10 incredible hotels opening this summer, from a points resort in the Maldives to the very first Hyatt Caption
Travel is back — with sky-high prices — as we trudge through this wild, sold-out summer. On the upside, though, long-awaited hotels near and far are finally opening their doors. Some hotels that have been years behind schedule are gearing up to tuck guests into plush beds along with others that have miraculously managed to stay on track.
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Whether you're trying to figure out where to go this summer to beat the heat, or looking ahead to make plans that will hopefully yield more affordable prices (fingers crossed), we've pulled together a list of the hotels opening up in the next few months that we're most excited about.
From the launch of an entirely new brand from Hyatt in Memphis and two mega hotel openings in New York City to a chic Scandinavian property in Oslo, Norway, and an ultra-luxe resort in Cancun, Mexico, here's where to go this summer to catch a whiff of that fabulous, brand-new hotel smell.
Aman New York
The strange fate of being a hotel reporter is that hotels, ironically, keep my brain twisting and turning all night. But of all the incredible properties set to open, none have a hold on me quite like what's sure to be one of the most incredible hotels in New York City: the Aman New York. After years of pushing back its opening date, the hotel is set to open reservations on July 25, as we previously reported, with stays beginning Aug. 2 — and you know we'll be there ASAP.
Set in the historic Crown Building, a spot on Fifth Avenue dating back to 1921 that was designed by one of the architecture firms linked to Grand Central Terminal, the Aman New York will have 83 suites and 22 private residences. Designed to bring a taste of the brand's Southeast Asia resorts to action-packed midtown Manhattan, the property will have suites with working fireplaces, marble showers and free-standing soaking tubs, plus Japanese murals printed on rice paper.
Amenities you can expect to find at this wellness-focused urban resort include a 25,000-square-foot spa, a 65-foot indoor swimming pool surrounded by fire pits and private outdoor terraces with hot and cold plunge pools. If that's not enough, there will also be restaurants serving Italian and Japanese fare, as well as a jazz club with live music.
Long story short: We're counting down the days until Aman New York finally opens. Know that this reporter won't get some shut-eye until he's resting his head on what he imagines will be the fluffiest pillows in all the boroughs.
How to book: Unfortunately, rates for the Aman New York are not currently available, but we know it'll cost a pretty penny to stay here. We expect rooms will be at least $1,000 a night. However, there's a solid chance the property will eventually be listed on American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts. If that's the case, folks with The Platinum Card® from American Express should be able to use the hotel program to get perks like daily breakfast for two, an on-property credit of some sort, late checkout at 4 p.m., check-in at noon (when available) and potential room upgrades.
The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad
When New York City's newest Ritz-Carlton opens its doors in August, Marriott Bonvoy members are going to have a sweet new place to earn and redeem points in one of the most transformative neighborhoods in the city.
Situated between Madison Square Park and the Empire State Building (and right by Swingers Crazy Golf, the new Instagram-famous mini-golf course), the 250-room hotel is set to have RC classics like goose-down duvets and feather beds, alongside a rooftop bar with breathtaking views of Lower Manhattan.
Additionally, you'll find culinary programs from celebrated chef José Andrés, as well as a 6,800-square-foot spa.
How to book: The Marriott Bonvoy website currently shows availability for this highly anticipated hotel starting Aug. 1. Cash rates for a low-floor, king guest room in August are currently between $877 and $975 per night, while suites start around $2,300 per night. Award nights require at least 96,000 points per night at the moment, though most nights are showing rates around 100,000 points.
Related: New hotels in New York City give travelers more options, from Manhattan high-rises to boutique stays in Brooklyn
Caption by Hyatt Beale Street Memphis
New hotel brands, portfolios and collections are popping up left and right these days, but one we're keeping a close eye on is Caption by Hyatt, a brand that seems similar to more affordable options like Moxy and CitizenM. However, Hyatt claims Caption will be different by placing an emphasis on integrating the local culture, building functional and inviting public spaces, and being tech-forward and convenient.
