Travelers are making up for lost time and the hotel industry is, too. The glorious onslaught of new hotel openings for 2022 continues — the list below includes stealthy newcomers, massive renovations, and long-awaited projects finally coming to the fore. All have opened winter thru early summer of 2022 and are available for booking now.
NEW HOTELS OPEN IN THE USA
The Citizen Tucson
In the building that was home to Tucson's first newspaper press a century ago, promises to deliver an "elevated Arizona wine experience," not only through daily tastings and events, but also in-room touches like a bathtub caddy that can hold a wine glass and bottle.
High Country Motor Lodge
In the charming high-altitude town, a converted roadside motel offers the state's first Nordic spa, the largest pool around, and fire pits in cosmic cottages.
It's a date with romance at this very special eight-acre estate, which includes a reimagined 19th-century residence, carriage house, and set of bungalows in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country. The artful restaurant and bar is supported by a half-acre garden. An orange grove near the silk tent and in-ground pool is an ideal spot for sunset cocktails.
Short Stories Hotel
Los Angeles, California
A stylish new West Hollywood boutique property with a Peruvian-by-way-of-California restaurant, a courtyard lounge, and a members' club.
Stanly Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection
Napa Valley, California
The nearly century-old working ranch, set on 700-plus acres of Napa Valley farmland and vines, has evolved into a deluxe contemporary retreat — a mix of 70 residences, 40 villas, and 78 freestanding cottage suites with fire pits on each outdoor terrace. An Auberge spa, immersive experiences (hiking, hot air ballooning, hat making, wine tasting, oyster shucking), and four on-site dining venues will showcase the best the surrounding farms have to offer.
Palm Springs, California
A late 1950s construction job provides the stage for midcentury soul and lush desert landscaping for the 21-and-over set. Most of the serene fourteen rooms include cute kitchenettes, patios, and hammocks.
Hotel Marcel New Haven
New Haven, Connecticut
A landmark Brutalist Pirelli building designed by Marcel Breuer, just down the way from Yale University, is an exciting example of ingenious hotel design and a path toward a sustainable future: The entire building is powered exclusively by the sun, making it the first and only Passive House Certified and net-zero energy hotel in the United States. That it's coming from a big brand like Hilton makes it feel like an even bigger deal. Form, function, and a lot of natural light come together to create a dynamic and bold experience for travelers — and the industry as a whole. Guest rooms are efficient and business-like and have nice views of the Long Island Sound.
The chic, new Luxury Collection Hotel in the Cherry Creek neighborhood offers elegant decor comes and killer Rocky Mountain views.
The Hythe Vail
A sleek alpine retreat focusing on wellbeing and culinary experiences below the ski town's jagged peaks. Prime real estate, the large resort underwent a massive ($40-million) restoration to transform it from the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort. Books, articles, and photos on display pay homage to the culture and history of the area.
The palm-fringed complex, with 145 rooms and five food and beverage outposts, occupies what was built in 1927 as the artists' colony Spanish Village. An artsy, boho air remains throughout this seriously attractive hotel, in rooms decorated in rich shades of rose and emerald, patterns upon patterns everywhere, and the occasional medieval touch (above-bed tapestries, velvet throne armchairs). One of the buildings is the standalone guesthouse Casa Matanza, which has its own storied past: It used to be Al Capone's gambling HQ.
The Boca Raton
Boca Raton, Florida
Choose from five hotels — Cloister (home to an Alhambra-inspired spa), Tower (designed by Rockwell Group and new this spring), residential-style Bungalows, all-suite, adults-only Yacht Club, and beachfront Beach Club. Also new this year are restaurants by Major Food Group and, very excitingly, a FlowRider surf wave simulator at the Harborside Pool Club, which also has a 450-foot floating river.
The six-day, eighteen-person retreats have the themes Reach (lots of rigorous trekking), Recharge (lots of meditation), and Roam (lots of rock climbing and paragliding), and all include daily hikes in the San Juan Mountains, oodles of massages and bodywork, healthy plant-based meals, oxygen treatments in the meditation rooms and while you sleep in special Reset rooms within Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection.
