As we head into the New Year, travelers are going to be looking for new places to stay. From the end of 2016 to the start of 2017, a variety of properties are opening and renovating across the globe that will offer travelers the newest experiences in travel. Take a look at some of the most anticipated hotel openings of 2017, and some great ones of 2016 too.
Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach
Slated to become the first Hyatt Centric property to open in Hawaii, the new Hyatt Centric Wakiki Beach is set to open in January 2017, coinciding with the grand re-opening of Oahu’s International Market Place on Wakiki (formerly known as the Wakiki Trade Center). The lifestyle hotel is bringing 230 oversized rooms and suites to the island, with state-of-the-art amenities, spa-like bathrooms and myriad signature services. Continuing with the upgrading along Kuhio Avenue, the new property will feature floor-to-ceiling windows for views of Wakiki, as well as on-site amenities like an outdoor pool and entertainment deck, an upscale bar and restaurant and a 24-hour fitness facility.
The Shore Club Turks and Caicos
This new, $100 million resort will have 106 ocean view suites and six luxury villas, spanning over 820 feet of beachfront on Long Bay, with an expected opening date of January 2017. The Shore Club Turks and Caicos will comprise two luxury low-rise buildings with junior, one-, two- and three-bedroom furnished suites, as well as two penthouses set on nine beachfront acres. Located just 15 minutes from Providenciales International Airport, the resort is currently the first and only development on Long Bay. Geared towards the active and wellness-inspired traveler, standout features of the property include a fire pit in the center of a colonnade pool, poolside cabanas, European-influenced designs and a yoga pavilion.
Hotel Californian – Santa Barbara
With Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and a modern Moorish vibe, Santa Barbara’s Hotel Californian is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated hotel openings of 2017. The waterfront resort is designed to cater to the Hollywood elite, locals and international visitors alike. A rooftop pool deck offers views overlooking the coastline, while a luxury Turkish-inspired spa, a fashion boutique and casual dining options give guests plenty to do indoors. Embracing the Santa Barbara style, Martyn Lawrence Bullard has created the aesthetic for the property. The 121-room boutique property will be located on State Street, next to Santa Barbara’s vibrant Funk Zone and one block from Santa Barbara’s Union Station.
Hotel Preston – Nashville, Tennessee
Currently undergoing a massive renovation, once unveiled this summer Hotel Preston will have new rooms, a new lobby, a renovated restaurant and a chic backyard, complete with an outdoor pool. The hotel, located near central Nashville, Opryland and the Nashville International Airport, will offer guests tons of hip, art-filled public spaces, and plans on operating on a “you want it, you got it,” philosophy, providing guests with customizable amenities. To really create unique experiences, Hotel Preston is including accessories like lava lamps, rubber duckies and pet fish to make more than the standard hotel vibe. Onsite, the Café Isabella and Pink Slip will be ideal spots of a bite to eat or an evening of live music.
Hotel 50 Bowery – New York City
New to New York City in 2017 will be Joie de Vivre Hotels' first Manhattan property, Hotel 50 Bowery, slated to open in March 2017. Bringing 229 rooms to the heart of Chinatown, the hotel is designed to celebrate the location's past, present and future. Guests will get a taste of Chinatown through three on-site culinary concepts by Chef Dale Talde and partners from the Three Kings Restaurant Group. Guests can also enjoy a permanent installation by the Museum of Chinese in America, which will be facilitated by an on-site curator. The exhibit will tell the story of Chinatown street-by-street, and feature some significant artifacts found during the hotel’s construction.
Pinky’s Eco Retreat and Beach Club – Perth, Australia
To be located a 30-minute ferry ride from Perth will be Pinky’s Eco Retreat and Beach Club, well-suited for any green-minded traveler. Situated on Rottnest Island, the car-less, quokka filled island just west of The Basin swimming beach, Pinky’s is slated to open in late 2017, comprising 20 four-and-five star eco-tents, each with their own ensuites. Pinky’s will provide an additional 200 beds on the island, also including 10 affordable and two-bedroom family tents, as well as 35 backpacker and budget tents. The accommodations are to be supported by a Beach Club, featuring a bar, café, restaurant and functions area.
Visit www.westernaustralia.com/en/Destination/Rottnest_Island/56b266c1d5f1565045da9d82 for more on the island.
Adare Manor – Limerick, Ireland
Adare Manor closed its doors in January 2016 to commence an 18-month intermission, allowing the resort some time to restore to the best of its abilities. Upon its grand reopening the hotel will include a new 42-bedroom wing, bringing the property’s accommodations up to 104 guest rooms including the existing Manor House accommodations. An expansive ballroom will also be added, with a capacity to host up to 350 guests for weddings or events. A complete redesign of the golf clubhouse by David Collins Studio London is also underway, set to transform the clubhouse into a new restaurant titled The Carriage House. Adare Manor’s 800 acres of parkland, walled gardens and walking trails are also being enhanced for guest enjoyment.
