This spring Amsterdam will look even more extraordinary!

By NH | 12:18
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As we anticipated, 2016 is going to be a great year for NH Hotel Group. This month we’re celebrating our NH Collection brand launching in Amsterdam with 3 extraordinary hotels in key locations of the city, very close from one another. All of them within easy walking distance of Amsterdam’s best museums, sights and famous shopping streets.

 

Open since the 4th March, the oldest and most famous hotel in the city is our new NH Collection Doelen. A small wonder that everyone from Queen Victoria to the Beatles have enjoyed in the past years. As an interesting fact, De Nachtwacht (The Night Watch) was actually painted by Rembrandt on the first floor of this mesmerizing hotel. Lots of history within its walls!

 

A magnificent historic building that dates back to 1855 that enjoys exceptional views of the Royal Palace, that’s our fully refurbished NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky. Located in the main square of the city, our five starred hotel has a great covered terrace in which many royal family dinners have been conducted.

By Amsterdam Central Station you’ll find our NH Collection Barbizon Palace in a building dating back to the 17th century, close to the museums and shops. Elsewhere, the beautiful St Olof’s Chapel regents a pop-up restaurant called Roomservice at Olof’s that belongs to the hotel, where the dishes are all about vegetables and herbs – you order fish and meat as a side dish! The restaurant is managed by one Star Michelin Chris Naylor and it’ll be open until 30th of April. They also have a cocktailbar inspired on King Charles II, a charcuterie-bar with tapas of Brandt & Levie and a Vermuteria, the very first vermouthbar of the Netherlands!

It is often said that spring is the best season to visit Amsterdam. Tulips bloom in a thousand colors, and parks and terraces are crowded. Head to the Keukenhof Gardens between the months of March to May to see the tulip fields at its best, or participate in the Tulip Festival, an annual event that takes place in April.

If you happen to be in Amsterdam on 27th of April don’t forget to bring an orange outfit with you. That’s how they celebrate Koningsdag (King’s Day), a national festivity that gets together millions of people. Thousands of ornately decorated boats cram the narrow canals of Amsterdam. The best thing to being in one of these boats is to observe – and dance – from any of the many bridges in Amsterdam. Many festivals and events take place in the city this day so its’s definitely a not-to-be-missed experience.

Amsterdam has lots of plans for you this spring. Come and enjoy all the greatness this country has to offer! More info at our Press Room!

 

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NH now is also Nuo Han!

By NH | 11:52
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We are really excited to announce NH Hotel Group has arrived in China! Under the name of NH China (Nuo Han in Chinese) and together with HNA Hospitality, we will develop prototype hotels in China for positioning our NH Hotels and NH Collection brands with a target of developing 120 to 150 hotels for the midscale and upscale segments by the year 2020.

Currently, this joint venture is in the progress of developing two NH brand hotels in Sanya and Haikou, which are expected to open in the second half year of 2016.

The NH Sanya Phoenix International Airport will have 334 rooms, while the NH Haikou Meilan international Airport will have 1,001 rooms making it the largest NH Hotels branded hotel in the world.

 

We are already pursuing opportunities in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and exploring potential in key tier 2 and 3 cities in China. With this, we are expecting to reach 10 to 20 hotels by year end. We are very happy because the receptiveness to the NH Hotels and NH Collection brands has been very strong!

The office of NH China is located in the central business district of Chaoyang, Beijing, China. The establishment of the company follows the strategic memorandum of understanding signed between NH and HNA as part of the bilateral trade summit between Spain and China in the presence of Spanish President Mariano Rajoy and Premier Li Keqiang of People’s Republic of China.

 

Federico J. González Tejera, CEO of NH Hotel Group, stated: “China, the 2nd largest economy in the world, is a fast-growing market for both international and local hotel chains. The middle-class boom with more than 100 million China citizens is expected to be the key driver of an increase of high level consumption in travel and hospitality. With its strategic plan, NH Hotel Group will be ideally positioned to take advantage of this development in the Chinese market”.

Bai Haibo, Chairman of HNA Hospitality Group, stated: “The joint venture’s establishment is a key milestone for the international development of HNA Hospitality Group with NH Hotel Group to build a brand portfolio in midscale, upscale and luxury segments. HNA Hospitality Group will leverage the leading operation experience, brand awareness of NH Hotel Group and the HNA resources to collaborate very closely to provide high quality services to Chinese travellers and loyalty members of the two groups”.

