NH Collection’s Historic-Meets-Modern Portfolioby Darren Dunne
In just a few short years, Spain’s NH Collection has left an indelible mark on the luxury hotel market. Opting not to be cookie cutter, they carefully handpick historic buildings imbued with local character and mingle it with their dedication to service and colorful interiors.
In Amsterdam, NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky typifies this approach with a beautiful, historic hotel located steps from the city’s main attractions. Often informally referred to as Kras by locals, the hotel sits on Amsterdam’s main Dam Square, and is a short walk to sights such as the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Franke house, and the Rijksmuseum. Since the late 19th century, the hotel has been known for its generous approach to the guest experience. In those days, it was the only hotel in Amsterdam with hot water and telephones, but now it’s the only hotel where the restaurant is helmed by a chef—Jacob Jan Boerma—that holds three Michelin stars. Those seeking a little eye candy during their stay should treat themselves to one of the hotel’s apartments with picturesque canal views.
Once one of Madrid’s most beloved classic hotels, the remodelled NH Collection Madrid Suecia now exudes a discreet glamour with a contemporary twist. In the heart of Madrid, the hotel is right around the corner from the Teatro de La Zarzuela opera house and a 10-minute walk from all of the city’s best museums. There’s also a plethora of cafés, bars and restaurants plus a metro station nearby, which all makes for a location that’s hard to beat. After exploring on foot, relax with panoramic views and a bespoke cocktail served at this urban oasis’ top-notch rooftop bar for the perfect end to a busy day.
Amid lemon trees and lush gardens, the Cappuccino monastery is considered one of the most important monuments on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. The complex was built at the beginning of the 13th century, housing monks in quiet solitude until its conversion to a hotel in 1885. Nowadays, it hosts NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi, a hotel surrounded by history in one of the world’s most evocative settings. Just 53 guest rooms are housed within, and nearly all afford uninterrupted ocean views. History and contemporary comfort exist harmoniously here, with amenities that include rainfall showers, ultra-comfortable Flex mattresses, and Lavazza coffee machines.
In the heart of the European fashion industry, NH Collection Milano President sashays onto the scene with an offering that’s centrally located and seriously sexy. The hotel sits a short stroll from Piazza del Duomo, Milan’s central square and home to its iconic cathedral. The nearby fashion district presents a plethora of luxury stores, while the red and gold trimmed Scala Theater offers entertainment options for culture vultures. The hotel’s 274 guest accommodations provide a study in tasteful design, with designer furniture from top Italian names sprinkled throughout. Unique views of the Duomo are offered in some of the rooms, while opulent NH Collection bathroom amenities are a standard feature.
For the history lover, Madrid’s fascinating past provides endless entertainment and the NH Collection Madrid Palacio de Tepa has its own storied past as a beautiful 19th-century palace designed by the same architect as the renowned Plaza Mayor. Today, this boutique gem boasts design-forward interiors filled with natural light and a prime location in the historic city center with Spain’s most famous monuments including the Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace and Puerta del Sol all within walking distance. If you fancy a meal, 24-hour room service is a life saver or stroll over to the twice Michelin-starred La Terraza del Casino for a meal you won’t soon forget.
Like a fine wine from the nearby vineyards of Tuscany, NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa seems to improve with the passing years – a happy trait considering it’s widely regarded as Italy’s oldest hotel. The building is dominated at its center by an imposing 13th century tower that contains one lavish suite. Below, 71 guest accommodations house exquisite frescos and a slew of modern accoutrements. Florence’s historic sights are close by, with the legendary Uffizi Gallery, Duomo and picturesque Ponte Vecchio all easily reached on foot.
The Dutch Golden Age – a period of time spanning the 17th century – saw Holland at the forefront of global trade, science and art. Nobles flocked to Amsterdam in search of riches both monetary and cultural, with extravagant accommodations such as Doelen Hotel popping up. The resulting years have been kind to the hotel, with Rembrandt, Empress Elisabeth of Austria and The Beatles all spending time here. This tradition of excellence continues at NH Collection Amsterdam Doelen, the site’s current iteration, and one of Amsterdam’s foremost hotels. The 81 freshly-refurbished rooms look out over the city or the Amstel Canal, and each morning, there’s an a la carte breakfast with coffee and champagne.
At NH Collection Roma Palazzo Cinquecento, the Eternal City’s generous assembly of ruins and sights are complimented by the hotel’s own authentic Roman ruins, located amid an elegant garden. This section of the Servian Wall dates back to the 6th Century BC and contrasts starkly with the thoroughly modern hotel it resides alongside. A warm and contemporary vibe permeates this historic hotel, enhanced with classic Italian flourishes and hardwood flooring. Nearby, explore The Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Dell’Opera Theater, or take the Metro to the exclusive shopping boutiques of Via dei Condotti.