From Portugal to Italy: a Tour of 2015’s Grand Openings

By NH | 11:57

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to look back of the first half of the year, during which we have been lucky enough to open around a dozen new hotels, as well as our first VIP Level.

Porto, Trento, Taormina and San Sebastián are some of the cities that have new hotels belonging to our NH line or our Premium brand NH Collection.

The newest of these is our NH Collection Porto Batalha Hotel, which opened last february in the heart of the Portuguese city of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located in a recently renovated 18th century palace, the hotel is filled with history: it was originally the home of an important wine producing family and later became the city’s central post office.



NH Collection Porto Batalha hotel maintains the essence of old Porto in one of the city’s best locations, with views of the famous Batalha Plaza. It is also located near the Ribeira neighborhood, the Torre dos Clérigos bell tower, and the Serralves Foundation, Portugal’s most visited museum. It’s the perfect base for your next trip to Porto.

From Portugal we travel to Italy, where we opened hotels in Trento and Taormina between May and June.

The spectacular and brand-new NH Trento hotel is in a privileged location surrounded by stunning landscapes, situated along the Adige River with views of the Alps and nearby natural parks. It is located in “Le Albere” district, which was designed in its entirety by the famous architect Renzo Piano, who also designed the hotel itself.

Enormous windows flood the rooms with light, and if you stay in one of the Junior Suites on the fourth floor, you will enjoy magnificent views of the Alps. Who could ask for more?

Moving on to Southern Italy, the 5 star NH Collection Taormina hotel awaits us in the middle of the fabulous city of Taormina, located on the east coast of Sicily and one of the region’s most famous destinations. Its central location is one of its biggest advantages. It is only steps away from Corso Umberto I Street, the city’s best street for shopping with dozens of stores, cafés, and bars.

The balconies and terraces found in the majority of its rooms, as well as the spectacular pool, make the hotel an exceptional place to enjoy the beautiful views of Taormina and the Mediterranean. Once you’re there, all your worries will disappear! If you reserve the Presidential Suite, you will also enjoy a private Jacuzzi, an independent living room, and a large bathroom. Luxury is within your reach.

Now in Spain, NH Collection San Sebastián Aránzazu hotel, previously known by its former name NH Aránzazu, lets you stay only five minutes from Ondarreta beach, one of the best in the region. Located in the distinguished neighborhood of the same name in San Sebastián, it is surrounded by dozens of bars and restaurants, including the Basque Culinary Center and numerous Michelin Star restaurants.

In the hotel itself, you can delight in the best of Basque gastronomy from the hands of Chef Martin Aristondo in the Kukuarri restaurant. Thanks to its excellent service and first class kitchen staff, the restaurant provides hotel guests with an unforgettable gastronomic experience that combines tradition and the avant-garde in high quality, market-fresh cuisine.

We finish our tour at NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding hotel, where our VIP Level was unveiled on May 27. This is a new concept of exclusive and distinctive customer service found in our premium brand, NH Collection.

This new concept, already available in this this hotel and soon to come in other NH Collection hotels around the world, offers a series of exclusive services before, during, and after your stay. This includes exclusive Guest Relations, a VIP lounge, private reception, early check-in, late check-out, a private breakfast area, access to the Metropolitan Eurobuilding’s Fitness & Wellness Center, and the possibility of making a priority reservation in David Muñoz’s DiverXO restaurant, the only Michelin three-star restaurant in Madrid. All of this guarantees a unique and completely personalized experience.

At NH Hotel Group, we keep growing year after year with the goal of becoming closer to you, our guest, and increasingly satisfying your tastes and requirements. We await you!


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