The best new boutique hotel openings for 2018
2017 has been a quiet year for new hotel openings (as opposed to 2015 and 2016)… but then November happened. This month, at least 6 notable boutique hotels opened in the US, many under the radar and none attached to a big hotel chain. I’m excited to eventually check some of them out in the future and if you get there before me, let me know about your experience!
6 noteworthy boutique hotel openings for 2018!
1. The Hotel at Midtown, Chicago. The Hotel at Midtown is Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago’s first venture into hospitality. The hotel in Bucktown is very boutique (only 55 rooms), with spa and restaurant, and it completed Midtown’s $85 million renovation. We’re going to be seeing many hotels like this as it’s on par with the huge trend of wellness facilities opening hotels (like LA Athletic Club and Equinox debuting hotels in 2019). The biggest perk is that guests have access to the facilities of the athletic club, which includes indoor/outdoor pool, fitness classes, tennis courts and more. So, in other words, you have no excuse getting to the gym. Opened November 10.
2. Amira Resort, St. George, UT. Amira Resort in Southwest Utah is a 46-room, luxury wellness resort with Southwestern vibes and Moroccan design. Guests are immersed in insanely photogenic, red rock landscape and pampered at the massive spa. It’s all about wellness, holistic realignment and detox here, which may or may not be a coincidence: it’s less than a 2-hour drive from Las Vegas. Opened November 1.
3. Cachet Boutique, NYC. Asia-based Cachet’s first venture in NYC, Cachet Boutique, is more about the restaurant (BellBrook with notable chef David Laris), but the hotel itself is looking better than I expected. The stylish, 105-room hotel is way out there in Midtown (we’re talking 10th Avenue) but locals know this is a burgeoning area near Hell’s Kitchen, so the location has a great, authentic feel. In Addition to BellBrook, the hotel also has Eden Local restaurant. Opened November 6.
4. H Hotel, Los Angeles. H Hotel Los Angeles, a Curio Collection by Hilton, is an airport hotel at LAX, but it’s an airport hotel that’s better than most. The 168-room hotel has art installations, a panoramic rooftop deck with runway views, spacious rooms with high ceilings, heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi and a robot butler (!). It looks awesome actually, and travelers should know that the airport isn’t too far from the beach. I'm aware it's part of Hilton, a huge chain, but it's Curio Collection, which is a far departure from the traditional Hilton. Soft opening was October 10.
5. The Hotel Salem, Salem, MA. The popular appeal of Salem, MA, is the witch trials and haunted history, which means there’s a lot of foot traffic at night. The Hotel Salem is now a great opportunity for travelers to stay the night (or two), and it’s also a good reason to head out that way if you have no interest in witches (unlikely! witches are everything). Hotel Salem, opened by Lark Hotels, is inside the former Newmark’s Department Store building, with neat mid-century modern design, 44 rooms with 16-foot ceilings and original windows and public spaces that pay tribute to the building’s history. There’s also two restaurants and a total rooftop scene. Opened November 6.
6. Hotel Theodore, Seattle. Not only do I love the name, Hotel Theodore is destined to be one of Seattle’s best hotels. The 151-room luxury boutique (part of Provenance Hotels) has quickly become a favorite for locals, and it features artwork in collaboration with the Museum of History & Industry, fun amenities like Freeman rain jackets provided in suites and a floor dedicated to local record label, Light in the Attic (who has worked with notable recording artists like Willie Nelson and The Grateful Dead). Opened November 1.