There’s no doubt that 2017’s hotel openings were flashier than ever before. With a new generation of Instagram-obsessed customers to cater for, and the ever-more competitive Air B and B landscape to compete against, whether it’s a slick urban hotel, charming ski lodge or luxury resort- the pressure is on to impress.
Incase you think you overlooked a cool new hotel opening, or are not sure what to try out in 2018, we’ve rounded up a list of all the new and noteworthy hotels that have us most excited. Ordered geographically- rather than in any other particular way- here’s your road map of all the shiny new places you have to try out!
Ticked it off the bucket list already? Or have we missed a gem? Leave your comments in the comments section, we’d love to hear your new faves…
2017 was the year that Paris’s iconic Hôtel de Crillon (image 1) re-opened its doors. Closed since 2013, and $200 million dollars later, it’s now a Rosewood Hotel with its two most prodigious first floor suites designed by Chanel’s Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld. Situated on Paris’s Central Square, Place de la Concorde, where Louis XVI married Marie Antoinette in 1770- and 23 years later they were both beheaded- it’s seeped in French history. Go gawp at the inspiring 18th century architecture and reserve ahead for dinner at L’Ecrin (one of the hottest tables in Paris right now).
More affordable, yet still oh-so chic, is the new Maison Albar Hotel- Céline (from €280 per night). Situated in the 1st Arrondissement, close to Palais Royal and the Louvre Museum, the decor is 1920’s inspired and the quintessential Parisian building was the former HQ of luxury French fashion house, Céline. In the basement you’ll find a gorgeous pool, hammam and jacuzzi- which makes the perfect place to recuperate after a day traipsing all over Paris.
While in Spring 2018 you can expect to hear lots about Hotel Lutetia. One of the best-known hotels on the Left Bank, and owned by the board of luxe department store ‘Le Bon Marché’, it will re-open after a ‘no expense spared’ renovation. Expect it to become a hot fashion week destination.
It was hard to read any British press, or go on to Instagram, and escape news that The Ned in London’s Bank area had opened. The most hotly anticipated flagship hotel from Soho House and Sydell Group, the epic £200m (former bank) building has nine restaurants, 252 bedrooms and perhaps the most photographed rooftop bar in town- overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral. Be sure you try out The Ned’s buzzing Sunday Feast brunch, which runs weekly Midday – 5pm. It’s a lavish all-inclusive hot and cold buffet for £35 pp and you’ll find all the fresh oysters, lobster, smoked salmon, traditional roast, cheese and biscuits and desert you can eat.
The Ned isn’t the only hot new thing that opened in London’s East End. The Curtain was the latest to hotel to set up shop in Shoreditch’s hip surroundings. While in the shadow of the City- opposite the The Tower of London- in February 2017, The Four Seasons opened a new hotel in a Grade II-listed, imposing 1922 building: Ten Trinity Square. Former headquarters of the Port of London Authority, it was badly damaged during the Blitz, and has been unused and neglected for 20 odd years. Away from the main tourist hub of central London, it’s a magnet for those in town for business meets and offers so much space- huge ceilings and original plasterwork. Their 1920’s inspired “Bright Young Things” afternoon tea has become a bit of a scene – with a live jazz pianist, egg and truffle sandwiches and home-made scones.
Meanwhile, attracting the fashion set in droves is 2017’s The Mandrake hotel in central London’s Fitzrovia. New British Vogue editor Edward Enninful hosted a British Fashion Council party there with Erin O Connor and Laura Bailey in tow- while Johnny Depp and David Beckham have been spotted there too. The interiors are dark, whimsical and botanical-inspired- think luxe peacock feathers everywhere. Oh and the team behind Michelin-starred Hong Kong restaurant Serge Et Le Phoque have a new eatery there, which makes the ultimate luxe date night spot.
You also must check out the hot new 18-room boutique hotel in Covent Garden, The Henrietta. Opened by the team behind the perennially cool Experimental Cocktail Bar, its Parisian sister is the hip Grand Pigalle Hotel. With interiors by designer Dorothée Meilichzon, it’s eclectic and cool. Don’t miss the restaurant serving seasonal dishes and cocktails, run by Michelin-starred chef Ollie Dabbous- it’s kitted out with sumptuous Carimate chairs made in the 1960s.
In June 2017, Ian Schrager’s new brand PUBLIC opened on the Lower East Side and, ever since, the rooftop bar has become one of the hippest hangouts in the city at sunset. Situated in the infallibly cool East Village- a short stroll from SOHO and NOLITA – it’s a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of Midtown’s tourist traps. Go Instagram the infamous escalator and try the must-order truffle pizza for brunch.
Thompson Hotels also opened The Beekman in the Financial District – a five-minute walk away from One World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial and Vogue magazine’s HQ. Housed in 19th century atrium, built around the same time as the Brooklyn Bridge, it feels like an exclusive gentleman’s club. In fact Valentino hosted their Pre-Fall 2017 fashion show there.
While anyone from London, or all those familiar Soho’s buzzy boutique Crosby Street Hotel, will have to check out Tim and Kit Kemp (founders of Firmdale Hotels) second New York hotel, The Whitby. Much like their signature Charlotte Street Hotel and Covent Garden Hotel in London, it’s eclectic, cozy and feels like a home-away-from-home. Situated in the heart of upper Midtown- just two blocks from Central Park and on the doorstep of MoMA- it’s a new go-to spot for afternoon tea.
Meanwhile Beyoncé threw Jay Z a birthday bash in a private room at the newly opened 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge (from $300 per night). With up-cycled furniture, spacious rooms and sumptuous organic sheets, it offers iconic views of the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan Skyline and, of course, the Brooklyn Bridge. Don’t miss the lounge on the 10th floor, it is truly breathtaking! Brooklyn hip Wythe Ave also garnered serious traction with two big new hotels: The Hoxton Williamsburg and The Williamsburg hotel – with an rooftop, which will give hotspot The Wythe some run for its money.
For 2018, it looks like more action will take place around Times Square with BD Hotels, the company behind The Bowery, opening forty-five pod pads called Pod Times Square. While Ian Schrager’s new Edition Hotel will open in 2018 with a 538-square-metre beer garden and event deck overlooking Times Square.
The hip hotel scene in LA has been exploding of late and 2017 was no exception. Positioned as a ‘high-end’ hostel for a new generation of urban travelers, Freehand by the Sydell Group (who are responsible for The Nomad Hotel in NYC and The Ned in London) opened in the ever-cooler downtown area. Close to Grand Central Market, it’s got hipster share rooms and a great rooftop bar with a pool- which gives the nearby Ace Hotel a run for its money.
Meanwhile, unashamedly exclusive, with only 12 suites and five oceanfront bungalows, Nobu Ryokan- situated next door to Nobu Malibu- has become the go-to staycation spot for the Hollywood elite. Located on Carbon Beach, one of Malibu’s least crowded stretches (also known as Billionaire’s Beach), it backed by Robert De Niro and Australian powerhouse James Packer.
Dream Hollywood also caused quite a stir as the latest in Hollywood’s oh-so hot hotel market right now. The centerpiece of a $110-million high-end hospitality complex, it’s next door to both the oh-so cool restaurant Beauty and Essex and new Asian themed dinner-cum-club spot, Tao – which wows with a vast scale completely unnobvious from the street.
Hot openings in La La Land for 2018 is The Edition West Hollywood, 1 Hotel Hollywood and an outpost of New York’s ultra-cool Nomad Hotel.