Turtle Bay Resort
A special, massively refurbished hideaway on the island's quieter North Shore offers guests a variety of bungalows and ocean-view rooms, and surf and swim experiences along 1,300 oceanfront acres (think: tide pools, lava coves, hidden beaches) as well as Only-at-Turtle-Bay wildlife excursions and biocentric programming like educational birding tours where you may just catch sight of an endangered species.
Wall Street Hotel
New York, New York
The city hotel brings a light and airy touch to the Financial District, a neighborhood not typically known for its light and airy touch. The building began life in 1729 as the city's first stock exchange, and will now be home to 15 floors with 180 elegant, light-filled rooms and suites decorated with custom Aboriginal art pieces that have travel themes (the owners are an Australian family). The public spaces are a destination in their own right: Lounge on Pearl is a stylish lobby bar with fantastical, floor-to-ceiling murals of real and imagined Manhattan architecture. Bar Tontine on the rooftop has a terrace and terrific views, along with an impressive meeting space that will be hosting a wedding you'll probably be invited to soon. La Marchande restaurant is a globally-minded French brasserie overseen by John Fraser, one of our favorite chefs.
The Ned NoMad
New York, New York
We're not finished bemoaning the loss of the original, glorious NoMad Hotel, but are happy to hear that the sort-of-new, sort-of-same ownership (it's complicated...) has retained much of the glamour in the 167 rooms, suites, and apartments in the historic Beaux Arts building. Out is the award-winning NoMad Restaurant; in is Soho House canteen Cecconi's. Following the playbook of the London outpost of The Ned, the member's club offerings are a big focus (hotels-cum-clubs are very trendy right now), with the beautiful library, atrium lounge (Ned's Club), the second floor event space (The Magic Room), and rooftop with Empire State views (The Ned’s Club Upstairs) exclusively reserved for Ned members only. (And before you ask, no, your Soho House membership won't get you in, but will get you a discounted Ned membership. Like we said: complicated.)
New York, New York
Speaking of members clubs and glorious historic buildings, Casa Cipriani, which opened quietly in late 2021, is easily the most glamorous hotel in Lower Manhattan. It occupies the Battery Maritime Building designed in 1906, as a Brooklyn ferry terminal, a function it held for half a century before being all but abandoned. Designated a NYC landmark in 1967 and an entry in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, the Beaux Arts beauty has been given a grand and fitting makeover by its chic Italian owners, who have outfitted the event spaces, rooftop restaurant and jazz club, three bars, 15,000-square-foot wellness floor with gym and spa, and 47 rooms and suites with nautical touches, lacquered mahogany, fine linens, and and Art Deco-inspired furniture. Hotel guests have access to all member amenities.
Another cheer for adaptive reuse: A husband-wife team transformed an old brickyard from the 1870s into a new boutique campground and event space for Midwesterners looking to break for nature. Ninety minutes from Chicago, the glamping grounds consist of 96 acres of private shoreline with hiking trails, swimming, fishing, lawn games, and eleven gussied-up tents (ensuite bathrooms, electricity, mini fridge) that sleep two to six guests. Breakfast, dinner, firewood, and nightly s'mores are included in each overnight stay
Montage Big Sky
Big Sky, Montana
Adding a luxurious lure to Yellowstone in Montana, a state so blessed by Mother Nature, special hotel features include a terrific spa with an indoor lap pool, a sports stimulator, and a bowling alley.
White Lake, New York
The elegant resort has ten suites in a grand estate on Toronto Reservoir Lake in The Catskills, delivering the best of Adirondack lodge living, from the fireplace to the farm-to-table cuisine.
Charleston, South Carolina
The place to stay when you realize a few days in Charleston isn't enough and you want to stay a while. The downtown hotel has 25 accommodations, all with full kitchens and washers/dryers, and two restaurants. It's the second non-Philadelphia property from Method Co., the hoteliers behind the brilliant Roost Apartment Hotels, Hiroki, and Wm. Mulherin’s Sons.
Thompson Austin and tommie Austin
It's two hotels in one: Enter to the left for Thompson; to the right for Tommie and turn left or right off the elevator depending which room you booked. Thompson is a boutique outpost with 212 rooms and suites and 17 residences. Tommie courts the millennials with a lower price point and touchless access. Room snacks are proudly local. Also on site are an impressive spa, gym, and sports complex (virtual golf!) as well as restaurants overseen by beloved Savannah chef Mashama Bailey, The Grey Market and The Diner Bar, and Wax Myrtle's, a lively bar, restaurant, and pool club with a dangerously delicious cocktail program overseen by Ben Carrington.
