
Located right in the heart of downtown Athens, the 43-room property is a minimalist dining temple, with views of pine-covered Lycabettus Hill and the neoclassical ancient parliament.
The hoteliers behind the iconic Grand Hotel Tremezzo are opening their second property on Lake Como, Passalacqua, this year.
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Virtually filled with Renaissance palaces, grand dame hotels and private villas, it takes a lot to stand out in a destination as glitzy as Lake Como.
But Passalacqua, a historic 24-suite mansion turned hotel, managed to do just that before it even opened its doors.
Located in the village of Moltrasio on land that once belonged to Pope Innocent XI, Passalacqua is descended from the De Santis family, owners of the incredibly lavish Grand Hotel Tremezzo.
Expect romantic rose gardens, bronze-veined Breccia Pontificia marble bathrooms, and what is expected to be Lake Como’s largest suite when the boutique hotel launches this spring. Fully equipped with its own music room, this suite is where Italian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini once played his piano.
The First Roma Musica, Rome, Italy
The new First Roma Musica boutique hotel will be positioned along the banks of the Tiber.
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Located just 10 minutes from the Spanish Steps in Rome’s chic Prati district, The First Roma Musica is a study in soothing neutral tones, light woods and clean, modern lines.
Opened this spring, the brand new property offers guests a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the Eternal City.
The new hotel offers 24 rooms, many with floor-to-ceiling windows, plus a chic, pampering spa with an indoor pool and rooftop bar with panoramic views of the Tiber.
Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, England
Mandarin Oriental opens its second hotel in London, Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, in the summer of 2022.
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The ultra-sophisticated Mandarin Oriental may not be a boutique hotel brand in the traditional sense.
But the brand’s second foray into the English capital after the sumptuous Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park ticks all the right boxes.
With just 50 rooms, the new Mandarin Oriental Mayfair promises to offer understated, understated and intimate luxury when it launches in late summer.
Como Le Montrachet, France
Next luxury boutique hotel Como Le Montrachet is the first hotel of the COMO group in France.
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The COMO group will become the first international luxury hotel company to enter the unrivaled Côte-d’Or wine region this year with the launch of Como Le Montrachet.
Opening into the heart of vine-covered Burgundy, the 31-key property looks like something out of a French fairy tale.
A true oenophile’s dream, the boutique hotel will be assembled in four historic buildings in the village bordered by vineyards of Puligny-Montrachet. Let’s drink to that.
Residence ΟΝ, Greece
The ΟΝ residence is located in a restored mansion designed by the famous architect Jacques Mosse in 1926.
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A true labor of love and dedication, the magnificent ΟΝ Residence will be launched in the charming Greek “co-capital” Thessaloniki later this year.
The Art Deco-influenced property will resurrect the eponymous restaurant Olympos Naoussa, a former hangout for jet-set glitz, adding even more glitz and glamor to the beachfront.
The result of a partnership between TOR Hotel Group and Grivalia Hospitality, the ΟΝ residence has 60 trendy rooms, the highlight of which are the four ON suites, located on the first two floors of the restored 1926 mansion.
Palazzo Rainis Hotel & Spa, Croatia
The recently built Palazzo Rainis Hotel & Spa is made up of 16 elegant rooms and suites.
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Located by the sparkling Adriatic Sea in the red-roofed Istrian town of Novigrad, Palazzo Rainis Hotel & Spa takes its name from a wealthy Venetian family who ran a pharmacy in Novigrad from 1857 to 1930.
The new property features 16 upscale design rooms and suites, with stylish touches like herringbone parquet floors, contemporary four-poster beds, and coffered ceilings.
Guests checking in this spring will also find a new gourmet restaurant named Chemistry and Potion’s, an aperitif bar stocked with Croatian and Istrian wine.
Castle Denmark, England
Scheduled to open its doors this spring, Chateau Denmark offers 55 unique rooms.
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With maximalist psychedelic wallpaper, punky graffiti headboards and Dracula-worthy gothic bathrooms strewn with blood-red velvet, London’s new Chateau Denmark hotel looks absolutely bonkers in the best possible way.
Scheduled to open in spring 2022, the 55-key independent hotel is spread over 16 buildings in London’s vibrant Soho district, taking inspiration from its location on Denmark Street, a former haunt of British iconoclasts such as The Sex Pistols, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix.