12 New Boutique Hotels to Check Into This Year
From New York to Napa Valley and several spots in between, book one of these new boutique hotels for your next trip.
When traveling to a new place, a lodging experience can make or break a trip. With more accessible and diverse options like short-term rentals and specialty hotels, many travelers are opting for boutique hotels rather than standard chain establishments. According to research firm IBISWorld, the boutique hotel industry—which makes up roughly five percent of the market—has grown 6.1 percent per year since 2009, and it expects that growth to continue through 2019. Look for these 12 new and noteworthy boutique hotels opening in 2017.
Opened in January 2017, URBANICA The Meridian Hotel is located in the upscale South of Fifth neighborhood of Miami Beach. With only 71 rooms, The Meridian delivers a guest experience that offers interactive service, unmatchable style and South Beach fun on a quainter scale, creating a second home for many local vendors such as Panther Coffee and Bachour Bakery within their café, The Food Marchand.
The first luxury accommodation of its kind in St. Augustine, The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens opened in March 2017 at the site of the former Dow Museum of Historic Houses, a notable St. Augustine landmark dating back to 1790. Offering the quaint personal touches of a bed and breakfast with the modern amenities and service of an upscale inn, The Collector has 30 individually appointed guest rooms, many of which offer separate living rooms and balconies. Complimentary amenities include a European continental breakfast and an evening manager’s reception. Guest programming will also include regular docent tours of St. Augustine along with a mixology program. Visitors will be surrounded by museum-quality décor such as the Dow collection of antiques, artifacts and various sculptures.
21c Museum Hotels is reimagining the historic Gray & Dudley Building on 2nd Avenue North in downtown Nashville as a public contemporary art museum, hotel, restaurant and bar. It will welcome both visitors and members of the community to enjoy its curated exhibitions, cultural programming and culinary offerings, led by executive chef Levon Wallace. Opened spring 2017, this 24-room boutique property includes over 10,500 square feet of exhibition and event space, a chef-driven restaurant, bar and lounge, rooftop suites with outdoor terraces, an on-site fitness center and spa.
Bolstered by the success of Hotel Hugo in SoHo, Fortuna Realty Group converted two existing properties into two new boutique hotels in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC: Hotel Hayden and Hotel Henri. Hotel Hayden, opened in February 2017 on 28th Street and 6th Avenue, pays tribute to Manhattan’s iconic Flower District through living walls lining the building’s exterior, and surrounding the reception desk in the bright, Carrara marble-clad lobby. Hotel Hayden’s sister property, Hotel Henri on W. 24th Street, reopened in March 2017 and features guest rooms complete with Italian-designed wood paneling and graffiti-inspired artwork, as well as a reimagined penthouse space with incredible views of the Freedom Tower.
This newly opened luxury hotel in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn offers expansive panoramic views from the East River waterfront of not just the iconic bridge, but the entire twinkling Manhattan skyline. Set in a 10-story building, the hotel offers 194 guest rooms and suites, communal spaces for working or relaxing and enjoying a cocktail, 24-hour fitness center, 50-person screening room and a grab-and-go café. This hotel also boasts eco-friendly features and will achieve LEED certification by the fall of 2017. Landscape designer Harrison Green imagined the lobby, the centerpiece of which is a 25-foot wall covered in plants and creeping vines. Rooms are equipped with organic cotton sheets, filtered water taps and timed rain showers. The hotel actually has its own rainwater reclamation system, and the entire hotel even runs on wind power.
Housed in a former cooperage, Wythe Hotel was built in 1901—a century before Williamsburg’s heyday and developing boom. This industrial-meets-modern waterfront hotel couldn’t get any more hipster-friendly with quirky bunk bed "band rooms" and its own private cinema space that hosts the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival among other rotating events.
The Box House Hotel
Located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn’s northernmost neighborhood, the Box House Hotel mixes the best of old and new with uniquely decorated apartment-style suites filled with eclectic antique touches and contemporary art from Brooklyn artists. Coolest amenity here? Complimentary shuttle in classic 1970s cabs.
