Green with NH Hotel Group

By NH | 19:24

If you worry about the environment, we are here to let you know that you are not alone! Aiming to take care of Mother Nature as much as possible is one of our top prioritise; it is a a way of living and a philosophy that we share it. We’re sure you’d agree that it’s quite hard to maintain this lifestyle when on the move, right? Well, just you relax. At NH we’ve got you covered!

Over the years we have been incorporating all manner of sustainable systems and policies to drive us to being one of the most environmentally conscious hotel chains in the world. As a result, our hotel facilities have been designed and structured with state-of-the-art technologies that help us and our guests reduce the impact the modern world leaves behind, and, in some cases, we even give back.

So, if you are wondering how we have accomplished that, the answer lies within our 6 main initiatives:

Minimizing water consumption

It is a known fact that water usage from humans and corporations is one of the main strains on the environment, so naturally it has been a pivotal issue we wanted to tackle. To avoid expending more H2O than necessary, we have installed operating systems in our swimming pools, taps, and showers that allow us to save water. At the same time, our irrigation systems allow us to treat and reuse water for other purposes, like gardening. That way we are able to care for our beloved greenery without the need of an extra source of water.

Reduction in energy consumption and use of renewable alternatives

The world of late has taken strides to engineer ever more efficient process to generate energy and by no means have we fallen behind! We’re proud to use highly efficient conditioning systems, that allow our clients to adjust room temperatures as they please without worrying about their power consumption, improved our windows with high-protection sunscreen and heat filters, replaced old-fashion bulbs for LED ones, and installed movement detectors for lighting… All these initiatives add to the energy generated by certified renewable sources that power our hotels in Europe. This means that a great part of the energy used comes from natural sources such as sunlight, wind, rain and geothermal heat, which are all naturally replenished resources.

Ultimately, we decided to go a step further and incorporate #EarthHour into our activity calendar, during which our outdoor lights and the lights of some of the main communal spaces are switched off for 60 minutes. On this international day, many of our hotels join the global movement created by WWF, and organize many other initiatives in response climate change. For example, as a guest you could be invited to join to Candle Light events such as jazz concerts or dinner with low energy demand menus.

Waste Reduction

While this might be an unpleasant subject to picture, it is an extremely important one to consider when aiming to achieve our sustainable goals. In our case, we have a strong focus on improving the separation of the main types of waste, for example used oil. By recycling it, we are able to use it for biofuels and avoid harmful oily layers in water disposals. Another example of this our initiative Cork2Cork, which centers on cork bottle stoppers, which are recycled throughout different establishments and later reused for construction and refurbishable materials.

Biodiversity Protection

We aim to take care of all living beings, not just humans. In order to do so, we have taken on several initiatives, including locally targeted projects. Proof of these are our urban garden in hotels throughout Europe and America. These gardens allow staff to cultivate their own products but also care for beehives and beekeeping activities, particularly in Europe, where bees face a critical condition, which is crucial concern for us. Some hotels that house bees in a safe manner for them and our customers are the NH Berlin Alexanderplatz in Germany, NH Vienna City in Austria and NH Collection Barbizon Palace in The Netherlands.

Other initiatives using eco-friendly towels, free of harmful substances, and to integrate pieces of furniture and paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. In other words, we use sustainably-produced items to decorate many aspects of our interiors.

What is more, that our meeting areas are designed based on sustainability criteria: maximizing natural light, reducing use of paper, promoting new technologies, and guaranteeing the usage of products which have a low impact also, which leads us on to our next topic…

Carbon footprints

This is the main indicator for environmental impact, it refers to the amount of carbon dioxide or equivalents released into the atmosphere, due to any activity of a person or industry.To further minimize our carbon footprint and that of our guests, we increase energy efficiency by keeping the right ranges of temperature, avoiding unnecessary use of equipments and fuling our systems with renewable sources. We also offer electric bicycles, in which you can travel around the city in an environmentally friendly manner, as well as the opportunity to offset carbon emissions through carbon neutral events and meetings.

By now, you know a whole bunch about how we care for Mother Nature, but it is not all. If you are interested in continue to read about our initiatives, do not hesitate to visit our website and discover our selection of  ecological and sustainable hotels.We promise your most eco-friendly side will rest easy in our beds!

One destination, 4 different getaways

By NH | 13:12

Berlin, a capital city that is full of vibrant culture, innovative architecture, and fantastic food as well as a huge list of attractions. And in the place that has it all, there is a type of getaway to meet all tastes. Whether it be a romantic weekend away with your significant other, a get together with friends, or a hotel to host your next business trip, NH Hotels has the perfect place to accommodate your every need.

NH Berlin Potsdam Conference Center for the business traveler

Let’s talk business first. If you’re looking to have every need looked after when you next travel for work, our NH Berlin Potsdam Conference Center has you covered. Located in the historical city of Potsdam just on the outskirts of Berlin, and with transport links straight into the city center, NH Berlin Potsdam Conference Center is the best place for business travelers, hosting attendees or for your upcoming event. Offering 20 different function rooms with the biggest holding up to 250 people for larger scale events we have every type of occasion catered for.

