Valpas, the new tech-enabled design standard that empowers hotels to make every trip bed bug safe, welcome 15 new member hotels to its global community of more than 150 safe hotels and hospitality provides across 21 cities from Helsinki to Lisbon, Paris to Tallinn.
Returning home with bed bugs is every traveller’s worst nightmare and poses growing health risks – approx. 40% have experienced it at least once. Valpas let's hotels permanently solve this by freeing guests in-room from the bed bugs they may carry, so guests return home safely and the hotel never gets infested.
None of this should be possible, and yet it is. Travellers can let go of all fears and just need to look for the digital Valpas label on hotel websites pre-booking to ensure the hotel is safe and adheres to the highest overall hygiene standards in the wake of the covid pandemic, like the following new members:
Pestana Citadela Cascais by Pestana Hotels & Resorts, Cascais. Set within the walls of the historical fortress of the emblematic 16th-century Citadel of Cascais in the town's centre, Pestana Citadela boasts a big private pool, sauna, and rooms with panoramic sea views paired with art – like living inside a history book with all the modern comforts.
Hôtel de Verbier, Verbier. In the legendary ski village of Verbier in the Swiss Alps awaits a snowy oasis founded by a passionate Swedish couple with no formal hospitality training. Hôtel de Verbier is a unique "home away from home" that caters to both active ski lovers and more laid-back guests with their ”hygge” lounge, spas, and breathtaking mountain views.
RUNO, Porvoo. A 45 min drive away from the Finnish capital Helsinki, RUNO – also a member of Design Hotels – is settled in the heart of Porvoo in a 100-years-old historic building converted into a hotel of timeless style. The dreamy space full of Finnish art and a top-floor sauna and spa has been awarded a 9.4 Booking.com average rating.
The Barö, the Finnish Archipelago. Hidden in the western archipelago in Barösund awaits a unique heartwood-built 'Nordic bungalow' experience – The Bäro. Besides the jaw-dropping natural setting, their kitchen hosts Michelin-starred chefs on a rotating basis. It’s the perfect getaway to escape the rush of big city life.
Bob W., Helsinki. What started as a couple of apartments in Helsinki turned into this 17-apartment flagship hotel of the new hospitality brand Bob W. Located in the city centre, the Helsinki Bob provides functional, individually designed rooms that adhere to the brand’s “ridiculously clean” standard. The two-floor penthouse is a highlight!
The Phoenix Hotel by ARP-Hansen Hotel Group, Copenhagen. Born from the ashes of a historic 17th-century building in the centre of Copenhagen, at the Phoenix one can expect time travelling into Versailles and Renaissance styles inspired rooms that pair with a delicious breakfast and courteous staff – a truly royal stay.
Hotel GUESTapart, Aarhus. Founded right before the pandemic in Aarhus off the Danish coast, the Corbusier-inspired GUESTapart follows the standards of modern Scandinavian life: minimalistic and cosy, exclusive and peaceful, without forgetting an omnipresent sustainable approach, of course!
Bob W. Chueca, Madrid. Home to one of Europe's biggest pride parades in the Chueca district of Madrid, Bob W. is the best destination for those looking for nightlife and cultural places, while their room amenities like a kitchen caters to business and long stays as well. The stay at Bob W. is always sustainable: they double offset all carbon emissions.
Le Mareuil, Paris. Situated in the hip Oberkampf, Le Mareuil has found a key to authentic Parisian experience – simplicity: light breakfast with excellent dark coffee, upper floors balconies facing the Eiffel Towel and thoughtful service rewarded with a +9 Booking.com average guest rating.
Hotel Àmoi, Paris. Situated in the up-and-coming Porte-Saint-Martin, Hotel Àmoi is an out-of-the-box hotel concept run by an ex-luxury fashion professional. Like a Hermes scarf, the hotel’s attention to detail is next to none while not losing the laid-back identity of the neighbourhood.
Hotel Aston, Paris. Right in the heart of the bohemian Sentier area, Hotel Aston is secretly hidden inside a pedestrian alley. Inside, a truly authentic Parisian experience awaits. Elegant and functional rooms with balconies facing the hotel garden make it a signature Paris at affordable rates.
Bercy Bibliothèque by Honotel Group, Paris. Located by the Seine river in between the lush Parc de Bercy and Chinatown, the Bercy Bibliothèque is a place for a local experience, away from the more tourister centre of Paris. Tip: Their #HOURS service rewards early checkouts for early risers.
Villa Bougainville by Honotel Group, Nice. Located in the centre of Nice 5 min away from the main railway station, Villa Bougainville allows you to explore the city conveniently over a day or a week long trip. The French breakfast, friendly staff and comfortable rooms will help you gain energy for the next day's adventure.
Bob W. Tower Bridge, London. For their first London location, Bob W. combines traditions and technology by choosing the oldest and most historic part of London next to the Tower Bridge as location. Expect highly personalised digital services, a climate-neutral guest experience and the peace of mind their “ridiculously clean” 63-step room cleaning process leaves you with.
Nova Hotel, Amsterdam. In the always busy Amsterdam, Nova Hotel’s owner and lifelong hotelier has created a low-key and peaceful place to relax after a long day of cycling around, shopping in the famous Kalverstraat, strolling through the Flower Market, and sightseeing.