Are you a hotel fiend like we are? The Venue Report is always on the pulse of not only what’s new but also what’s cool. From new wedding venues to the best cities for a girls’ weekend getaway, they have lent their expert advice to brides and travelers alike. Today, they’re sharing some of the hottest new hotels around the world, and they are pretty rad. So, let them help formulate your travel bucket list by weighing in on where to stay on your next vacay. Yes, it’s totally acceptable to choose a destination based on a hotel (exhibit A and B).
1. Palihotel Culver City – Culver City, California
Photo: Nathan Mueller
Reflective of LA’s cinematic roots, the new Palihotel in Culver City feels imaginative, playful and totally in touch with its building’s history as a 1920’s boarding house. Good for groups: the French inspired restaurant, Simonette, has a private courtyard that makes an easy space to get together with friends. Read the full story here →
2. Bannisters Port Stephens – Soldiers Point, NSW, Australia
Bannisters Port Stephens takes an original 1960’s era motel and flips it upside down with modern rooms, outdoor/indoor dining spaces, a beer garden and a fresh outlook. Good for groups: the infinity pool terrace sure would be a nice place to have a cocktail party.
3. Hotel Grand Powers – Paris, France
The Grand Powers has stood strong in the heart of the Parisian Golden Triangle since 1920. Recently reopened following a renovation, the updated rooms and suites feel rich and timeless while the event spaces in Cafe 52 and Salon Eugene can be joined to create a customized private event. Good for groups: with the cozy rooms and luxe spa, this place would be a great destination for a bachelorette party, girls’ getaway or an intimate destination wedding.
4. Maison de la Luz – New Orleans, Louisiana
A sophisticated luxury guest house by the team behind the Ace Hotel brand, Maison de la Luz aims to open in April with 67 lavishly decorated suites, a beautiful breakfast room and a spacious lounge. Guests will have access to a private craft cocktail bar that’s housed in City Hall’s historic library. Good for groups: while there are no large event spaces here, small groups can coordinate private dining in the lounge while larger groups will have access to event spaces across the street at the Ace Hotel.
5. AutoCamp Yosemite – Mariposa, California
Customized Airstreams, modern cabins, cozy glamping tents and accessible cabins are all on offer at this Yosemite AutoCamp. There’s also a pond, heated pool and a daily shuttle service that’ll take you right to the entrance of Yosemite National Park. Good for groups: book a base camp site and you can bring along four of your nearest and dearest to share a large tent and Airstream site with your own deck and firepit. We’d love to see an outdoor dinner party on the grounds!
6. Casa Cat Ba – Holbox, Quintana Roo, Mexico
On the northern stretch of the Yucatan Peninsula, Isla Holbox is a small island surrounded by turquoise waters. On the island sits this five-room villa that can be booked by the room or taken over with a party crew. Good for groups: best for a group getaway in the name of celebration or wellness.
7. The Hoxton, Williamsburg – Williamsburg, New York, New York
Set on trendy Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, this new Hoxton hotel opened with 175 stylish guest rooms, multiple restaurants and indoor and outdoor spaces in fall 2018. Good for groups: lots of options for grabbing a drink or a bite with friends, inside or out. If you head up to Upstairs at Klein’s, you can book a private dinner party for a group of about ten guests. There’s a modular space known as The Apartment that’s a collection of rooms that can fit a group of up to 120 party people too. Read the full story here →
8. Le Sereno – St Barths
This stunner of a Caribbean resort just recently reopened following a complete rebuild due to Hurricane Irma. Nestled in the private Grand Cul de Sac in St. Barths, the collection of suites and villas range large and small. There’s a spa, two restaurants and a bar/lounge zone on the beach. Good for groups: hotspot for group getaways with friends, bachelor/ette parties, wellness retreats, weddings, vow renewals, conferences, meetings of the minds.
9. Queen Kapiolani – Oahu, Hawaii
What was once a place only for royalty is now a destination hotel that’ll have you feeling like royalty. Queen Kapiolani sits alongside the best surf break in Waikiki, right on the edge of Kapiolani Park near Diamond Head’s Summit. We say all this to say that the views are incredible, of both mountains and ocean. Good for groups: if you’re planning a wedding or event for up to 275 people, check out the Leahi Lanai terrace space overlooking Diamond Head and the adjacent ballroom. For smaller groups, poolside events and parties in the Deck restaurant are great options.
10. Thompson Zihuatanejo – Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico
This new luxury resort in Zihuatanejo sits right on the white sands of Playa La Ropa and offers guest rooms with private plunge pools and ocean views. Good for groups: you’ll have a few options for gathering with your crew and dining at this spot, whether you prefer a private sunset meal right on the beach or a meal under a palm-thatched palapa with the breeze blowing and margaritas flowing.
Head over to The Venue Report to see the complete list of the best new hotel openings!