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Set in the countryside and surrounded by nature makes your business trip a stress free and seamless experience without the bustle of the city center, but with the accessibility and benefits that come with being so close to the capital. If it happens that you are hosting an event with us, we have dedicated event teams to look after your needs, along with advanced technology and fully equipped meeting rooms. If you’re pressed for time, enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine served at the restaurant or the views of the Teltow Canal from the terrace. But with Berlin a stone’s throw away, your trip doesn’t have to be just a business getaway… right?

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NH Berlin Alexanderplatz for a romantic trip

Wanting to surprise your significant other with a romantic getaway?  NH Berlin Alexanderplatz is in the heart of the capital and offers a newly renovated haven to accommodate your stay. Located in a peaceful corner of the capital city called Friedrichshain, you will be waking up in a district popular with artists. With a park on the corner and handfuls of coffee shops and beer gardens on your doorstep you will never be short of things to get up to. The Vivantes Klinikum is just across the street as well as access to the Umweltforum and the Mercedes Benz arena. The open-air cinema is just a few meters away, just what you need for a  romantic date watching an old film.

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Within the hotel, relax in our spa, where you and your partner can rejuvenate in the wellness showers or unwind in the sauna and feel your absolute best whilst staying with us. Along with a beautiful restaurant located on a terrace, we have an extensive cocktail menu and a selection of spirits in our cozy bar. Your stay will be made unforgettable through the quirky details of the hotel, such as the 50,000 bees kept on the roof which will produce the freshest honey for your breakfast. Touches like these is what makes NH Berlin Alexanderplatz the best choice for your romantic getaway and will make it a trip to remember.

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NH Berlin Kurfurstendamm with friends

There’s no doubt that Berlin is the perfect place to go with your friends! Our hotel NH Berlin Kurfurstendamm is the ideal place to accommodate you and your friends’ every move.  Located in the old bohemian quarter of the town, the hotel is steps away from the city’s most popular shopping street as well as the biggest tourist attractions such as the Bahnhof Zoo, Charlottenburg Castle and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

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With a metro station 200 meters away, everything is accessible and Berlin is at your fingertips. In the heart of the city, restaurants, bars and clubs are everywhere to be seen, and a night out with your friends is a must! Within the hotel, wash away the night in our spa, ready to make you feel rejuvenated for another night on the tiles. Of course, this should be followed by one of our hearty breakfasts to leave you feeling truly refreshed. Look no further than our NH Berlin Kurfurstendamm hotel if you’re searching for an easy and fun getaway with your friends!

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nhow Berlin, coolest cultural getaway

Now let’s talk about nhow Berlin. Though not part of our NH Hotels brand, we couldn’t talk about Berlin without mentioning this incredible, forward thinking hotel. It’s a place that’s sure to immerse you in culture and awake your senses. The ultra-trendy hotel is perfect for a cultural getaway where the arts, particularly music, take centre stage and it’s right in the heart of Berlin. Nestled on the River Spree, between the Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg districts, there are plenty of bars, café’s, shops and clubs within in walking distance.

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Our nhow Berlin hotel will provide a memorable and unique experience with its astonishing design and quirky interiors created by New York designer Karim Rashid. Being the first hotel in Europe dedicated to music, it is only fitting that it has its own music studios and a recording booth, as well as keyboards and guitars available on the 24-hour room service menu. The futuristic style hotel also specializes in international cuisine and has a cocktail bar with breathtaking views of the river, the perfect remedy to a busy day in Berlin. At the nhow Berlin hotel you are bound to be immersed in the vibrant culture of Berlin and surrounded by the sound of music, if you’re looking for something a little different, give it a try!

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So, what kind of getaway are you in the mood for? Whatever your pleasure, Berlin has it all… and then some!

Open the doors to NH Hotels

By NH | 13:40

Whether you´re here for a short stay or something a little longer, and whether for leisure or bleisure, a stay at NH Hotels will promise to leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed, all within the perfect location to enjoy everything key cities around the world have to offer.

The beginning of the experience

Start your stay with us at NH Hotels by checking in with one of our lovely teams at reception. Whether the morning, afternoon, evening or night you will be met by a relaxing atmosphere in one of our fantastic locations along with some light refreshments, an ideal pick me up after a long journey or a hard day at work. Enjoy the calm ambience of the lobby as your check in is fast and stress free.  With locations in big cities, there are always transport links easily available making your trip to and from the airport as smooth as possible.

One of the first things you’ll do is take a moment to explore your room. It will serve as a place of complete relaxation after a busy day in the city. Our spaces offer maximum comfort in order to give you a restful night’s sleep and allow you to wake up feeling your absolute best. Our ‘NH Sleep’ mattress will ease your muscles after a long day along with our hypoallergenic pillows to provide the perfect sleep. It’s also your best friend for when you need a siesta. What’s more is that a sleeping kit is available with everything from eye masks to a pillow spray to help you drift off with ease.

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So, you’ve just had the best night’s sleep and are ready to get your day going. With the view of the beautiful bustling city to wake up to, you will be excited for the day ahead of you. Plunging into one of our pools, whether indoor or outdoor, is an ideal way to wake you up in the morning and raise your energy levels for the day ahead. Before heading down to breakfast, step into our bathrooms, which offer just as much comfort as our beds; with a rain effect shower, professional standard hair dryer and plenty of amenities to nourish your skin and hair you are bound to look and feel your best.

