The 15 Best Hotels of 2019, According to Design Editors

Updated 11/14/19

  Stephen Kent Johnson for Maison de la Luz

Every so often, we come across a well-appointed hotel that truly takes our breath away. But with a staggering number of stunning lodgings opening their doors this year, it's proving near impossible to keep up with all the new and noteworthy design hotels arriving on the scene in 2019. That's why we turned to our fellow home editors at notable publications—including Architectural Digest, Lonny, House Beautiful, and more—and asked them to weigh in with their favorite hotels of the year so far.

From the highly anticipated Sister City in New York City's Lower East Side, to the impossibly photogenic Santa Monica Proper Hotel located along the coast of Los Angeles, to the swoon-worthy Il Palazzo Experimental perched on the picturesque canals of Venice, Italy, these are the year's hottest new design hotels, according to well-traveled home editors. Scroll on to find out which design-minded accommodations made the cut—and book them before everyone else does.

Sister City

Sister City room
 Courtesy of Sister City

“Perhaps obvious, but the Ace hotel’s newest offshoot is so good. From the spartan rooms and inspiration from Japanese bento boxes and Finnish saunas to the crisp striped sheets and terrazzo sinks, this place is one you’ll want to recreate in your own home. Their philosophy 'less, but better,' is aspirational and, honestly, helpful for actually relaxing.” —Zoë Sessums, Associate Editor, Clever 

Sister City lobby
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Arts District Firehouse Hotel

Arts District Firehouse Hotel green room
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“Unassuming on the outside, what was formerly Engine Co. No. 17 is now a stunning renovation with all the best details courtesy of design studio ETC.etera. With nine rooms, plus a hangout area and a restaurant, the entire space is bursting with elements I love: a minimalist take on maximalism; lots of Block Shop Textiles; rooms dedicated to a unique hue on the color spectrum; and a little shop for taking a worthy memento home.” —Zoë Sessums, Associate Editor, Clever 

Arts District Firehouse Hotel restaurant
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Condominio Monti

Condominio Monti
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“For a colorful, modern stay in Italy, this spot is part traditional Roman home and part design-lovers paradise. Aside from being a place to enjoy a meal under a green pergola—with views of the Colosseum and the apse of the Church of Sant’Agata dei Goti—the rooms feature Elena Campa prints, decorative wallpapers and headboards, and Marshall amplification systems. I could go on and on about the chairs, the color combos, and the tilework…” —Zoë Sessums, Associate Editor, Clever 

Condominio Monti rooftop
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Moxy Chelsea

Moxy Chelsea room
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“I stayed in the Moxy’s newest Chelsea location right when it opened up and fell in love. While it is a hotel good for those with lower budgets, it really doesn’t skimp on style. The second-floor lobby is definitely a winner, touching on Italian modernism design and tons of Instagram-worthy moments. Plus you can’t not swoon when you see its massive plant wall and terrazzo floors.” —Shelby Wax, Editor, Lonny

Moxy Chelsea conservatory
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TWA Hotel

TWA Hotel room
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“Meet the only airport hotel I’d ever want to stay in. Literally across the street from JFK, the TWA Hotel is a converted terminal filled with gorgeous mid-century elements. It’s part hotel, part time machine. I love that I can pop in here before a flight to grab a cocktail in the sunken conversation pit-style lounge or even on a stylish little plane. I definitely will book a room for a few hours when I need to catch some shut-eye between long stopovers.” —Shelby Wax, Editor, Lonny

TWA Hotel lobby
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Shinola Hotel

Shinola Hotel room
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“Detroit is on the rise as the newest design hotspot and the opening of the Shinola Hotel reinforces that. While its beautifully curated common spaces are definitely worth an Instagram or two, I'm in love with its beautiful suites. Filled with modern art, statement-making design details, and cozy spaces to host and lounge, I would 100 percent move in if I could.” —Shelby Wax, Editor, Lonny

Shinola Hotel lobby
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The Standard, London

The Standard London room
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“During London Design Week this fall, I’m excited to scout the newly opened Standard Hotel. Housed in the historic Camden Town Annex in the rather trendy King’s Cross neighborhood, Shawn Hausman Design has preserved the unique and striking Brutalist facade while layering decadent colors and textures inside, which also includes Isla, an Adam Rawson seasonal focused restaurant brimming with colorful furnishings, and dishes too, throughout.” —Benjamin Reynaert, Senior Style and Market Editor, AD Pro

The Standard London bar
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The Hoxton, Chicago