Markland Blaiklock, Managing Director of NH China and CEO of the joint venture, said “We are grateful to our shareholders and extremely proud to launch our operations in China and establish a strong foundation from which to develop our own brands and achieve the vision and ambition of NH Hotel Group which is: “One day, whenever anyone contemplates a trip to a city for an overnight stay or meeting, for business or pleasure, they will always ask themselves: Is there an NH hotel at my destination?”.

 NH China is going to be a great adventure! We hope you’ll join us. 

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NH is in fashion!

By NH | 12:33
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Want to enjoy the world’s fashion capitals without the frenzy? Well, now that fashion week has moved to Paris take a moment and see what the likes of Milan, London, New York and Madrid have on offer. If you are a truly fashion victim, you must know some of our hotels become a unique setting to design, creation, exclusive shopping and are of course a unique spot to attend fashion shows. nhow Milano in Milan; NH Collection Eurobuilding in Madrid; NH Collection Constanza in Barcelona… Know why we are into fashion!

Actually, our friend and fashion lover Collage Vintage didn’t want to miss the opportunity to stay with us while attending to the famous Fashion Weeks of London and Milan. Have you already checked her pictures there?

 

 MILAN

There’s no doubt Milan is one of the most fashionable cities in the world. The Milanese love fashion and every corner of the city bursts with style and character, especially during the Milan Fashion Week, which took place from 24th to 29th of February.

Fashion lovers can enjoy a hotel exclusively devoted to fashion and design, the nhow Milano, located right in the creative heart of Milan. It’s a stone’s throw away from the most celebrated fashion and design showrooms. That’s why it stands out as the perfect location from where to get the best from the world of fashion, its catwalks, and the coveted events that dot this sprawling urban playground for fashionistas.

Classic but modern, trendy and cosmopolitan, it used to be an industrial building that’s now converted into an unconventional space that redefines the traditional concept of the hotel. A unique mix of originality and contrasts which expresses itself with its innovative style and surprising forms.

 

Just as the Milan Fashion Week reinvents its style every season, so nhow keeps on renewing itself from within but keeping always the typical Milanese glamour.

MADRID

Madrid’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, from 18th to 23rd February, is a must when it comes to discovering Spanish and international new proposals. This year we were excited becoming the setting of one of the fashion shows: Spanish fashion designer María Lafuente chose our ultra-stylish NH Collection Eurobuilding hotel to present her new collection.

Located in the city’s financial district, NH Collection Eurobuilding is a perfect scenario to promote fashion labels and hold fashion shows due to its impressive curved LED screen, the largest one in a european hotel, offering a whole world of possibilities.

Actually, this is not the first time our hotel holds a fashion shows. A few months ago, MFSHOW by El Corte Inglés showed its proposals under the dome where the LED screen is located at. A futuristic and ultra-contemporary scenario able to transmit all the feelings contained in the fashion world.

Not only that, but also the whole hotel is a perfect mix of art, design and latest trends. Re-opened in September 2014 following a major refurbishment, every corner shows style and elegance.

 

 

BARCELONA

Barcelona has a great sense of fashion, as you can realize during a visit to the city. New trends are displayed at the 080 Barcelona Fashion, taking place during the first week of February. 

 

Our NH Collection Constanza and NH Collection Gran Hotel Calderón are a great base to enjoy it while shopping at some of the most exclusive shops of the city.

NH Collection Constanza is a monument to design itself. Created by Pritzker prize-winning architect Rafael Moneo and offering a premium location in the heart of Barcelona’s business district, is a contemporary delight in stylish white marble.

NH Collection Gran Hotel Calderón, unbeatably located right in the middle of Barcelona, and renovated last year, is a short walk to Passeig de Gràcia, the city’s nicest shopping street.

 

Fashion Weeks are here, get in the mood for them at our trendiest hotels and discover our stylish character!

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NH Tips for Valentine’s Day

By NH | 14:21
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Every year, you spend hours racking your brain trying to come up with ideas on how to make February 14th special for your loved one… Well, never fear, NH Hotel Group is here to help! We’ve pieced these St. Valentine’s guides together to ensure you have the most unique and memorable Valentine’s Day date ever! 

