We’ve already given you the shortlist of hot hotel openings in the United States this summer (click here for that hot list). Now it’s time to explore the rest of the world. This international batch of new hotels range from funky hotel-hostel hybrids in Europe, to a glamorous private beach resort in South Asia, to luxury hotels in the Philippines, Paris, and Portugal.
Please note that hotels are notorious for delaying openings. For advance reservations, it’s best to make your booking over the phone so someone can assure you that the hotel will open by your travel dates. Or hold off until you know for sure the hotel is operating.
The newest hotel for Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brand sits atop S Maison, an upscale shopping center on the edge of Manila Bay. The Conrad Manila, whose architecture was inspired by the ships that frequent the bay, has 347 guest rooms, two restaurants, a lobby bar, a chocolate shop, an infinity pool and pool bar, and direct access to the SMX Convention Center.
Rendering of the Conrad Hotel Manila (Credit: Conrad Hotels and Resorts)
Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Set on the beach in Albufeira, a former fishing village in the southern Algarve region of Portugal, Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites is a nice option for travelers who want room to spread out but aren’t keen on renting a home or an apartment. The larger suites come with full kitchens and an 8-person dining table. And if you become member of the free Starwood Preferred Guest program, you’ll be able to skip paying €10–20 for Wi-Fi.
The OD Salamanca has 117 rooms and suites, each with at least a partial ocean view. The vibe here is relaxed thanks to its beachfront setting, yet it’s surrounded by modern architecture and amenities. Guests who book a suite will get their own SmartCar to use during their stay. But most guests may not leave at all: The rooftop pools have views of the bay and Old Town Ibiza.
Hotel Ritz Paris
This iconic luxury Hotel Ritz Paris on Place Vendôme, which dates to 1898, closed its doors back in 2012 to begin an extensive, four-year renovation. Yet its planned March opening date went up in flames, literally, as a fire destroyed some top-level suites and the roof. Nevertheless, the hotel recovered from the accident and has since opened its 141 rooms and suites, an underground swimming pool, the world’s first Chanel spa, and the Hemingway Bar, named after the writer who once said, “When I dream of afterlife in heaven, the action always takes place in the Paris Ritz.”
The Generator hostel-hybrid concept works for both backpackers seeking hipper hostel design and for travelers on a budget who aren’t comfortable sleeping with strangers. Shared rooms start at around €31 while private rooms can go up to €108. Located in Stockholm’s city center adjacent to Norra Bantorget Square, this Generator, like other Generators in London, Berlin, and Paris, also has a happening lobby bar and coffee shop. Generator Rome will also open in Italy this summer near the Roma Termini station.
Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre
The first location for Hilton’s new millennial-friendly Canopy brand opens, promising new “Just Right” rooms with 48-inch TVs, free Wi-Fi, in-room Nespresso machines, and comfortable beds. (Yes, there are indeed canopies over the beds, albeit very minimalist ones.) Downstairs will be a cafe, restaurant, and bar. In the mornings, guests can order “Rise & Dine” breakfast, which comes in a bag, not on a traditional room service tray. Icelandic design touches include color palettes of “ocean and volcanic rock” and artwork and textiles from local artists.
Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre (Credit: (c)2016 Hilton Worldwide)
W’s newest tropical paradise sits on a private beach in the South India paradise of Goa, overlooking the Arabian Sea. This seriously sleek W Goa isn’t too big: 151 guest rooms and suites including 10 exclusive villas. The resort also has a 12,000-sq.ft. AWAY spa, a WET pool and deck, access to the beach (of course), and in typical W fashion, plenty of restaurant and nightlife options.