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.
You don’t have to be a hospitality-industry analyst to predict that the Ironworks Hotel, in Indianapolis, Indiana, takes its aesthetic inspiration from the industrial heyday of the Midwest. And though it’s a new build, it’s meant to evoke the kind of heavy industry that’s implied by the name. This means a heavy brick facade broken up by full-height shop windows — and inside, it means visible infrastructure, exposed piping, and what feels like acres of heavily weathered salvaged barn wood.
In this business, it pays to be specific; it seems there’s a White Horse of some description in just about every town, village, and hamlet in England. But only one is remembered as the Victorian-era coaching inn where Charles Dickens went to write part of The Pickwick Papers, and that would be the White Horse Hotel in Dorking, Surrey. It’s also the only one that recently sank £4 million into a refurbishment to bring it up to the standard demanded by guests who’ve grown accustomed to the boutique hotels of London and the surrounding countryside.
St Kitts and Nevis
The island of St. Kitts is a relatively late arrival to the Caribbean tourism trade, but it’s not for any lack of natural attributes — especially at this spot, the Narrows, where a remote appendage of the island stretches nearly all the way to neighboring Nevis, making for a spectacular view. This means the Park Hyatt St. Kitts is even more of an outlier than it would otherwise be: not only is it by some distance the most luxurious hotel on the island, it’s practically alone here, which gives it a touch of desert-island atmosphere (though the rest of the Christophe Harbour development is soon to follow).
As Tuscan cities go Florence and Siena get a lot of attention, and deservedly so. The walled city of Lucca, however, is no slouch when it comes to picturesque Renaissance architecture, nor to phenomenal food and wine. And thanks to hotels like Palazzo Dipinto, it’s got lodgings that hold their own against just about any other Italian town you’d care to name.
It’s fair to say it’s been a while since Bali was truly uncharted territory, but while parts of the island are indeed feeling the strain of development, you can trust COMO to deliver that all-important seclusion. The location, in Canggu, is where the busy south coast begins to give way to greener pastures, and the immediate setting of COMO Uma Canggu leaves you perched right above a beautiful black-sand beach, with nothing at all to distract you from the views of the surf. (Speaking of which, this stretch of beach also happens to have breaks for both novice and experienced surfers, and COMO has Tropicsurf instructors on hand to provide an introduction or a little brush-up.)
Even if you’ve got a reasonably complete working knowledge of the major Greek island destinations, you might not know Zakynthos. It’s the next one down from Kefalonia, on the Ionian side of the Peloponnese — and, more importantly, it’s a perfect little jewel of a place, featuring the ludicrously beautiful Navagio Beach among its dramatic landforms and seascapes. And, as you might have guessed, it’s the setting for an extraordinary hotel: Porto Zante Villas & Spa, a luxury resort just above a private beach, blessed with extraordinary sea views, elegant contemporary interiors, and all the high-end comforts you could reasonably wish for.
We never thought it would come to this, but among the notable hotel trends, nearly two decades into Tablet’s life, is the rebirth of the airport hotel. Once strictly a matter of convenience, and the sort of last resort you’d consider only if your connecting flight was grounded by a blizzard, lately they’re stretching themselves a bit, creating experiences that are meant to me memorable, not just tolerable. One such newcomer is the Westin Denver International Airport, whose broad cantilevered form reflects the distinctive tented silhouette of the airport terminal, just 50 yards away.
Not every hotel in Tulum is right on the beach, but Hotelito Azul is just about as close as you can get to the Caribbean and still wake up warm and dry. This is a destination whose fame has compounded year upon year, and the local hoteliers are struggling to keep up — here they’ve renovated a formerly undistinguished property, adding front-facing full-length glass doors to every room, in order to maximize the impact of the views. And while only the front row has that unobstructed vista, the effect in all of them is to bring the environment inside.