The William Vale
This 21-story luxury hotel’s dramatic perch on the East River waterfront has not only redefined Williamsburg’s skyline, but also Brooklyn’s booming hotel scene. All 183 rooms at the William Vale have balconies with sweeping views of all the boroughs. This resort-style hotel is home to New York City’s longest outdoor hotel swimming pool (at 60 feet), as well as a 15,000-square-foot promenade with plenty of green space that’s hard to come by in Manhattan.
Henry Norman Hotel
Tucked away on the corner of the two streets in its name, the Henry Norman Hotel is a 19th century warehouse turned art-filled boutique hotel. The 50-room hotel projects a cinematic style—like the owner’s vintage Checker cabs that sit outside the property—fitting the surrounding film stages that are transforming this industrial area in Greenpoint.
1 Brooklyn Bridge Hotel
There are views, and then there are the views from 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. This luxury hotel in Dumbo offers expansive panoramic views from its East River waterfront location of not just the iconic bridge, but the entire twinkling Manhattan skyline and even a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. Head to the rooftop’s plunge pool for even more jaw-dropping cityscape views.
With one of the largest (and chicest) outdoor saltwater pools in all the boroughs and a rooftop bar with stunning Manhattan skyline views, McCarren Hotel and Pool oozes a South Beach-meets-Brooklyn vibe. Located in the heart of Williamsburg, this boutique hotel keeps up the style indoors as well with its 64 rooms decked out in midcentury modern furnishings by local artisans.
Music lovers will revel staying in this DJ-owned boutique hotel in South Brooklyn, BPM Hotel, that lives up to its “Beats Per Minute” name with guest DJs spinning in the lobby on the weekends and in-room overhead sound systems, including speakers in the bathroom.
A room with hand-painted murals by local street artists and your own hammock? Welcome to Nu Hotel, a boutique hotel in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn that exudes an urban-chic style in every detail, while still being an affordable home base in the borough.
The Williamsburg Hotel
Recently opened in 2016, the Williamsburg Hotel is taking the area’s hotel scene up a notch with floor-to-ceiling windows in every one of the 150 guest rooms that offer unobstructed views of Manhattan, (some even with a private balcony), a rooftop pool, and three bars, including one that’s housed in an elevated water tower replica. There's even a complimentary chauffeured tuk-tuk that will give you a ride to the subway or bars nearby.
On a budget, but want to take in the newest trend in hotels? Book a night at the Pod Hotel, a micro-hotel in Williamsburg. What the Pod Hotel lacks in space—the 249 modular rooms will run about 100 square feet—it makes up for in style with high-tech amenities such as allowing guests to be able to stream their own content from their iPhones and other devices.
Located in St. Helena, California, Las Alcobas is Napa Valley's first luxury boutique hotel, restaurant and spa to open in seven years—and one of the only properties in the region to overlook a vineyard. The hotel’s 68 rooms and suites feature fireplace-adorned outdoor terraces overlooking neighboring vineyards, including 10 rooms featuring outdoor soaking tubs situated on private balconies. Acacia House, the signature restaurant helmed by Chris Cosentino, offers a fresh take on California cuisine, featuring farm-to-table regional delicacies. Other highlights include a salt-water pool, a 3,500-square-foot barn-style Atrio spa and a meeting space. Opened February 2017, Las Alcobas Napa Valley gives guests easy access to Beringer Estates’ tasting room and provides a space to create memorable experiences.
Founded in 2014, Graduate Hotels is a boutique hotel line with six university-inspired locations in college towns across the country, with four more openings in 2017 and three more in 2018. A Berkeley location (pictured) opened in April, Richmond and Lincoln locations opened in June and a Minneapolis location will open later this winter. At each location, the hotel features eclectic, collegiate decor and combines the amenities of a luxury hotel with doses of nostalgia inspired by the history of the local university and community. Read more about Graduate Hotels >>
Not set to open until fall of 2018, BrewDog Brewery, based in Scotland, has crowdsourced funds to open the ultimate hotel for beer lovers right next to their first U.S. brewery location in Columbus, Ohio. Yep, that’s right. The world’s first ever craft beer-themed hotel is coming to make all of your dreams come true. Think hop-infused spa treatments, beer breakfasts, and even craft beer on tap in the bedrooms – this hotel will have it all.