At the first location in Memphis, which opened at the end of June, guests will find 136 rooms and suites, most of which are compact but manageable at 285 square feet. Historical architectural elements dating back to 1879 have been incorporated into the design, while celebrated local brands like Bluff City Fungi, Grit Girls Grits, Home Place Pastures, Joyce Chicken and Grind City Brewing all add a touch of local flavor to the hotel's food and beverage offerings.
The hotel will serve as a great spot to recover from a busy day in the Tennessee summer heat, though its location near Beale Street and the South Main Arts District makes it an equally appealing option for a night (or two) out on the town, should you want to immerse yourself in Memphis's music scene.
How to book: At this affordable hotel, cash rates are available for as low as $136 per night. Award nights for World of Hyatt members are usually 12,000 points per night, though off-peak rates can be found for 9,000 points a night; there are also some peak rates for 15,000 points per night. With the World of Hyatt Credit Card, you can easily score a few nights at the first Caption property by earning 30,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months of opening your account. You'll also earn 2 bonus points per dollar spent on your first $15,000 in purchases (that normally only earn 1 point per dollar made with the card) in the first six months of having it before your earning rate goes back to 1 point per dollar spent, netting you up to 30,000 more bonus points.
Nashville never takes a break — seriously. Between live music, mouthwatering barbecue and raucous bachelorette parties, there's no shortage of fun. Now, the city is adding another noteworthy hotel to its constantly expanding selection of properties: the Conrad Nashville.
Set back from the booze and bustle of lower Broadway, the now-open Conrad Nashville is serving a quieter form of luxury in its 234 guest rooms and suites. Accommodations feature floor-to-ceiling windows that let in plenty of light while showcasing views of the city, plus an airy design that will instantly put you at ease.
Home to eating and drinking establishments like Blue Aster, The Lounge at Blue Aster and Thistle & Rye, the hotel offers numerous ways to satiate your appetite and quench your thirst. There's also a large rooftop pool deck, which is the perfect place to stop for a dip and take in views of Middle Tennessee's rolling hills on a hot summer day.
How to book: Part of Hilton Honors, Conrad Nashville is bookable starting at $285 per night for a room with a king-size bed. Award nights will set you back a minimum of 80,000 points per night at the moment.
Park Hyatt Chicago
After more than 40 years of welcoming guests, the Park Hyatt Chicago has finally gotten the renovation it deserves — to the tune of about $60 million. With the refurbishment officially complete, the very first Park Hyatt is now accepting guests as of July 1.
Some of the new features you'll find here include 146 reimagined guest rooms that have a neutral color palette with hints of green and 36 brand-new suites, a few of which offer jaw-dropping views of Lake Michigan or Chicago's historic water tower. There's also a new art program and "thoughtful enhancements" to the lobby and on-site library.
For dining, there's NoMI Kitchen, where you'll have your pick of American dishes with a French flair. The eatery also has a lounge and a rooftop terrace, the latter of which remains the place for locals and visitors alike to relax with a cocktail on a warm, sunny day.
How to book: A World of Hyatt Category 6 hotel, the Park Hyatt Chicago currently shows award nights for between 21,000 and 29,000 points per night, depending on whether you choose peak or off-peak dates. Meanwhile, cash rates for July start at around $600 a night.
Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa
Ah, the Maldives. We've all dreamed of visiting, but now Hilton Honors members have one more reason to go: the new Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa located on the North Malé Atoll.
Here, guests can indulge at six restaurants and bars, including Eden Champagne & Gin Bar (which sounds like my kind of place) and the waterfront seafood restaurant Origin, when they're not enjoying a moment of Zen at the Amingiri Spa.
As far as accommodations go, there are 109 to choose from, such as overwater bungalows (some with pools) and one- and two-bedroom villas with private pools and beach access. Every option is spacious, too, offering at least 1,485 square feet.
