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The 10 Most Anticipated U.S. Hotel Openings of 2018

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The 10 Most Anticipated U.S. Hotel Openings of 2018
Few things can inspire a trip quite like the promise of a great new hotel. And 2018 looks to be particularly inspirational, with the opening of numerous buzz-worthy spots across the United States. From urban hotels with skyline views to a South Beach getaway with 1940s flair, here’s a look at 10 domestic hotels that have us eager to check in. (As is the nature of new hotels, projected opening dates are subject to change.)
By Sandra Ramani, AFAR Contributor
Sandra Ramani
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    1. NoMad LA
    Los Angeles

    While the NoMad hotel seems deeply rooted in New York (after all, its name was born of its position north of Madison Square Park), we’re excited to see how the brand translates to the West Coast—particularly as this second outpost will also feature the first non-NYC restaurant from the team behind the much-lauded 11 Madison Park. The hotel is set in the neoclassical Giannini Place building, which once served as HQ for The Bank of Italy, and the design has preserved notable historic elements—including the lobby’s gold-and-blue ceiling—while adding dashes of modern California flair. Interiors guru Jacques Garcia, who also crafted the original NoMad, brings his signature touch to rooms that have custom-designed furnishings, curated artwork, freestanding bathtubs, and Italian linens. In addition to the gourmet NoMad restaurant, set in the 1920s art deco lobby, there will be an all-day Italian-inspired café—another nod to the building’s roots.

    Opening early 2018; thenomadhotel.com
    Courtesy of NoMad LA
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    2. The Hoxton Williamsburg
    New York City

    Among New York City’s signature architectural details are the wooden water towers found on many of its historic buildings. The site of the former Rosenwach factory, where those water towers were once made, is the new home of The Hoxton Williamsburg, the first U.S. property from the British brand known for seeking out creative neighborhoods and engaging local talent. The hotel will feature 175 rooms, half with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out at the Manhattan skyline, and all with brass details, raw concrete ceilings, and shelves lined with locally made ceramics and books curated by area residents. Shared spaces include three restaurants, courtyard and terrace gathering spots, and a panoramic rooftop bar.

    Opening Spring 2018; thehoxton.com
    Courtesy of The Hoxton Williamsburg
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    3. Perry Lane Hotel
    Savannah, Georgia

    Find Southern hospitality with a modern twist at this hotel that aims to redefine Savannah’s luxury hotel scene. Located in the Historic District, this 167-room Luxury Collection member was envisioned by NYC-based architectural and real estate development firm, Flank, which studied Savannah for five years to ensure the project pays proper homage to the destination. The sophisticated spaces have nods to the city’s iconic mansions—think lush fabrics and residential-style furnishings—along with whimsical artwork and high-end amenities. Enjoy locally sourced farmstead cheeses and charcuterie at The Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market, a lively drink at The Wayward Bar, and handcrafted cocktails backed by city views at the chic Peregrin Rooftop Pool & Bar.

    Opening Spring 2018; perrylanehotel.com
    Courtesy of Perry Lane Hotel
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    4. The Celino South Beach

    Stretched out along South Beach’s iconic Ocean Drive, this much-anticipated beachfront property is going to be huge. Literally. The property has connected two former hotels and one former apartment building—all in vintage art deco style—as well as a new five-story structure with a rooftop sun deck and glass-bottomed pool overlooking the ocean. The design and vibe of the 132-room development were inspired by the tropical glamour and Latin flair of 1940s Miami—a nod to the location where the conga line is said to have originated. Three restaurants, two bars, and a second courtyard pool round out the perks.

    Opening Summer 2018; thecelinohotel.com
    Courtesy of The Celino South Beach
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    5. Bobby Hotel
    Nashville, Tennessee

    Nashville will welcome a number of new hotels in 2018, including a glittering new JW Marriott tower, but Bobby Hotel has us itching for a firsthand look. Set in the former Wells Fargo Plaza building, just a few steps from downtown’s famous Printer’s Alley and close to the Ryman Auditorium and Country Music Hall of Fame, the nine-story structure will house 144 guest rooms, each boasting a custom design rich with vibrant patterns, textures, and color. The public spaces are equally striking, too, from the oversized mantle and hanging egg-shaped chairs in the lobby to the unique atmosphere in each of the four dining outlets. Best of all: The rooftop bar is centered on a refurbished 1956 Greyhound tour bus, designed to serve as a nod to the musician’s life on the road.