Breakfast time

It’s time to eat! With an extensive selection of hot and cold treats at our breakfast buffet, you can enjoy a long and leisurely breakfast. With homemade traditional favourites and a range of local dishes there is a lot to choose from. Our breakfast buffets also cater for a range of dietary needs as well as healthier choices. With 13 kinds of bread, 5 types of milk as well as milk alternatives and gluten free options there is no need to stress as there is something for everyone.

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Too comfortable to leave your room? Well, with room service available 24 hours a day, whether it be breakfast in bed or a late night dinner after a long day of travelling, we offer menus of the highest quality and freshest ingredients, making meals easy and convenient as well as unique and memorable. Also, why not spoil yourself with room service before bed? The perfect opportunity to get an early night and to feel rejuvenated before a packed day of exploring everything the city has to offer.

Time to explore the city

Anyway, back to your day. Feeling revitalized and relaxed, you are ready to explore everything the city has to offer. Let’s go! With travel guides available to plan your trip there is no need to worry if it is your first time visiting the city. As well as detailed information about the local attractions, you can rely on the ready-made lists of the must-see sights as well as recommendations of places to eat, shop and relax. Whether you’re looking for more of a cultural and historical trip or a gastronomic experience, we have everything covered.

For example, our Madrid Travel Guides offer information on attractions such as the Prado Museum where you can enjoy a huge range of European art in Spain’s answer to the Louvre. Our guide also offers unique dining experiences all over the city and a list of must see shops, cafes and nightclubs.

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With our hotels being located right in the centre of busy cities, there are always popular sights, shops and attractions on your doorstep, along with fantastic transport links to make your way around the city as easy as getting to and from the airport. Travelling for business? Many of our hotels are situated near conference centres and business areas to offer a streamlined and stress-free commute that leaves room for leisure time and makes it simple to host business events.

Best way to end the day

After a long day exploring the city, you can return to the peaceful environment of the hotel spa, where you can improve your physical and mental wellbeing or just relax after a long day on your feet. Cool off in the pool and soak up the midday sun or, if you feel inclined to do so, head to our fully equipped gym. With a fantastic variety of top of the range equipment, you can burn off your indulgences enjoyed throughout the day in order to prepare yourself for you evening meal.

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If you’re in the mood  to step out of your room but not the hotel, we have so many gastronomic experiences to offer; ranging from fine dining, to beer gardens to rooftop bars with captivating views of the city. Ending the day with extraordinary food in a beautiful location and excellent service will make you feel indulged and completes your stay with NH Hotels.

So, when are you coming?

5 Reasons to be an NH Rewards Member

By NH | 9:46

Rebooted and ready to go, NH Rewards has been given the update you all deserve. As a new or existing member, our loyalty program offers you more exclusive deals and services than ever before. Why? Because we want you to make the most of your stay with us. There are 4 different statuses to achieve, each one unlocking more benefits than the previous. Whether for leisure or for work, make the most of traveling with us and let NH Rewards help you rediscover your city of stay from a new point of view.

Not a member and still unsure of what our program offers you? Well, here are 5 winning reasons why being a member is worth your time and why being loyal has never been so rewarding.

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Special Rates & Promotions

What’s loyalty without exclusive offers? That’s exactly what you get when you’re an NH Rewards member, and that doesn’t apply to new members only. Throughout the year, you have numerous deals and promotions that you can select from to make the most of your vacations and business trips. We care about our guests and want to make sure that they have the best possible experience when in our hotels, and with NH Rewards things only get better. That is why, we also want to reward your loyalty by giving you special rates and deals.

Easy to Upgrade

NH’s rewards program has 4 membership statuses to scale through: blue, silver, gold, and platinum. You start as a blue member upon signing up, and silver is yours after just 5 room night stays! Pretty fast, don’t you think? So you can imagine how simple it is climbing the ladder to platinum status! In the last 5 years, our NH Rewards guests enjoyed their points in more than 500,000 stays. And of course, the more you stay, the services you unlock: such as a free room upgrades, exclusive customer service, premium wifi, and even room guarantee! The advantages are endless, why not take a look for yourself.

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Share and donate

One of the most attractive features of our NH Rewards program is that you can share your points! Did you know that you can send points to your friends and family to boost their travels? Trust us, there is nothing better than sending or receiving points. After all, 1 point = 1 Euro! Some members have shocked up with the amount of points they have stored, and together our members have accumulated 80 million of them in the past 5 years… that’s 80 million euros!

What’s more is that with NH Rewards you can also donate your points to those in need, making a difference with each point earned!

Partners

Whether the points you have in your account have been earned by you or shared with you, you’ll be happy to know you can use your points beyond our hotels, and that we have several NH Rewards partners that also want to give yours travels that little extra lift. Find out who they are, here.

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More Earning Opportunities

From your first stay onward, there are a plethora of situations in which you can earn points. New members get 5 points just for signing up to the program, and from there on you’ll keep on receiving them every time you stay at one of our hotels. Existing members will be happy to know that by booking through our web, you’ll earn points, with more coming your way depending on your status. And, like we said before, the more points you earn, the more you services you can enjoy. When you treat yourself, NH Rewards treats you back!