While there are plenty of incredible resorts in the Maldives, including the iconic Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, which Hilton recently gave a head-to-toe makeover, this one looks like it just might check all the boxes for us without quite the sky-high prices of its competitors.
How to book: Cash rates for a one-bedroom, overwater villa with a pool are as low as $793 per night, while award nights in the same overwater bungalow start at 110,000 points per night.
Related: The best ways to get to the Maldives on points and miles
Sommerro — Oslo, Norway
TPG named Norway one of the best destinations to visit in 2022 for good reason. With new flight routes to the Nordic country and an impressive list of exciting hotels in the pipeline, now is the time to plan a trip to Norway.
One hotel opening in the country's capital that we have our eye on is Sommerro, a 231-room property that's expected to open in September 2022. The hotel sits within a reborn art deco building that was previously home to the city's electric company. The transformation is the largest preservation project Norway has ever taken on.
Inside the hotel, guests will find four restaurants and three bars, plus art from Norwegian artists like Per Krohg and both subtle and obvious odes to the local community and its history. However, the real star here is what's on top of the building: Oslo's very first year-round, (heated) rooftop pool, where you can enjoy a winter dip or lounge with a cocktail by the water once summertime rolls around.
How to book: Cash rates at Sommerro start at $188 per night if booked as a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts' loyalty program, I Prefer Rewards.
The Ned NoMad — New York City
Remember earlier when I said NoMad is one of the most transformative neighborhoods in New York City? One of the reasons why is The Ned NoMad, a membership club and hotel from the folks behind Soho House that opened in late June with a celebrity-filled party that we were lucky enough to attend.
On the hotel side of The Ned, nonmembers can check into one of the club's 167 "bedrooms," which are all designed to transport you back to the gold-and-glam era of the roaring 1920s — only a hundred years later. Expect classic touches like club chairs and mahogany desks, plus modern amenities such as walk-in rainforest showers and flat-screen TVs.
Regardless of membership status, all guests have access to two on-site restaurants: Cecconi's (an Italian-inspired eatery) and Little Ned (a bar with American staples). Should you decide you want to become a member of Ned's Club, which costs $2,500 per year for existing Soho House members or $4,000 to $5,000 plus a $350 or $1,500 joining fee (depending on age) for non-Soho House members, you'll enjoy access to the private parts of the club beyond the hotel rooms and two restaurants.
How to book: Cash rates for an entry-level room at The Ned NoMad start at $500 a night.
Set to be the fifth Rosewood property in Europe when it opens its door on Aug. 1, Rosewood Vienna will bring the brand's signature elegance and chic design to Vienna's historic Petersplatz.
With 99 rooms and 27 suites, the hotel combines the best of European Belle Époque design and modernness throughout, including in the stunning 1,800-square-foot Presidential Suite. The hotel will have a spa, 24-hour room service and even a complimentary house car to help guests get around town.
While the hotel has yet to announce what exactly its food and beverage options will be, we do know there will be a restaurant with Austrian flair, as well as a bar that will overlook the city's rooftops.
How to book: Cash rates for Rosewood Vienna start at about $794 per night.
Ace Hotel Toronto
Toronto has been a major player in the hotel world lately, offering a handful of options that would be worthy of inclusion on this list. But the one property that just really has us going is the Ace Hotel Toronto, the first Canadian outpost from New York's Atelier Ace.
Located in Toronto's Fashion District, the hotel itself is a work of art created by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects to have a playful but industrial feel. With 124 rooms featuring exposed joints and bricks, the design of the hotel, we expect, will fit right in with other Ace properties in places like Brooklyn, New Orleans, Sydney and Kyoto, Japan.
One thing we love about the Ace brand is its commitment to building community spaces that are chic, comfortable and inviting to both the local community and temporary guests visiting the neighborhood, and we expect nothing less from this exciting project in Toronto.
How to book: Cash rates at the Ace Hotel Toronto start around $364 per night.