Hotel Openings: Fall 2018 : New Worlder

The Aliz Hotel Times Square will make its debut this fall with 287-rooms and a two-story rooftop bar and lounge, perched on the 40th and 41st floors, that will be home to the tallest open air bar in Manhattan. With panoramic views of the Empire State Building, Freedom Tower, Statue of Liberty, and the Hudson River, this flagship boutique will offer rooms with luxury bedding, including hand-made soaps and amenities curated by lifestyle brand Beekman1802. High-tech audio and visual room systems, as well as a fitness center, business center, pet-friendly accommodations and 24-hour concierge services round out the amenities.

S Hotel Jamaica – Montego Bay, Jamaica

The new S Hotel Jamaica, overlooking the island’s famed Doctor’s Cave beach, is a Caribbean paradise with 120 rooms that combine upscale charm with a subtle rootsy-Jamaican vibe. Artisanal Jamaican cuisine and rum will be the focal point of the hotel’s restaurant, offering aged Jamaican rums, craft cocktails, and Jamaican tapas menu prepared with fresh, locally grown ingredients. Other amenities include a luxury spa, swimming pool with bar, a cozy rooftop and meeting and event spaces.

Baker’s Cay Resort — Key Largo, Florida 

One of the few true beachfront resorts in the Florida Keys, this redesigned resort, formerly Hilton Key Largo, will feature nautical-theme suites with bay vistas, a new beachside tequila bar, and two swimming pools. Guests can also enjoy outdoor activities like a nature trail on the resort and an array of onsite water sports. 

The Hoxton – Brooklyn, New York

With hotels in Paris, Amsterdam, and London, The Hoxton Williamsburg is the brand’s entry in the American market, with hotels in Los Angeles (see below) and Portland to follow. This spot is located on bustling Wythe Avenue, just down the block from the new Williamsburg Hotel and beloved music venue Brooklyn Bowl. The 175 rooms come in two sizes, cozy and roomy, and amenities include floor-to-ceiling windows, king-size beds, a daily breakfast bag, and free Wi-Fi. Three restaurants from locals Jud Mongell of Five Leaves and Zeb Stewart of Union Pool include the ground floor all-day Klein’s, rooftop bar Summerly, and second floor terrace bar Backyard, while the ground floor lobby is open to the public.

The Hoxton – Los Angeles, California

The Hoxton Downtown LA, which open later this season, is located in a neighborhood that has seen a major revival over the last few years, with some of the city’s best restaurants, shops and bars opening nearby. Set in the 10-story Los Angeles Railway building, built in 1920, The Hoxton will offer 174 rooms designed by Ennismore Design Studio, a ground floor restaurant and basement bar operated by a yet-named local chef, along with a rooftop pool with restaurant and amazing views over Broadway, the historic theater and cinema district and one of the oldest streets in the city.

Live Aqua Urban Resort – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, San Miguel de Allende welcomes Live Aqua, a 153-room property that marks it as the largest hotel in the city. Offering guests a variety of food and drink options, Chef Eduardo Palazuelos’ Zibu will feature an upscale and modern take on Mexican cuisine, while Spice Market will offer guests a pan-Asian culinary experience. Rounding out the food options are a bakery, snack bar and a mezcal bar. Amenities include a pool and Jacuzzi, as well fully-equipped gym and full service salon.

Angad Arts Hotel – St. Louis, Missouri

Opening in St. Louis’ Grand Center Arts District this November, the Angad Arts Hotel  embraces visual arts, performance, fashion, literature, and gastronomy. Built in 1927 as the Missouri Theater, the original home of (what would later become) the Radio City Rockettes, this is the first hotel where guests can book rooms based on color and emotion (yellow= happiness, red = passion, blue = tranquility). With rooms and spaces focused on art, staff outfitted by St. Louis designer Reuben Reuel, and David Burke at the helm the F&B offerings with his restaurant Grand Tavern, this new accommodation looks to make a splash on the city. 

Park James Hotel – Menlo Park, California

Situated in California’s Silicon Valley, this 61-room luxury boutique hotel has a contemporary yet comforting design built on rich textures. With business travelers and long-term guests in mind, Park James Hotel enhances guest connectivity with digital check-ins and in-room tablet controls, digital pads, plus social and work spaces. Every room features high-end furnishings and fabrics including Frette sheets, Momo toiletries, in-room pour over coffee and a personalized mini bar. Farm-to-table restaurant Oak + Violet will provide an Experience Dining Bar, where guest will be able to try the chef’s daily off-the-menu specials.