So, whether you’re a seasoned NH Rewards member or new to the community, there is no doubt that now is the time to be part of it. With each stay, the experience becomes more rewarding, so why not share your time with us with loved ones. Or, like more than 5,000 of our guests, extend your business trip over the weekend to truly get to know your city of stay. There’s never been a better time to sign up with NH Rewards. Get the best experience when you stay with us. Return and relive, start here!

10 Pictures You Need to Capture on Your Vacation

By NH | 17:30

You know that when you come back from your vacation, there will be a million pictures to show friends and family of your amazing travels. It’s a great way to remember all the great memories made. But did you take pictures of the right things? If you’re unsure, NH Hotel Group knows exactly what you need to capture so that wonderful escape stays in your memory forever!

Breakfast

The best way to start your day! Breakfast is always a touch tastier when on vacation: whether it’s enjoyed in your room with the morning light pouring in through the open window, the delicious pancakes and fruits from our famed buffet breakfast, or the design on your latte, breakfasts on vacation are always worth the snap! How about this continental selection form the breakfast at NH Brugge?

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Room Views

Waking up to a different view is always exciting when on holiday! Seeing the beautiful landmarks and a new skyline from your NH hotel room, like those from NH Carlton Amsterdam, are dreamlike, no matter what the time of year is. So don’t let that memory fade and raise your camera.

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Pool Pic

A pool pic is a signature vacation moment, a key indicator that you’re on holiday. Show off your new swimsuit or your new tan from NH terrace pool like @awsukiesukienow at NH Cartagena Urban Royal. You might even get amazing city views as your backdrop!

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Gastronomy

They say the best way to get to know a culture is through their food. Look no further than NH restaurants for authentic cuisine that may be one of the most memorable parts of your trip! Show everyone all the delicious meals you ate and to inspire your own menus when you’re back at home!

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Streets and Beyond Pic

One of the best parts of exploring a new city is winding through all the beautiful streets. Get an amazing view of the beautiful city streets from your NH hotel room or our terrace! Look how beautiful Naples look from our NH Napoli Ambassador rooms! It’s impossible not to take pictures.

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Beach

Are you beach bound this year? Then get the perfect pic of the light hitting the turquoise waters to remind yourself of the refreshing breeze and the sun tanning your skin, just like here at NH Imperial Playa in the Canary Islands!

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Rooftop Views

Scale up to our terrace to enjoy the panoramic views of the city, like this guest did at NH Torino Santo Stefano! Though some cities are perhaps more striking than others from above, for sure you’ll be surprised by the amount of beauty to be seen when looking out across an urban playground. It’s always a good idea to try and capture as much as you can in one shot to look back on and remember where you went and what you saw!

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Best Friends

Your furry best friends are guaranteed to give your vacation photo gold, and that’s why we have a selection of pet-friendly hotels to choose from! If you bring your pets, be sure to take pics of them because it’s their holiday too! This tired pup was snapped by his best friend at NH Laguna Palace! Capture them at their cutest when they’re sleeping on the bed or even when they’re perched at the window, inspecting the outside world.  

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Sunset

Make sunset hunting part of your itinerary. No two sunsets are the same, which is why we love chasing down the perfect evening sky. Even the most unprepared of travellers can get that colourful evening moment by heading up to the terrace or out to the garden of the hotel, where the sunset is absolutely exceptional. What do you think of the beautiful pink reflections of the French sunset at NH Nice? We love it!

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Selfie

Lastly, be sure to take a picture of yourself! A classic selfie in front of stunning views or with your travel buddies is a great way to remember how happy you were on your trip! Who knows, it might just convince you to return…

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Taking pics when travelling can seem like a lot, especially when you feel like you’re being a typical tourist. Just remember the pictures will be infinitely more valuable when you are no longer there, and with NH Hotel Group you’ll be able to check everything off this list. So grab your camera, and explore!

Beachlovers favourite destinations

By NH | 11:37

There’s no debate that the ultimate place to celebrate summer is at a beach. Blue waters and soft sands in the hot sun attract all kinds of summer activities, and its why so many people flock to them for vacation. But true beach lovers know where their time is best spent when looking for a piece of paradise to enjoy. So for your summer vacation, consider the 5 favourite destinations of seasoned beach bums all over the world..

Mallorca

Mallorca is a jack of all trades when it comes to beaches. From pebble covered coves to rock cliff coasts, and from forested shores to the classic white sandy beach, there’s something for every kind of beach lover in this mediterranean jewel. Be sure take a trip to more than one beach as no two are quite the same!

For picturesque sandy beaches, be sure to make your way to Cala Portals Vells. A mix of rocky edges and cream-coloured sands, turquoise waters stretch out into the Balearic sea. After a few hours of tanning or swimming, walk down the walking path further to find caves carved into the cliff, open for exploration!

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If your hotel is directly in Palma de Mallorca, such as NH Ciutat de Mallorca, a beach is still within your reach!  After taking the time to discover Palma and all the amazing sights within the city, your beach day destination is Cala Pi: A small but beautiful hideaway, a steep staircase leads you to this cliff-walled beach with aquamarine waters. Set back 100 metres from the ocean, the water is as still as a spa.

