The World's Best New Hotels - Now Open in All Their Glory
We're all spoiled for choice by the latest hotel openings across the globe — an eccentric and eclectic mix of one-off passion projects, meticulous preservations, feel-good initiatives, and affordable design gems in surprising locales. The creative minds behind them range from our favorite heavy hitters to quirky mini brands and innovative independents. As ever, we tend to steer clear of giant hotel footprints because we prefer the places with fewer than 100 rooms. As you read through this, you'll notice a few themes emerging — sustainability, working farmland, rich color palettes, nostalgia, crazy views — and we applaud them all.
We'll be updating this list from now on, so bookmark this page if you want to keep track of the newest and greatest around the world.
New Hotels in the United States
The Inn at Mattei's Tavern, Auberge Resorts Collection
Los Olivos, California
If you'd like to find yourself driving California's Central Coast on Highway 101 through Santa Barbara wine country, start by looking up Santa Ynez Valley, a idyllic swath of rolling vineyards, independent shops, and restaurants — and the hotel that befits its growing status as a vinicultural destination. A stagecoach stop built in 1886 has been transformed into a tavern and inn with 67 rooms and cottages, a restaurant, outdoor pool, old-growth palms, and a spa. Guests can take part in a number of cool experiences like making campfire pies, infusing their own bottle of olive oil, and harvesting and preparing sea urchin alongside experts.
It’s all about the healing power of the land at this sleek and modern farmhouse inn, with its greenhouses, fields of heritage crops, orchards, and a spa in the Nashville countryside. Sixty-two rooms and 16 cottages show off local craftsmanship and curation. Health, nature, farm, and culinary experiences help guests connect with their environs.
Feel-Good Factor: The property has a state-of-the-art composting and recycling facility, energy-conserving geothermal systems, and a self-reliant watering system that allows them to disconnect from the municipal water supply.
We're 163 million miles from Mars, but there's plenty of alien landscape to go around at this new tented desert resort deep in southern Utah’s red rock country (about a half hour from Arches National Park and an hour from Canyonlands). It's cosmic, but the sleeping tents will ground you. There are 50 of them, outfitted with big en-suite showers, toasty wood-burning stoves, plush beds and fold-out couches from West Elm. The 200-acre property — which also has a modern lobby lounge with a restaurant, terraced fire pits, yoga deck, and tiny pools for cooling off on hot days — overlooks the spectacular Looking Glass Arch, the nearly impossible natural rock formation that is the focal point of the area.
Every city deserves at least one hospitable example of adaptive reuse, and the inspirational refurbishment of the historical Old Mount Olive Baptist Church will give the Panhandle community (especially those who worked to save the endangered 1928 building) a way to celebrate under the roof once again. Fifteen guest rooms and a charming garden terrace that seats 100 make it terrific for a wedding. Design details (exposed brick, double-sided outdoor staircase) have been preserved; nostalgic nods have been added: Brother Fox restaurant is an ode to the former church pastor and Sister Hen is a tiny Prohibition-style bar (dress code, house rules) for two dozen guests who find their way to the candlelit room on a given night.
Winter Park, Colorado
Thirty-one deep A-frame lodges (a classic Mid-century ski cabin silhouette) are nestled in an old-growth forest in the Rocky Mountains. There are soaking tubs and Noguchi lamps, Malm fireplaces, a Frenchie alpine restaurant, and cozy saloon. A retreat for all seasons.
New York City, New York
You wouldn’t expect to find a luxuriously restored Neo-Renaissance bank building turned hotel on the graffitied streets of the Lower East Side, but both the neighborhood and the boutique bolthole share an edge, energy, and magnetism for local creative enterprises. Michelin-starred chef Ignacio Mattos is responsible for the food at the lovely Corner Bar (a Frenchie bistro), the upcoming Amado Grill (grand tasting menu), and the spectacular Swan Room (opulent former bank teller station). Residential-style guest rooms (116 of them) have vintage furnishings, ceramics by design darling Tyler Hays, and custom sound speakers that emit the warm, curated tunes of local DJ Stretch Armstrong. Many bathrooms have windows (a NYC rarity); the Terrace Suite is an absolute secret garden with iconic skyline views.