The Mayfair Hotel – Downtown Los Angeles
An exciting renovation for 2017 is The Mayfair Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, slated for completion during the spring or summer. Through a collaboration with the development firm ICO, the historic 1920’s property is undergoing a multi-million dollar redesign, hoping to restore the hotel’s original old Hollywood ambiance with a variety of modern amenities. Relaunching in three stages, phase one of the Mayfair’s renovations has just been completed, as the hotel unveiled its newly remodeled guest rooms, junior suites and corridors in addition to an artist-in-residence program. Gulla Jonsdottir is the award-winning architect behind the hotel’s renovations. Kelly Gravel is the artist curating the art program, designed to revitalize The Mayfair Hotel.
Lido House – Newport Beach, California
Set to be part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection, this four-story, 103,000-square-foot hotel is being designed with a room mix of 130 guest rooms, one presidential suite, several executive suites and five custom-designed two-story cottages located next to Lido Marina Village at the gateway to the Balboa Peninsula. Scheduled to open this fall, the hotel will have an exterior courtyard along Newport Boulevard, with a beachy, plank-style walkway and Ipe wood decking surrounding the neighborhood ficus trees. Indoors, a variety of amenities will appeal to local businesses, the local community and guests alike, including the full-service restaurant The Mayor’s Table and the only rooftop bar in Newport Beach, Topside. Other amenities will include 4,000 square feet of meeting space, a ballroom and events lawn, a saltwater pool with private cabanas and brick fireplace, a spa, fitness center and more.
Crown Towers – Perth, Australia
Opened in December 2016, Crown has expanded its presence in Perth to nearly 1,200 rooms with the opening of the Crown Towers. Located just 15 minutes from Perth’s airports and the city’s downtown, the property was designed by award-winning interior architect Michael Fiebrich and showcases 500 new rooms – plus a variety of suites and villas – all with design influenced by local Australian history and culture. The hotel’s world-renowned dining facilities include Nobu and Rockpool, in addition to a few others. 450 new staff members will be ready and available to attend to guests needs whether they regard the hotel’s boutique shopping experiences to the on-site spa, and everything in between and beyond.
Hotel VIA – San Francisco
Hotel VIA will bring 159 luxury rooms to the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco in the spring of 2017. Designed to blend old school hospitality with progressive San Francisco attributes, the entirely custom-built and designed hotel has ensured no two rooms located on the same floor will look the same, in hopes of creating unique and one-of-a-kind guest experiences. The hotel will have a breakfast café, flexible meeting and event spaces, a fitness center, bar and a scenic rooftop hotel bar, offering 360-degree views of AT&T Park, the Bay, the San Francisco skyline and more. The hotel is also conveniently located near access to the Caltrain, Muni, ferry and water taxis.
The Woodlark – Portland, Oregon
Portland’s 1912 retail and office building, The Woodlark Building, has begun construction to merge with its adjacent buildings and to begin operation as one hotel, The Woodlark. The Woodlark will be a sophisticated, 151-room property with a variety of accommodations and amenities, including an onsite dining concept from Top Chef alum and James Beard Rising Star Award nominee Doug Adams titled Bullard, named after the Texas town he grew up in. Scheduled to open in late 2017, the property will follow the lead of other Provenance Hotels by featuring the company’s signature pillow and spiritual menus, its pet program, Sealy Black Label Napa mattresses, eco-friendly bath products, complimentary Wi-Fi and more.
Marriott Marquis Houston
Connected via a skybridge to the George R. Brown Convention Center, the 1,000 guest room Mariott Marquis Houston opened in December 2016. The property offers over 100,000 square feet of meeting space, including the largest ballroom in Houston, and a special events pavilion overlooking Discovery Green Park. In terms of relaxation, the hotel has a Texas-shaped lazy river, a rooftop infinity pool, a 5,000 square foot full service spa and a 5,00 square foot fitness center. On site, guests can take advantage of six dining locations, including Biggio’s, a two-story sports bar, and Xochi, the fourth culinary concept by Hugo Ortega in Houston.
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa – Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Set to open in July 2017 will be Grand Geneva Resort & Spa’s latest addition of 29 spacious, all-season villas. Located on 1,300 acres in the southeastern Wisconsin community of Lake Geneva, the villas will comprise studio, one, two and three bedroom accommodations, each including a full kitchen, fireplace, flat screen TVs, washer and dryer and other furnishings. The villas are being developed using several unused buildings located adjacent to the WELL Spa + Salon, incorporating visual elements of the outdoors for indoor, comfortable lodging use. Villa guests will be able to enjoy all the amenities of the resort combined with their own outdoor swimming pool during the summer season, as well as six fire pits available for evening enjoyment and entertainment.
The Troubadour – New Orleans
2016 marked the opening of Joie de Vivre Hotels' first New Orleans property, The Troubadour. The 184-room boutique hotel rises 17 stories in a landmark building within the Central Business District, just steps from the French Quarter, BioDistrict, historic Garden District and Warehouse District. Also located within walking distance from a variety of local theaters, one-of-a-kind boutiques and historical areas, The Troubadour draws inspiration from the cultural renaissance that is New Orleans. The historic address offers guests locally celebrated cuisine, unique amenities and all things New Orleans.