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All signs point to 2022 as one of the busiest travel years on record. But if that luxurious European vacation is looking out of reach this year, you can take comfort that an exciting new crop of hotels has opened right here in the US The group behind posh London properties like Claridge’s and the Connaught, for instance, has ventured to Beverly Hills with an elegant new property. New York, meanwhile, is finally getting back into the swing of things with the revival of the legendary Chelsea Hotel and the opening of a luxury property on Wall Street, signaling the continuous evolution of one of Manhattan’s oldest neighborhoods. If you’re looking for an escape from the city, a one-of-a-kind property in Maine designed by Todd Snyder or a reimagined 19th-century Sonoma mansion might be more your speed. Whatever it is you seek, this selection of nine new American hotels is sure to allow you to follow your bliss.
The Maybourne Hotel, Beverly Hills
European glamor and Californian cool make for a heady cocktail at the Maybourne, the Beverly Hills outpost overseen by the same group that runs Claridge’s in London. With rooms designed by Bryan O’Sullivan, the hotel has a comfortable, open, and elevated sensibility. Think round sofas covered in nubby wools, custom carved marble, wood lamps (which we wish we could carry home), and a beautifully curated selection of art. Do not skip a morning massage or facial in the gorgeous spa (you will not want to leave), an afternoon lounging on the pool terrace peering out to the Hollywood Hills, or an evening at the Terrace Restaurant followed by a cocktail in André Fu’s impeccably designed bar. Whatever time of year you visit, we recommend the perfectly frozen mojito. This is a long way from London.
Hidden Pond Bungalows, Kennebunkport, Maine
A recent collaboration with LLBean brought Todd Snyder, the two-time CFDA winner, known for his era-defining work designing menswear at J.Crew, to Maine. Snyder continues to leave his mark on the Pine Tree State, this time with the 20 bungalows he designed at Hidden Pond, a 60-acre property in Kennebunkport. Each of the cabins features a fireplace, an outdoor shower, and screened sleeping porch. Fellow New England devotee John Derian inspired the oyster-shell wallcovering in one room. Snyder’s imprint extends all the way to the libations: A Dark and Stormy, the designer’s favorite drink, awaits each visitor.
The Ritz Carlton New York, NoMAD
A bold new hotel is blooming in Manhattan’s Flower District. The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad has taken root with a neighborhood-appropriate personality: The 219 rooms, 31 suites, and 19 residences feature a variety of floral inspirations, from curved pieces of furniture with petal-like lines to chandeliers that resemble vines and flower stems. Kitting out the hotel is a team of design all-stars including Martin Brudnizki, who is responsible for Nubeluz, a Spanish restaurant on the rooftop. Relaxation comes courtesy of a signature facial by skincare guru Augustinus Bader and in-room amenities by Diptyque. Refreshment is provided by Spanish-American chef José Andrés and his Mediterranean restaurant Zaytinya, designed by hospitality superstars Rockwell Group. And there’s still more in store: Andres’s Bazaar in late 2022.
Wildflower Farms, Auberge Resorts Collection, Hudson Valley
Ninety minutes from New York City, where the Hudson Valley meets the foot of the Catskill mountains, Auberge Resorts is opening its newest property this fall and taking reservations now. The Great Porch, the glass-walled welcome area, signals Wildflower Farms’ wide-open embrace of its surroundings. Designed by Ward and Gray, the property has 65 free-standing accommodations, a spa, an outdoor pool and hot tubs, and Clay, a restaurant focused on the ingredients growing just outside its doors. The hotel further connects its guests with nature through its cooking school, Maplehouse, and hiking trails that traverse the 140-acre property. Be sure to book the impressive Ridge Suite, which includes a cozy fireplace and an outdoor terrace, which will transform views of the nearby Shawagunk Ridge into your private living room.
Chelsea Hotel, New York
Perhaps no opening on this side of the pandemic has been greeted with greater anticipation by New Yorkers and tourists alike as the Hotel Chelsea, the iconic 23rd Street building that has played home to everyone from Edie Sedgwick to Patti Smith to Bob Dylan. The owners behind favorites the Jane and the Bowery have brought the legendary hotel back to life. The storied bones of the hotel remain, but the rooms have been refreshed in lush velvet-upholstered furniture, monogrammed bed linens, and marble-clad bathrooms. Also back: lobby bar and the beloved Spanish restaurant El Quijote.
The Madrona, Sonoma County
Originally the private home of 19th-century California banker and miner John Alexander Paxton, the Madrona, which opened in late April 2022, is now a noteworthy 24-room hotel and restaurant designed by co-owner Jay Jeffers. The property features floral walls and ceilings, while custom rugs brighten the parlors and grand entryways. And lovers of old things are in for a treat: Jeffers has decorated the hotel with over 200 pieces of sourced antiques, including a number of treasures from the original Paxton family. This being Sonoma after all, the eight-acre property also includes a restaurant of the same name run by Michelin-starred chef Jesse Mallgren.
Hotel Clio, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Denver
While visitors to Denver today are looking for the opportunity for outdoor adventure, Hotel Clio, with its gold accents and earth tones, pays tribute to an earlier group of explorers who discovered a significant gold deposit nearby more than a century and a half ago. Part of Marriott International’s Luxury Group, the Hotel Clio’s 199 rooms and suites were designed by Wilson Ishihara. The hotel boasts a grand lobby fireplace and its in-house restaurant Toro Latin Bar and Kitchen, led by chef Oscar Padilla, where guests can learn about the menu through weekly guacamole-making classes and tequila tastings.
Ned NoMad, New York
Like many New York businesses, Manhattan’s NoMad hotel fell victim to the pandemic. But the team behind Soho House has reincarnated the Beaux Arts building into a new property, the Ned.
Former patrons of the NoMad will find familiar spaces, including updated versions of the Library and Elephant Bar. The Ned, with 167 Art Deco-influenced bedrooms, two restaurants, and four bars, includes the second members-only Ned Club, which debuted in London five years ago. (A third is now planned for Doha, Qatar, to open before this fall’s World Cup.) Members can enjoy the rooftop terrace and the Magic Room events space. Not a member? The Ned NoMad is home to the Venice-inspired Cecconi’s, the global hot spot’s first appearance in Manhattan.
Wall Street Hotel, New York
One of New York’s oldest neighborhoods, the Financial District has loomed large in the global imagination as the commerce capital of the world. But the banking mecca is shaking off its buttoned-up reputation with the Wall Street Hotel. Guests can choose from the 180 rooms, designed by Liubasha Rose of Rose Ink Workshop, which feature thoughtful book selections and bar offerings, as well as open views of the New York Harbor. Michelin-star chef John Fraser is behind the modern French bistro La Marchande, and the rooftop Bar Tontine is set to open. Still not convinced that Lower Manhattan is the new place to be? Rent a complimentary bike and see for yourself.
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