For those who love a good beach road trip, grab your towel, your crew, and drive down Sa Calobra to its dreamy beach destination. Pass through deep valleys and soaring hills to a rocky-pebbled beach wedged perfectly between two sky-scraping rock shelves. For a quieter place to unwind, head just west 2 kilometres to Cala Tuent, a quieter shore surrounded by lush forests. Whatever type of beach you want to explore, Mallorca has it all!

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Taormina

Situated beautifully on the cliff, Taormina offers amazing views, historic architecture, and just beyond the city, stunning beaches. Serving as Sicily’s summer star, the tourist town lives up to its name of being a gorgeous vacation destination.

The nearest beach to the city is Lido Mazzaro, where sands stretch around a sapphire cove leading up to a large rocky peninsula. The area is well supplied by bars and restaurants, making it a convenient hub for those looking for a meal in between their beach time. Just beyond Lido Mazzaro is Isola Bella, a smaller option. Isola Bella’s beach is hugged by the rocky peninsula to the left and the Isola Bella nature reserve to its right, just a quick sandy trail away from Mazzarro and a quick 15 minute drive from NH Collection Taormina.

Just south of Taormina is Giardini Naxos, a grander alternative to Lido Mazzaro and Isola Bella. The long expanse of ivory sand is worth the drive for the extra space! Walk along the back of the beach and browse through the souvenir shops to find a little memoir of this wonderful place. In Taormina, your summer vacation can feel straight out of a novel.

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Punta Cana

Punta Cana’s beaches are iconic. Very few beaches within the Caribbean come close to the pure and serene feeling you get when you stay here. For this reason, Punta Cana is a very popular destination for beach seekers. Paradise is more accessible than you think it is, Punta Cana regulars know that.

A 10 minute walk from NH Punta Cana, Bavaro Beach has pearl white sands that stretch for what seems like forever. Slender palms waver in the breeze, providing post great shade and a possible post for your hammock. The water is a tempting shade of blue that welcomes swimmers to run in enjoy the sunniest days in the Atlantic.

If you want to do more than sunbathe and swim on the beach, there’s many opportunities on Bavaro to do different beach activities. Ride along the waves on a sailing cruise, or perhaps you’d like to meet a dolphin at the dolphin water park! With options like these, Punta Cana can bring a beach to life for you!

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San Sebastián

Enticing and magnetic, San Sebastian has been a long time favourite of Europeans. It opens as a place  of rich history and culture, and finishes with the extensive beaches that mark when the city ends. Experience the golden sands and the azure waters that are the cherry on top to this charming destination!

Widely considered one of the best city beaches in Europe, Playa de la Concha is stretches almost as long as the city itself does, with beautiful azure waves cascading on the shores. Lie on the soft sands to tan or venture further to discover Isla de Santa Clara, the small island in the middle of the big blue lagoon that opens San Sebastian to the ocean. However you choose to spend your time, it’ll be an unforgettable beach.

If you’re a surfer, you’ll want to venture beyond to Playa de Zurriola. Notorious as a surfing haven in Spain, find the best waves on the north coast. If you aren’t the greatest surfer, the waters are not ideal for swimming. However, beach volleyball, football, and surfing spectators are all frequent. Fall in love with San Sebastian and its rich culture and beach life!

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Cartagena de Indias

Cartagena de Indias holds historic pride of being a well kept colonial town and a UNESCO world heritage site. Beyond this however, Cartagena has amazing beaches! Called the “Queen of the Caribbean coast”, see how this amazing wonder lives up to its name!

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To start off your beach trips, take a day trip by boating to the very close Tierra Bomba Island Looking over the Cartagena skyline, the coastline is surrounded by beautiful beaches! The island is plentiful in bars and restaurants with refreshing cocktails to enjoy on the shore. Relax in a hammock and watch the sunset over the city from this lovely island!

If you’re interested in a road trip, Playa Blanca is worth the 20 kilometres drive. At the base of Sierra Nevada de Santa Maria National Park, Playa Blanca’s white sand beaches are stunning. Walk along the sugary beaches with teal waters that make you feel like you’ve stepped inside a screensaver. Be sure to stay at NH Cartagena Urban Royal to be able to experience both of these amazing beaches!

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Beauty is a key aspect of a good beach. But a great beach will give you peace, adventure, and views that allure people from near and far. With options from all over the world you’re sure to find a beach that gives you that feeling of happiness you’ve been searching for on your vacation. Be sure to stay at NH hotels to have your summer paradise at the reach of your fingertips!

Tourism trends for this summer

By NH | 16:36

Summer is almost here! Have you booked your summer vacation yet? No? Then it’s high time that you did! There are many places to choose from, and we have so many options for you all  around the world. However, let us make your life a little easier by telling you which are the trending destinations this year. Take note and start planning your holidays before it’s too late!

Marseille

It is one of France’s most loved cities and is equally as popular with the French as it is with those visiting. It’s a beautifully warm coastal city, one of the most Mediterranean in the country. Marseille is a historical city with more than 2500 years of history to boot. The iconic Borely Park, the extravagant architectonic splendour of the Palace of Longchamps, the emblematic Notre-Dame de la Garde… the list goes on.