New York City, New York
The restoration in the works for years was well worth the wait. Legendary 1884 Hotel Chelsea, long synonymous for downtown debauchery, is back in action with all its charms and quirks. Some of the original tenants are still here (who’d give up that lease?), living alongside 158 redesigned rooms filled with vintage-style furniture and charming touches like original wood floors, stained glass windows, fireplaces, marble bathrooms with rainfall showers, and closets lined with patterned wallpaper. Spanish restaurant El Quijote is also back and happening, while restored wood paneling and cozy sofas make The Lobby Bar just as excellent a watering hole.
Hotel Barrière Fouquet's New York
New York City, New York
Group Barrière, known primarily for chic hotels throughout France (Paris, Courcheval, Cannes), brings their very French elan to a quiet stretch of Tribeca. The 97 guest rooms and suites designed by very busy hotel designer Martin Budnizki feature Art Deco-inspired furnishings in pastels and a fantastic custom toile de jouy wallpaper that replaced the typical frolicking French maidens with the Statue of Liberty, The Odeon, downtown tenement buildings, and subway entrances. Also on site are Brasserie Fouquet's New York, hidden Titsou Bar, Spa Diane Barrière (there’s a pool!), and Cannes Cinema screening room where the seats are plush chairs and chaise lounges.
The Bunkhouse group settled into a growing East Market neighborhood of the “New Louisville” area notable for its concentration of boutiques, bars, and breweries. The Parisian-inspired hotel fits into its surroundings with 122 charming rooms. There is also a restaurant, rooftop bar, and mini market run by Top Chef alum and James Beard nominated chef Ashleigh Shanti (who we featured in A Chef’s Tour of Asheville).
Drift Palm Springs
Palm Springs, California
After a trendy build in Cabo, the hospitality brand opened 30-key hotel in the California desert with a variety of room sizes, including four-bedroom options for large groups. Moorish and Spanish Colonial Revival architectural cues are delivered in a neutral color palette with modern updates. A pool with a bar and cabanas makes a great centerpiece; upscale Baja fare is available all day. Drift Santa Barbara, another California spot which also opened in January, has a modern, minimalist atmosphere, a raw bar, and a cafe serving Coastal Collective Coffee.
Santa Monica, California
Whether you're driving up or down the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, it's hard to miss the vibrant turquoise Period Revival-meets-Art Deco 1930s oceanfront landmark that once hosted Monroe, Chaplin, Gable, and their ilk. The former gilded-age playhouse started to show its age over the years (and even became a retirement home at one point), until BLVD Hospitality — known for bringing the Ace Hotel and Soho House’s warehouse to Downtown L.A. — stepped in to revive it to its glamorous yesteryears. Guests are invited to travel back in time, greeted by bellmen in baby-blue suits, vintage rotary phones in the lobby playing voice messages from the bygone era, and champagne and dessert buttons in the suites. Costal Italian fare is served on the Sunset Terrace and dining room; Prohibition-style cocktails are on offer at the Sunset Bar.
Hotel Per La
Los Angeles, California
We were crestfallen with NoMad Los Angeles in Downtown LA shuttered, because the transformation of the 1922 Bank of Italy headquarters into a hotel had been a total stunner. And we were delighted to see that the new owners not only left the great bones they found intact but also leaned into the Italian heritage in the culinary offerings and decor. Also good to see: The Mouth-of-Truth sculpture still occupies its prime place overlooking the rooftop pool.
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Much of the lodging in Hawaii feels stuck in the '80s (dark wood furniture, palm tree textiles, condo vibes), so it's exciting to see an affordable and adorable option pop up. The 228 rooms here include doubles with city views and a spacious pool house suite for families — all painted in pleasing blues and greens and decorated with eclectic wood furnishings, unique light fixtures, and bold patterns in the headboards and throw pillows. This is what you'd expect to find at a young, cute surfer girl's pad. With tropical cocktails and poke bowls to match.
The Lodge at Healdsburg
Another classy hotel option for wine country enthusiasts — just a mile from Downtown Healdsburg. This is the kind of place you could book for your parents: The design is traditional with a modern twist (but nothing crazy!), with relaxed tones and textures and lots of seating arrangements in front of and near the many indoor and outdoor fireplaces.
