2023’s Top Luxury MICE Hotels
Condé Nast Traveller's 2023 Hotels Hot List has detailed the most luxury properties. So, C&IT have handpicked the top 10 MICE hotels for the year.
Following the release of Condé Nast Traveller's 2023 Hot List for luxury hotels, C&IT have plucked the top hotels MICE travel for 2023.
1. The Cōmodo - Bad Gastein, Austria
Nestled within the glamorous Badgastein in the Austrian Alps, The Cōmodo is part of a new wave of hotels, restaurants and co-working spaces driving creativity and innovation into the village. The glass fronted property is remote with expansive views of the alps creating a Bond-esque escape. Upon entering, hues of red wine and bottleneck green flourish the otherwise minimalist space that guides you through the mid century modern paradise.
All 70 rooms and suites are filled with custom wallpaper and carpets, along with three distinct meeting and event spaces. Throughout the spaces, the design is slick yet warm, an ode to the 60s where Brutalism meets Belle Époque. With fully fitted AV, dimmable lighting, quality furnishings and direct access to courtyards and facilities; these rooms for up to 30 delegates each are made for lavish business abroad.
2. The Madrid EDITION - Madrid, Spain
Not often picked for its luxury MICE hotels, the Spanish capital has overturned this image within the last five years, the newest EDITION is the crème de la crème of what Madrid has to offer. Repurposed from a former bank and located on the old-town Plaza de Celenque, the grand entrance is completed by an 18th century granite doorway by Pedro de Rivera - one of the few historic elements remaining from the original site. Minimalist designs fused with a Mondrian-esque colour palette offers an opulent yet contemporary atmosphere.
The array of meeting and event spaces offer flexible setups, all flooded with natural light, latest AV equipment and dividing walls. The series of breakout spaces are designed to feel like living rooms; calm, cool and relaxed; offering well deserved moments of clarity away from event content and meetings. A dynamic extension of the ever-evolving city, the Madrid EDITION offers the zest and aesthetics to any MICE trip.
3. Portrait Milano - Milan, Italy
Blending business and design, Milan is known as a stylish affluent jewel in Europe’s crown. Residing within a restored baroque religious college, Portrait Milano is hidden within the lauded Fashion Quadrilateral. The property’s vast courtyard was inaugurated as a new public piazza by Milan’s mayor in 2022. The luxurious mid-century interiors are finished with cardinal red velvet and leather handled touches.
The Italian craftsmanship extends into the hotel’s meeting and event spaces providing an extraordinary ambience that combines the Tuscan setting. With an array of conference rooms situated within both historic and modern parts of the property, variation and timelessness are both perfectly encapsulated for a marvellous Milanese affair.
4. W Rome - Rome, Italy
The W Rome is situated in Ludovisi, a posh, quiet neighbourhood abutting the Villa Borghese and just a stone’s throw to the Spanish Steps.It captures the exuberant and energetic atmosphere of the city, ditching the dark aesthetic for a striking mid-century modern interior. Upon the rooftop you’ll find a plunge pool as well as Otto - Rome’s only rooftop bar.
Made for smaller events, the 30 delegate capacity of the W’s meeting and event spaces curate a classic and intimate atmosphere. With herringbone wood floors, powder-blue walls and marble bathrooms; the opulence of this property provides a timeless feel for remarkable events.
5. La Zambra Hotel - Malaga, Spain
Located in the heart of Malaga, La Zambra is a clean contemporary take on a traditional Spanish boutique hotel. As you’re led into an oasis of immaculately edged lavender and soaring palms, the airy lobby guides your eye to leafy latticeworks arching the welcoming patios. With expansive views of the Mija Hills and boundless golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, a feeling of tranquillity and contentment pervades.
With six meeting and event spaces permeating the boundary between the interior space and the outdoors; reconnecting with colleagues and professionals is a wholly immersive experience. With varying capacities from 30-250 delegates, La Zambra Hotel offers an authentic Andalusian encounter.
6. W Costa Navarino - Peloponnese, Greece
Moving over to Greece, the W Costa Navarino dwells within Messinia’s olive-dotted countryside; the 32-acre waterfront property is designed in the form of a Greek coastal village. This was the first W hotel in Greece and offers everything you’d expect from the famously fun brand: poolside DJs, geometric cushions and a central infinity pool begging to be instagrammed - you won’t have trouble with delegate social media output.
With the event and meeting spaces offering 168 delegate capacity, the W Costa Navarino floods its spaces with natural light and exquisite views. With access to the W Library terrace, your delegates will not forget the superb location in which they connect.
7. Capelongue - Bonnieux, France
This five-acre hilly property resembles the quintessential French countryside; surrounded with sheepfold, trickling fountains and rows of stately cypresses, you’d think the Capelongue had been there forever. Well, acquired by the Beaumier hotel group in September 2020, the two-year long renovation has created an oasis of calm in the depths of Provence.
Set above sweeping grass gardens of flowering oleander, Capelongue has rustic come à la mode facilities fit for any event. With state of the art AV implemented throughout their meeting and conference spaces, Capelongue offers a laid back yet modern take on MICE event spaces.
8. Hotel Dame Des Arts - Paris, France
As the Le Champo looms nearby, the star studded district is home to the phenomenally chic and stylish Hotel Dame Des Arts designed by Raphael Navot. Famed for its cinematic associations, the Quartier Latin houses a MICE property with a twist. The establishment is constructed upon dichotomies; interplaying between curved and straight lines, hard and soft textures and glossy and matte surfaces. The fusions don’t stop at the design: the blend of Mexican, Japanese and French flavours at the in-house restaurant serve up a contemporary cuisine fit for modern and characterful events.
The four meeting and event spaces on offer resemble high end restaurants more than bland boardrooms. Whether you’re pitching or presenting, brainstorming or consulting clients; the Hotel Dame Des Arts has a space on offer. The property’s modular room is a mid century cinematic conference space that converts into a cinema complete with a full media wall. The hotel’s 360 rooftop also transforms into an incredible cocktail or banquet style setting with panoramic views of the city including a stunning shot of the Eiffel Tower. If you’re looking for a luxury Parisian property, the Hotel Dame Des Arts will not disappoint.
9. Gleneagles Hotel - Perthshire, Scotland
It is no surprise that the Gleneagles Hotel has made our top ten. Perched within the bucolic countryside of Perthshire, Gleneagles has been renowned for its golden age hospitality since 1924. An impressive destination for many reasons, but the fifteen meeting and event spaces are something to shout about. From the Ballroom to Henry Hall to the Shooting Lodge, the variety and depth of these state of the art event spaces leave nothing to be desired.
Catering from 20-450 delegates, the breadth of rooms is vast. Each designed with a bespoke breath for the space, every detail is taken care of from the AV system to the flower arrangements. Albeit almost a one hundred year old hotel, the property has never looked better.
10. Rosewood Vienna - Vienna, Austria
Posited on the Petersplatz virtually nudging the copper-green dome of St Peter’s Church, Rosewood Vienna is a property known for its rococo and Art Nouveau re-imaginings. A checkerboard passageway leads to a light-filled atrium exhibiting one of Vienna’s historic courtyards.
The vintage wallpaper depicting towering palms and tropical blooms compliments the modern furniture creating an avant garde yet timeless design. The first floor of the property is dedicated to meeting and event spaces, with four boardrooms ranging from relaxed dens to galleries. Housing 206 square metres, the pavilion can accommodate up to 110 guests making it a perfect property for relaxing and reconnecting.