Pendry Park City
Park City, Utah
The company's first mountain resort has ski-in, ski-out access, an on-site gear rental depot, a pizza parlor, and the town's only rooftop pool and bar.
Little Cat Lodge
Hillsdale, New York
Near Catamount Mountain gives New Yorkers yet another reason to head north. The charming, Alpine-inspired, 14-room inn overseen by NYC restaurateurs Noah Bernamoff (of Black Seed Bagels) and Matt Kliegman (The Smile) is one for all seasons.
The Virginian Lodge
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The motor lodge, a throwback to mid-century design, includes bunk rooms, suites with kitchenettes, a saloon, an RV park with full hook-ups, an all-seasons pool, hot tubs, fire pits, and a revival of the beloved (currently defunct) local institution, Billy’s Burgers.
Soho House Nashville
A 47-room hotel and members' club with a bar, house kitchen, health club with outdoor yoga terrace, screening room, and a lively swimming pool overlooking the art hub of Wedgewood-Houston or We-Ho.
The Inn at Nicewonder Farms & Vineyards
Indulge in an Appalachian fine dining experience before retiring to your homey yurt or guest room in the Virginia Highlands.
NEW HOTELS OPEN IN EUROPE
Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp
A historic complex of monastic buildings has been architecturally modernized to be sustainable and stunning. A combination of 108 rooms and suites have exposed ceiling beams and sumptuous window treatments, which makes things coy and elegant at the same time. A spectacular spa and botanic health club includes an indoor pool, ice fountain, and vitamin bar.
Prague, Czech Republic
A new European hospitality brand has settled into Prague’s Old Town and is bending to the needs of the modern traveler: The hotel offers various room sizes and arrangements for short- and long-term stays, plus tech-enabled check-in, co-working space, self-service laundry, and fully equipped kitchens kitted out with Villeroy & Boch china. And it all looks good, too — the welcome lounge is an open concept with a groovy '60s modernist vibe, lots of peachy and orange tones, flexible seating, and cushions for lounging around.
One Hundred Shoreditch
Lore Group (the hoteliers behind Sea Containers London Southbank and Fathom Favorite Riggs Washington D.C.), led by creative director Jacu Strauss, debut a big project on Shoreditch High Street: 258 rooms filled with original and vintage furnishings in a muted and relaxing palette and expansive city views. The on-site drinking and dining options include a British seafood restaurant; the Hatch, a grab-and-go stop for snacks; and Seed Library, another basement collaboration with cocktail emperor Ryan “Mr Lyan” Chetiyawardana.
Lake Como, Italy
With the opening of this villa hotel, Lake Como got even more glamorous. (Who even knew it was possible?) It wasn't enough for the De Santis family to wow guests at their Grand Hotel Tremezzo, one of Lake Como's finest hotels. No, they had to outdo themselves and renovate a nearby 18th-century, 24-bedroom palazzo with hidden passageways, ancient stables, a glass house with fruit trees, a hen house with friendly chickens, an open-air gym in an olive grove and a bocce court by the vegetable garden, the largest suite on Lake Como, and manicured gardens rolling down to the lake. Is this your I-wish-I-was-George-Clooney fantasy come true? Pretty much.
The Other House
South Kensington is the first of six London projects that could herald the future of hospitality and services, a hybrid hotel/members' club/short term rental. The company aims to be ethically responsible, with five-star BREEAM sustainability certification, an anti-elitist attitude, and an app that will not only let you book services like haircuts and exclusive entertainment experiences but also check the energy use of your room to track your environmental footprint.
Isla Brown Corinthia
Just an hour west of Athens on the coast is a cool and curvy stunner with rooms, suites, and bungalows, a rooftop bar and restaurant, and a private beach.
The newest addition to the Lesante Collection is designed like a traditional Greek village, down to the town square with a taverna, shops, and a folklore museum.
