Doesn’t 2019 sound like the perfect year for an adventure? Across the world this year, a countless number of exciting properties are popping up in cities, beaches, mountains, and even in an airport.
Below, the 9 properties to keep your eye on as the year unfolds.
Shinola Hotel, Detroit
Luxury goods maker Shinola breaks into the hospitality game with a new hotel in their home city of Detroit. Combining two historical buildings—the former T.B. Rayl Co. department store and a Singer sewing machine store—with three new ones, the 129-room Shinola will open in January 2019.
The design, overseen by Gachot Studios and Kraemer Design Group, is colorful, funky, and fun—think modern art, blue couches, pink chairs, and naturally, Shinola home products galore. Their food and beverage programming is run by Andrew Carmellini’s NoHo Hospitality, and includes an Italian restaurant, an American beer hall, and fried chicken spot Penny Read’s.
TWA Hotel, New York City
If anything can bring glamor back to JFK airport, it’s the TWA Hotel. The new project, which transforms the TWA terminal (a national landmark) into 512 retro-chic guest rooms, will feature a Jean Georges restaurant and a museum dedicated to mid-century modern design. Set to open in spring 2019, perhaps one of the most luxurious features is a 10,000 square foot rooftop deck and pool (though it will be interesting to see how that jives with the ambiance of plane traffic).
Rosewood Hotel, Hong Kong
2019 sees the completion of Hong Kong’s Victoria Dockside, the Adrian Cheng-helmed project which aims to turn the city’s Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront into a food, art, and design hub. In the heart of it all is the Rosewood Hotel Hong Kong, which will open in March. Designed by Kohn Pederson Fox Associates—the same architects responsible for The High Line and Hudson Yards—the 413-room property includes eight restaurants, Loro Piana wall coverings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and presidential suites with full-length lap pools.
The Hoxton, Chicago
The chic European hotel brand—which advocates an “open-house” hotel model in which locals are encouraged to gather in its lobby and bars—continues its American expansion with a new hotel in Chicago. They’re putting down roots in the city’s Fulton Market district, and will have a rooftop pool and bar that, if their Williamsburg location is any indication, will soon become a city hotspot.
Belmond Cadogan Hotel, London
The British travel brand is opening its first London hotel in early 2019 (and its first after being bought by luxury giant LVMH). It’s comprised of five Queen Anne-style townhouses that date back to the late 19th century. The property is small, with 54 rooms. But it sits on the 93-acre Cadogan Estate, and guests have access to its gorgeously manicured private gardens, complete with tennis courts.
The Westbund Hotel, Shanghai
Shanghai’s luxury hotel boom continues with the summer arrival of The Westbund Hotel, a Rocco Forte property, Located, as the name suggests, in the West Bund area of the city (also called the Xuhui Riverside), it will occupy the top 15 floors of a skyscraper. Oh, and it’ll have a rooftop bar too—which means guests can gaze upon one of the most impressive skylines in the world.
Equinox Hotel, New York
“Wellness” is a concept thrown around a lot in the hospitality industry these days—but there’s one hotel where that definitely won’t be a gimmick. Details are still scarce on the property, which is scheduled to open in Hudson Yards this summer. But official releases say that it will “amplify a message of high-performance living.”
Maison de la Luz, New Orleans
The team behind the Ace Hotel opens a second (un-Ace-branded) property in the Big Easy this spring. With design by LA-based Studio Shamshiri and an aperitif barhelmed by a restaurant group that’s made a name for itself with craft cocktail bars across Paris, Maison de la Luz is described as having “proper Southern swoon.”
Six Senses, Bhutan
Opening in spring 2019, Six Senses Bhutan is spread out through five lodges in different valleys: Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro, each focusing on cultural immersion and spirituality. A set of itineraries allow guests to move around the country, which has seen a rise in tourism over the past year.
Originally published in American Vogue.