With an abundance of history, culture and nature, finding something special to do this February 14th in Europe should be relatively easy to. But just in case, we’ve put together a complete plan in our Top 4 cities for Valentine’s Day for you to seduce your loved one and celebrate your love.

# 1: AMSTERDAM 

No matter where you are in the city, there’s an opportunity for you to entice your special someone, and shower them with love. From a luxury cruise by starlight, to sneaking a kiss on Magere Brug, Amsterdam has it all! Read more about Valentine’s Day in Amsterdam for a complete list of dreamy dates and weekend ideas.

# 2: MILAN

If you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style, then Milan is the city for you. Visiting the gothic cathedral, Duomo, or having a romantic night at the theatre are two perfect ways to enthrall your lover. Keep reading about Valentine’s Day in Milan and discover the rest of them.

# 3: BERLIN

There is a lot of things to do and see in Berlin for a perfect Valentine’s Day. So go ahead and get in the mood! Marvel at the view of the famous Alexanderplatz whilst enjoying a romantic dinner or wander around the mesmerizing Tiergarten. For more inventive ideas for romancing your sweetheart, take a look at our ideas for Valentine’s Day in Berlin here.

#4: MADRID

It’s not hard to piece together a great plan for a night out if you’re in Madrid. The immaculate greens of the Sabatini Gardens, or the Temple of Debod are also great places for taking a moonlight stroll or enjoy the splendid aerial views of the city taking the cable car or “teleférico” as it is known locally. For a total package of ideas for Valentine’s Day in Madrid, keep reading here!

But who are we to say you can’t enjoy St. Valentine’s Day solo? There are many plans out there for people enjoying their ‘singledom’.

Madrid is a hot spot for entertainment and amusement. If it’s art you’re after, visiting city’s many museums is a great way to spend St. Valentine’s Day: The Museo del Prado, where art by the greats can found; The Reina Sofia, the city’s modern art gallery, where you can see the famous masterpiece by Pablo Picasso ‘El Guernica’; and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which offers works from the 13th century to the late 20th century.

In Berlin, discover the parliament, one of Berlin’s most iconic buildings: the Reichstag, build by world famous architect Norman Foster completed in 1984. Or, you can enjoy 360-degree city views of the city from its glittering glass dome.

If you are an art-lover, don’t miss Milan‘s most famous mural, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, located at the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie. Also, catch a concert at the world famous La Scala and enjoy an evening of opera.

Solo in Amsterdam? No problem! Bike tours are a very fun way to get to know the city , just as the locals do, so don’t miss the chance to book one of the many cycling tours offered. Who said practicing exercise can’t be done while enjoying the attractions of the Dutch capital.

So no matter if you are engaged or single on Valentine’s Day. These four cities offers lots of alternatives to spend a lovely day with your partner or on your own. Follow our tips and enjoy!

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An extraordinary Michelin Stars gastronomic proposals for 2016

By NH | 10:22
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NH Hotel Group’s gastronomic wager this year starts with two very unique phenomenon. Alinea restaurant held by the three Michelin Stars Grant Achatz has moved to our NH Collection Eurobuilding, and we’ve opened Roomservice at Olof’s, a pop-up restaurant in the oldest chapel in Amsterdam led by one Michelin Star, Chef Chris Naylor.

Alinea Madrid

One of the most influential chefs of contemporary cuisine nowadays, Grant Achatz, has moved his Alinea restaurant in Chicago to our NH Collection Eurobuilding. From January 12th to February 6th, Tuesday to Sunday, Alinea Madrid offers an exclusive experience for diners.

Alinea in residence aims to offer two distinct and amazing gastronomic experiences in Madrid.

From January 12th to 16th, Alinea offered an Up/Down dinner collaboration with DiverXO, Dabiz Muñoz’s restaurant located in the lower level of NH Collection Eurobuilding. Guests began in one of the restaurants and then, after the first menu, guests would journey to the other restaurant. An outstanding experience is the result of two different menus, two different styles and two different locations in one soirée.

To fulfill the experience of what a dinner is like in Alinea Chicago, Chef Achatz also brought Beverage Director of The Aviary in Chicago, Micah Melton, to manage The Office. Recreating the VIP bar ‘The Aviary’ in Chicago, filled with art and antiques, The Office’s been used as a transition location from one experience to the other.