The Bristol Hotel – Bristol, Virginia 

This October, Virginia’s historic 1925 architectural landmark, The Bristol Hotel, will open its doors again after an extensive renovation. The reimagined 65-room property is adjacent to Smithsonian-accredited Birthplace of Country Music Museum and will showcase design elements reminiscent of the 1920’s including exposed brick with original pressed lettering, the former hand-crank elevator displayed in the lobby and Roman-arched entryways. Featuring the first rooftop bar in the city with sweeping views of the Appalachian Mountains, street-side restaurant Vivian’s Table will offer local Southern delicacies.


The 1,121-foot, under-construction Comcast Technology Center—soon to be the tallest building in Philadelphia—will feature a Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia in its upper floors when the new $1.5 billion tower is complete with 217-rooms, spa, fitness facilities and event and meeting space. To top it off, the 60-story luxury hotel will also house a breathtaking restaurant on the highest floor, offering unparalleled 360-degree views of the city.

Scheduled to reopen in mid-November, Belmond Cap Juluca will welcome guests after a top-to-bottom makeover in Anguilla. The reimagined property will include a sea-view infinity edge pool, a ‘disappearing’ spa, and a rustic-style beach bar named The Cap Shack. Additionally, Andrew Gaskin has been named new Executive Chef, offering light Caribbean cuisine alongside more indulgent and experimental dining concepts. Belmond’s all day dining restaurant, CIP by Cipriani will bring dishes inspired by international flavors. All 13 newly appointed guest rooms and suites posses their own private verandas or balconies.

Following 10 months of closure due to Hurricane Maria, Tres Sirenas is ready to re-welcome guests to its property in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Boasting five exclusive bohemian-style accommodations with unhindered views of the ocean and private verandas, each is fully equipped with Wi-Fi, Flatscreen TV, mini fridge and microwave. A redesigned yoga deck and Jivamukti yoga classes for guests round out the offerings.

Belmond La Samanna in St. Martin celebrates their reopening slated for early December. The property overlooks Baie Longue’s mile-long white sands and offers 83 renovated guest rooms, the modernize Beach Bar, in addition to the reopening of Trellis restaurant and private wine cellar, La Cave.

Jamaica’s GoldenEye will unveil the new FieldSpa in December with two new spa huts, a new hammam and yoga deck, a menu of elixirs, juices, and healthy bites, and a new therapy menu. This expansion will provide direct access to the new spa cove, a crescent of sand nestled along the property’s signature lagoon.

With Nayara Springs’ Spanish Immersion Package, guests at the intimate Costa Rican property can hone their Spanish language skills while relaxing in the rain forest. The staff will be alerted to speak only in Spanish and guests will get to practice through conversation and Spanish lessons. Another package for coffee lovers offers guests the opportunity to pick their own beans at a local coffee farm, learn to roast them at the resort’s new espresso bar, Mi Cafecito, and create their own custom blend – which will then be served to them each morning with breakfast.

At UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa, guests can learn the national sport of Brazil, capoeira, with either private lessons on-property or at public classes alongside the Trancoso natives at the local academy, the Capoeira Sul Da Bahia. Completely sponsored by UXUA, local students have been able to study there for free since 2008.

At the recently renovated Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, guests can enroll in a variety of cooking classes through the on-property Sazon Cooking School. Highlights include a market tour to spot the freshest seasonal produce, a regional Mexican cuisine class, and a healthy cooking class highlighting the nutritional and medicinal aspects of each dish.

The newly renovated Zen Spa at Hyatt Zilara Cancun boasts a 22,800-square foot full service spa with 11 treatment rooms, four couples suites with jacuzzis, a beauty salon and a robust hydrotherapy circuit. The luxury spa offers an array of treatments inspired by Mayan traditions such as aromatic oil candles massages and Chicxulub clay and banana leaf body treatments. Additionally, guests can attend personalized workshops to make balms and moisturizers from organic ingredients.

The reimagined Zen Spa at Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall now offers guests romantic, open-air cottages for couples massages by the sea and scrubs made from natural Jamaican ingredients, as well as a co-ed whirlpool large enough to accommodate many guests, a steam room, a sauna, and a round-the-clock gymnasium.

Puerto Rico’s Dorado Beach is expected to re-open in October 2018. Over 750,000 shrubs and plantings have been ordered to replace those damaged by the hurricanes.

Header image courtesy of Four Seasons São Paulo at Nações Unidas.