SLS South Beach
This boutique Miami property, the first on the East Coast under the SBE Entertainment umbrella, generated a lot of buzz before it opened this summer. The 140-room, Philippe Starck-designed property transformed a historic Art Deco building on Collins Avenue into a modern adult playground with signature SBE restaurants including The Bazaar by Jose Andrés and Katsuya by Starck, and leisure amenities including Hyde Beach, a 8,000 square-foot indoor and outdoor lounge with two pools and private cabanas. For more on the rise of Sam Nazarian’s hotel and restaurant empire, check out our October cover story.
The Revere Hotel Boston Common
When this hotel opened in the city of Boston back in April, the celebratory festivities included a vertical fashion show where models daringly strutted down the façade of the 24-story building. Located near Boston Commons, the former Radisson was transformed to include 30,000 square feet of meeting space and guestrooms with amenities such as JBL iPad Speaker Systems, 42” Sony HDTVs, working stations, and complimentary WiFi. The property also features the Emerald Lounge, a versatile space for cocktails, and the Rustic Kitchen Bistro & Bar, an Italian-Mediterranean restaurant.
TRYP Times Square
The opening of this 173-room property back in February marked the first addition of the TRYP brand to the United States. Located near Madison Square Garden and Times Square, this select-service hotel offers guests unique spaces that include fitness-inspired rooms, which feature stationary bikes and complimentary workout attire, and family-friendly rooms, which have bunk beds for children and are oversized to accommodate six to eight guests. The hotel lobby offers a quiet library, free WiFi, as well as The Gastro Bar, a small-plates eatery that is open for lunch and dinner.
Revel Atlantic City
After years of stalling and setbacks, Atlantic City’s Revel finally opened in April, with a price tag of $2.4 billion. The resort and casino marked the first new hotel to open in Atlantic City since 2003. The sprawling 6.3 million square foot property stands 47 stories high and offers a 130,000 square-foot casino, 31,000 square-foot spa, and 1,898 guestrooms and suites. The mega resort also features 10 pools, 14 restaurant concepts, two theaters, two nightclubs, and two exclusive Sky Suites, which are posh 3,800 square-foot residences located on the property’s 44th floor.
The Commons Hotel
The Commons Hotel, which opened up in Minneapolis this fall, may be the only property in the world with a book butler on call. Noble House Hotels and Resorts has transformed a former Radisson near the University of Minnesota campus into a geek-chic hotel that evokes school-days nostalgia. The 304-room hotel features amenities that revolve around art, literature, science, technology, and sports. Some special programming includes Sodoku sleep-ins, alchemist mixology lessons, in-room art galleries, and Retro Bar Bingo held at The Beacon Public House.
Developed and operated by the Brenwood Hospitality Group, the JHouse Hotel is a new boutique destination in Greenwich, Conn. The 86-room property features in-room iPad controls, over 3,400 square feet of meeting space, and a resort-style pool with private cabanas. The F&B offerings at this hotel make it a unique place to visit. Foodies will feel at home in this hotel with the gourmet offerings from restaurant Eleven 14 Kitchen and The Chocolate Lab, a space offering artisanal chocolate crafted by the hotel’s chef, François Kwaku-Dongo.
Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
Hotel development in Philadelphia has been picking up, and this fall saw the debut of the first hotel that overlooks Independence Hall with the opening of the Hotel Monaco in the city’s historic district. Kimpton completely renovated the 11-story Lafayette Building into a stylish and quirky 268-room, four-star hotel. The property features over 13,000 square feet of meeting space and 14 different types of guestrooms and also introduces the largest rooftop bar to the Philadelphia nightlife scene with Stratus Lounge. The hotel marks the tenth location for the Hotel Monaco brand.
By opening during the height of “crush season” (grape-harvesting season) in Napa Valley, Hyatt’s addition of its upscale Andaz to California’s wine country couldn’t have come at a better time. The former Avia Napa hotel was renovated to include design elements that reflect the local culture, such as paintings by local artists and a wall-length map of Napa Valley’s wineries. The property also takes a local approach in its food and beverage offerings, sourcing farm-fresh ingredients for its restaurant Andaz Farmers Table and bar Mercantile Social.