For the second experience, Chef Achatz, chef Bagale (head chef of Alinea) and the team of his headquarters in Chicago offers a degustation menu, prepared exclusively for their residence in NH Collection Eurobuilding, honoring the culinary heritage of Spain. From 19th of January until 6th of February you can still enjoy this savory yet temporary experience.

Roomservice at Olof’s

Located in the oldest chapel in Amsterdam, the Saint Olof’s Chapel, One Michelin Star Chef Chris Naylor, known as the Executive Chef of Restaurant Vermeer (Part of NH Collection Barbizon Palace) opened a pop-up restaurant.

Chef Chris Naylor aims to put vegetables and herbs in the spotlight and serves fish and meat as a side dishes. The dishes are paired with the best wines and great stories that come along with them.

The interior is entirely designed with hotel elements from the adjacent NH Collection Barbizon Palace to bring the intimacy and scale of a hotel room. An impressive collage of bedside tables, bedside lamps, mini-bars and other characteristic items from hotel rooms. Roomservice at Olof’s even has a Fever-Tree cocktail bar and the first vermouth bar of the Netherlands.

You can either walk in and take a seat or make your reservation beforehand. It’s open every day until April 30th.

These pop-up restaurants are a true commitment of our company to offer only the greatest experiences to our guests. Don’t miss this culinary delights!

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All of Our Recent Developments, at FITUR 2016

By NH | 13:12
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Once again this year, we wanted to participate in the FITUR 2016 International Tourism Trade Fair, the global meeting place for tourism professionals and the leading trade fair for origin and destination markets in Ibero-America.

2015 was a very important year for us, with the opening of new hotels, the expansion of our upper-upscale brand NH Collection, and the integration of Hoteles Royal in Colombia, Chile and Ecuador. For this reason, in this edition of FITUR we have reviewed what the last year has meant for us, as well as look towards the future and tell you about our new developments and plans for expansion of our brands: NH Hotels, NH Collection, nhow, and Hesperia.

The most important piece of news was announced at a press conference by Hugo Rovira, our General Director for Spain, Portugal, and Andorra: in the next four years, we will open 19 hotels in 13 countries, and invest in renovating many of our existing establishments.

Mexico, Germany, and Italy are some of the countries that will have new hotels from our chain, as well as Spain where we anticipate finishing the year with 24 NH Collection hotels.

This year our Group also showed a strong commitment to gastronomy, as demonstrated by our collaborating chefs during the presentation of our gastronomic offerings: from Paco Roncero to Andrea Tumbarello, then on to Óscar Velasco, Luis Bartolomé, Jesús Almagro, Abel Valverde, David Robledo and Miguel Barrera.

This is a great team of well-known professionals that work hard to innovate and bring the best local and international gastronomy to our kitchens, which attendees were able to enjoy during the cooking demonstration prepared by our NH Collection Eurobuilding team.

FITUR was also an ideal venue to communicate our two most recent agreements. First, we signed with the airline Air Europa to collaborate in their points program. We’ve also signed an agreement to become global partners with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA)- the leading organization in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual tourism.

Our Directors Marta Martín (VP of CSR and Internal Communication) and Mónica Chao (Director of Corporate Sustainability) didn’t want to miss out on participating in several of the round tables organized during the Trade Fair.

Marta Martín, who was among the speakers for the “Spanish Companies Driving Responsible Tourism” panel, spoke about the importance of CSR for our Group and made clear that at NH “we don’t look at profits without our employees”, a value that is one of our most important assets.

Mónica Chao was also present at FITUR to talk about our environmental campaigns and programs. She explained that sustainability is becoming an increasingly important factor in client decision making and that our Group is fully in line with that sentiment, always trying to understand the needs of our guests in order to innovate and incorporate sustainable activities not only in our establishments but also through local gastronomy, electric vehicles, and the use of bicycles.

The environment and sustainability are two themes that are becoming more and more important for global tourism, and therefore which occupied much of our time at FITUR.

Along these lines, our sustainable project Cork2Cork, which is dedicated to the collection and reutilization of corks from bottles opened in our hotels, won a prize during the Fair with a certificate for “Best Specific Action in Sustainability and Interior Design”. This recognition inspires us to continue forward in working and innovating in sustainability.

