The latest boutique & luxury hotels added to our selection.
We're relentless in our search for the best hotels, and we're religious about keeping our selection up to date. Below you'll find this week's crop of hotels that have managed to survive the rigorous vetting process. We've done our part, and now it's your reviews that decide whether they stay or go.
When one of your favorite hotel brands moves into one of your favorite underutilized buildings, it’s a win-win. The Robey Chicago, Grupo Habita’s second hotel in the United States, is the new occupant of North Tower, a 1929 Art Deco skyscraper in Wicker Park. The Mexican mini-chain tapped a Belgian design team, Nicolas Schuybroek Architects and Marc Merckx Interiors, to overhaul the place, reshaping office space into 69 guest rooms and a handful of cafés and lounges, including the striking indoor-outdoor bar on the 13th floor.
In the sleepy, charming historic center of Córdoba, you’re probably expecting more or less anything but the sleek, modern, minimalist design paradise that is the seven-room Hotel Viento 10. But behind the doors of this 16th-century building, that’s exactly what you’ll find — contemporary interior architecture, retro-modern furniture, plentiful splashes of bold color, and lots of concrete and glass, to contrast with the brick archways and thick stone walls of the original structure.
It may stretch some people’s definition of “boutique” by virtue of its size — the Thompson Nashville has 12 floors and 224 rooms — but it gets away with it, thanks to a certain degree of artistry and attention to detail. Practically everything in the guest rooms and suites is custom-made, from wallpaper by Flat Vernacular to bath products by D.S. & Durga. The lobby is filled with artwork by local painters; the floor is inlaid with a massive compass mosaic with brass lettering that spells out the hotel’s geographic coordinates. Not to mention a rooftop bar, L.A. Jackson, serving craft beer and small plates built around local produce.
Take a sprawling organic farm with a tropical twist, the rolling hills thick with mango and lemon trees. Then add a serious French chef specializing in sustainable cuisine, a tray of colorful Caribbean-style cocktails, and a championship golf course designed by Ian Woosnam. Then place the whole thing on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. It’s a real place, and it’s called Belle Mont Farm.
Just across the Main from its sister hotel, Lindenberg Rückertstraße, Libertine Lindenberg signals with its name a slightly more freewheeling approach to the communal-hotel idiom. That’s due in part to its setting in Frankfurt’s cobblestoned Alt-Sachsenhausen district — AKA the “apple cider district” due to its classic taverns and museums, though a younger and more avant crowd has taken up residence as of late. The Libertine fits right in, that is, every inch of its arty, cozy personality a quiet rebuke to Frankfurt’s buttoned-up, businesslike image.
In Williamsburg, whose rare high-rise buildings tend towards the nondescript, the William Vale is an immediate eye-catcher. The building, by Albo Liberis, is unmistakable, and with an exterior like that, you expect big things from what’s inside. And, in what has to be considered a leap forward for the Brooklyn hotel scene, the William Vale delivers — Williamsburg’s finally got the modern-luxe boutique hotel it was always destined to have.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Like its longer-established sister hotels, CasaSur Palermo has a clean, modern design sensibility and a gourmet restaurant that’s a destination in itself. As the name indicates, it’s located in Palermo — Palermo Hollywood, to be precise, so named for the film and TV studios located here, a hip neighborhood lined with street murals, coffee shops, galleries and cozy cocktail bars. The hotel is located in the middle of the action, containing 54 rooms and seven suites, all laid with hardwood floors and outfitted with minimalist decor and geometric wallpaper. Standard amenities include private balconies, Nespresso coffee-makers, 42-inch LED TVs, and iPod docks.
Bekal Kerala, India
Taj hotels have established themselves as urban mainstays for the business-class bon vivant, absolutely, but they’ve also made room — under the Vivanta umbrella — for the sweetly indolent resort-goer. Vivanta by Taj - Bekal, Kerala fits this model to a tee, sprawling languorously over 26 acres on the palm- and coconut-bedecked shore of the Arabian Sea. It’s a sinuous, almost whimsical family of rooms and villas, each a swoopy-yet-solid architectural statement in plaster, wooden beams, pillars, and flared thatch roofing.