New hotels opened in the Netherlands, Spain and the US this week, with Fashion26 gaining the most attention for its style-conscious debut onto the New York accommodation scene.
Park Plaza Vondelpark
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The 138-room Park Plaza Vondelpark is in the center of Amsterdam's happening Oud-Zuid district and features free wifi and IPTV. Its highlights, however are the V Bar and Lounge with a panoramic view of Vondelpark and design classics such as Bubble Chair by Eero Aarnio, Igloo chairs by Cappellini and Showtime armchairs by Jaime Hayon.
Novotel Barcelona City
With a rooftop pool and bar offering views across Barcelona, the 264-room Novotel is a "flawless blend of nature's four elements." Marine silhouettes and blue lights in the bar make up water, while the hearth at the center of the restaurant represents fire. Meeting rooms are decorated in "soothing, uplifting colors" to represent earth, and the natural light in the gym, lounge bar, terrace and swimming pool constitutes air.
Hyatt Place Madison
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
All of the Hyatt Place's 151 rooms feature a 42-inch HDTV and eight foot sleeper sofa. There is also free wifi throughout the hotel, a StayFit@Hyatt fitness center, a coffee and wine bar serving Starbucks specialty coffees and premium wine and beer.
Hotel Indigo San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas, USA
"Boutique" brand Hotel Indigo gathers pace with its second opening of the year in San Antonio, across from the historic Alamo. The 100-year-old building has been converted into a 91-room property that maintains the original woodwork and marble alongside oversized beds, hard-surface flooring and spa-inspired showers with Aveda products.
Fashion26 - A Wyndham Hotel
New York, USA
The 22-storey glass and steel tower that houses Fashion26 is the setting for a rotating "art program", while the doorman of New York's most fashionable new property wear Kangol knitted hats. The 280-room hotel also offers cupcakes from the nearby Crumbs bakery at check-in, free wireless internet, and premium Frette linens and terrycloth towels for guests.