FITUR 2016: Sustainability, gastronomy, openings, and plans for expansion. See you next year!

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‘Hotels with a Heart’ returns this Christmas

By NH | 12:21
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At NH, we believe that the best way to contribute and create social value in the cities where we are present is through our hotels themselves. For this reason, we are pleased to announce that our Group is once again launching our Christmas campaign ‘Hotels with a Heart‘ this year.

For more than 10 years, ‘Hotels with a Heart’ has supported families with children and teenagers with severe illnesses, donating almost 22,000 rooms in hotels near hospitals. The objective? That these families can celebrate Christmas together while their children receive treatment outside of their home city.

For this reason, between December 21st  and January 11th , 2016 we are donating free lodging to families in 30 cities in 9 countries in Europe and Latin America (Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Spain, France, Holland, Italy, Mexico, and the United Kingdom). We are working with different NGOs and local foundations to select the families and counting on the ‘heart’ of our employees, who participate voluntarily each year in this initiative.

It is our employees who play a fundamental role in putting this initiative into action year after year. In fact, ‘Hotels with a Heart’ is one of the projects that we work on with the most excitement and the most care each year, because it is for a good cause and because of the way that it involves our employees around the world” emphasized Marta Martín, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for NH Hotel Group.

Since the beginning of the program, which this year was recognized with the “Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative” award in the Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2015, more than 2,000 employees have participated, acting as “Ambassadors” in each of our hotels by hosting the families and helping the hotel become a second home for them.

For this reason, this year we wanted to thank our employees for volunteering in a special way, by featuring them in the campaign video and telling many of the stories that have happened in our hotels.

We invite you to watch this compelling video and share it so that this initiative can reach anyone who may need it, and so that no family is unable to enjoy this Christmas.

 


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Experience the Magic of Christmas in the Markets of Central Europe

By NH | 11:31
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From mid-November until the end of December, Central Europe is filled with Christmas markets. Although they can look similar in appearance, each city has its own version. Feel the bustling energy of the markets in Vienna, enjoy the vibrant city of Berlin’s Christmas views, contemplate the historical beauty of Frankfurt’s market, experience the tradition of Saint Nicholas and the warmth of the people of Salzburg, and savor the smell of holiday treats in Düsseldorf.

VIENNA

The Austrian capital is a perfect entry point into the world of Christmas markets. The smell of traditional hot mulled wine and characteristic Christmas pastries create a festive environment that is felt throughout the city.

Vienna has a mix of historic and popular traditional markets as well as smaller local markets. The city’s popular municipal market (in Rathausplatz) has everything you could want, including a classic carousel. The markets in the Palace of Schönbrunn and the Belvedere Palace are spectacularly beautiful. And you can visit Freyung, the most traditional market in Vienna, or Am Hof and Karlskirche, which smaller but equally popular.

At the markets, you can find all of the seasonal classics: mulled wine, gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, a wide variety of cookies, pastries, sweets, culinary gifts, and you can even enjoy a pony ride.

BERLIN

The Christmas season in Germany is different than in the majority of other countries. The Germans simply love to celebrate Christmas and they show it by decorating all of the streets, houses, and shopping centers.

In Berlin, there are around 60 Christmas markets to visit and enjoy in the city center. The majority are free to enter, but some, like Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt, charge a small entry fee (around 1€). Generally, the markets remain open much later than the neighborhood businesses, and for this reason can be a good way to end a long day of touring the area.

The Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt is especially popular for its unique handmade products. In addition to the giant Ferris wheel and the remarkable stalls, this market also has a large ice skating rink. Another option is to strap on your ice skates at Potsdamer Platz, which also has one of Europe’s largest sledding hills. Additionally, you can even play curling.

There are many special delicacies to be found in the markets of Berlin, such as a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate, fried apple, Berliners, and special cheeses from around the world.

SALZBURG

The Christmas markets of Salzburg will fill you with warmth as you gaze at the city’s snowy rooftops, cupolas, and towers. It’s the perfect location to start catching the Christmas spirit.

