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.
Las Alcobas — Napa Valley, USA
Opening Fall 2016 in Napa Valley, Las Alcobas is the second property for the Las Alcobas brand, which has an award-winning flagship property in Mexico City. Featuring 68 luxurious guest rooms and suites complete with terraces and outdoor fireplaces that overlook the tranquil community of St. Helena, one of the special features of the property is a 3500 square foot spa, wellness center and aromatherapy blending bar. The hotel’s restaurant, Acacia House, will be led by chef Chris Cosentino and business partner Oliver Wharton of San Francisco’s renowned Cockscomb restaurant. 1915 Main St. Saint Helena, CA; lasalcobasnapavalley.com.
Atemporal — Lima, Peru
Located in the trendy Miraflores neighborhood, Atemporal is a revamped and remodeled 1940’s mansion. The nine-bedroom hotelito is run by the same team that owns Hotel B, in Barranco, and Titilaka, a boutique lodge near Lake Titicaca. Attention to detail is at a premium here; Atemporal provides a house car and chauffeur for short excursions, 24/7 menus crafted from locally-sourced natural ingredients, and full connectivity for those staying on-site. Calle Santa María 190. Miraflores, Lima; atemporal.pe.
Atix Hotel — La Paz, Bolivia
La Paz, Bolivia, one of the highest cities in the world, will soon have a new hotel that rises above others when the Atix Hotel opens in September. From its architectural design with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the view of the Andean Valley, to its rooftop infinity pool and bar overseen by award-winning mixologist David Romero, to its high-dining experience with renowned chefs Juan Pablo Reyes, Diego Rodas, and Marco Vera, guests are sure to be impressed. Adding to its authentic luxury is original artwork by Gaston Ugalde, known as “Andean Warhol”, displayed throughout the hotel. Guests in each of the 53 rooms and suites will enjoy complimentary access to the spa. Calle 16 Nº8052, Entre Julio Patiño y Sanchez Bustamante. Calacoto, La Paz; atixhotel.com.
Carlota Hotel — Quito, Ecudaor
Carlota Hotel recently opened this July in Quito’s charming and busy historic district. A luxury boutique property, located in a renovated turn of the century house, Carlota is the first urban-design boutique hotel to launch in the city’s historic district. The property offers 12 individual rooms that each have a unique style. Property highlights include a a roof-top lounge and bistro run by chefs Juan Francisco Hidalgo and Felipe Moscoso. Tourist sites like Plaza Grande, La Mariscal, and the La Ronda district are all within walking distance. N6-26, Sebastian de Benalcazar. Quito, Ecuador; carlota.ec.
Casa del Mar Resort & Spa — Los Cabos, Mexico
Casa del Mar is a secluded and peaceful 19th century hacienda located right beside the ocean. The 50-room property is designed with rustic and patterned styles while incorporating a homey Mexican feel. Guests can participate in activities at the spa or various yoga classes held on the resort. Golf aficionados will feel at home, as the property has an affiliation with three of Los Cabos’ championship golf courses; Cabo Real, Puerto Los Cabos, and Club Campestre San José. Carretera Transpeninsular km 19.5. Col. Cabo Real; casadelmar.com.mx.
Explora Valle Sagrado — Sacred Valley, Peru
Luxe Chilean eco-hotelier explora opened their first location in Peru, outside of Cusco in the Sacred Valley, on July 1. Located outside of Urubamba near Urquillos, the property is set on a remote corn plantation at 9,500 feet above sea level. With 50 rooms boasting large windows that overlook the Andean range, the lodge features earthy wood and stone design elements throughout. Guests can enjoy daily guided excursions which include 27 options on foot, van or bicycle, and with three levels of difficulty. Explora Valle Sagrado, Urubamba Province. Cusco, Peru; www.explora.com.
