There is a slew of trendy hotels set to open around the world in 2014. Some have taken on a mission to revitalize an old building, while others have focused on including amenities that are sure to please any guest. Whatever your preference, there’s guaranteed to be at least one hotel on this list you’ll want to check out.
1. Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
Opening in March, this 93-room property encompasses six original patrician houses from the 17th and 18th centuries, CNN says. The hotel is set on the Herengracht, which is one of Amsterdam’s oldest canals. What can you expect? Exposed buildings, sloping ceilings, and large windows with pristine views of the canal or courtyard garden. Rooms start at around $630 per night.
2. Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
This 182-room property, which opened in January, features Noguchi lamps, fiberboard furnishings, and stained glass windows, Fodors writes. The building was a former United Artists building, and has managed to transform the place with a rooftop lounge and pool, as well as a restored theater that incorporates a new Deco-inspired ticket booth.
3. Park Hyatt New York
Set to open mid-2014, it’s at the center of NYC and consists of sleek furnishings throughout the 210-room, 90-story mixed-use tower. “It will have a cosmopolitan air, but will feel unapologetically comfortable at the same time,” writes Forbes. “Just two blocks from Central Park, the address couldn’t be more convenient either. Oh, the fun Park Hyatt staffers are going to have watching those aforementioned visitors painstakingly decide between shopping on Fifth Avenue or staying at the hotel and simply relaxing by the 20th-floor pool.”
4. Anantara Doha Island Resort & Spa
Coming to you in April, Anantara is a 32-acre private island resort that is accessed by speedboat. It has 141 rooms that include a series of over-water villas with plunge pools. In case that’s not enough, Anantara also has four other pools for guests — one with a wave simulator, one styled as a lagoon, and two hydro-exercise pools, CNN says. There’s an offshore reef that is being regenerated where guests are welcome to plant their own coral. Take time to enjoy diving or hang out on land at the bowling alley, cinema, restaurants and bars, as well as golf and tennis courts.
5. Trump National Doral Miami
The Trump Hotel Collection announced in 2012 that it was taking over South Florida’s Doral Golf Resort & Spa. That takeover resulted in a $250 million re-visioning project for the 693-room resort (and a new name.) The renovations will debut in fall 2014 but the hotel will remain open during construction. Expect refashioned guest rooms, revamped public spaces, and five expanded golf courses, Forbes says.
6. W Beijing – Chang’An
“In a city where hotels seem to materialize every other day, the W Beijing has a lot of pressure to stand out. For starters, there’s its attention-grabbing location, just steps from the Forbidden City,” CNN writes. Count on 340 rooms that have integrated audio systems, built-in recessed screens, and adjustable lighting. The hotel offers a Wish Workshop where you can sign up for a wide variety of classes, including cooking and yoga. It’s expected to open in June.
7. The Ritz Paris
The Ritz Paris has been open for business since 1898. It closed its doors in 2012, and will now reopen in late 2014. “The hotel is keeping much of the details as classified information, but we do know that there will be an addition to Bar Vendôme in the form of a winter garden with a retractable sliding glass roof; an extension to the ballroom; and a new kitchen for the Ritz Escoffier cooking school,” according to Forbes. Plan on Bar Hemingway being back as soon as the Ritz Paris reopens.
8. Cromlix House
Set in Dunblane, Scotland, this hotel was a late-1800s Victorian mansion on 35 acres. It has 10 rooms and five suites, and each room is named after a famous Scot. Opening in April, you can expect a dining room, two drawing rooms, a conservatory, library, whiskey room, and tennis court, Fodors says. You can also plan on archery, garden games, billiards, and in-room spa treatments.