Hotel Openings: Spring 2017 : New Worlder

Our Hotel Openings series is a quarterly round-up of new and noteworthy debuts that are on our radar in the Americas, as well as some properties that we’ll be keeping our eye on in the coming months.

Hotel San Cristóbal — Todos Santos, Mexico

The latest project (and first in Mexico!) from Texas hotelier Liz Lambert and the team at Bunkhouse, Hotel San Cristóbal is just a short hour-long drive from Los Cabos and rests on the edge of idyllic Todos Santos — a surf town where sea meets mountains meets desert. The beachfront property is named after Saint Christopher, the patron saint of travelers, surfers and sailors during long journeys and boasts 32 rooms that embrace the region’s natural surroundings. Guests can relax in the property’s library or shop in the small retail store. When hungry, duck into Benno for a Mexican-Mediterranean bite, overseen by Mexican chef Edgar Palau. The hotel is adjacent to where local fisherman haul in the daily catch, so fish is the absolute freshest it can be and changes daily. After dinner, situate on the seaside mirador, or lookout point, which fronts a stop on the Gray and Humpback whale migration route, and watch some whales pass through, a true Baja pastime.

The Plymouth Hotel — Miami, Florida, USA

Opened this past January in Miami Beach, the Plymouth Hotel is located in the Collins Park Cultural District across from the Bass Museum. Originally constructed in 1940, the building has a unique history, as during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the hotel was converted into army barracks, then abandoned. Enter Think Hotel Group. Evoking its old Miami glamour, but adding modern touches, the hotel’s pool retains its antique cabanas while chefs Bruce and Eric Bromberg have overhauled the kitchen with Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, which includes both an indoor dining room and canopy-covered poolside dining.

Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas — Las Catalinas, Costa Rica 

An adults-only property, this new boutique resort contains 21 villas complete with private saltwater plunge pools and full views of the Pacific Ocean, as well as a zero-edge plunge pool for all guests to lounge or take in the sunset. The open-air Sentido Norte Restaurant & Lounge has a seasonal menu constructed from local ingredients, and the hotel, which incorporates sustainability at various levels, uses LED lights, paperless check-in, 100% biodegradable laundry products, a drip irrigation system , and an aggressive recycling program.

Hotel Indigo — Los Angeles, USA

The Hotel Indigo Los Angeles recently opened as the new global flagship site of the Hotel Indigo Brand, part of the InterContinental Hotels Group. Within walking distance to the L.A. Live complex, the property features 350 rooms across 18 floors, and is part of a series of developing projects that are helping to convert the city center into a walkable destination. Dining and drinking options include the lobby-level Metropole Bar+Kitchen, which takes decorative inspiration from tunnels beneath downtown Los Angeles, and 18 Social, a cocktail lounge on the top-floor that evokes a prohibition speakeasy vibe and has sweeping views of the city skyline.

The Pendry Hotel — San Diego, USA

Set in San Diego’s vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, the new Pendry Hotel is just a few blocks from the home of the San Diego Padres, Petco Park, and the San Diego Convention Center. With over 300 rooms throughout 12 floors, the property also has a signature restaurant, Lionfish, which is primarily focused on serving local and fresh seafood from the region. Other highlight amenities include a rooftop pool and lounge area, a beer hall serving up both local and international brews with vintage bar games, and a 24-hour fitness facility.

Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club — Surfside, Florida, USA

As a property frequented by the likes of Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, and Tennessee Williams, the revival of the Surf Club by Four Seasons pays homage to the old-school glamour of Miami. Only minutes north of Miami Beach and Bal Harbor, there are 77 guest rooms, three pools, a spa and wellness center, and easy ocean access where stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, catamaran sailing and snorkeling are offered. The property’s restaurant and champagne bar, La Sirenuse, is the first American branch of the Positano-based eatery and hotel and brings a taste of Italy’s Southern coast to Florida.