The Hoxton, Chicago
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“Newly opened this summer, and the third U.S. outpost following Portland, Oregon, and Brooklyn, New York, the Hoxton Hotel is making waves in the Chicago West Loop design scene. GREC Architects was enlisted to bring a distinctive sense of warm modernism to this former industrial warehouse structure by sticking to a muted color palette and featuring honest, raw wood finishes when possible. Lush foliage dripping from the ceilings at Cabra, Stephanie Izard’s latest culinary creation housed on the rooftop, creates an oasis within the heart of this bustling district.” —Benjamin Reynaert, Senior Style and Market Editor, AD Pro

The Hoxton, Chicago Cabra
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Kudadoo Maldives

Kudadoo Maldives
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“If you’re pining for a tropical escape that is also eco-conscious and forward-thinking, then add the Kudadoo to your design hotel bucket list. The new luxury property is located on a private island and happens to be the archipelago's first fully sustainable resort. The entire island is powered by the sun, and eco-friendly materials complement the bold Japanese-style villas designed by Yuji Yamazaki. Additionally, wellness and health are primary focuses at the resort and have inspired the creation of personal yoga, training and meditation programs, a welcome respite for the design-conscious traveler.” —Benjamin Reynaert, Senior Style and Market Editor, AD Pro

Kudadoo Maldives sauna
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Menorca Experimental

Menorca Experimental room
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“Menorca Experimental and Il Palazzo Experimental are the latest projects by hospitality design agency Chzon. (They’re also the team behind one of London’s coolest boutique hotels, Henrietta Hotel, and several of Paris’ hippest, sexiest bars.) Menorca Experimental is in, you guessed it, Menorca, so you can expect Chzon’s signature modern-meets-Art-Deco vibe with a laidback island edge. The property has thirty-four rooms and nine private villas, complete with Mediterranean views, whitewashed walls, and design inspiration in every corner.” —Hadley Mendelsohn, Design Editor, House Beautiful 

Menorca Experimental bath
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Il Palazzo Experimental

Il Palazzo Experimental
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“Il Palazzo Experimental also opened this summer and is right in the heart of Venice on the Canal della Giudecca. Visitors can expect all the Venetian staples, including romance, opulent design, and fairytale backdrops.” —Hadley Mendelsohn, Design Editor, House Beautiful 

Il Palazzo Experimental decor
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Maison de la Luz

Maison de la Luz hotel room
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“This new venture brought to us by Atelier Ace in partnership with Studio Shamshiri is a magical blend of Southern splendor, local character, and contemporary polish. Luxe yet unpretentious, this is the hot spot to say in Downtown New Orleans." —Hadley Mendelsohn, Design Editor, House Beautiful 

Maison de la Luz concierge
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Santa Monica Proper Hotel

Santa Monica Proper Hotel room
 The Ingalls for Santa Monica Proper Hotel 

"Odds are, you've already seen images of the Santa Monica Proper Hotel on Instagram. Thanks to interior designer Kelly Wearstler, the high-end hotel is incredibly photogenic, with arched headboards, textured wallpaper, and luxurious marble bathrooms. The hotel's highly anticipated restaurant Onda, a collaboration between Squirl's Jessica Koslow and Contramar's Gabriela Camara, is set to open later this year, but in the meantime, don't miss the tapas-style Mediterranean bites at Calabra, the hotel's rooftop eatery." —Megan Beauchamp, Contributing Editor, MyDomaine

Santa Monica Proper Hotel bath
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Palihotel Westwood Village

Palihotel Westwood Village room
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"The latest Los Angeles outpost from Palisociety, Palihotel Westwood Village is housed in a recently restored Art Deco hotel that was originally opened in 1939. Today, the charming neighborhood inn boasts mid-century modern and Parisian eclectic style that spans 55 beautiful rooms, complete with modern sconces, plush headboards, crisp linens, and subway tile bathrooms." —Megan Beauchamp, Contributing Editor, MyDomaine

Palihotel Westwood Village lobby
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Hotel Figueroa

Hotel Figueroa room
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"Originally opened as a women's hostel in 1926, the recently restored Los Angeles mainstay has reopened its doors after two years of renovations—and it was worth the wait. The lobby is a show-stopper, with grand chandeliers, plush velvet sofas, and artwork by L.A.-based women prominently on display, a nod to the hotel's women-led history. Dining at the hotel's poolside, Mexican City-inspired restaurant Verada, you'd never guess that you're sitting in the heart of downtown Los Angeles." —Megan Beauchamp, Contributing Editor, MyDomaine

Hotel Figueroa lobby
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