FrontRunners November 2014: TRAVEL

Shard of Class       In a city of landmarks, the Shard lords over all. The piercing 95-story, 1,016-foot-high Renzo Piano–designed structure—the new tallest building in the European Union—towers over the South Bank of the River Thames, offering unprecedented views of London’s many significant sites. Opened in May on the 34th through 52nd floors of […]

Hotel Sofitel Legend the Grand Amsterdam

The famous grand hotel in Amsterdam reopened in June as part of Sofitel’s new Legend brand. This collection from the French hospitality company includes the Metropole Hanoi in Vietnam, Egypt’s Old Cataract Aswan on the Nile, and other carefully restored historic hotels, a group to which the Grand rightfully belongs.   Dating to 1411—when two […]

De L’Europe

Owned by Heineken International, Amster­dam’s De L’Europe was the favorite hotel of the Dutch beer brewer’s engaging CEO Alfred “Freddy” Heineken. So when the company embarked on a down-to-the-studs remodel of the riverfront building, it included in the plans a tribute to its late leader.   The De L’Europe originally opened in 1895 as the […]