By Ruth Doherty
Planning a luxury escape to America this year? From ultra-luxurious new spa hotels in New York City to glamping retreats on the doorstep of America’s finest national parks, 2020 will see a huge number of new hotel openings in the US.
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Whether you're looking to relax with a chilled-out design-led experience from a hip Icelandic hotel brand, learn the art of winemaking in the sunshine of California, or be on the doorstep of Dallas’ coolest music venues, Visit the USA has revealed some of the most exciting places to stay in 2020.
Aman New York City, New York
Due to be unveiled in 2020 is the new Aman New York, which will be located in the historic Crown Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in Manhattan. It will be home to 83 rooms and suites, plus 22 private Aman Residences on the upper floors, the first urban residences from the group.
The hotel will also feature a signature Aman Spa, a 2,300 square metre spa that will occupy three storeys and feature a 20-metre indoor swimming pool, fire pits and daybeds. Finally, a subterranean Jazz Bar, Italian and Japanese restaurants and wraparound garden terrace overlooking Central Park will add to the luxurious offerings. Aman.com
Mauna Lani, Hawaii
Mauna Lani is an Auberge Collection property opening its doors in January 2020. Located on the Kona Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, it’s a luxurious resort set in tropical gardens with an unrivalled beachfront location. Contemporary guest rooms will have understated decor with natural fabrics and textures that embody Hawaii. The five restaurants and bars range from the laid-back surf shack to breezy cocktail terraces, while there’s also three pools, a signature spa and a wealth of experiences on offer, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the island’s culture. aubergeresorts.com
Kimpton Pittman, Deep Ellum, Dallas Texas
Mid 2020 will see the opening of the Kimpton Pittman in the eclectic Deep Ellum district of Dallas, one of the Texan city’s coolest and most historically significant neighbourhoods. The hotel will occupy the building of the historic Knights of Pythias Temple, a building that was designed in 1916 by architect William Sidney Pittman.
There’ll be 164 guest rooms, restaurants, bars, lounges, a fitness area and a pool. The design will retain the original Beaux Arts structure of the fourth-floor ballroom where celebrated blues musicians including “Blind Lemon” Jefferson, Robert Johnson and “Lead Belly” Ledbetter once performed. Ihg.com
River house at Odette’s, New Hope, Pennsylvania
Spring 2020 will see the opening of River house at Odette’s, the first luxury lifestyle hotel to open in New Hope, a small town in eastern Pennsylvania, approximately halfway between Philadelphia and New York.
The hotel’s rustic yet contemporary vibe is set to pay homage to its predecessor, Chez Odette’s, one of the most iconic French restaurants and cabarets of the 1970s; while a piano bar, Art Deco-inspired rooftop bar and lounge and restaurant will add to the fun.
The 36 guestrooms and suites will exude vintage glamour with warm vibrant colours, statement floral wallpaper and locally sourced art. Riverhousenewhope.com
Four Seasons Napa Valley, California
In late 2020, Four Seasons will open its doors in one of the world’s most exclusive wine regions. The grape-to-glass, farmhouse chic retreat will be located just outside the town of Calistoga, the laidback sister of Napa. An onsite fully operational and organically hand-farmed 5.6 acre vineyard and winery will be operated by award-winning winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, with a limited collection of Cabernet Sauvignon produced on site.
Guests staying in one of the 85 comfortable yet elegant rooms will have the chance to get involved in the winemaking process, along with guided tours and tastings in the vineyard. Fourseasons.com
Under Canvas, Tuolumne County, California
Under Canvas –a company specialising in luxurious safari-style accommodation in America’s national parks – is set to open the Yosemite area’s first glamping accommodation in 2020.
Located just a 2.5 hour drive east of the San Francisco Bay area and just 20 minutes from the entrance of Yosemite National Park, the glampground is located on an 85-acre area of sequoia trees and meadows, and will feature 90 safari-style tents and tented lounge areas.
