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The 16 Hottest Hotel Openings for Summer 2017

by Berit Baugher

The pool at Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana. Photo courtesy of Kempinski Hotels.

Before the end of summer strikes (that was fast), we're taking a moment to tip our hat to the season's best new hotel openings. Sixteen have caught our eye around the world since our last installment of Hottest Hotel Openings in May.

Without a doubt, Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, Cuba's first five-star luxury hotel, was one of the most highly anticipated arrivals of the season. Closer to home on Long Island's North Fork, the new under-the-radar seaside resort Sound View has us wondering if Greenport is on its way to becoming the next Hampton. And we can't wait for the unveiling of the latest from designer Kelly Wearstler, Proper Hotels' San Francisco flagship, the first of several in the works.

Public - New York, New York

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Where: New York, New York
Why we're excited: Ian Schrager's highly anticipated microhotel made a huge splash when it opened on the Lower East Side earlier this summer. Designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, the 367-room hotel is minimal, sophisticated, and warm. Rates start at $150, am anomaly in the ultra-competitive, high-priced Manhattan hotel market.
Check in: Book a Room

Hôtel de Crillon - Paris, France

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Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel

Where: Paris, France
Why we're excited: After an extensive four-year renovation, the iconic hotel has reopened its doors with a fresh new look. Modern upgrades include central air conditioning, a swimming pool, and a spa. Two grand apartments overlooking Place de la Concorde were designed by Karl Lagerfeld.
Check in: Book a Room

Alila Fort Bishangarh - Jaipur, India

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Alila Fort Bishangarh

Where: Jaipur, India
Why we're excited: The transformation of the 230-year-old warrior fortress has been seven years in the making. Located within driving distance of both New Delhi and Jaipur, the country retreat is a compelling stop for those exploring rural Rajasthan. Old meets new in the form of ancient walls (with openings for firearms) and turrets, as well as modern amenities and activities.
Check in: Book a Room

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch - London, England

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Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Where: London, England
Why we're excited: It's the first standalone hotel (34th restaurant if you're keeping track) and there are a dozen more global openings on the horizon. The Ron Arad-designed building is striking; the Zen minimalist rooms are a sophisticated option for Shoreditch.
Check in: Book a Room

Freehand Los Angeles - California

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Freehand Los Angeles

Where: Los Angeles, California
Why we're excited: The historic Commercial Exchange building has been transformed into a Roman & Williams-designed hotel with 226 rooms, 59 of which are shared. The rooftop pool and lounge is home to the company's beloved Broken Shaker bar, while the lobby houses a new salon-style cocktail bar and concept store by Venice's Flowerboy Project.
Check in: Book a Room

Hotel Danmark - Copenhagen, Denmark

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Hotel Danmark

Where: Copenhagen, Denmark
Why we're excited: Located in the old museum quarter between City Hall Square and The National Museum, the 89-room boutique hotel is near the city's main shopping street and just steps from Tivoli Gardens. Using classical elements in inventive ways, the Nordic-cool hotel is a welcome addition to the city.
Check in: Book a Room

The Mandrake - London, England

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The Mandrake

Where: London, England
Why we're excited: Fitrovia's newest boutique hotel is an intimate affair with 34 bedrooms, three suites, a penthouse, and a surrealist, art-heavy vibe throughout. The central courtyard is a visual treat, with hanging gardens of jasmine and passionflower. Hong Kong's Michelin-starred restaurant Serge et le Phoque opened their first London outpost inside the hotel.
Check in: Book a Room

Miavana Island Sanctuary - Nosy Ankao, Madagascar

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Miavana Island Sanctuary

Where: Nosy Ankao, Madagascar
Why we're excited: The island nation's first ultra five-star lodge is located on a private isle in the Indian Ocean. Fourteen indoor-outdoor one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas are outfitted with a private pool, full kitchen, and designated butler team. Excursions range from the tame (lemur trekking and beach lounging) to the adventurous (kite-surfing and helicopter flips).
Check in: Book a Villa

Sound View - Greenport, New York

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Sound View

Where: Greenport, New York
Why we're excited: The North Fork's newest seaside resort has a classic-meets-modern aesthetic with rooms that open directly onto the Long Island Sound. Later this summer, chef Galen Zamarra, of NYC's Mas (farmhouse) will be be manning the kitchen at The Halyard, a waterfront restaurant serving seafood and American classics.
Check in: Book a Room

Henrietta Hotel - London, England

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Henrietta Hotel

Where: London, England
Why we're excited: The 18-bedroom townhouse is the first London hotel from the team at Experimental Group. The building's architectural heritage was a starting point for designer Dorothée Meilichzon, who used bold colors and clever furnshings to create a cozy but sophisitcaed environment from two adjoining townhouses. At the petit hotel's core is Ollie Dabbous's outstanding new restaurant, The Henrietta, which serves contemporary fare made from seasonal ingredients.
Check in: Book a Room

Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort

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Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort

Where: Lucerne, Switzerland
Why we're excited: One of the world's most spectacular landscapes will soon be home to a mega-resort with four hotels, 67 residences, 13 restaurants and bars, and a spa and wellness center spread over 148 acres. Positioned as a holistic resort with a strong emphasis on healthy living and responsible tourism, a unique water-based energy system makes the resort CO2-neutral, and 74 acres of forest and meadow help offset carbon emissions.
Check in: Book a Room

Hotel National des Arts et Metier - Paris, France

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Hotel National des Arts et Metier

Where: Paris, France
Why we're excited: Located next to the centre National des Arts & Métiers, the 70-room hotel combines historic Parisian architecture with contemporary design. Le Kasha, a French cashmere brand that dates back to 1918, will be selling timeless knitwear in a boutique on the ground floor.
Check in: Book a Room

Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana - Havana, Cuba

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Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

Where: Havana, Cuba
Why we're excited: The much-anticipated opening of Cuba's first five-star luxury hotel has ushered a new level of hospitality into the country. The 246-room property has six restaurants and bars, a spa and wellness facility, and easy access to many of the city's top historical sites.
Check in: Book a Room

Sir Nikolai Hotel - Hamburg, Germany

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Sir Nikolai Hotel

Where: Hamburg, Germany
Why we're excited: Originally used as a warehouse for seeds, Sir Hotel's fourth property is located at the historic Nikolaifleet canal in the heart of Hamburg. The 94-room hotel uses a mix of custom-made furniture in a jewel-toned palette, decorative details reflecting the building's history, and elegant lighting to bring a fresh new aesthetic to the city.
Check in: Book a Room

Hero Beach - Montauk, New York

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Hero Beach Club

Where: Montauk, New York
Why we're excited: The 30-room beachfront hotel feels a little different — and more wholesome — than the Montauk of late. Originally a 1950s motel, the architecture and interiors have been thoughtfully restored and upgraded with modern furniture and design accents. The lobby doubles as a showcase for contemporary art inspired by the small town's local culture.
Check in: Book a Room

San Francisco Proper Hotel - San Francisco, California

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San Francisco Proper Hotel

Where: San Francisco, California
Why we're excited: With Brad Korzen, the former CEO of Viceroy Hotel Group, and his design star wife Kelly Wearstler at the helm, we're betting big on the opening of the new boutique hotel company's flagship property. Housed in a historic flatiron building constructed in the early 1900s, the 131-room Mid-Market district hotel will have a downtown vibe with old-school French and Italian sensibilities. James Beard-nominated chef Jason Franey (Campton Place, Eleven Madison Park) will be overseeing an all-day lobby restaurant, cafe, and an indoor/outdoor bar and lounge on the rooftop terrace.
Check in: Book a Room


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