This Is Where You Should Book Your Summer Vacation
As soon as Memorial Day hits, our undying desire to explore the world increases tenfold. Whether it’s a staycation in our own city, a quick weekend road trip, or a leisurely European vacation, we just want to get out and explore. To celebrate the arrival of summer, we compiled a list of the coolest new hotels we’re dying to visit, because let’s be real—we design lovers will fly around the world to check out a great inn. Are you itching for a quick coastal getaway, a drive down the Croatian coast, or a hop and skip Down Under? We’ve got the perfect hotel for you.
If Gramercy Park Hotel is any indication, Aby Rosen knows how to design a great hotel, and his newly opened 11 Howard hotel in the heart of SoHo is a Scandinavian design lover’s dream. Featuring furniture from MyDomaine favorites &Tradition, Gubi, and Space Copenhagen, the rooms feel luxe but relaxed. Bonus: Toiletries are by Grown Alchemist and Glossier. Staycation, anyone?
11 Howard, 11 Howard Street, New York
Want to escape to NYC without the price tag? In Long Island City, the Grzywinski + Pons–designed Boro Hotel is right across the river from Manhattan, and rooms start below $200 a night. The hotel is impeccably designed with a gritty industrial edge, the neighborhood is booming with trendy restaurants, and the city views from the hotel guest rooms are unbeatable. Get your Instagrams ready!
The Boro Hotel, 38 27th Street, Long Island City
Sick of being packed like sardines in the Hamptons? Opt for a getaway to the North Shore instead. The new American Beech hotel is set in a converted 19th-century horse stable. The style is quintessentially coastal, and the restaurant showcases locally sourced fresh seafood. One lobster roll, please.
American Beech, 300 Main Street, Greenport
This Greek Revival mansion set in New Orleans’s bustling Garden District recently underwent a dramatic transformation courtesy of New York developers Fitzgerald Hotel Group and the firm Hunter Mabry Design. The historical property kept a certain classic charm while still being firmly planted in the present. Settle down and explore everything that NOLA has to offer.
Henry Howard Hotel, 2041 Prytania Street, New Orleans
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This newcomer on the Phoenix scene is part timeless, part quirky. The property, which was overhauled by Stonehill & Taylor (of NoMad and Ace Hotel fame), blends intricate mouldings with humorous neon signs and old-world comforts with contemporary designs. The perfect getaway for the design-minded.
The Camby Hotel, 2401 E Camelback Road, Phoenix
Across the pond, the first hotel that caught our attention was Barcelona’s Casa Bonay. Housed in a 19th-century building, the hotel designed by Brooklyn firm Studio Tack seamlessly blends heritage with modern touches. In the lobby, the city’s best baristas serve Satan’s Coffee Corner to locals and travelers alike. Consider it an upscale European version of the Ace Hotel.
Casa Bonay, Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes, 700, Barcelona
Dreaming of a Roman holiday? Palazzo Dama is one of the few palazzi open to the public in Rome. The property was recently converted into a 30-room hotel with a lush private garden, rooftop terrace, and petite outdoor pool. The art nouveau–style hotel is the chicest basecamp to explore the streets of the eternal city.
Palazzo Dama, Lungotevere Arnaldo da Bescia, 2, Rome
One of the many über-cool hotels to join the Parisian scene, Hotel Panache is part nostalgia, part French luxe, and 100% everything we love about hotels. The space masterfully blends art deco charm with bold wallpaper and quirky, too-cool-for-school accents. Set in the booming 10th arrondissement, it’s the perfect pied-à-terre to explore some of the city’s best new restaurants.
Hotel Panache, 1 Rue Geoffroy-Marie, Paris
Escape to Paris
If you still have a soft spot for Notting Hill, The Laslett is the spot for you. Spread across five Victorian townhouses in the heart of the famous neighborhood, the 51-room hotel is a mix of edgy and sleek. Far from generic, The Laslett is meant to feel like staying at a cool friend’s townhouse—and is sprinkled with personal elements, like old Penguin paperbacks and an extensive art collection.
The Laslett, 8 Pembridge Gardens, London
Skip Yacht Week and head straight up the Croatian coast to the chic new Hotel Adriatic. The sleek, newly refurbished space doubles as an art gallery filled with hundreds of site-specific art installations selected by curator Vanja Žanko. The interiors are monochrome, dark, and dramatic, in the most understated way. Toiletries by Aésop complete the hotel’s luxe treatment.
Hotel Adriatic, Riva Pino Budicin 16, Rovinj
When Martyn Lawrence Bullard designs a hotel, you flock to it. The famous Million Dollar Decorators star recently finished Hagia Sophia Mansions, a 75-room hotel carved out of a series of old ambassadors’ homes. In true Lawrence Bullard fashion, the space is drenched in blues and golds, creating a vibe that’s part Arabian Nights with a hint of British comfort.
Hagia Sophia Mansions, Cankurtaran Mahalle 34122 Fatih
It’s no secret that between world-acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurant NOMA and Scandinavian design, Copenhagen has captured the hearts of discerning travelers around the the world. The newly opened SP34 in the city’s Latin Quarter caters to that crowd perfectly. The décor is minimalistic but warm, and the neighborhood is packed with vintage shops, gourmet restaurants, and cool bars.
SP34, Sankt Peders Straede 34, Copenhagen
Jet to Copenhagen
Possibly our favorite hotel on this list is Milano’s newest addition: Senato Hotel. Drenched in brass and geometric marble patterns, the space is unabashedly feminine and luxe. The neoclassical building is filled with commissioned pieces by the hottest local artisans. Better yet, it’s located a stone’s throw away from Via Monte Napoleone, Milan’s shopping mecca.
Senato Hotel, Via Senato, 22, Milano
When you have Tom Dixon’s senior designer as creative director for a hotel, you know it’s going to be real good. The newly reopened Pulitzer Hotel in Amsterdam mixes classic Dutch charm with colorful, eye-catching accents and Le Labo toiletries. The hotel is located in a set of 25 Golden Age canal houses, perfect for exploring the city’s famous waterways.
Pulitzer Amsterdam, Keizersgracht 224, Amsterdam
Things are buzzing Down Under, with new boutique hotels constantly popping up on our radar. The latest, Sydney’s Ovolo Hotel, is exactly what you would want out of an Australian getaway: minimalistic, modern, and bursting with summer colors. Accented with citrus hues, soft aquas, and dusty pinks, the space channels laid-back Aussie style at its best.
Ovolo Hotel, 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo