Global Hotel Openings with Culture, History in View

INTERNATIONAL REPORT—Here’s a look at three openings to watch across the globe, all with a distinct take on local culture and history.

Madrid, Spain

Independent boutique hospitality brand The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts has opened its first property in Spain, The Pavilions Madrid, establishing a third location for the brand in Europe. The hotel offers the experience of staying in an art gallery with a selection of works by local artists displayed in the common spaces, 25 guestrooms and three suites complete with terraces.

The Pavilions Madrid has partnered with the Alvaro Alcazar Gallery to offer an exhibition space where guests can view art pieces, some of them specially created for the hotel and which are also available for purchase. Located on Amador de los Ríos St., next to Plaza de Colón and near Paseo de la Castellana, the property resides in the neighborhood of Chamberi.

The opening of The Pavilions Madrid is part of an expansion plan across Europe and Asia for The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts. In addition to Madrid, the brand’s European destinations include The First Roma by The Pavilions in Rome and The Toren by The Pavilions in Amsterdam, as well as a new property in Lisbon scheduled to open in 2020. In Asia, The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts has properties in destinations such as Thailand, Nepal and Mongolia. It’s also expanding into residential development with a mixed-use project located in the ski resort of Niseko, Japan, comprising the Ginto Residences and The Pavilions Niseko, slated to open in 2020.

Tel Aviv, Israel 

The Setai Tel Aviv
The Setai Tel Aviv

The Setai brand of hotels has opened The Setai Tel Aviv located on the Mediterranean Sea at the entrance to the ancient city of Jaffa in Tel Aviv, Israel. The 120-guestroom and suite resort is the second Setai in Israel following the 2017 opening of The Setai Sea of Galilee, and is the first property in Tel Aviv to be designated as a member of the Leading Hotels of the World organization.

The property was initially constructed as a fortress during the Crusader Kingdom’s rule over Jaffa in the 12th-century. The complex was used as a police station until 2005, at which point it underwent a restoration process that transformed the building into The Setai Tel Aviv. As part of the renovation effort, architects demolished several buildings, restored the original structure, added three floors and dug out a basement level. Archeological digs throughout the property, unearthed artifacts that date back to the 12th century, all of which will be on display on-property for guests.

Amenities include a full-service spa and gym, a rooftop infinity pool, beauty services, jewelry store as well as four meeting and banquet spaces to accommodate up to 200 people. The hotel also introduced a new restaurant, Jaya, which offers local Israeli food while the bar serves handcrafted cocktails and British-style high tea.

Brampton, Ontario 

Park Inn by Radisson Brampton
Park Inn by Radisson Brampton

Park Inn by Radisson has opened in Brampton, ON. There are 41 guestrooms and suites. Amenities include free WiFi, a business center, an airport shuttle and complimentary parking. The hotel is directly across the street from the Grand Empire Banquet and Convention Center, which can serve as a venue for corporate functions and special events. The facility has over 15,000 sq. ft. of  meeting space.