The Best Hotel Openings in 2021

After months of closed doors and battened hatches, it’s a pleasant feeling to look ahead for hotel openings. Spring arrives and with it we have new hotels ready to be filled with local and international tourists, looking for fresh air, fun, relaxation or even a quiet place to take business calls and do remote work. From New York City to the Southwest and the Negev Desert to London’s Covent Garden, there’s a lot to get excited about. The best is yet to come; enjoy your (future) stay.

Aman New York

This spring, Aman New York will transform the crossroads of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street.

Each utterly elegant room or suite has a working fireplace—a rarity in New York City—with access to extraordinary facilities, including three restaurants, an underground jazz club, and, of course, the Aman Spa. After a year of uncertainty and lockdown, personal well-being is more important than ever, and the property’s flagship Wellness Center will offer a much-needed respite.

True to form, the cuisine here will be haute. Expect authentic Italian options at Arva, a take on traditional Japanese washoku dining at Nama, an exclusive wine cellar, and the option to dine on an elegant wraparound terrace with mesmerizing views of Central Park.

The Goodtime Hotel, Miami

This opening is yet another reason to celebrate Miami Beach’s buzzy cultural melting pot. The brainchild of David Grutman and Pharrell Williams, this chic boutique hotel will offer up high-octane experiences synonymous with its namesake.

With these two at the helm, expect a spirited and energic dining scene in Strawberry Moon, partnered with an epic soundtrack. As for the design, with renowned designer Ken Fulk taking charge, the property’s vibrant public spaces are set to become a hub of activity and creativity for both locals and visitors alike.

Bishop’s Lodge, Santa Fe

Santa Fe is brimming with charm, and this spring will see the opening of Bishop’s Lodge, a soulful retreat from Auberge Resorts Collection tucked into 317 discreet acres bordering the National Forest.

This landmark property will tap the Lodge’s glorious setting and heritage (formerly the Pulitzer family’s private residence) with nature-fueled adventures and ancient healing arts. Yes, there will be sumptuous accommodations, but they will be paired with amenities that offer a sense of place, from outdoor gardens, a healing arts studio, a fine art gallery, and even an on-site trout habitat and horse stable. This is the kind of property that allows you to feel miles and miles away—without having to stamp your passport.

Montage Big Sky

There’s a wilderness retreat—and then there’s being situated at the heart of a 3,500-acre Spanish Peaks enclave. Inspired by its natural setting (and what a setting it is), the Montage Big Sky is all about giving you everything you need—along with space, facilities, and time to enjoy it.

The property is ski-in, ski-out—a plus for anyone who plans to spend the snowy months on the mountain. In the spring and summer, guests can enjoy the property’s golf course, as well as the area’s supreme fly-fishing. Whether you’re staying here to enjoy the great outdoors in warmer weather or are after a luxe après-ski experience, prepare to spend most of your evenings dining in-house; this hotel plans to open with an array of dining and bar options on the property, featuring the region’s mountain fare and more.

EuropeanLife Magazine 2021