City or country. Historic or brand spanking new. Boutique or resort. Ocean or desert. The choices are many this season when it comes to the newest crop of eye-catching American hotels, especially for those in need of a domestic vacation or in search of a dose of design. Whether you’re looking to road trip it this summer or indulge in a local staycation, these 11 new hotels prove that there’s never been a better time to check out—and check in.
Downtown L.A. Proper, Los Angeles
If Hermès didn’t make handbags, the name Kelly could, among some design obsessives, be understood to mean Wearstler. And this downtown L.A. hotel is definitely a Kelly. The designer, whose bold interiors have made her a household name, seems to create hotels (in San Francisco, Austin, Santa Monica) as effortlessly as she does collections of lamps (for Circa) and wallcoverings (Lee Jofa). The new 148-room Downtown L.A. Proper is housed in a landmarked 1920s Renaissance Revival building by Curlett & Beelman and will feature, among other amenities, a basketball court and rooftop pool. Swish, splash!
The Vanderbilt, Newport, Rhode Island
There’s a lot to discover at the Vanderbilt, the newly renovated boutique hotel from Auberge Resorts Collection. In a Georgian mansion that once belonged to one of the Gilded Age’s wealthiest families, the Vanderbilt’s interiors hark back to Newport’s maritime history with a smattering of found objects and vintage pieces. Designed by the Dallas-based Swoon Studio, its muted shades of green, blue, and ocher are warmly traditional, making every space feel both fresh and lived in. Among the 33 rooms, the Admiral suite stands out, offering views onto the private garden terrace, historic Thames Street, and Trinity Church. Hot tip: Look in the mural-lined parlor to find a hidden honor bar painted in bright blue. And, no matter the season, you can enjoy a cocktail on a canopied sofa across from an antique fireplace. Cheers!
Since the first Ace opened its doors in 1999, the late co-owner Alex Calderwood’s collection of hip hives for local and out-of-town creatives has taken the country’s buzziest cities by storm. The latest opening marks the hospitality empire’s first foray into Brooklyn, an area of New York City where artsy types have gravitated since the days of Walt Whitman. Planted at the intersection of booming Downtown and the picturesque brownstones of Boerum Hill, the hotel, which was designed by Roman and Williams, aims to channel an artist’s studio, using raw materials like timber in the lobby and custom-tile murals in every bathroom, creating an aesthetic that swings both primitive and modern. The 287-room urban retreat includes work by Brooklyn-based textile artists. The vibe certainly fits the definition of what the French refer to as très Brooklyn.
The Goodtime, Miami Beach
It takes courage to open a hotel with a name like the Goodtime in a notorious party destination. But that’s the kind of swagger you get from a group that includes David Grutman of Groot Hospitality, Pharrell Williams, real estate developers Michael D. Fascitelli and Eric Birnbaum, as well as designer Ken Fulk. The 266-room Art Deco building is situated in a prime South Beach location and boasts views of both Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Within is Strawberry Moon, a restaurant, bar, and pool mélange conjured with Fulk flair. There, not far from historic Washington Avenue, lies the candy-colored glamour of midcentury Acapulco and Havana mixed into a visual feast meant to go down as easily as the restaurant’s specialty cocktails and casual Mediterranean mezze plates.
Montage, Healdsburg, California
Sonoma Valley has always (unfairly) played second fiddle to Napa, the oenophilic paradise to its east. The recently completed Montage Healdsburg, a handsome new resort of 130 suites, is already giving the never-Merlot snobs a run for their money. Immersed in nature, the 258-acre property is dotted with 22,000 oak trees along with the requisite grape vines, the dream vibe for a wine lover with a yen for modern architecture. The villa-style layout, conceived by EDG Design, Delawie, and Le Architecture, is made up of individual bungalows, a scheme that allows guests time and freedom to explore without rubbing elbows with their fellow visitors (if they prefer). After all, you may want a little peace and quiet as you commune with Mother Earth and ply yourself with Pinot Noir.
Bishop’s Lodge, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Faithful and skeptic alike are flocking to Bishop’s Lodge, the former home and chapel of Santa Fe’s first archbishop, and now, following a $75 million renovation, an 83-room escape reimagined by Auberge Resorts. Adobe buildings dot the property’s 317 acres alongside the Sante Fe National Forest. Seekers of spiritual comforts will be able to enjoy the Turquesa Healing Arts Studio, which opens this fall for sound therapy, meditation, immersive yoga, and a fragrance garden. Those in search of more earthly comforts will find Nathalie, a boutique created by former French Vogue editor Nathalie Kent, featuring custom jewelry and cowboy boots.
The Newbury, Boston
An all-star cast has assembled to open the Newbury, a nearly 100-year-old property located in Boston’s tony Back Bay. Given a new life by the hospitality company Highgate, the 286 guest rooms, conceived by Champalimaud Design, are topped by Contessa, a rooftop restaurant with interiors by ELLE DECOR A-List designer Ken Fulk and cuisine by the Major Food Group, the heavyweights behind trendy New York establishments like the Grill and Sadelle’s. At street level, guests can find the speakeasy-like Street Bar. That is if they want to leave their rooms—42 of which include wood-burning fireplaces.
Hotel Saint Vincent, New Orleans
Hotel Saint Vincent, designed by Lambert McGuire Design, has New Orleans abuzz. The historical 1861 building has been transformed into 75 guest rooms, each covered in luxe materials and featuring pink and red tile bathrooms with custom Voutsa wallcovering and custom D.S. & Durga bathroom amenities. The Lower Garden District spot includes a pool, two restaurants, and a guests-only bar. And for guests who left an outfit out of their suitcase, Missoni and Dries van Noten can be found at the hotel’s ByGeorge outpost.
The Gansevoort Hotel, New York
Perhaps there’s no better view of the once-again buzzing Meatpacking District than from the Penthouse suite at the newly renovated Gansevoort Hotel. A collaboration with Poliform, the suite includes a whopping 1,700-square-foot duplex, 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, and of course ultraluxe furnishings from the Italian furniture company. Like what you see? The suite’s features are shoppable to any guest who inquires. The 186 guest rooms and and lobby were also renovated by Michael Achenbaum, Oliver Wepp, and Duncan Miller Design.
The Ryder, Charleston, South Carolina
The Ryder, designed by Courtney Bishop, is Charleston’s newest destination. The hotel, located in a historic enclave on Meeting Street, takes it cues from the same sherbet hues that define the city’s famed pastel-colored townhouses. Inside, cool colors and blonde wood make up the stylish 91 guest rooms. And outside, gingham pool umbrellas provide a welcome and chic refuge.
The Ameswell, Mountain View, California
Nothing says welcome to Silicon Valley quite like robots. In fact, they’ll greet you in the restaurant of the Ameswell, a new 255-room respite by the Santa Cruz Mountains. The rooms and public spaces were designed by BAMO, the team behind Four Seasons Madrid and the Ritz Carlton Chicago, but the vibe is decidedly West Coast; beyond the reclaimed wood and industrial public spaces you…
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