We're keeping our eye on McMinville, the Healdsburg of the Willamette Valley, because the emerging scene is both rugged and sophisticated. A husband-and-wife team of first-time hoteliers converted a century-old hardware store into a homey inn where every suite has a fireplace, deep tub, and sitting and writing areas. Tributary pays homage to the region, especially at refined in-house restaurant ōkta, which sources most of its products from their five-acre farm nearby.
Leeds, New York
The incredibly adorable website is a tip-off that we’re crossing the threshold — over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge — into a little magical zone in the Catskills. Twenty-six dog-friendly log cabins have comfy beds and living areas, wood-burning stoves, and tiny kitchenettes. Elsewhere on the 22-acre property is a main house with 24 rooms, a Mexican-inspired restaurant, honor pantry, grilling area, fire pit, and forthcoming swim club, pool bar, and sauna.
“Warm and woody — like the bourbon that fueled them,” is an apt way to describe the spirit of the hotel rooms smack-dab in the center of this horse-riding, horse-racing, horse-betting town. The rooftop bar evokes hot and hazy memories of South Florida, and the forthcoming Granddam lobby lounge will have plenty of nooks for canoodling. The suites feel like a good setting for living out a literary fantasy that includes (but is not limited to) a clawfoot tub and a writing desk.
The clever Method Co. hospitality folks are at it again — this time renovating the city’s former Security Trust & Safe Deposit Company building into a 24-room hotel layered with patterns, colors, and sophisticated design motifs. There's a neighborhood restaurant, a courtyard shared with the historical society, and a beautiful cocktail den in what was once called "The Money Room." Not to mention the city’s first rooftop lounge. (C’mon, Wilmington!)
Eastwind Oliverea Valley
Catskills, New York
The "hygge-design" hotel company continues its upper New York expansion with a new locale nestled in Ulster County. Expect lots of the Eastwind vibe they've established: 30 Scandinavian-inspired rooms, lofts, and signature A-frame Lushna cabins, a wood-barrel sauna, hammocks, and fire pits. Some of the most popular hikes in the valley are easily accessible — Giant Ledge, Panther Mountain — but guests will feel nature's presence even indoors at cozy, plant-forward, sustainably-minded Dandelion restaurant and bar.
Williamsburg, New York
Northern Williamsburg typically gets all the buzz when it comes to hotels, so we are excited to see the always-a-good-time Moxy brand expand south along Bedford Avenue to the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge. The breezy lobby (home to Bar Bedford, open-concept meeting areas, and plenty of co-working space) showcases the hotel's friendly nature. Also alluring is LilliStar, the indoor-outdoor rooftop bar and restaurant with unobstructed views of the bridges and downtown Manhattan skyline. Rooms are cozy (as they go in New York) and smartly designed with easy-on-the-eyes marble sinks, great for getting ready for a fun night out at Jolene, the hotel’s Dolly Parton-inspired nightclub with disco-spinning DJs on a great sound system. Williamsburg is brunch city, so its best to break bread and wash down herbaceous cocktails at the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Mesiba.
Moxy Lower East Side
New York City, New York
In addition to Moxy Williamsburg, the Lightstone real estate group added Moxy Lower East Side to their portfolio (which also includes Moxys of recent vintage in NYC, South Beach, and Downtown Los Angeles). Performance is the name of the game here, starting from the entrance that feels not unlike a runway and extending into food and drink venues designed for good times. Japanese restaurant Sake No Hana serves sushi and izakaya dinner in an open-plan space filled with see-and-be-seen tables. Hidden-in-plain-sight nightclub Loosie’s is what happens with a disco ball explodes and spreads fairy dust on everyone in the house. The live entertainment at piano lounge Silver Lining, may be the closest NYC gets to Sinatra-era supper clubs. The Highlight Room on the rooftop has amazing views and a very attractive clientele. The Fix, the all-day lobby cafe, bar, and lounge, is also the co-working space, but good luck concentrating on your laptop. It may be more prudent to retreat to one of the 303 compact and playful rooms upstairs.
Aman New York
New York City, New York
One of the splashiest openings of recent vintage, in part because of the Crown Building conversion into 83 suites and 22 apartments, in part for the nightly cost of said suites (if you have to ask, you can't afford it), in part for the private Spa Houses bigger than most New York studio apartments (you can't afford this either), and in part for already-mile-long wait list to join the exclusive member's club (which rumor has it costs $200,000 to join).