Marseille is also a multicultural place, and discovering the wonders of this picturesque city lets you travel to different corners of the planet. Hanging out in the enchanting Panier neighbourhood or visiting its various traditional markets is a must when in Marseille.

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The fact that it’s located on the Mediterranean coast is one of the reasons that so many people have included this city on their bucket list in the past years. Apart from the beauty of the city, there are so many wonderful beaches and coves to explore. And, when better than during summertime? Rent a car and drive through the city and its surroundings, you’ll fall in love with it!

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We feel so proud of having two amazing hotels in the city: our one and only NH Collection Marseille, recently opened and ideally located in La Joliette district, and the modern, unique and elegant nhow Marseille, the perfect choice for a summer stay!

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Málaga

The south of Spain is always en vogue, it doesn’t matter what time of the year! The good weather and unique charm of its many cities make Andalusia one of the most visited areas in Spain. And one of those places is Málaga, that has recently become more and more popular by both national and international tourists.

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Málaga has it all: beautiful beaches, good food, an amazing historic center, the impressive Gibralfaro castle, a wide variety of historic and artistic museums (including Picasso’s birthplace), and so many beautiful little coastal villages that can be easily reached by public transport or by car. Another reason is how the people of Málaga are known for being so close and open to everyone. This is something that makes guests feel comfortable when in the city and has made it a destination that people just keep coming back to.

With Málaga considered a summer must, it’s no surprise that some of the best events of the year take place during July and August. Take note! The Starlite festival in Marbella, a boutique festival where music, culture, gastronomy and people from all walks of life meet. Sounds good, right? You may also want to experience the famous Feria de Málaga in August, the most important festivity in the city: all kind of fun events await you there!

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Seville

Let’s stay in Andalusia for a while longer, specifically in its capital city: Seville. Again, the nice weather and an enchanting historic center are some reasons why this city has also been included on many 2018 must-visit lists. Moreover, Lonely Planet selected Seville as the best place to visit in 2018, which has placed its name firmly on the map as one of the top destinations worldwide. A huge historical and artistic heritage has been the main reason why.

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Are you already planning to visit it? Then, get ready to be amazed by the colors and architecture of the famous Plaza de España, what a masterpiece! Do the must-see tour around the city to enjoy the iconic Giralda, the splendorous Reales Alcázares, the outstanding Cathedral of Seville and the fascinating modern construction Metropol Parasol, also known as the “mushrooms” of Seville because of their shape.

What about going on a boat tour around the Guadalquivir River? The perfect way to delight in the exquisiteness of each and every single corner that this southern city has to offer. There’s so much to do and see in Seville, we could go on and on! But, it’s down to you to discover the rest.

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Venice

We’ll move across to Northern Italy for the fourth trending city of the year. It’s Venice’s turn, one of the most emblematic cities of la bella Italia. Everyone says Venice is one of those place you have to visit at least once in a lifetime; the maze-like narrow streets and labyrinthine of canals, its romantic atmosphere, and unique Italian elegance.

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This ancient city built on a lagoon is picture perfect! It is the unexpectedness, the feeling and the combination of art and history that make Venice the best choice for a holiday destination. And, we all know how much we appreciate good gastronomy when travelling around… Venice has that too! It is one of the fanciest cities regarding Italian cuisine. Another positive thing is the fact that it’s perfect for whatever the kind of getaway you embark on: friends, romantic, family… There’s no excuse.

We’ve got 3 options for you to stay with us in this ideal summer destination. Which one will be your choice? We’re sure any of them can fit your needs!

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Don’t wait any longer and start planning your summer vacation right now! Are you going to be a trendy traveller and choose any of these top summer destinations? 🙂

On the move: A celebration of love!

By NH | 16:30

Things are heating up and there’s no better time than now to enjoy a romantic getaway, whether it be by the beach, in an urban paradise or surrounded by history. It’s true that any place is the perfect place when in great company, but there are some destinations that have that special certain something that will having you falling in love all over again. So, pack your bags and let’s fly.

Romantic Venice

Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world, don’t you think? Its canals, the Italian charm, its narrow streets, the Bridge of Sighs… Everything about Venice oozes a declicatble romantic charm. And so it is our magnificent NH Collection Venezia Palazzo Barocci, located right next to the Grand Canal and overlooking the Rialto Bridge.

The historic building that’s now our hotel, used to be a Venetian palace, where a majestic feeling grips you as soon as you enter the lobby. Each and every single guest that has stayed there has proclaimed the hotel as one of the most romantic ones because of its Venetian spirit, its combination of red and pastel shades, and of course because of its spacious rooms and balconies. It’s the perfect choice for a relaxing escape with your beloved one!

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Prague’s for lovers

Haven’t you heard about Prague being an enchanting fairytale city? This cute yet expansive city is the scenery of so many loved-up experiences and trips. The Czech capital is full of quaint, scene-stealing spots, restaurants, monuments and hotels; how about a stroll through Petřín Park? or lock your love on Prague’s bridges?, or how about going up Vítkov hill and watching the sunset? Of course, a special mention to our NH Prague City and our NH Collection Prague: the best places to disconnect and enjoy a lovely getaway. These two hotels used to be together as one, but they were recently separated into two different ones and are now connected by a picturesque cable car.