Cashel Palace Hotel
Truly a palace experience — the estate was built in 1732 in the Greek-inspired Palladian style and brought back to its original shine by conservation architects. Forty-two bedrooms, including nine over-the-top suites, overlook extensive gardens and pastures. Formal, casual, and outdoor dining, as well as afternoon tea, showcase modern Irish cooking and its agricultural bounty. The decidedly contemporary spa has seaweed baths and a swimming pool bathed in light. And an Equine Concierge organizes horseback excursions of all kinds (there’s a legacy of thoroughbred racing; a famous stud farm is located nearby). Best of all, guests to the palace can casually refer to their holiday in the Golden Vale — which has a majestic ring to it.
Hotel de Len
The Italian answer to Aspen welcomes its first new hotel in years, one that shuns glitz and flash and favors sustainability and well-being. "De len" means "of wood" in the local Ladin language of the Dolomites, and wood is the main material used throughout the minimalist hotel. The 22 rooms and suites are made of Swiss pine, which is thought to improve the quality of sleep, and fir, which helps rebalance body and mind. More wellness awaits on the top floor at the spa, where the view of the mountain and valley is its own form of therapy.
The place to go when a masseria (old farmhouse) sounds less tempting than a castello that has been carefully restored into a six-suite retreat after having been abandoned for a century. The art-filled castle (with a wild backstory) offers artistic classes and workshops and more than a dash of design whimsy.
Anatara Palazzo Naiadi Rome Hotel
The revamp of the five-star classic Palazzo Naiadi in Piazza della Repubblica began its conversionin January, starting with a glamorous new lobby and Art Nouveau bar, with more revamps to come throughout the year.
Dynamo Oasis Nature Reserve, Tuscany, Italy
Many hotels claim to have nature as a consideration. At Oasy, nature is everything. It's not so much a single hotel as it is an ambitious living-in-and-with-nature project that will eventually have multiple locations. The first will be in northern Tuscany in the triangle between Parma, Bologna, and Florence. The 1,000-hectare nature reserve that was once a hunting reserve is today affiliated with the World Wildlife Foundation and is home to happy and thriving wildlife (wolves and hares, buzzards and eagles). The hotel consists of 16 cabin lodges tricked out with all the amenities, two fine dining restaurants, and even a movie theater. Experiences can be active (horseback riding) or relaxing (forest bathing).
If you prefer your Grand Canal experience to be a little less grand in the classic sense and a little more modern in the future sense, this one's for you. You may think you're entering a Freehand-Ace-Generator when you pass through Venice M'Art on the ground floor and see a shop filled with branded merch and cool kids sitting in the restaurant that spills onto a Rialto-facing terrace, but this one is next level. The 45 rooms spread over two palazzi have been individually designed by a global roster of gallerists and artists and filled with high-caliber artwork, with rates from 800-20,000 euros per night. The first hotel from the Venetian fashion brand Golden Goose, created the idea of "Postvenezianità" — embracing the future of Venice instead of simply holding onto its past.
Mama Shelter Lisboa
A stylish, affordable spot where all the cool kids stay is situated next to the botanical garden and overlooking Lisbon Bay.
The Twenty Two
A stylish new 31-room hotel, private club, and restaurant on chic Grosvenor Square in the ritzy Mayfair neighborhood, inspired by 18-century French design to attract "the creative and the curious" and "dedicated to the art of lingering." Get the picture? The extravagant vibe in the photo above should help. This one is poised to become a new see-and-be-scene spot in London.
Lauded sporting resort in the Scottish countryside will open a sister boutique hotel in a grand, historic building (the old Bank of Scotland) on St. Andrew’s Square. The maximally decorated, 33-room townhouse will have an all-day restaurant, spa, members’ club, rooftop terrace bar, a help-yourself pantry, snug, and lots of cozy private sitting rooms.
Costa del Sol, Spain
The reincarnation of Byblos Hotel, the 1980s hotspot that kept Mick Jagger and Princess Di coming back for more, more, more.
The Standard Ibiza
The adults-only, year-round, 67-key hotel has a freestanding private residence, rooftop restaurant, and pool with late-night bites and farm-to-bar cocktails. Begging the question: How has The Standard only now opened in Ibiza? If ever a hotel and a destination were made for each other, it's these two. A standalone building, Casa Privada, is group-ready, with 14 guest rooms, a gym, pool, and bar.
