Each year, a new crop of beautiful cutting-edge hotels takes our breath away in all corners of the globe. In many respects, hotel lobbies are to interior design what runways are to fashion—a chance to push creativity and experiment with the latest trends. But beyond the impressive lobbies are guest rooms striving to serve an ever smarter crop of travelers, restaurants developed by Michelin-starred chefs, and public spaces that aim to connect locals and tourists with well-attended lounges, bars, and rooftops. Which highly anticipated properties set to open in 2018 have caught our eye? We handpicked a few hotel openings from New York City to Helsinki you won't want to miss.
Courtesy of The Freehand
From the day The Freehand New York opened its doors on January 16, its Roman and Williams–designed lobby has been the subject of many Instagram posts. The historical property, taking over an entire city block in New York's Flatiron District, is the fourth location for Freehand hotels, an affordable alternative for discerning travelers. The former George Washington Hotel was restored to glory by Sydell Group, a hotel development and management company that focuses on giving historical properties a new life. The group recently opened two other highly anticipated properties, The Line Hotel in Washington, D.C. and NoMad Hotel in Los Angeles.
Courtesy of The Hoxton
When The Hoxton opened in Paris last year, it quickly became the French capital's hottest hotel. The property group, which also owns hotels in London, Holborn, and Amsterdam, was built on the mission to create vibrant environments for travelers and locals alike. The Hoxton is now venturing stateside, with its first opening anticipated in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, this summer. It will house 175 bedrooms on the hotel-lined Wythe Avenue, along with three restaurants, terrace and courtyard spaces, and, of course, a rooftop with unparalleled city views. The company is also planning 2018 openings in Portland and Los Angeles, followed by Chicago and San Francisco in 2019 and 2020.
Courtesy of Edition Hotels
Edition Hotels saw much success in recent years with the opening of multiple properties in London, Miami, New York, and Sanya in China, and by all indications, it's not slowing its roll. In 2018, the hotel brand is anticipating openings in Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Barcelona, Shanghai, Bodrum, and West Hollywood, as well as a second property in New York City's Times Square. In Los Angeles's West Hollywood Edition, 190 guest rooms, a restaurant, lobby lounge, rooftop venue, and nightclub will tower over Sunset Boulevard, providing unobstructed views of the Hollywood Hills.
Courtesy of NoMad Hotel
Another Sydell Group property that opened to much fanfare in Downtown Los Angeles is NoMad Hotel, the second iteration of the popular New York hotel. Housed in a neoclassical building, the lobby is rich with history with jewel-toned velvet seating and a gold-and-blue Italianate ceiling. The restaurants, developed by three-Michelin-star Chef Daniel Humm and his partner Will Guidara (of Eleven Madison Park and NoMad in New York), are a key part of the hype behind this new property, which is certain to become one of L.A.'s buzziest hotel lobbies. Sydell Group is currently developing a third NoMad property in Las Vegas.
Courtesy of Viceroy
Formerly Mar Adentro, the anticipated Viceroy Los Cabos is set to open its doors under its new name in spring. When the architecturally stunning property by Miguel Angel Aragonés opened its doors in 2016, it won multiple awards and rave reviews. Now under the Viceroy name, the hotel is given a new life on the Sea of Cortés on Mexico's Baja California peninsula. Expect beautiful terraces and walkways, glistening pools, a white-sand beach, and luxurious minimalist accommodations that let the natural beauty beyond shine.
Courtesy of St. George Hotel
Across the pond, things are brewing in Helsinki, Finland—specifically St. George Hotel, a meticulously refurbished landmark building in the Finnish capital. On April 1, the hotel is premiering a new breed of luxury accommodation, one that focuses on presenting an innovative synergy of holistic care for mind, heart, and body. The décor is minimal Scandinavian, with sheepskin throws, Josef Frank fabrics, and modern furniture and lighting.
Courtesy of The George Inn
You may know Bobbi Brown for her line of cosmetics and her philanthropic work to empower women and girls through skills training and education, but in 2018, the beauty mogul has another trick up her sleeve: The George Inn in her hometown of Montclair, New Jersey, which opened earlier this year. The 1902 property, which was originally built as a private residence for a prominent New Jersey family, is now firmly planted in the present. The décor—historical with a contemporary flair—is peppered with modern conveniences: Casper mattresses, Smeg refrigerators, and Flaneur sheets, to name a few.
Montréal has never been known for its wide range of cutting-edge boutique hotels, but this is starting to change. After a revamp of the historic Ritz-Carlton (the first in North America to bear the luxury hotel brand's name) in 2012, the city saw a small crop of new hotels aimed for a younger, more discerning crowd, namely The William Gray and now Hôtel Monville, opening this spring. Located at the intersection of Old Montréal and Le Quartier des Spectacles, the contemporary guest rooms of this newly built property are flooded with natural light. This summer, the hotel will also be home to a restaurant, bar, lounge, and rooftop.