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The Ned, London
From the folks who brought you the Soho House hotels, The Ned officially opened in early May as one of the biggest hotel openings anywhere this year.
Housed in the former Midland Bank in the City of London, the new hotel features 252 guest rooms, nine (yes, nine!) restaurants, a fitness club, spa, Hammam, rooftop pool and of course a cocktail lounge and bar behind this massive vault. This will truly be the place to see and be seen this Summer.
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New Hotel Openings - Spring/Summer 2017
So many incredible hotels have opened their doors in the last few months, we had to create our own tracking list to keep on top of them. Here are some of our favorite openings this Spring and Summer (many are offering special introductory offers in addition to Virtuoso amenities and perks) - we can't wait to check out a few ourselves and report back. To stay updated on every new opening, follow us on Instagram at Inviatotravel.
The Whitby Hotel, New York
The Whitby is the latest hotel of the Firmdale Hotel Group – the 10th hotel in its collection and 2nd hotel in New York City (the Crosby Street is the other one). Located in midtown New York, a few steps from the shops of 5th Avenue, The Whitby features all the bells and whistles from Kit Kemp who is part owner of the hotels and has put her magnificent designing touch on each and every one of them. Read our review for the full details!
Hotel Eden, Rome
The re-opening of the super-chic Hotel Eden on April 1 under the Dorchester Collection after an 18-month renovation has been long-awaited. The 1889 hotel is ideally located near all the best shops and only a stroll away from the Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese. All 98 rooms and suites have been updated along with the addition of a new spa. Welcome back! Check out our virtuoso special amenities and rates here.
Nobu Ryokan Hotel, Malibu
The first in this line of exclusive new retreats, the Nobu Ryokan Malibu hotel opened in May right next to the Nobu restaurant on Carbon Beach. The 16-room modern hideaway was a former 1950’s motel. A welcome addition to this chic enclave with a dearth of hotel options, the hotel features a lap pool overlooking the Pacific, fitness room, and access to the Malibu Raquet Club. Lots of Japanese design elements such as tatami mats, hand-crafted teak soaking tubs and a clean, minimalist flow is the word here.
Silo Hotel, Capetown
The long-awaited Silo Hotel opened on March 1 in Cape Town, hard to beat the views of Table Mountain and the V&A wharf from the rooms. 28 luxury suites are featured in a converted grain silo with 18-foot spectacular geometric windows.
Hotel de Crillon, Paris
After a massive four year renovation, the iconic Hotel de Crillon will be opening on July 5th as a Rosewood property. Everything is still hush-hush about what this renovation entailed but what is sure is there will be a lot of fanfare about this opening. Prices start at $1,500 on opening night.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is the third (Miami and NYC are the other two) property of this fairly new hotel brand and the first developed from the ground-up. The waterfront hotel, housed in the former Domino Sugar Factory on the foot of the 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park, was a five year undertaking through its opening in March. The 10-floor 194-room hotel, once fully completed by Fall, will have five restaurants, a spa, fitness center, along with plenty of indoor and outdoor event space. A complimentary Tesla house car provides guests transportation wherever they want to go within three miles and provides a complimentary shuttle service to subway stops and Wall Street three times daily. Read our full review here.
Soneva Jani, Maldives
The newest luxury resort under the Soneva brand, Soneva Jani celebrated its grand opening in February. 24 1-4 bedroom bungalows each with their own pool are located in a lagoon of crystal clear waters, fringed by pristine beaches and lush tropical greenery. Soneva Jani comprises five islands. The resort can be reached by a 40 minute seaplane flight direct from Malé International Airport, a 60 minute speedboat ride from Soneva Fushi, or by a leisurely halfday cruise from Soneva Fushi onboard Soneva in Aqua.
Hotel San Cristobal, Todos Santos
Just 50 miles north from the maddening crowds of Cabo San Lucas is a brand new authentic beach hideaway in Punta Lobos in the fishing and surfing town of Todos Santos. The 32-room San Cristobal is beautiful inside and out – a stunning location, gorgeous interiors with a central pool and restaurant. Best, the property is focused on keeping a light footprint on the environment and giving back to the local communities.
Bisate Lodge, Rwanda
Rwanda and gorilla trekking is hot right now and Bisate Lodge will be the newest lodge opening followed by others in the planning stage to open up new lodging (Singita and One and Only) to fill the demand. Wilderness Safaris’ Bisate Lodge will open next month at the foot of the Volcanoes National Park in an eroded volcano cone with dramatic views of the peaks of the volcanoes Bisoke and Karisimbi. Only six sumptuous en-suite suites for 12 guests at a time means that this will likely be booked up a year in advance.
Nobu Ibiza Bay
Definitely the hottest opening this summer is Nobu Ibiza Bay. Opening June 30th just in time for summer beach season, the 152-room hotel will be situated on Talamanca Bay with a Six Senses Spa, two swimming pools, direct beach access, a kids club (Si!) and, I’m sure, some pretty great sushi!
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
Opening June 1 will be the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills situated in the prime intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards. The 12-story 170-room hotel will feature rooms with floor to ceiling windows and terraces. The 3rd floor suites will have their own private garden terraces. Also featured? A La Prairie Spa and restaurant with famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerechten.
One and Only Ocean Club, Paradise Island
After a $30MM renovation, the One & Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island re-opened! You will find many enhancements such as renovated rooms, an expanded Dune restaurant and bar and a the requisite new martini bar! Best is the new 125-foot long infinity pool right on the edge of the beach. Lots of Virtuoso amenities are available!
Redwood Retreats, Big Sur
A new upscale tenting experience in Big Sur launched in February out of Ventana Inn and Spa called Redwood Retreats. 15 safari-style tents in the Redwood forest with every amenity you can imagine. Such as picnic table, dinnerware and separate gas and wood-burning fire pits. Daily maid service, handheld lanterns, fully-stocked bath basket with towels and shower amenities and a nightly turndown service featuring hot cocoa and tea, a s’mores kit, stainless steel hot water thermos, and hot water bottles to warm up bed sheets before retiring.
Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa, Jordan
The Hilton Dead Sea Resort opened in April – the Hilton’s first property in Jordan. The 285-room resort is located on the lowest point on Earth – just a tad 1,345 feet below sea level! In addition to exclusive beach access to the Dead Sea, guests have access to an infinity pool (kids pool and club coming soon), 7 restaurants, a spa to open in September and close access to the lost city of Petra. The few reviews in so far have been mixed – from excellent to poor so time will tell!
Henrietta Hotel, London
In April, a newly opened chic 18-bedroom townhouse hotel opened in Covent Garden. The Henrietta Hotel is the first London-based hotel from the collective behind Experimental Group (the ones who brought you the Experimental Cocktail Club and Grand Pigalle Hotel in Paris). You can surely expect excellent cocktails at the bar and modern British bistro. Think sleek art-deco design.
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