The variety of rooms you’ll find in both hotels guarantees that any of them will suit a romantic getaway. You can decide whether to choose NH Hotels standards or NH Collection ones, but what’s sure is that the fresh and contemporary design of the buildings will create the intimate and cosy atmosphere you were looking for. What else could you ask to these hotels, perfectly located some metres away from the historic center? You’ll want to come back to enjoy a stay at both of them!

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Lovely Lisbon awaits

The artistic capital of Portugal is one of those destinations about which only good things are said. Lisbon is an elegant yet bohemian city, perfect to discover together with the one you love. It is full of little restaurants with delicious dishes, chic bars where to sip cocktails in good company and so many viewpoints from where to delight in the beauty of the chaotically elegant landscape.

Our NH Collection Lisboa Liberdade is also one of the reasons why Lisbon is a romantic destination. Incredible panoramic views of the city, intimate and modern decoration, freshly renovated bedrooms, the most outstanding location you could think of, an amazing rooftop terrace and pool, and elegance in every single corner. Is your anniversary just around the corner? Then, stop thinking where to celebrate it. Lisbon’s the answer!

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Celebrate love on the Italian coast

We all know how amazingly beautiful and romantic the Italian Amalfi coast is, so we once decided to make people be a part of that charm by establishing in such distinctive landmark one of our most inspiring and popular hotels: the NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi.

As the hotel name says, it used to be an old Italian convent with an impressive architecture and views of the coast. Every corner here is picture perfect, just take a look at the location tag. Spacious white rooms full of light and the most beautiful and romantic spots you’ve ever dreamt of: colorful gardens, an infinity pool, a balcony with views, spectacular gastronomy and such a privileged environment to enjoy. As some of our guests say, staying at this hotel is an unforgettable experience.

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Romantic getaway in Cáceres

Planning a romantic getaway in Spain? Then we suggest our NH Collection Cáceres Palacio de Oquendo hotel. What was once a 16th-century palace is now an extraordinary hotel in the historic city of Cáceres, Extremadura. Cathedrals, towers, and churches awaits you there to be explored and admired.

The hotel is placed right in the Plaza de San Juan, a vibrant area in this World Heritage Site. Distinctive architecture mixed with the old-world charm is what will fascinate you when in NH Collection Cáceres Palacio de Oquendo. Your stay there will be full of amazing memories surrounded by an incredible romantic atmosphere. Don’t forget to enjoy a romantic dinner together at the Restaurant Taperia’s terrace overlooking the city… Sounds good, right?

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Whichever your choice is, anywhere is a good place to celebrate love!

Barcelona: one destination, 4 different getaways

By NH | 12:37

From the top of Tibidabo to the criss-crossed roads of Barrio Gracia and down at the beach! This is the best thing about Barcelona, the number of different activities that the city offers. Visiting this marvelous place on the Spanish coast is an experience full of art, architecture, great food, beautiful streets, surprising happenings, amazing people, and so much more that we don’t have time to say. Whether you’re going for a weekend trip or staying for 4 days or more, here are 4 different holidays that await you in Barcelona (as well as 22 hotel options!).

Cultural Getaway

Start your day in the glorious Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), a former Roman village. Wander the narrow streets of this fascinating neighbourhood and discover gems such as The Cathedral, the tempting bakeries that can be found in abundance, the infamous ‘Kiss’ mural, and welcoming bars where people watching is a must. Any trip to Barcelona is not complete without a taste of Gaudí, visit the unfinished masterpiece of ¨La Sagrada Familia¨. This church, still under construction, portrays the bridge between ancient and modern architecture and leaves you in awe with the wonderful details the decorate its interior and exterior. Park Guell is another must see by Gaudi, pairing beautiful gardens with stunning architecture.

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If you would like to visit a local park, one of the best is definitely Parc de la Ciutadella, dating from the 19th century, and the earliest green space to take form in the city, this 70-acre park has plenty of green space – perfect for a picnic and to take a breath of fresh air.

Time to take the Cable Car stations from the port. This will take to the top of Montjuic, which is a hill in Barcelona overlooking the Barcelona harbor. Check out the Montjuic Castle, with a fascinating history thanks to its past as a fort where battles, architectural renovations and political dealings.

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Gastronomic Getaway

It is no secret that Barcelona is a paradise for foodies! Home to the delicious Mediterranean cuisine and tasty tapas bars. Good food is everywhere around the city, but if you are looking for delicious pinchos head to El Born district, with a great atmosphere and that mediterranean feel, you will find amazing gastronomic delights to indulge in. Make sure to try empanadillas, buñuelos, olives and patatas bravas among the other staple tapas of Barcelona. And, of course, accompanied with a refreshing vermouth!

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Spain is known for having colorful and delicious markets, Barcelona is home to La Boquería Market, with its origins dating back to the 1200s. This wonderful spot in Ciutat Vella District is a foodie paradise and one of the best food markets in Europe!

Our suggestion: Try the latest food-lover trap at NH Collection Barcelona Gran Hotel Calderón, the new Tablafina restaurant where quality, fresh products and delicious Spanish cuisine are the main ingredients in all the menu.