It’ll be the perfect adventurous basecamp for those keen to explore the must-see sights of Glacier Point, Half Dome, and El Capitan. Undercanvas.com
Hotel Indigo, Coachella, California
In early 2020, Hotel Indigo will be the first ever hotel to open in the city of Coachella, the home of the eponymous festival. The 244-room hotel, which is part of the Intercontinental Hotel Group, will take its inspiration from the desert and surrounding farmland, with casita-style guestrooms, white-washed walls, neutral throws, rattan rugs and plenty of plants.
The huge 10,000-square foot pool will feature a catwalk and its own DJ stage. The hotel’s Playground will host private music performances, art exhibitions, and other events, while a spa, health club and yoga studio will add to the relaxed vibe. Ihg.com
Kex Portland, Oregon
Opening in early 2020 is Kex Portland, a new hotel from the group behind the stylish Kex hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland. The ‘social hotel’, located in a historic building in the city’s vibrant Industrial Eastside neighbourhood, will accommodate 156 guests in a mixture of private and shared rooms suitable for families, friends and couples, along with business and solo travellers.
The ground floor restaurant and rooftop bar will be led by Ólafur Ágústsson, food and beverage director of both the original Kex location and Dill, Iceland’s only Michelin-starred restaurant. A live-music space, guest kitchen, laundry and sauna will also feature. The original Kex has made a name for itself as one of the world’s coolest hotels, and is loved for its sociable atmosphere and menu of comfort dishes. Kexportland.com
Virgin Hotels Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville will be one of three new US openings from Virgin Hotels next year – with Las Vegas and New York also planned for 2020. Virgin Hotels Nashville is one of the most exciting new openings in ‘Music City’ in 2020. The hotel will feature 240 rooms, multiple concept suites, fun food and beverage outlets and the brand’s signature ‘Commons Club’ – a membership-space experience for locals and travellers alike. Virginhotels.com
The Lake House on Canandaigua, Finger Lakes, New York
August 2020 sees an exciting luxury opening for the Finger Lakes region of New York State – the Lake House on Canandaigua. The family-run property will be home to 125 rooms, a world-class spa, a boat dock for you to explore the lake and to connect you with nearby bars, restaurants and activities. The property is set to make a relaxing retreat for travellers exploring Rochester, Syracuse or on their way to see Niagara Falls. Lakehousecanandaigua.com
Pendry West Hollywood, California
Set to open in April 2020, the Pendry West Hollywood is one of a number of luxury hotels opening in the Los Angeles neighbourhood. Located at the intersection of the iconic Sunset Boulevard and Olive Drive, the slick and stylish 159-room hotel will feature a private membership club, rooftop pool and bar, a live entertainment venue, screening room, bowling alley, curated art collection and Spa Pendry.
It’s set to be a popular destination for food lovers, with world-renowned LA chef, Wolfgang Puck, opening multiple food and beverage outlets in the hotel. All of this will be just minutes from where Puck first opened his flagship restaurant, Spago, in 1982. Options will range from a casual breakfast spot to a sophisticated rooftop restaurant where you can try the chef’s innovative culinary creations.
Six Senses New York City, New York
In early 2020 Six Senses New York will become the eco-conscious chain's first North American property. It will be located in The XI – two twisting towers designed by world-renowned Danish architect Bjarke Ingels - which are set between the Hudson River and the High Line.
The luxurious hotel will feature contemporary-style guestrooms and suites, two restaurants showcasing locally-sourced produce and highlighting the brand’s commitment to wellness and, of course, the Six Senses Spa. Sixsenses.com
Nobu, Chicago, Illinois
Early 2020 will see the opening of one of the most stylish new properties in the US – Nobu Chicago. Located in the Windy City’s West Loop neighbourhood, its 115 rooms and suites are set to blend traditional Japanese influences and ultra-modern design with several public spaces lined with custom art pieces by Dutch artist Noor van Spaendonck.
The hotel will also feature a huge signature Nobu restaurant, a relaxed sushi bar and an indoor and outdoor rooftop bar. Slick and modern bedrooms will feature Japanese aesthetics while the lantern-lit indoor tranquility pool will be a welcome respite after a day in the city. Chicago.nobuhotels.com
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