New Hotels in Europe
The Peninsula Istanbul
This may be the best address in town, if you consider the location — on the Bosphorous, close to buzzy Karaköy, with perfect Golden Horn views — and the clean, contemporary design by Zeynep Fadillioglu (the first woman to design a mosque) — of 177 guest rooms and suites across four buildings, of which three are historical landmarks from the early 1900s. Not enough for you? Then head downstairs to the striking spa and feast your eyes on the even more striking pool and ease yourself into the hammam. Now you see what we're talking about.
Carlton Cannes, A Regent Hotel
Regent Hotels & Resorts, IHG’s most luxurious luxury brand, is making big strides this year, opening Regent Hong Kong and Regent Phu Quoc in the spring and Regent Santa Monica Beach this fall — with Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, and Kyoto on the horizon. But nothing is as exciting as the reopening of the legendary Carlton Cannes after an extensive, two-year, head-to-toe makeover that both restored many exquisite Belle Epoque details that had been neglected or lost in the past century (marble columns, painted ceilings, ballrooms galore) and added features to usher it into the next century (two new wings frame an interior garden and pool, the largest hotel infinity pool in Cannes, and Experience Agents are on hand to personalize every guest stay). The 332 rooms and suites have been reimagined as serene sanctuaries by French interior designer Tristan Auer, while 37 new residences mean a lucky few will never have to check out.
The first European locale for a forthcoming collection of city hotels (the Delano Miami is the O.G. boutique hotel) run by Accor and its indie-minded arm Ennismore. Set in an 18th-century building in the 8th arrondissement, the 56-room flagship, close to fashion-y Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, has a buzzy French-Andalusian restaurant in the courtyard run by three-Michelin-star chef Dani Garcí, a cocktail bar, and a Ciel Spa.
Taking a page from the Hong Kong hotel playbook, TOO occupies the 17th-24th floors of Jean Nouvel’s Tours Duo skyscrapers in the 13th arrondissement. This means the Philippe Stark-designed rooms — which we'll pause to note are refreshingly affordable — come with awesome views of the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, and the city. Also taking advantage of the height are the rooftop bar and restaurant terrace and the sky spa with outdoor jacuzzi.
Six Senses Rome
Yes, it’s located in the center of Rome, but this is a Six Senses, so serenity and sustainability abound: In Patricia Urquiola designed rooms with rounded furnishings in gentle pastels. In the spa inspired by ancient Roman baths. In the carefully restored building that runs entirely on green power. Timeless touches include 600-year-old marble columns in the entrance and a 4th-century baptismal font visible through a glass floor in the restaurant.
In the 1600s, this palazzo in the center of town was a conservatory where devoted nuns looked after and taught underprivileged young women for some 300 years. Today, the family-owned hotel has been reborn, with 78 rooms, including family-friendly options, duplexes, spa suites, and a two-floor apartment with a kitchen. Contemporary art sits alongside ancient Roman pieces, as it often does in this town, where history tends to infuse everything.
Feel-Good Factor: The zero-impact building runs on 100 precent renewable energy.
It would be hard to overstate how impressive this project is, which is not as much a new hotel build as the recovery of a colonnaded piazza in the center of Milan’s fashion district that, before it had been abandoned for twenty years, had been home throughout the centuries to a seminary, a hospital, and, most recently, the offices of prestigious Italian designers. Lungarno Collection, owned by the fashion-y Ferragamo family, infused 73 spacious rooms and suites with such high style touches as thousands of art, design, and culture coffee table books; marble bathrooms; and enormous closets for the fashion set that will no doubt make this a new home base. On the ground floor are chic boutiques, a terrific in-house lounge and restaurant (they do a fab, light-filled breakfast buffet), and an outpost of trendy Beefbar restaurant.
Baglioni Hotels upgraded in Milan by downgrading. Whereas their former Carlton Hotel had 89 fusty rooms, Casa Baglioni in the discreet Brera neighborhood only has 30, and they're all handsome, with striking designer lighting, fixtures, wallpapers, and furnishings. Geometric bookshelves decorated with pretty glass and ceramic objects fill the lobby and rooms, and the intimate restaurant is the new home of Michelin-starred chef Claudio Sadler. The overall vibe is elegant and bijoux, making the hotel feel like a very special find.
