Europe’s Hotel Scene Ramps it Up

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Threadneedles, part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, in London.
Threadneedles, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, in London.

From makeovers to new hotel additions, here is the latest on the hotel landscape in cities across Europe.

Marriott’s Autograph Collection is breaking onto the scene in the United Kingdom, adding two hotels in London and Edinburgh, Scotland, to its portfolio.

“This is an exciting time for the Autograph Collection in Europe as we add experiences in two of the United Kingdom’s most important destinations,” says Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe.

Located in London’s financial district, Threadneedles is set in a former Victorian banking hall, with a hand-painted, stained-glass dome dating back to 1856. The 74-room boutique hotel features accommodations ranging from a luxury double room to a penthouse with balcony and city views. In addition, Threadneedles features the Bonds Restaurant & Bar serving up British cuisine.

The Champagne in the City package includes accommodations in a deluxe or executive room; full English or continental breakfast; and a glass of chilled champagne. Rates start at $306 per night.

Meanwhile, The Glasshouse in Edinburgh is located near the UNESCO World Heritage site, Calton Hill. The five-star 65-room hotel is in the center of the city, allowing easy access to the sites, and features a 2-acre roof garden for guests to take in views of Edinburgh. The Observatory, where guests can have breakfast or dine off the a la carte menu, also offers views of Calton Hill.

The Romance package, starting at $266 per night, includes in-room champagne on ice and chocolate-covered strawberries; a romantic turndown service with rose petals on the bed; full Scottish breakfast; and late check-out.

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Boutique Hotel d’Angleterre in Geneva has completed renovations to 14 of its room, a process that started last summer, updating rooms with marble bathrooms.

Hotel d’Angleterre, which dates back to 1872, features 39 guestrooms and six suites, most featuring sweeping views of Lake Geneva. It plans to renovate 15 more of its rooms in May and the rest in August, adding original art (such as Georges Braque and Salvador Dali), handcrafted furniture, antique chandeliers, Stark carpet, and James Hare silk wall coverings.

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After nine months of renovations, the Hotel Carlton Lyon in Lyon, France, has joined the MGallery Collection, part of the Accor group, which aims to have over 100 hotels by 2015.

The hotel, which has attracted many celebrities over the years, has 80 rooms, with six suites named after actors who have stayed there, such as Laurent Terzieff. With the renovations, the hotel highlighted its art deco style through its original wrought-iron elevator, staircase, high ceilings and stained glass windows. In addition, 160 pieces of furniture were renovated, four glass-beaded chandeliers were added to the cocktail bar, and floral wallpaper was added to the rooms.

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