The markets are full the 5th and 6th of December, the days of the Feast of Saint Nicholas. Especially well-known is the main market in the city center, which has the cathedral as an impressive backdrop. Outside of the center, you can visit the Christmas market at Hohensalzburg Fort, treat yourself to something delicious, and enjoy a magnificent view of the historic center of Salzburg. A local secret you won’t want to miss is the Christmas farmer’s market at Meier-Mellenhof farm in Grödig-Glanegg.

In all of these places, you can enjoy the scent of toasted almonds and mulled wine, the best way to keep warm. Here you’ll find Christmas decorations, carvings, toys and lots of culinary specialties, among them traditional Christmas cookies.

FRANKFURT

The spectacular city of Frankfurt concentrates all of its Christmas spirit in one market, which is one of the largest and oldest in the country. Its vibrant holiday decorations and the careful details put into its stands make it one of the most beautiful and most visited markets in Germany, with around three million visitors per year.

To fully enjoy the Christmas experience in this city, you can take a guided tour of the market where you can gaze at the impressive views from the tour of the Old Nikolai Church and hear stories about Frankfurt and its most famous characters.

You can delight your palate with this market’s various classics, including sausages and other kinds of grilled meats, mulled wine, traditional marzipan candies, pretzels, and more.

DÜSSELDORF

At the end of each year, the Christmas market in Düsseldorf casts a spell over the center of the city, making it a unique experience for visitors.

There are seven markets in the city. The environment is absolutely enchanting, and as you approach its stands, you can smell roasted chestnuts and all manner of treats that are typical of the city. You’ll also find numerous resplendent cabins covered in colored lights and attractive decorations for the occasion. It’s possible to buy anything, from jewels to German sweets to unique handmade toys.

Some of the culinary delicacies of the market include currywurst (sausage with curry), gebratene pilze (savory mushrooms), Reibekuche (grated potato fritters with apple sauce), and different flavors of brezel (pretzels).

Delight your senses by exploring the best of the Christmas markets in Germany and Austria. We invite you to visit this festival of smells, colors, and flavors by offering a 25% discount in our hotels this Christmas. All you have to do is sign up for our NH Rewards Program! We’ll be waiting for you!

 

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We’re celebrating the opening of eight new NH Collection Hotels!

By NH | 17:39
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It is with pleasure that we announce that our upper upscale brand, NH Collection, has recently expanded its offerings in eight cities and now has eight new establishments in Europe and America.

Madrid, Quito, Brussels, Porto, Taormina, Zaragoza, Frankfurt and Berlin are the cities that now have new NH Collection Hotels, adding to the 48 hotels we already operate in 37 cities around the world.

All of the hotels are situated in strategic locations in the main international destinations of Europe and Latin America. They are always housed in distinctive properties which have been carefully restored and preserved with the goal of captivating guests who are looking for a unique and memorable experience.

Our first stop is Madrid, home to NH Collection Paseo del Prado. Located across from the Prado Museum, this building draws attention with its Neo-Baroque style. It was designed by the architect Antonio Palacios, who also left his mark on the Cybele Palace. One of the best kept secrets of this hotel is on the top floor, where you can find a gym and spectacular panoramic views of the city. Additionally, the tapas bar serves small treats created by 2 Michelin Star Chef, Paco Roncero. 

In Quito, just a few steps from the finance district, the World Trade Center, and some of the area’s best restaurants, you’ll find NH Collection Quito Royal. It is located only 15 minutes from the historic center and has 112 rooms, many of which have spectacular views of the mountains surrounding the city. 

Incredible views can also be found from the terrace of NH Collection Brussels Centre, formerly known as NH Atlanta Brussels. Its location is perfect: five minutes from Brussels main square and very close to famous landmarks such as the Manneken Pis and Rue Nueve, the most famous commercial street in the city. Its building is a jewel in itself, which was constructed in the 1920s and maintains its original staircase. 

This isn’t the only exceptional location. Look no further than NH Collection Porto Batalha which is located in an 18th century palace that was originally home to an important wine producing family, and later served as the headquarters for the city’s postal service. Even though the hotel has been completely renovated, it still preserves the essence of the old city in its historic façade and elegant decoration. From the hotel, you can easily access all of the attractions that make this city a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From Portugal we travel to Italy, where we will find the 5-star NH Collection Taormina, in the center of its namesake city, on the eastern coast of Sicily. The building combines details of the early 20th century with modern touches that give it a truly spectacular character. Additionally, the primary commercial street in the city, Corso Umberto I, is nearby. 

