At the end of the year 2020 and despite the almost chaotic activity in the hotel sector in recent months, the French newspaper Le Figaro presented a selection of the nine most beautiful palaces of 2020.
It has been an eventful year for the luxury hotel world, from confinement to reopening, through the new health measures that came into force in the first months of 2020, the palaces have had to adapt constantly to the consequences of the pandemic.
Hôtel Particulier Villeroy, Paris, France
The Hôtel Particulier Villeroy, located at 33, rue Jean-Goujon in Paris, presents an architecture of the end of the 20th century. The five-star hotel, recently inaugurated by the real estate group The Collection, which specializes in luxury villas, has a total of 11 rooms and occupies a very attractive location as the hotel is only a few meters from the Champs-Elysées.
Le Chabichou, Courchevel, France
Le Chabichou, the famous five-star hotel located in Courchevel in the Alps, is one of the best palaces where to spend your winter vacations. Opening onto the Les Chenus ski slope, the hotel is presented in the form of two sumptuous white chalets, recently renovated by the interior designer Emilie Rollet, a native of the Rhône-Alpes region.
Georges’ farm, Atins, Brazil
In Atins, a fishing village located in the northeast of Brazil, on the edge of the Lençóis National Park, is George’s farm. Composed of 12 cottages, each with its own outdoor living room, which can accommodate up to 5 people, Georges’ farm promises a total change of scenery, the perfect place for nature lovers.
Hoxton Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The cosy Hotel Hoxton is situated on the canal side of Herengracht, in the trendy district of “9 straatjes”, and not only has an attractive location, but its price is just as attractive. Former residence of the mayor of Amsterdam in the 17th century, the historic building of the Hoxton Hotel combines five traditional houses in one and has a total of 111 rooms with a half retro, half modern decoration.
The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi, India
The Imperial Hotel of New Delhi is one of the first palaces of the Indian capital. With its Art Deco style, this five-star palace surrounded by gardens is one of the most popular destinations in India, and has even had Gandhi and Nehru as guests, while keeping a reasonable price. The hotel has 192 rooms, as well as a strategic location just across the street from the Janpath subway station, which covers the route to the Old Town or the Gateway to India.
Belmond Reid’s Palace, Funchal, Madeira
Belmond Reid’s Palace, located in Funchal and renovated in 2017 by Wimberly Interiors, has been shining for almost 130 years with its upscale clientele and waterfall location. With a 10-hectare garden and its rooms and suites, including the presidential suite, once occupied by Winston Churchill or Shaw, Belmond Reid’s Palace is the perfect luxury destination on the Portuguese island nicknamed “Flower Island”.
Hotel Aman Venice, Venice, Italy
The best place to taste la Dolce Vita is most likely the Hotel Aman Venice in Venice. Located along the Grand Canal, the palace overlooks Palazzo Papadopoli, just a few steps from Rialto. This 16th-century Italian palace, renovated by the interior designer Jean-Michel Gathy, can accommodate up to fifty guests and offers excellence in a romantic atmosphere.
Anantara Siam Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Located just five minutes from the largest green space in the Thai capital, the Anantara Siam Hotel in Bangkok is one of the most beautiful palaces in the country. The hotel and its 354 rooms were entirely renovated in 2015 by the Minor International group, attracting tourists from all over the world by the elegance of its decoration, as well as by the immense fresco inspired by the Ramayana which thrones above the grand staircase of the hotel lobby.
Hotel Joali, Muravandhoo, Maldives
Hotel Joali, located on the hotel island of Muravandhoo, in the north of the Maldives, is a perfect example of a hotel on an island paradise. This five-star hotel, opened in 2015, enjoys the translucent lagoon and the white sand it overlooks from the top of the 73 palatial villas designed by the Autoban architectural firm.
Featured photo: © Le Figaro
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