2018’s Hottest New Hotel Openings Across the Globe
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Opened in September of 2017, this luxurious Copenhagen design hotel is located in a historic landmark building that was once home to the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music. Set just beside the Tivoli Gardens, Nobis Hotel features 77 stunning rooms designed in classic Danish style that effortlessly toes the line between both old and new.
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This Maldives resort opened in 2017 to much acclaim, what with its 25 overwater bungalows and surrounding crystal lagoons. Soneva Jani is home to tons of marine life, beautiful sandy beaches and lush terrain. The hotel is already offering incredible special offers for families, honeymoons and groups.
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Located in Czech Republic’s small town of Olomouc, Long Story Short is a hostel like you’ve never seen before. The modern spaces, with both shared and private options for rooms, feature lots of high-contrast, pretty details with greenery and natural textures mixed in. Since opening last summer, this spot has been a hit with the traveling crowd. The price point and selection of shared dorm-style rooms or private suites make this a perfect group getaway, bachelor(ette) party or team meeting destination.
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You’ll be hard pressed to find a place with as much history as the “new” Graybarns on the Silvermine River. An artist outpost and stagecoach stop in the 17th century, textile factory in the 19th century and prohibition-era speakeasy turned classic country inn, this close-to-NYC Connecticut venue has always been a haven from the city and even played host for Elizabeth Taylor’s honeymoon (well, one of them at least). It also has a barn venue on the property that can host gatherings of up to 100 guests.
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Summer of 2017 saw the opening of Chicago’s new Ace Hotel in Fulton Market. The hotel group with a cult following of wanderlusters and style aficionados created yet another great stay with even greater hang out spaces, including a rooftop bar with cozy lounge spaces both indoors and out.
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Kelly Wearstler is practically a design goddess in interior realms, so it’s no surprise that San Francisco’s Proper Hotel (which she designed) was a hit from the moment it opened last fall. With 131 rooms in the historic flatiron building, this spot is always abuzz. There are multiple communal spaces, meeting rooms and a collection of event spaces perfect for both black-tie and creative-casual gatherings.
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With design nods that harken back to the Dutch Golden Age, the new Kimpton De Witt in Amsterdam opened in May last year. It’s slick, it’s convenient in the city center and it’s bound to become the next cool kid in town. The hotel also boasts multiple event spaces including Penthouse De Witt, a scene-stealing suite that would make a perfect spot to host an intimate gathering, group getaway or meeting space.
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While Paris has no shortage of beautiful hotels, Grands Boulevards Hotelwill jump to the top of your list with it’s mystical, undeniable Parisian ‘cool’ factor. While we may never know how they do it, you and your group will settle into any of the 50 rooms filled with modern, luxe, simple, French and Scandinavian touches that all fit seamlessly together. Book a welcome dinner for your first night in the city at the hotel’s Grand Restaurant to kick off the vacation a lifetime.
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The recently-opened Detroit Foundation Hotel is a chic 100-room spot built in the former Detroit Fire Department Headquarters complete with three spacious venues. The formerly deserted downtown has morphed into an edgy urban center where once-abandoned buildings have been given new life as trendy stores, innovative restaurants and boutique hotels with genuine historic charm.
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This Calistoga 1940s roadside motel reopened last July with new owners and a whole new vibe. Calistoga Motor Lodge is located along Silverado Trail and has so far opened 50 rooms, with a restaurant and bar on the horizon. The motel also has spaces for intimate corporate gatherings, weddings and fun-filled retreats.
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New York’s newest Ian Schrager hotel opened last summer. From the floor-to-ceiling windows towering over the Lower East Side, the views are epic, and the approachable luxury concept is palpable throughout the 367-room hotel. You will also find 20,000 sq ft of interior event space and 8,500 sq ft of outdoor venue spaces including an ivy-covered garden. This New York hotel is 2018’s perfect place for group getways, bachelore(ette) trips, engagement parties and birthday celebrations for 10-500 guests.
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Grab your guys and gals and head to this intimate boutique stay by the beach. New(ish) to the Malibu scene, this gorgeous motel-turned-designer-digs came onto the scene in 2017. The Surfrider Malibu is a nod to classic California coast style with lots of linens, whites and natural woods. Oh, and there’s a cozy roof deck restaurant too. This modern California Beach House is the ultimate group getaway destination.
Photo: Bulgari Resort Dubai
The new Bulgari Resort in Dubai just opened this past December and is a stand-out with the ultra-luxury seeking crowd. Hang out at the Bulgari Yacht Club by day and spend your nights in the Bulgari Villa with its private pool, home cinema, and indoor Jacuzzi and hammam.
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Surrounded by vineyards and overlooking the coast, Principe di Salina is one of the most blissful retreats that opened in 2017. Located on Salina Island (part of Italy’s Aeolian Islands), a stay at this Mediterranean treasure offers the ultimate in seclusion and tranquility as well as being the ideal setting for relaxed group vacations, business retreats and social gatherings with it’s manicured grounds, libraries, terraces and onsite restaurant “della casa” that will cater your gathering.
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California motels of yesteryear are starting to make a serious comeback, and this San Diego surf spot is a prime example. Opened in early 2017, Surfhouse has eight rooms that are just blocks from the reknowned surf spot, Beacons Beach. Set on the historic highway 101, Surfhouse offers bicycles, surf lessons and more, making it the ultimate place to vacation in southern California with your friends, your team or your family.
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Detroit will soon have a new design hotel in town, The Siren Hotel, set to open in the Wurlitzer Building any day now. Already in the works are a coffee bar, a candy bar cocktail lounge, an 8-seat restaurant with James Beard nominee Chef Garrett Lipar at the helm, and a flower studio. A barbershop, greasy spoon eatery, rooftop bar, karaoke piano bar, and retail shop are all purportedly also in the works.
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