WHAT’S NEW ON THE US HOTEL SCENE?
As excitement builds for everything to come in 2018, we wanted to check in on what’s happening in the US hotel opening scene in these final months of 2017. It’s been a busy year in the usual hotel hubs like New York City, LA and Chicago, and the end of summer saw a number of hotly anticipated openings, including the Ace and Viceroy hotels in Chicago, Nobu Ryokan Malibu, Hotel Californian Santa Barbara and Proper San Francisco.
The autumn began with the opening of Mondrian Park Avenue a couple of weeks ago, but the season is still in play. Here are three more for autumn and winter that we’ve got our hotel-loving eyes on:
All eyes were on Ocean Drive during the lead-up to Hurricane Irma in September, but Miami got lucky: South Beach was spared the worst as the storm passed through. The team behind The Celino are busy working on the debut of their new lifestyle hotel on Ocean, which seems to be pushing that familiar glamorous Miami Beach image with a Latin twist. When it’s ready to open its doors this autumn, The Celino will certainly be one of the larger hotels on South Beach’s iconic strip, an area just crying out for a little more glitz and glamour.
The Line Hotel has been on our radar for a while, although a closer look inside may have to wait until later this year, or early on in 2018: Reps say it should open before the end of the year, but the earliest date you can book via the hotel’s website is currently January 1. Either way, With rooms from $268 a night, it will be a happy new year indeed. True to form for most Sydell Group projects, this is a contemporary property within a historic building, The Line is sure to make trips to The District a much more appealing affair for creatives, plus anyone who isn’t interested in the stodgy hotels favoured by political movers and shakers.
Another exciting project from Sydell Group is nearing completion: The new NoMad Hotel Downtown is located a short distance away from their other new property, Freehand LA. As fans of The NoMad in New York, we have good reason to expect more restaurant and cocktail excellence, along with gorgeous rooms that, again, transform a historic building into a modern escape. Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara of Make It Nice (comprising of Eleven Madison Park, The NoMad and Made Nice) are helming the food and beverage programme in their first foray outside of NYC. Opening in late January 2018, NoMad Downtown LA makes its home in the former Bank of Italy offices, on Seventh and Olive Streets, and will offer 241 guest rooms designed by Jacques Garcia. This being LA, the blueprint also calls for a rooftop pool and an event space deck.
This new hotel’s soft opening is due to take place in December 2017, bringing some of the design-centric magic of The Dean in Providence to Motor City. It’s the second hotel from The Dean’s design development firm, ASH NYC, and is intended to celebrate Detroit’s revitalisation. The Siren will do that through old-world hotel influence and contemporary style, with 106 rooms, seven food and beverage outlets, two retail shops and a massive rooftop with incredible views of the city. The arts vibe is strong here, too – the facade will have a mural by British artist Quentin Jones.
Back to those Sydell maestros: The latest Freehand will open in NYC’s Gramercy Park neighbourhood in early 2018. It will take over the former George Washington Hotel, which has a history as a home for creatives. That legacy will live on in The Freehand Fellowship: the hotel is launching a programme in partnership with Live Arts Bard of Bard College, where selected artists will get the chance to live and work at the property and play an active part in its arts and cultural programme. As with all Freehands, food and beverage is of the utmost importance. The restaurant and lobby bar here will be headed by West Village restaurateur Gabriel Stulman’s Happy Cooking Hospitality. Freehand New York will also get an outpost of Noho café, The Smile, and of course, a Broken Shaker bar.