The Madrid EDITION
The Spanish capital is continues to ride an exciting new hotel wave with the opening of EDITION on Plaza de la Descalzas in the white-hot center of town. The 200 rooms, many with connecting options and some with terraces, are a symphony of whites and creams and clean lines. Visionary boutique hotelier Ian Schrager recruited a global team of talents to create his latest: British architect John Paulson and Paris designer François Champsaur created the sleek design, while celebrated chefs Enrique Olvera of Mexico City and Diego Muñoz of Lima are the stars of the culinary outlets.
A 23-room hotel built in two converted riverfront warehouses by the art-school couple behind fforest. The high-concept, simple-living development that includes a farm, cottages, bespoke "shacs," geodesic domes, and pubs. At Albion, they preserved historic touches like 19th-century maritime graffiti.
NEW HOTELS OPEN IN LATIN AMERICA
La Paz, Bolivia
If this is your year to visit the Salar de Uyuni salt flats, you’ll need a base in the vibrant city-in-the-clouds: La Paz. The 76-room, design-centric hotel from Bolivian architect Ivan Valdez and NYC firm Los Designers has rolled out with an impressive art collection, a restaurant, bakery, lobby-bar hybrid, sophisticated wellness center with an indoor pool and outdoor garden, and tranquil rooms overlooking the Andes mountains.
Rosewood São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
The hotel, which opened in January, occupies a former maternity hospital where more than half a million Brazilians entered the world. An auspicious beginning! The building now has a vertical garden tower, just one of the ways it was transformed by global team of creatives that included architect Jean Nouvel, designer Philippe Starck, and several dozen contemporary Brazilian artists who created work for the public spaces, rooms, and six on-site restaurants. Also hard at work are 10,000 bees making honey in the city's biggest hive.
Sofitel Barú Calablanca Beach Resort
Barú Island, Colombia
The beautiful beach hotel on the country's Pacific Coast makes for a great stop after a trip to Cartagena (and perhaps a stay at Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, one of the city's most striking hotels), less than a half hour up the coast.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Spanish for "ethereal" — is Auberge Resorts Collection's take on the Riviera Maya — 75 expansive, light-filled guest houses surrounding mangroves along a white-sand beach, where experiences include snorkeling the Great Mayan Reef just off the coast, discovering nearby underground cenotes, planting mangroves for tomorrow, and learning about Mayan traditions from the in-house shaman.
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Grupo Habita, who for decades have created the country’s coolest trendsetting hotels, have transformed seven buildings in the jungle between the mountains the ocean into 14 eco-minded connecting villas with private pools, outdoor bathrooms, and garden terraces; an open-air restaurant, and a communal circular pool and a hexagonal spa (three cheers for geometry). The vibe throughout very indoors meets outdoors, seen through the use of natural building materials, the color palette, and the whole oasis ethos.
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
It's rare on Turks & Caicos' beautiful Grace Bay to be perched on the cliffside and not have to share the precious white-sand real estate with several all-inclusive neighbors. These are but two of the luxuries found at the new Mediterranean-inspired resort with 42 spacious studio suites and homes, the new project by TCI's Grace Bay Resorts. Take in the views from the private over-water beach club jetty, the clifftop restaurant, and the 100-foot infinity pool. If you do want to leave the compound, the hotel's private excursion boat will take you snorkeling and diving in the crystal-clear bay.
Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla
The former CuisinArt Resort has been renovated under the management of Salamander Resorts & Hotels. It's a big resort on 300 acres, with scores of accommodation options (from single rooms to a five-bedroom estate), a holistic spa, a handful of restaurants, and an 18-hole golf course. On deck for next season are a new entertainment complex with a water park and sand volleyball, pickleball, and bocce courts.
HOTEL OPENINGS IN ASIA AND THE SOUTH ACIFIC
The Langham Gold Coast
Surfers Paradise, Australia
The company's third Australia hotel, has 169 rooms and suites with sweeping Pacific Ocean on the Queensland beach Surfers Paradise. It's located within The Jewel, a three-tower development designed to look like, well, jewels. Culinary options will include the Cantonese restaurant T'ang Court and the more casual 26 & Sunny. Yes, high tea will be served at Palm Court. This is a Langham Hotel, after all.
Regent Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Phu Quoc, the Vietnamese island off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand, is known for its white sand beaches and gentle waters. The resort can handle a crowd: infinity pool villas will have one to seven bedrooms, with an additional five swimming pools (and a host of activities and amenities) on site to keep everyone in your group quite happy.