12 New Hotels to Visit While the Weather’s Cold

Mar 19, 2017

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Spring is just around the corner — and with it, warmer weather. Until then, whether you love the cold or hate the cold, there’s no better time to get away. For cold climate dwellers, a vacation can help break up the interminable grayness, while for residents of warmer areas, like Hawaii, Miami or Los Angeles, it can provide an excuse to romp like a kid in the snow. Fortunately, there are a slew of new, newly renovated and newly brand-affiliated hotels that have recently opened — domestically and internationally — and are ready to accommodate our endless sense of wanderlust. Here are a few of our favorites.

IF YOU LOVE THE COLD

1. Hotel St. Paul, Montreal, Canada

One of Montreal’s best boutique properties, located in the charming and historic city center, chic Hotel St. Paul has recently become a member of SPG’s Design Hotels. Translation: it’ll now honor Starwood status benefits and you can redeem Starpoints for free nights.

Fireplaces: 1
Nearby Slopes: 3
Bars: 1
Loyalty Program: Starwood
Price: From $146 or 12,000 Starpoints per night in March. Book with the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express so you can earn up to 5x Starpoints on eligible Starwood stays.

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Image courtesy of Hotel St. Paul’s Facebook page.

2. Dunton Town House, Telluride, Colorado

Colorado ski trip, anyone? This luxurious five-bedroom bed-and-breakfast is just a two-minute walk from the Telluride gondola. You can rent the rooms separately or, if you’re a small group, have the whole place to yourselves. An on-site manager takes care of all the details, from organizing ski passes to making breakfast each morning.

Fireplaces: 1
Nearby Slopes: 1 on site
Bars: 0. There’s no bar, but staff prepare cocoa for guests upon arrival.
Loyalty Program: N/A
Price: From $400 per night in March. Book with the Citi Prestige card to earn 3x points on your stay and take advantage of its nifty 4th night free perk, or the Chase Sapphire Reserve to earn 3x points on travel purchases — the Chase Sapphire Preferred card lets you earn 2x points on travel as well.

Image courtesy of Dunton Town House.
Image courtesy of Dunton Town House.

3. Westin Buffalo, New York

New York State’s northwestern metropolis is in the midst of the same creative upswing you’ll see in cities like Pittsburgh and Indianapolis. The brand-new Westin is located right in the heart of Buffalo’s downtown and has 116 rooms, a bike share program (bundle up) and several mountains nearby if you’re looking to hit the slopes.

Fireplaces: 2
Nearby Slopes: 3
Bars: 2
Loyalty Program: Starwood
Price: From $185 or 10,000 Starpoints per night in March. Book with the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express so you can earn up to 5x Starpoints on eligible Starwood stays.

Image courtesy of The Westin Buffalo's Facebook page.
Image courtesy of The Westin Buffalo’s Facebook page.

4. The Antlers, Colorado Springs, Colorado

This historic hotel dates back to 1871 — the castle-like property burned down in 1898 and was rebuilt two years later before being torn down and rebuilt again as a much less charming corporate tower in the 1960s. The interior is still in the midst of renovations (it just joined Wyndham’s portfolio in September 2016), but maintains a lot of retro appeal with its miles of polished wood, brass fixtures and ornate carpets. The Pikes Peak backdrop never goes out of style and it’s about the same distance from Breckenridge as Denver.

Fireplaces: 2
Nearby Slopes: 3
Bars: 4
Loyalty Program: Wyndham
Price: From $125 or 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points per night in March. Book with the Wyndham Rewards Visa Card, the Citi Prestige card to earn 3x points on your stay and take advantage of its nifty 4th night free perk, or the Chase Sapphire Reserve to earn 3x points on travel purchases — the Chase Sapphire Preferred card lets you earn 2x points on travel as well.

Image courtesy of The Antlers.
Image courtesy of The Antlers.

5. The Coachman Hotel, South Lake Tahoe, California

This independently owned restoration/renovation of an old motor inn is located on the happening south side of Lake Tahoe. Owner Justin Watzka, a first-time hotelier, outfitted the space with faux-fur throws and tree trunk tables, which gives it a chic-yet-outdoorsy vibe. Rooms also have rubber-floored wet areas perfect for ski equipment storage.

Fireplaces: 1, plus 2 fire pits outside the lobby
Nearby Slopes: 3
Bars: 1
Loyalty Program: N/A
Price: From $129 per night in March. Book with the Citi Prestige card to earn 3x points on your stay and take advantage of its nifty 4th night free perk, or the Chase Sapphire Reserve to earn 3x points on travel purchases — the Chase Sapphire Preferred card lets you earn 2x points on travel as well.

Image courtesy of the Coachman Hotel's Facebook page.
Image courtesy of The Coachman Hotel’s Facebook page.

6. Conrad Chicago, Illinois

This Hilton property opened in November 2016 with Art Deco interiors by designer Pierre-Yves Rochon — who also designed The Savoy London, The Four Seasons Florence and The Peninsula Shanghai — and three Richard Sandoval restaurants. Perfect for colder weather, its Conrad & Chill package includes two on-demand movies a night and Chicago’s famous Garrett’s Popcorn.

