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.
San Sebastian, Spain
It’s a familiar enough concept in France and even in England, yet for all the distinction of Spain’s high-end restaurant scene, a luxury boutique hotel devoted to a single chef is still something of a novelty here. Just west of Monte Igueldo is where you’ll find Akelarre, a stunning piece of modern architecture which adds 22 luxurious hotel rooms and a full-service spa to Pedro Subijana’s legendary restaurant.
If your idea of a visit to Marrakech just wouldn’t be complete without a stay in a riad hotel in the medina, then we’ve got dozens of options for you. But the new Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech might just open your eyes to another way of experiencing this most storied of North African cities. It’s no riad, of course — the scale just wouldn’t work for a venture of Mandarin Oriental’s stature — but neither is it a traditional full-size luxury hotel. Instead it takes a page from the villa resorts of the Far East, encompassing over fifty villas, each one practically a riad unto itself.
Mid-century modernism has never been bigger, and nobody benefits more than Chicago. The new Kimpton Gray Hotel is a perfect example. It starts with a building with plenty of character, originally the Chicago headquarters of the New York Life insurance company, built more than a century ago. But once you’re inside, you’ll find the Gray’s interiors are a cool blend of contemporary style and the mid-century design for which Chicago is so well known.
The Third Ward, tucked in between the river and Lake Michigan, is downtown Milwaukee’s coolest neighborhood; it’s full of galleries, shops, cafés, and rehabilitated industrial spaces, not to mention the Milwaukee Public Market. It’s also home to the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel — a newly built boutique hotel whose red-brick facade and rough reclaimed-wood lobby flooring suit the neighborhood to a tee.
Okay, the actual White House hasn’t been converted into luxurious extended-stay apartments. Yet. But in the meantime, two blocks away, AKA White House is just about as close as you can get to living in America’s most famous residence without winning an election. It’s not your ordinary hotel — generous square footage, full kitchens, and in-suite laundry see to that — but at the same time it’s much more than a one-off apartment share.
This isn’t the extended-stay hotel of our parents’ generation, that’s for sure. The second Roost hotel in Philadelphia is, if anything, even more stylish and upscale than the original; Roost Rittenhouse overlooks the William Penn–designed square of the same name, and thanks to Morris Adjmi Architects, familiar from Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel, this century-old residential building now contains 27 of Philly’s most desirable lodgings.
Nobu is better known in London for its standalone restaurants than for its hotels, but with the advent of the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, that might be about to change. On the back of successful hotel openings in Asia and the Americas, the famous sushi concern has chosen London’s hottest neighborhood for its first European hotel, and the result is more or less exactly what you’d predict — which, in Nobu’s case, is a good thing indeed.
Some of London’s luxury boutique hotels are so tasteful they’re almost invisible, catering to guests who want a blank canvas on which to project their own personalities. And then there’s the Mandrake. Set in a relatively sleepy section of Fitzrovia, it’s nevertheless nothing short of a fantasy world, a moody, atmospheric 34-room boutique hotel surrounding a central courtyard full of hanging jasmine and passionflower.