Another 5-star hotel is NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, located in Amsterdam’s main square with magnificent views of the Royal Palace. The building, which was constructed in 1855, offers a privileged location from which you can visit the best shops in the city and is near the lively Red Light District. 

In Frankfurt, NH Collection Frankfurt City, formerly known as the NH Frankfurt City Center, offers travelers everything they need, whether they are travelling for business or simply want to explore the city. It is located only five minutes from Frankfurt’s famous exhibition hall and a just a few steps away from the city center. 

Also in Germany, NH Collection Berlin Friedrichstrasse, formerly known as the NH Berlin Friedrichstrasse, is located on the world-famous Friedrichstrasse Street, near places of interest and Berlin’s most famous shopping districts. It is also just a few steps away from the Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden, the historic, tree-lined boulevard in Berlin. 

These are our new NH Collection hotels, but they aren’t alone! From now until the end of the year, we will grow from 48 to 64 establishments. Keep an eye out and we’ll keep you posted! 

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NH Global Customer Summit: An Occasion to Discuss the Current State of the Events and Travel Sector

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At NH, we believe that it is essential to be up to date on what’s happening in the tourist sector through events that host professionals from all over the world.

For this reason, it has been a pleasure for us to organize the NH Global Customer Summit “Travel & Meetings Reality Check”, which was held on the 17th, 18th, and 19th of November at NH Collection Constanza in Barcelona and whose purpose was to thoroughly analyze the current situation that the meetings sector is experiencing in relation to travel. This is an extremely important and constantly changing segment of the tourist sector.

International experts and members of our Group participated in the summit and shared their point of view on topics like creativity, the future, clients, and changes, including: Amon Cohen, Director of TravelWord; Deborah Short, Global Travel Manager at Willis; Luis Aparicio, Senior Global Account Manager at Amadeus IT Group; and Eric Billaut, Director of Supplier Management & Procurement EMEA at American Express.

After a welcome from Hugo Rovira, our Managing Director of Spain, Portugal and Andorra, the first day began with an inspirational talk from Paralympic swimmer Enhamed Enhamed, who shared his life experiences and motivated all of the participants with his strength and spirit of overcoming adversity.

Our COO, Rufino Pérez, spoke next about our Group’s perspectives, goals, and strategies for the future.

There was also time to network, enjoy a drink, and end the day with a dinner at our Hesperia Tower hotel.

The second day began with a welcome from Catherine McGavok, Regional VP-EMEA at GBTA, followed by the first session of the day: “Creativity in Motion”, led by Amon Cohen, Director of TravelWord, and Andreas J. G. Wellauer, the CEO of GALIANT. Both reflected on the current and profound creative needs of the business travel and meetings sector, putting several alternatives and solutions on the table.

The following session focused on the client and client needs, attempting to better understand what clients really want and how to offer it to them. Carlos Sánchez, Manager of Big Data Analytics and Product Innovation at CWT, Deborah Short, Global Travel Manager at Willis, and Inmaculada Martínez-Ruiz, VP of Corporate Sales at NH Hotel Group gave their points of view. They presented their experiences and opinions, and the audience voted for their favorite until only one presenter was left on stage in the style of “Room 101”.

Change, specifically how to adapt to and manage it for our benefit, was the theme of the day’s third session, titled “Modelling Change-The Collaborative Distraction” and led by Eric Billaut, Director of Supplier Management & Procurement EMEA at American Express.

To finish the summit, we wanted to discuss “Virtual Reality Check- Intelligent Travel Management” and present our cutting-edge 3D holographic technology. Chris Elmitt, Managing Director of Crystal Interactive, Luis Aparicio, Senior Global Account Manager of Amadeus IT Group, and Verónica González, Business Development Director of our Group discussed the latest technologies and considering the impact, changes, and opportunities they bring. The session also featured the virtual presence of our CEO Federico J. González Tejera who closed the summit that finished with a final dinner at the Don Giovanni Restaurant, located in NH Collection Constanza.

Two days of intense analysis and discussion that helped us all better understand the current state of the sector and gave us ideas and weapons to face the future in the best way possible. We’ll see you at the next summit!

 

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