Casa Cipriani Milano
Another casa in Milan? (Are you sensing a theme?) This one, however, has an added members component, like its sister hotel in downtown Manhattan, with dining areas on the ground floor and roof level reserved for members and hotel guests. (Begone, interloping peasants of the gawking public!) Fifteen rooms and suites on two floors are super chic, the design a mix of Italian fashion (black and white photos line the walls) and English gentleman's club (cue striped wallpapers and dark wood paneling). No expense was spared in designing the Wellness Center: The Finnish cedar wood in the sauna, the vaulted ceiling in the hammam, and the green onyx walls in the salt water floatation pool don't come cheap.
Helvetia & Bristol
You’d think a hotel that’s been welcoming guests since 1885 has seen and done it all, but not the Helvetia & Bristol. The classic hotel has reinvented itself by expanding into the former Bank of Rome building next door (The Bristol), where they added moody rooms and suites designed by Anouska Hempel and an outpost of beloved Florence restaurant Cibrèo. While excavating the subterranean La Spa on the site of ancient Roman baths, they discovered ancient and medieval spa ruins, now visible in the salt room and the fitness studio. The Helvetia wing got its own glow-up (restored historic floors, furnishings, and wall coverings) and is our preference because when in Florence, we like things big, colorful, and opulent.
Christian Louboutin’s first hotel is as opulent, colorful, and striking as the footwear that has made him famous the world over. The designer, a regular visitor to the coastal town south of Lisbon, was inspired by the area’s creative community and languid pace and personally curated the antiques, artwork, ceramics, and tiles in the thirteen unique rooms, restaurant, and communal spaces. A team of creators also lent their skills to the project — an Italian sculpted the façade, a Greek artist hand painted the frescoes, an Indian workshop created the glass-blown mural chandelier, and local goldsmiths hammered the silver bar. Louboutin says this is how he and his crowd live in Portugal, and now we get to pretend we’re part of the cohort.
Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
Why was an Austro-Hungarian military fort dating back to the 1850s so elaborately decorated and frescoed? Because, legend has it, founder General Lazar Mamula thought the island would make a lovely retirement estate. Less lovely was the island’s stint as an Italian fascist military prison in World War II, though not even that dark history diminished locals' love for the island. Generations of Montenegrans have summered here, learning to swim, stealing first kisses, and feasting on the octopus and calamari fished from the surrounding seas. This spirit of joyful memories is what the new owners hope to capture in converting the long-abandoned UNESCO World Heritage Site into a 32-room hotel with three restaurants, four bars, three pools, a holistic spa, and a memorial museum, all poised to welcome new guests as well as those locals.
In a small fishing village fifteen minutes north of the city is a lakeside inn brimming with maritime history and design. A handful of rooms, each individually designed, include three suites with wood-burning stoves, custom tiles (from the oldest Dutch manufacturer), and raincoats for guests ill-prepared for the country's signature Dutch mist. A very special restaurant from two of Amsterdam's Michelin-star chefs serves locally sourced delights from the bottom of the sea — and has a zero-waste policy in the kitchen.
Other feel-good factors: solar panels, grey water recycling, a dedicated building for employee well-being, and an electric salon boat for transfers from the railway to the hotel.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
The landscape is so breathtaking on this rugged island that you normally might not pay any mind to your accommodations. But the 45 cozy timber cabins are so warm (thanks, heated flooring) and so comfortable (yay, power showers), and so well-placed (check out those views), that you may find yourself perfectly content to experience the wild light and earthly delights … from your bed. The on-site restaurant offers locally sourced and sustainable seafood and the whisky bar offers lots more than wee drams (though that’s plenty).
Health, wellness, and I-wanna-life-forever aficionados are already flocking to the striking thatched-roof medical center and spa amid the dunes on German island in the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea. They're coming for life-enhancing (and waist-whittling) treatments on the cutting edge, like chronomedicine and psychoneuroimmunology, just part of a holistic program that includes exercise, nutrition, medical analysis, meditation, and chamber music concerts in the fireside lounge.