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.
Going away to the Hamptons for the weekend is soo early 2000s. Which is why you should eschew the party scene for a quieter time in Hudson, New York, which is not quite all the way upstate, but close. New on the hotel scene there is The Wick, a 55-room Tribute Portfolio hotel that was built out of an old candle-making factory. Each room features a mix of old (high ceilings and original wood floors) and new (interactive TVs), with subtle references to its candle-making past. The hotel is just a block from the Amtrak Station, but it also has several electric car plugs should you plan to roadtrip.
Hotels in Wine Country California area a dime a dozen these days, but the Hotel Trio, a 122 all-suite hotel in Healdsburg, has something other hotels don’t have: Rosé The Robot. The robotic staffer delivers small items requested by guests – from shampoo, to extra towels, to snacks, to a wine opener and rosé, we presume. Beyond Rosé, all of the suites have full kitchens for guests to host their own in-room wine tastings, as well as private outdoor spaces. We only wish the robot could jazz the hotel’s website up to make it a little more original.
The wait is almost over. Marriott International will open the next instalment of their ultra-luxury brand, Bulgari Hotels, in Shanghai on 20 June. Occupying the top eight floors of a 48-storey tower in the Suhe Creek complex, the Bulgari Hotel will have just 82 rooms, 19 of which are suites, as well as a rooftop restaurant and bar, with killer views of the Bund and Pudong. A ginormous Bulgari spa and fitness centre will open, as well.
A brand-new hotel brand has been born. Head to Chicago now to experience the very first hotel in the FOUND Hotels brand from LA nightlife group, h.wood. This is a smart choice for the younger set as the hotel, which is in the River North neighbourhood, has an array of room options, from queens to twins to double bunk-bed rooms. And yes, there are some shared room options, too. Plus, h.wood is planning on a restaurant, a coffee shop, and a karaoke bar at Found. More of this cool brand will be FOUND (heh!) in other cities like Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco in the next year.
Rate start at around $144 a night for a queen room with a private bathroom.
Tel Aviv’s American Colony neighbourhood has a swish new hotel in its midst. But, as it turns out, this new hotel has quite a history. Put on your spectacles and pick up your pencils as we give you (the very quick) low-down. The property originally opened as a hotel in 1866 by Evangelist pilgrims John and George Drisco. A few years later, a Templar hotelier (we had no idea this was a thing) named Ernst Hardegg acquired the hotel and neighbouring property and turned them into The Jerusalem Hotel, which stayed open until 1940 – the year when all the German templars were kicked out of Israel. The building sat abandoned until 2006 when a very lengthy restoration process began. Fast-forward 12 years and lo and behold: The Drisco Hotel, a 42-room, gorgeously designed luxury hotel, is now open. (And yes, you should definitely splurge for views of the Mediterranean Sea.)
Rates start at around $370 a night.
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.