Fireplaces: 1
Nearby Slopes: 1. Wilmot, recently purchased by Vail Resorts, is about 1.5 hours away, just over the border in Wisconsin.
Bars: 2
Loyalty Program: Hilton
Price: From $229 or 69,000 Honors points per night in March. Book with the Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express, which lets you earn 12x points on stays at eligible properties within the brand’s portfolio of hotels and resorts.

Image courtesy of the Conrad Chicago.
Image courtesy of the Conrad Chicago.

IF YOU HATE THE COLD

1. Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, Grand Cayman

Located on Grand Cayman’s famous Seven Mile Beach, this is Kimpton’s entree into the international hotel market. The tower-style property contains 266 white-and-magenta rooms, several restaurants and an 8,500-square-foot spa.

Pools: 2
Nearest Beach: 1, on site
Bars: 4
Loyalty Program: Kimpton Karma Rewards
Price: From $399 per night in March. Book with the Citi Prestige card to earn 3x points on your stay and take advantage of its nifty 4th night free perk, or the Chase Sapphire Reserve to earn 3x points on travel purchases — the Chase Sapphire Preferred card lets you earn 2x points on travel as well.

Image courtesy of the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Seafireresort/photos/a.1140518216015716.1073741827.1140482102685994/1261209977279872/?type=1&amp;theater" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.
Image courtesy of the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa’s Facebook page.

2. French Leave Resort, Eleuthera, Bahamas

This Marriott Category 9 property’s Autograph Collection status is new as of December 2016, as are its 12 colonial-styled villas arranged around 260 pink sand-fringed acres. Get your fill of water sports or just spend a few days soaking up the sunshine in this secluded, Bahamian piece of paradise.

Pools: 1
Nearest Beach: 1, on site
Bars: 1 on site
Loyalty Program: Marriott
Price: From $427 or 45,000 Marriott Rewards points per night in March. Book with the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card to earn up to 5x points.

Image courtesy of French Leave Resort's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/157906054366153/photos/a.157955501027875.34697.157906054366153/681916968631723/?type=1&amp;theater" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.
Image courtesy of French Leave Resort’s Facebook page.

3. Hyatt Centric Key West, Florida

This rebrand of the former Hyatt Key West is located a block from Duval Street and Mallory Square. The refreshed property now carries the Hyatt Centric branding — including flexible workspace, a health studio and eco-friendly bath products — and location-specific swag like Hemingway novels and Cuban coffee. All 120 rooms have balconies with Gulf of Mexico views.

Pools: 1
Nearest Beach: 1 on site, 1 down the street, 2 more within biking distance
Bars: 2
Loyalty Program: Hyatt
Price: From $469 or 25,000 World of Hyatt points per night in March. Book with The Hyatt Credit Card to earn 3x points on Hyatt stays.

Image courtesy of Hyatt Centric Key West's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hyattkeywest/photos/a.391711624180020.98194.115116871839498/756042864413559/?type=1&amp;theater" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.
Image courtesy of Hyatt Centric Key West’s Facebook page.

4. The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico

Located just north of Puerto Vallarta in the state of Nayarit, Mexico, The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita isn’t new, but just reopened after a multimillion-dollar renovation that includes a brand-new spa, adults-only pool and presidential suites. Unlike lots of secluded resorts, the food here is fantastic, too.

Pools: 2, plus a lazy river
Nearest Beach: 2 on site
Bars: 6
Loyalty Program: N/A
Price: From $1,670 per night in March. Book with the Citi Prestige card to earn 3x points on your stay and take advantage of its nifty 4th night free perk, or the Chase Sapphire Reserve to earn 3x points on travel purchases — the Chase Sapphire Preferred card lets you earn 2x points on travel as well.

Image courtesy Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/FourSeasonsResortPuntaMita/photos/a.10150725507212018.459336.228285497017/10152588160612018/?type=1&amp;theater" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.
Image courtesy Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita’s Facebook page.

5. JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Florida

A re-branding of an existing Marriott on a private three-mile stretch of sand, the huge, new JW opened in January after a full renovation with bright rooms featuring light wood, Gulf of Mexico views, pops of seafood and lime, as well as 10 restaurants and four sparkling pools.

Pools: 4
Nearest Beach: 1 on site
Bars: 10
Loyalty Program: Marriott
Price: From $533 or 45,000 Marriott Rewards points per night in March. Book with the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card to earn up to 5x points.

Image courtesy of the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/JWMarriottMarcoIsland/photos/a.234337935273.290615.213103135273/10158100898595274/?type=3&amp;theater" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.
Image courtesy of the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort’s Facebook page.

6. Andaz Mayakoba, Mexico

This is Hyatt’s latest offering in the Riviera Maya’s lush Mayakoba complex, a stunner of a setting featuring a network of lagoons, jungles and beaches you can explore with complimentary bikes. Suites also come with their own private plunge pools.

Pools: 3
Nearest Beach: 1 on site
Bars: 4
Loyalty Program: Hyatt
Price: From $500 or 20,000 World of Hyatt points per night in March. Book with The Hyatt Credit Card to earn 3x points on Hyatt stays.

Image courtesy of the Andaz Mayakoba's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/AndazMayakoba/photos/a.1128862923857559.1073741826.1113144128762772/1128862803857571/?type=1&amp;theater" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.
Image courtesy of the Andaz Mayakoba’s Facebook page.

Featured images courtesy of The Coachman Hotel (left) and The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita (right).

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