    Opening Spring 2018; bobbyhotel.com
    Courtesy of Bobby Hotel
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    6. W Philadelphia / Element Philadelphia

    For its first-ever W and Element dual-branded development, Starwood is heading to the heart of downtown Philly. The major hotel brand is raising a new 51-story skyscraper directly across from City Hall, close to major museums and galleries, top shopping streets, and the redesigned Dilworth Plaza. The tower will house a 295-room W Hotel and a 460-room Element hotel, as well as extensive meeting and event spaces, street-level retail outlets, and numerous dining and drinking options—including an outdoor bar and terrace. Fans of both brands will find all their favorites, from W’s signature Living Room lobby lounge, WET deck with outdoor heated pool, and extensive spa, to Element’s LEED-certified interiors, in-room kitchens, and complimentary perks like breakfast, evening receptions, and bike rentals.

    Opening early 2018;whotels.com, elementhotels.com
    Courtesy of W Philadelphia / Element Philadelphia
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    7. The Post Oak Hotel

    Uptown Houston’s first luxury mixed-use development is a 680,000-square-foot tower housing high-end designer shops, coworking spaces, showrooms for car brands such as Bentley and Rolls-Royce, two restaurants, a spa, and this five-star hotel. The 250 rooms and suites feature plush decor and the latest tech touches, along with views of the Houston skyline. Leaning into the “everything is bigger in Texas” motto, the 5,000-square-foot Presidential Suite—the largest of its kind in town—boasts two bedrooms, media and fitness rooms, a private terrace, and direct elevator access via a private elevator—as well as a helipad for those really over-the-top entrances.

    Opening Spring 2018; thepostoak.com
    Courtesy of The Post Oak Hotel
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    8. Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito

    Montecito, California

    For over 17 years, the once-fashionable Miramar By the Sea Hotel has sat vacant, waiting for its next act. Thanks to Rosewood Hotels and real estate mogul Rick Caruso (known for L.A.’s The Grove shopping center, among other projects), that time is finally here. Marrying the family feel of the original Miramar with the demands of today’s travelers, this revived Santa Barbara Country spot is spread over 16 acres and will house 124 rooms and 37 suites. This will be the only luxury resort in Southern California with a private beach and the area’s only five-star resort with suites directly on the sand. Other highlights will include two swimming pools, an oceanside bar and restaurant, dedicated spots for burgers and ice cream, a spa, and a screening room, plus a members-only beach club. 

    Opening Summer 2018; rosewoodhotels.com

    Courtesy of Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito
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    9. The Times Square EDITION
    New York City

    While New York City’s recent hotel boom has mainly focused on Brooklyn and the southern parts of Manhattan, one of 2018’s biggest openings heads back to tourist central. The first new hotel to open on Times Square’s “bow tie” stretch since the W launched over 17 years ago, this sleek tower will house 452 guest rooms, a performance venue, a fitness center, and lots of gathering spaces. Dining options will include a signature restaurant leading to a beer garden and an all-day restaurant, both with city views. The building will also be wrapped in a state-of-the-art, 120-foot-tall, 18,000-square-foot LED display screen—to fit right in with its Times Square neighbors.

    Opening mid-2018; editionhotels.com
    Courtesy of The Times Square EDITION
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    10. La Peer Hotel
    Los Angeles

    As befits a hotel set in the heart of West Hollywood’s Design District, this early-2018 opening—the first in a new luxury tier for the Kimpton brand—will reflect the neighborhood’s focus on art, fashion, and architecture in everything from its look to its creative partnerships. The 108-room place will treat guests to fun amenities like custom picnic baskets and in-room bottle service that delivers craft cocktails right to your door, as well as wellness-themed perks like yoga mats and apps, and fitness classes led by a renowned local trainer. A modern trattoria focused on wood-fired cuisine, plus a pool, roof deck, and over 8,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor lounging spaces encourage lingering, while curated bike tours and a specially commissioned La Peer Passport of top walkable attractions help connect guests to the neighborhood.

    Opening January 2018; lapeerhotel.com
    Courtesy of La Peer Hotel
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