The Hollander — Chicago, USA
Run by Grupo Habita, The Hollander is located in the historic (circa 1905) five-story brick Hollander Fireproof Warehouse adjacent to its new sister property, The Robey (see below). Designed by French studios Ciguë and Delordinaire, the property features 66 beds, including 12 private ones, a cafe, and personal lockers. Home of the first-ever Social Stay, guests can connect and engage with each other prior to their visit through Instagram. Located right by city’s famed “L” train, The Hollander allows guests to easily explore the city. 2022 W North Avenue. Chicago, IL 60647; thehollander.com.
Hotel El Ganzo — Los Cabos, Mexico
Destroyed by Hurricane Odile just after its original opening in 2014, the newly re-opened and restored El Ganzo brings a funky, modern vibe to Cabo. The sister property to Casa del Mar (above), El Ganzo features 69 rooms that boast one-of-a-kind artwork and custom wooden furnishing. Located at the base of the Puerto Los Cabos Marina, a fisherman’s wharf, El Ganzo offers gorgeous views of the Sea of Cortez. The property stands for promotion of the arts and offers an Artists in Residence program. The program welcomes visual artists and musicians — who can use the basement level recording studio — to the property in exchange for a piece of their artistry left to add to the resort’s collection. Blvd. Tiburón s/n, La Playita 23403 San José del Cabo, Mexico; elganzo.com.
Hotel Emiliano — Rio de Janeiro
Led by the successful team that created Emiliano São Paulo, Emiliano Rio de Janeiro is set to open its doors in late October or early November. Located on Brazil’s beautiful Copacabana Beach, the hotel is designed by the renowned Arthur de Mattos Casas. Evoking Brazilian modernism, the hotel’s facade has a collection of panels that bring light into the rooms. Offering guests 90 rooms, 30 of which are suites, guests at Hotel Emiliano can enjoy contemporary cuisine from chef Chef Damien Montecer. Av. Atlântica, 3804 Copacabana Rio de Janeiro, RJ; emiliano.com.br.
The recently opened Hotel Magnolia brings history and luxury together in the heart of Santiago, Chile. In the early 20th century, Dona Ana Garcia Huidobro Zegers, daughter of Chilean politician Julio Zegers Samaniego, commissioned the construction of a building for the family which later became a center of intellectual and political debate. Over the years the Zegers family sold the space, but recently decided to bring the building back to life, restoring the property into a small city hotel. Huérfanos 539, Santiago, Chile; hotelmagnolia.cl.
W Punta de Mita — Punta de Mita, Mexico
The 119 rooms at the latest W property embody the relaxed vibe evocative of the region’s bohemian surf culture for which it is known. Utilizing ancient fig trees and natural springs within the spa to feed its beautiful reflection pool, Mexican graffiti artist Nacho Bernal has created three locally inspired murals to further enhance the public spaces. Private cabanas, villas and suites, with sweeping ocean views, surround guests in quiet luxury. The premier dining experience is Mesa 1, located on a private island, where seven-course customized tasting menus are prepared with locally sourced Mexican ingredients. Km 8.5 Carretera Punta de Mita, Desarrollo Costa Banderas, Punta de Mita; wpuntademita.com.
The Robey — Chicago, USA
Located between The Loop and Logan Square, the Mexico-born hospitality family, Grupo Habita, makes its Chicago debut this fall with the opening of The Robey. Designed by Belgian duo Nicolas Schuybroek Architects and Marc Merckx Interiors, The Robey features 69 contemporary, sunny rooms that offer views of Chicago’s skyline. Chef Bradley Stellings is set to lead the kitchen at Cafe Robey, dishing up French-American fare. 2018 West North Ave Chicago, IL; therobey.com.
The Alvear Palace Hotel — Buenos Aires, Argentina
Located in the historic Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires, The Alvear Palace Hotel is scheduled to re-open sometime in November. The hotel is currently undergoing renovations to its 10th and 11th floors to convert them into new rooms and reception halls. Led by architect Alejandro Otazu, the project will see 16 new suites, a swimming pool, and outdoor terraces. Avenida Alvear 1891, Buenos Aires; alvearpalace.com.
