Best new hotels in the U.S.
(Photo: Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental)
Here at Condé Nast Traveler, we're obsessed with hotels—that's why we're thrilled to unveil the 2013 Hot List, the buzz-making list of our favorite new hotels that have opened in the past year.
The entire list of 154 properties spans the globe, from a tiny one-suite find in Chiang Mai to a luxe safari camp in Tanzania—but to get you started, here's a glimpse at some of the new hotels in the U.S.
A total makeover of the first Mandarin Oriental property in the United States (opened in 1987), with 158 redesigned rooms and lobby, a brand-new spa, and a reimagined restaurant in the Financial District. The theme is tastefully corporate (befitting the neighborhood) and minimalist in a serene palette of blue and beige. The design puts the focus where it belongs: on views that stretch for miles.
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A grungy Melrose Avenue youth hostel reborn as a 32-room hipster hot spot, complete with a too-cool-for-reservations restaurant run by a tattooed chef (serving highfalutin comfort food, natch) and a spa dedicated solely to Thai massage. Conspicuously, sweetly ironic.
The rough-wood facade makes the two-story building look like an oversized log cabin plunked down in the middle of L.A.’s Fairfax district. The lobby seems filled with items salvaged from Grandma’s attic (pink floral sofas, prize ribbons from a county fair, oil portraits of people no one seems to know), while the guest quarters embrace the schoolhouse-chic trend, with skinny writing desks and stacks of old hardcovers. Rooms are unusually Spartan—no phones, no closets—but dark-teal walls and carpets cozy them up considerably.
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A revamped 245-room desert resort on the quiet southern side of Palm Springs, it’s a 60s-era revival channeling David Hockney. Daring New York design firm Stamberg Aferiat turned a drab three-story motel in the Coachella Valley into a hip retreat with the help of psychedelic colors inspired by desert wildflowers and sixties pop art—deep purple carpets and saffron umbrellas, lime-colored sofas and magenta walls. The central courtyard is dominated by palms and a pool. For a backdrop, the jagged San Jacintos rise straight up from the valley floor only a mile away.