Whether your clients are looking to check out a different hotel in one of their favorite destinations or want to shake things up in an entirely new setting, here are some of the latest hotel openings to expand your offerings.
History meets luxury in Latvia with the opening of the Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga. Sitting alongside the Latvian National Opera House in the Old Town of Riga—a UNESCO World Heritage site—the luxury property is Latvia’s first five-star Kempinski Hotel.
Originally built in the 19th century, the building that now houses the Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga was nearly destroyed during World War II before being restored a few years later and reopening as the Hotel Riga. At the time, it was considered among the best hotels in the nation and was also home to Latvia’s first-ever bar. Today, the Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga pays homage to the history of its building and the pristine reputation of its past, while stepping into the modern luxury of a present-day Kempinski Hotel.
The Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga features 141 rooms and suites ranging in size from almost 400 sq. ft. for the Superior Room to just shy of 3,000 sq. ft. for the Presidential Suite. Each room and suite has been carefully decorated with French artwork, polished marble flooring, and contemporary wooden furnishings, while some boast views of the Freedom Monument, the opera house, and nearby canals.
For clients seeking a relaxing environment to unwind, the wellness spa provides four treatment rooms, one double treatment room, and the unique Pirts Suite inspired by the traditional Latvian bathhouse. The spa and wellness facilities also feature a bathing journey including various heat and mud experiences, as well as a gym and beauty lounge.
After a full day of relaxation or exploration of Riga, your clients will be pleased to find that the Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga also has two restaurants and two bars on site, including the rooftop dining venue, Stage 22, which serves up locally sourced drinks and snacks with a side of stunning city views.
For more information, visit kempinski.com.
East Meets West, Old Meets New
Jerusalem welcomed a newcomer to its luxury travel scene and like the city it calls home, The Orient Jerusalem—member of the Isrotel Exclusive Collection of five-star hotels in Israel—exemplifies a blending of old and new and a meeting of cultures from the East and West.
Located in Western Jerusalem’s German Colony, guests at The Orient Jerusalem can take advantage of staying in one of the city’s most vibrant and upscale neighborhoods just steps away from designer boutiques, cafes and restaurants, as well as art galleries, while also enjoying access to the Old City only 20 minutes away.
When your clients are not exploring Israel’s capital city, there is plenty to see and experience within the walls of The Orient Jerusalem. The hotel is comprised of 243 guestrooms housed in both a newly constructed central building and two Templar Buildings preserved from the 1880s. In a nod to the German Templar Society that once inhabited these buildings, a small interactive museum highlighting their history and authentic artifacts from the Templar era can be found inside The Orient Jerusalem.
If history is not your client’s cup of tea, they can also admire artwork from the Orient Jerusalem Contemporary Art Collection or make their way to the spa and wellness center. There, they’ll find spa services that offer unique experiences beyond the usual massages and facials. Managed by Carmel Forest Spa, the spa and wellness center at offers an authentic Turkish hammam along with Ayurveda and Shiatsu therapies. Guests can also relax at one of the facility’s two pools, including one rooftop infinity pool with views of the Old City, or head to the lobby restaurant for a taste of some kosher local specialities.
Rates start at $460 per night. For more information, visit isrotel.com/orient.
Seattle may be known as the rainy city that gave birth to the world’s first Starbucks, but there’s more to this hipster paradise than coffee. Its long tradition of housing innovators and independent thinkers is what makes it the perfect location for the newest member of Provenance Hotels’ collection of independent lifestyle properties: Hotel Theodore.
Located in the heart of downtown Seattle just six blocks away from Pike Place Market, Hotel Theodore delivers a stay that is quintessentially Seattle by offering services and experiences guests can only find in the Emerald City. Those experiences start right inside the hotel with its collection of photography, patent drawings and artifacts curated in collaboration with the city’s Museum of History & Industry as a tribute to Seattle’s innovators.
Of course, the close community ties don’t stop there. Hotel Theodore is also home to Rider, a restaurant that serves fresh seafood straight from sustainable local fishermen, dry-aged meats from farms across Washington state, artisan cheeses from local dairies, and seasonal vegetables provided by local farmers. For guests who are a fan of craft beer, they’ll be able to order locally made brews from the comfort of their rooms or venture out using the his and hers rain jackets that are available to borrow for those staying in one of the hotel’s 14 suites.
Hotel Theodore will open its doors to guests on Nov. 1, 2017 and is currently accepting reservations for fall visits. Introductory room rates start at $175 per night plus tax. For more information, visit hoteltheodore.com.