5 HOT NEW HOTEL OPENINGS THIS JULY 2018

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Finding a hotel room is easy: simply go on the Internet, or use your smartphone and voilá! You’re booked. But if you are only interested in new hotels, then that’s a different story. Luckily, you have us. And we’re obsessed with new hotels. Here’s a list of hotels that have opened – or are opening – this month.

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1. HOTEL LUTETIA, PARIS

Hotel Lutetia exterior
Hotel Lutetia exterior – courtesy of Hotel Lutetia

We’ve been eagerly anticipating the reopening of this iconic Rive Gauche hotel after it closed in 2014 to undergo a €€200 million renovation. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait much longer. The iconic luxury hotel, part of the group Small Luxury Hotels of the World, will open its doors to guests on 12 July. Rates start at an eye-watering €850 a night, but that will give guests a night in swish modern guest rooms, as well as the chance to swan around the hotel’s drop-dead-gorgeous public spaces, which include the Brasserie Lutetia, the Bar Aristide, and Salon Saint Germain. Breakfast will be served in L’Orangerie, while the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre will have treatment rooms, a fitness centre and a swimming pool.

Rates start at €850 a night.


2. BANYAN TREE KUALA LUMPUR

Room at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
Room at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur – courtesy of Banyan Tree

Banyan Tree Resorts recently opened their first hotel in Kuala Lumpur on 1 July. While this zen brand is often known for its retreats away from the hustle and bustle, this Kuala Lumpur hotel sits right in the middle of the Golden Triangle – the commercial, entertainment and retail hub of Malaysia. Yet, true to the Banyan Tree ethos, the rooms are mini retreats from the frenzy below. Indeed, room categories are labelled “retreats” and “sanctuaries”.

Rates start at around  $204 a night.


3. VISTA COLLINA RESORT, NAPA VALLEY

Wine tasting room at Vista Collina – courtesy of Vista Collina
Wine tasting room at Vista Collina – courtesy of Vista Collina

Summer time is in full swing in America – and what better time than to go wine tasting in Napa, where the days are long, the wine is top notch, and there’s a new resort to check out? The Vista Collina is set on 11 acres in Napa, and like most properties in the area, it draws on the villas of Tuscany for architectural inspiration. However, the 145-room hotel doesn’t just have rooms, a pool, a spa, and a market on-site: it also has the “Village”, which consists of nine (yes, nine!) tasting rooms from local wineries and breweries.

Rates start at around $599 a night.


4. SLS LUX BRICKELL

Snapshot of the fabulous new SLS LUX in Brickell, Miami
Snapshot of the fabulous new SLS LUX in Brickell, Miami – via Miami Condo Investments

Believe it: there’s another SLS Hotel on the scene. This time it’s the SLS LUX in Brickell, a downtown Miami neighbourhood that opened in mid-June. The SLS LUX differs from the SLS Brickell in that it offers all suites and residences. The suites start on the smaller end (spanning around 475 square feet), but they go up to nearly 1,800 square-foot spaces for their two-bedroom configurations. This SLS is also the first one to be designed by acclaimed interior design team, Yabu Pushelberg. But don’t worry – the usual SLS suspects are here, like the S Bar and Katsuya.

Rates start at around $200 a night.


5. REEF 28

Lobby at new hotel Reef 28
Lobby at Reef 28 – courtesy of Reef 28 Resort

Five-star and all-inclusive aren’t words you often hear together but the all-new Reef 28 Resort (it opened last month) in Riviera Maya has merged the two words perfectly. Situated near Mamita’s beach and Playa del Carmen’s happening fifth Avenue, Reef 28 gives guests a stylish place to sleep after they’re done sightseeing. Of course, if they don’t feel like leaving the property, that’s fine, too. Reef 28 has two restaurants, a buffet, two bars, and a rooftop hotspot.

Rates start at around $280 a night. And remember: it’s all-inclusive.

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Juliana Shallcross
A self-confessed hotel addict, Juliana Shallcross has been reporting on hotels around the world for more than a decade. She was previously the managing editor HotelChatter.com. A good portion of her job involves sleeping in new hotels, obsessing over technology and keeping tabs on the ever-changing hospitality landscape. She's based in Los Angeles.

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