Belmond Andean Explorer — Peru
South America’s first luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Andean Explorer is set to launch in May 2017. Departing from Cusco, the ancient Inca Empire, the slow trains traverses the highest plains in the Andes, offering breathtaking scenery for those aboard. The train features two dining cars with locally-sourced menus developed by chefs from the Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco. A lounge car with a grand piano, an observation car with a bar and open deck, and luxurious cabins round out the experience. Itineraries include stops at Cusco, Lake Titicaca, and Arequipa. belmond.com.
Cachet Corazon – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The Cachet Hotel Group has confirmed plans to expand to the Americas with its first resort destination property in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Set to open in late 2016, the resort will offer guests stunning views of the Sea of Cortez and pristine beach access. Taking inspiration from the surrounding natural beauty, the property’s designs will be inspired by Mexican folk art, bright colors, and patterns. cachethotelgroup.com.
Opening October 7, Casa Lélyté in Central Bogotá is an intimate contemporary boutique hotel with only 4 rooms and an exquisite restaurant and bar. The restaurant, inspired by French chef Alain Passard and Villanos en Bermudas, plans to showcase organic vegetables from local sources with meat playing a supporting role, a bit unusual as most Colombian restaurants emphasize animal protein. Unique cocktails and a beautiful wine selection will complete the fine dining experience at the hotel.
Hotel del Parque — Guayaquil, Ecuador
A project of the Oro Verde Hotel chain, Hotel del Parque is set to open in December. A restored landmark, the property was once a charitable nursing home with a chapel located on the beautiful grounds of Parque Histórico, surrounded by seven acres of gardens that guests can enjoy at their leisure. hoteldelparque.com.ec.
Hotel Fasano Angra dos Reis — Angra dos Reis, Brazil
Expected to open in April 2017, Hotel Fasano Angra dos Reis will add another luxury property along the green coast between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Offering 54 spacious suites that all have a sea view of Angra dos Reis, guests can enjoy a property marina, 18-hole golf course, shopping mall, restaurants, and entertainment. The hotel project is set to launch in conjunction with a large complex of 145 residential luxury condos. fradevillas.com.br.
SLS Brickell — Miami Brickell District
Downtown Miami’s skyline will grow with the addition of SLS Brickell. Featuring 124 hotel rooms and 450 residential suites, SLS Brickell will offer shopping, a full-service spa, and two pools. Leading the food and beverage teams will be chef and Culinary Director José Andrés, who will be debuting a new concept and menus, alongside James Beard Award-winning chef and Miami favorite Michael Schwartz. 1300 S Miami Ave, Miami; slsbrickell.com.
SLS Park Avenue — New York
SLS Park Ave is set to debut later this fall in Midtown. Longtime sbe collaborator Philippe Starck heads the property’s design team, and while official designs remain in the works, Starck will take inspiration from his “Dream World” design at the luxurious SLS Hotel South Beach. Chef José Andrés also joins this project to head the food and beverage program. 444 Park Ave S, New York; sbe.com.
Tcherassi Hotel + Spa — Cartagena, Colombia
Colombian fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi is set to open her second hotel this fall in Cartagena. The new 42-room property will take on the name Tcherassi Hotel + Spa while Silvia’s current seven-room retreat property will be referred to as the Tcherassi Hotel + Spa mansion to differentiate from the hotel. The new property is a converted 16th-century structure that’s led by designer Richard Mishaan. Tcherassi Hotel + Spa property is set to have two separate restaurants; Tuc Tuc will offer a modern take on street food, drawing inspiration from global food stalls, Matilda will serve fresh, international cuisine on a terrace overlooking the old city of Cartagena. A clothing boutique will feature the best of Silvia’s Resort collection. tcherassihotels.com.