International hospitality from Iceland to Bosnia
A bi-weekly round-up of new hotels and hideaways, treks and tours.
The five-star Palais Namaskar Marrakech opens 6 April, a confection of Andalusian architecture set in 12 acres of Balinese-style water gardens with 41 rooms, suites, villas and even two mini-palaces. The resort is situated about 20 minutes outside Marrakesh’s ancient medina, with views of the Atlas Mountains and the Djebilet Hills. The hotel, part of the Oetker Collection, has a private jet on hand to transfer guests to Casablanca’s airport or to other properties within the collection, such as Hotel Le Bristol in Paris and Brenners Park-Hotel in Baden Baden, Germany.
The first hotel to open in San Francisco in three years, the Inn at the Presidio, opening 1 April, is located in one of the city’s most beautiful spots. The Presidio was an army base for two centuries — it was decommissioned in 1994 — and is now part of the National Park Service. The Inn is located in the historic Pershing Hall building and has 22 rooms, most of which have sitting rooms and fireplaces. Third floor rooms have views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay.
On the United States’ eastern coast, Revel opens 2 April in Atlantic City, a luxury $2.4 billion mega-resort and casino that will unveil 1,900 rooms by the summer. All the stops have been pulled out to make this more than just a gambling destination: there are Roman baths, a roof garden with 20,000 plants, 10 restaurants and a shopping centre.
London hotel openings are heating up as the Olympics draw closer. The Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living will open on 2 April. The 133 Mayfair apartments have a 24-hour concierge who will stock the refrigerator in your Poggenpohl-designed kitchen, and can be booked for either short- or long-term stays.