Hotel Los Amantes — Oaxaca, Mexico 

The cultural and gastronomic city of Oaxaca gains Los Amantes, a new boutique hotel from the same team at artisanal mezcal brand Los Amantes. The property gives visitors the chance to connect with the local culture of the city and its surroundings, while simultaneously embracing modern Mexico. Mezcal is an integral part of the guest experience at Los Amantes, and includes luxury mixology prepared in the room to private tastings. Each room also contains custom bar carts with an exclusive selection of mezcals and authentic artwork from renowned Oaxacan artists available for purchase.

Acre Baja — San José del Cabo, Mexico

With over 25 acres of land, the team at Acre in Los Cabos is slowly morphing into a full eco-resort after success with its eponymous restaurant, an open-air restaurant complete with locally-inspired, organic dishes. First on the list? The opening of a set of 12 treehouse resting comfortably in the relaxing palm forest of the property. Using materials like palo de arco trees and earthen tableware, Acre Baja incorporates local products from the Baja area of Mexican mainland into the property’s design. A bustling pool and relaxation area rounds out the property’s current amenities.

News & Updates:

The Austin Motel has been around since 1938, but the property was recently remodeled under the Bunkhouse Group and Liz Lambert — the same team that launched Hotel San Cristobal (above) and many other successful properties across Texas. All 41 rooms were refurbished, though the motel still has its unique signs and kidney-shaped pool, which now features a bar. The remodeled space debuted during SXSW with the booking app One Night. Next on the agenda, the hotel will host public performances and events at the pool to feature prominent figures in Austin’s creative community.

The Belmond Andean Explorer, South America’s first luxury sleeper train, recently appointed Diego Muñoz as the team’s Executive Chef. Muñoz comes with years of experience working in Astrid y Gastón in Lima and, most recently, touring the world while acting as an ambassador for Peruvian cuisine. The Belmond is scheduled to take its first inaugural trip at the start of May with a two-night itinerary from Cusco to Arequipa via Lake Titicaca. The train takes passengers across the ancient Inca Empire and the highest plains of the Andes for breathtaking views aboard.

While not open yet, the Fairmount Hotel in Austin, Texas is slated to welcome guests by the beginning of August. Located in the business district of the city, the hotel has a direct connection to the Austin Convention Center. Spanning over 30 floors of guest rooms and suites, the property is set to be the second tallest building in the state’s capital. Guests can enjoy convenient access to Palm Park, an important green space in the city.

Zadún is slated to open doors in early 2018 in Los Cabos, Mexico as the second Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel in the Caribbean and Mexico region. The property will offer 115 suites and villas, many with private pools, in addition to a collection of Ritz-Carlton Reserve Residences. The hotel’s location also will allow guests prime access to the Sea of Cortez.

Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) recently announced to additions to its roster in California and Utah. Set in Sausalito, California, the Madrona Hotel & Spa overlooks the San Francisco Bay and offers over sixty rooms that take design inspiration from the surrounding nature. On-site activities include spa treatments, private painting lessons in downtown Sausalito, sailing lessons, and wine tastings. The Stein Eriksen Residences marks Utah’s first entrance on the SLH list. Located just off the Last Chance ski run at Deer Valley Resort, the property offers 14 residences with sweeping mountain views and convenient ski in and ski out access from a private trail.

After an extensive four-month renovation, the Talbott Hotel in Chicago will officially re-open in May adding brand-new guest rooms and suites as well as a new fitness center. The remodel comes from Kara Mann, a celebrated Chicago-based interior design icon.

The Viceroy Riviera Maya recently announced the appointment of Carlos Zamora Larios to Executive Chef, leading the teams across all of the resort’s restaurants, bars and catering. Chef Zamora comes to the resort with over 15 years of experience at leading hotels and restaurants in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Veracruz and, most recently, in San Miguel de Allende at Hotel Matilda where he was Chef de Cuisine of Moxi, the acclaimed restaurant operated by Mexican superstar chef Enrique Olvera.