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Getaway with Friends

Of course, you’ll have to visit the main attractions like La Sagrada Familia and the museums, but are you willing to try something different while in the city? In a place as wonderful as Barcelona it is worth to explore a little more and make great memories with friends! For Example, hiking to the Bunkers at El Carmel, just 30 minutes away from Plaza Catalunya you’ll be able to enjoy amazing views, and pack some snacks and drinks so as to enjoy one of the best picnic spots the city has.

Whether you’re visiting in winter or summer, strolling through Barceloneta Beach is a must, just like the rest of the city this 1.1 kilometres long beach is filled with music, art and tasty restaurants, making it a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors in Barcelona.

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Be sure to take a rest and enjoy a drink with tapas at a beach-side chiringuito or move back into the city for a delicious  cocktail while delighting in the views from our rooftop terrace at NH Collection Barcelona Podium. And then, end the night at any of the famous nightclubs located in this neighbourhood.

Talking about nightlife, Barcelona is known for how diverse it can be, from 5 story nightclubs, to chill small bars by the beach, each spot has unique characteristics that are worth exploring. Get ready to dance ’til sunrise, because the city doesn’t stop.

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Business Trip

Even if you’re visiting the city on a tight schedule, it will charm you with its enchanting pace of life. Just taking an afternoon stroll through Passeig de Grácia, one of the most important streets in Barcelona, is the perfect excuse to do as the bourgeoisie once did; to this day it’s still a local favorite. Filled with jewellery stores, and leading fashion houses, this street is also a majestic Art Nouveau showcase where you will find Gaudí´s famous Casa Battló, La pedrera, among other architectural wonders.

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Of Course at Passeig de Grácia you will find numerous coffee shops, tapas bars and terraces, from where to rest your feet whether before or after your meeting.

Our NH Collection Barcelona Tower is the place you’ll want to stay in when in a business trip in Barcelona: it’s located in the business and financial area, close to the airport and the city centre and fully-equipped with the latest technology and facilities for meetings and events. Everything you need is there! Then you have the option to extend your stay over the weekend and truly soak up the city.

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Which Barcelona getaway will you be choosing? Can’t decide on one? Then mix them up and pair the different experiences together.

Solo travelling: is it for you?

By NH | 17:07

Have you ever thought of going it by yourself? We’re talking travel and, yes, we mean “alone”, with you as the only company. For some it is a frightening thought, others are convinced they’ll get bored, and some literally just don’t feel the calling. However, becoming a solo-traveller, at least once is a trend that is gaining popularity once again and is an enriching experience that must be tried. Why? Let us tell you…

Meet the world and new people

Of course, this is something that happens every time you travel, even when you have friends or family in town. But, when you are alone, there’s no doubt that the need to connect with others is emphasized. Conventionally, we’re scared to step out of our comfort zone and speak to someone, only to be ignored. But, take a breath and open that conversation and show your most real you. Before you know it, you’ll be sat with someone, and the relief and ease of doing it will give you the confidence to do it again and again. Get ready to live some of the most exciting experiences with fleeting faces that may become lifelong friend.

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Full Freedom

The only one with whom you’ll have to negotiate on where you  go, what to do and when to do it is you. That’s it. You decide whatever it is you want to do and the moment to do it. There’s no-one else interceding. Who doesn’t like that? Another good thing about this is the fact that you’ll realise how many options you have and how many opportunities are out there waiting to be chosen by you. This simple yet strong skill can be applied to all areas of life, so knowing how to take decisions on your own is important! It’s all about learnings.

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Become creative

There are going to be moments when you’re tired of ‘seeing’ and ‘visiting’ but then perhaps that you don’t want to waste your time doing nothing… It’s time to get creative; whether it’s through your camera lens, taking part in classes or even writing down your journey, we’re 100% sure that there’s a plethora of things you always want to try but never had time to do it! So, why not doing it when on your solo-trip? The only thing we should warn you of… is that you may be surprised with how creative you truly are 🙂

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Learn how to improvise

It looks easy but sometimes it is not! And not everyone feels comfortable doing it. If you’re a decisive person, you’ll love it. But if you’re not, then this is the moment to start being decisive! It can be a real challenge, but it is also part of the charm of travelling by yourself. Change plans, choose new ones, don’t be afraid and enjoy being on your own! It’s the best you can do.

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Get to know yourself and face fear

Travelling on your own will give you the opportunity to get to know yourself in a deeper way, as well as the time to do it. In fact, this is one of the main reasons why being a solo traveller will enrich you. Because of our busy day-to-day life, stress, social plans or family, it’s hard to relax and be on your own. And it’s not boring at all! Even if you feel like having someone at your side to share the experience to have fun or have a good time, you have to take advantage of it instead of being afraid of it. All these will help you face some of your fears you have. Not only the ones related to discovering new places, but also the ones related to discovering yourself. Relax, think, do the things you don’t usually have time to do and meet your other you, you’re going to love it!

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So, how do you feel know about becoming a solo traveller? Did any of these reasons waken some kind of curiosity within you? Travelling, discovering new places, getting to know yourself, learning new things and living new experiences are always enriching things to do so… why not? Your good vibes and you are the best travelling partners!