Many sectors of the economy are suffering due to the impact of COVID-19. Nowhere is that more evident than in the travel and tourism industry. Over 70% of hotels in the U.S. in danger of closing without further financial relief from the U.S. government according to estimates from the American Hotels and Lodging Association. Despite the historic downturn, however, there are a surprising number of fabulous new hotels still planning to open their doors this coming year, both across the United States and abroad. Here are 12 of the most exciting U.S. hotels opening in 2021 (in order of opening date), and what guests can expect to experience at each.
1. Alila Marea Beach Resort, Encinitas, California: February 2021
The second Alila property in the U.S. (Big Sur’s famous Ventana is the first) is set to debut the last day of February, perched above the Pacific in a sleepy beach hamlet just north of San Diego. The resort will have 120 rooms and suites total, with décor that highlights the dramatic sweep of the nearby coastline. The three dining outlets will include the Coffee Box café, The Pocket pool bar, and VAGA for coastal cuisine courtesy of San Diego native, chef Claudette Zepeda. When not partaking in activities like surfing, oceanfront yoga, or scenic flights in an open-air biplane with San Diego Skytours, guests can unwind in a poolside cabana, or with a service at the Spa Alila, where treatments draw from the healing powers of the ocean. Rates start at $559 per night.
2. AC Hotel Maui Wailea, Hawaii: February 2021
Given the vicissitudes of 2020, we could probably all use a beach vacation right around now. Luckily, Hawaii will be home to a new resort come February, and since it’s part of Marriott’s AC Hotels, you can even put your Bonvoy points to use for a stay there. The AC Hotel Maui Wailea will take up residence in the family-friendly Wailea enclave along Maui’s southwest shore. It will have just 110 rooms and suites, an infinity pool, and a restaurant serving European cuisine, among other amenities. Opening rates start at $629 per night.
3. W Nashville, Tennessee: February 2021
Much like the aging Gen X-ers it was originally conceived for, the W brand is undergoing an identity shift these days. Instead of moodily lit, nightclub-inspired spaces, expect more color, vibrancy, and inclusiveness. Case in point, this soon-to-open city escape in Nashville’s recently gentrified neighborhood of The Gulch, just a stone’s throw from downtown. The hotel will have 346 rooms including 60 suites as well as a WET Deck pool and bar area that will cover nearly 10,000 square feet. Guests will also be able to grab coffees at an outpost of Nashville’s Barista Parlor, and garden-to-glass cocktails in the Living Room off the lobby, or the rooftop bar. NoHo Hospitality Group’s James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini will oversee the two main restaurants, Italian Chophouse and The Dutch. Room rates are not yet available.
4. Fairmont Century Plaza, Los Angeles, California: February 2021
Dynamic design firm Yabu Pushelberg has reimagined architect Minoru Yamasaki’s mid-century masterpiece for a new era. The landmark Century Plaza Hotel will reopen as a Fairmont in the coming months, with a roster of 351 rooms and 49 suites, a new, guests-only rooftop pool with a bar on the 17th floor, and a spa that measures up at an impressive 14,000 square feet and will feature an aromatherapy spa room, a Himalayan salt room, and a hammam, among other facilities. James Beard Award-nominated chef Jason Franey will oversee the signature restaurant, Lumière, while Café Vignette will offer casual dining. The Bar at Century Plaza, meanwhile, is sure to become a Hollywood deal-making hotspot once again. Opening rates start at $699 per night.
5. Bishop’s Lodge, Santa Fe, New Mexico: March 2021
On the fringes of the Santa Fe National Forest near the Sangre de Cristo foothills, this newly expanded hideaway will offer the best of both the town experience and the beauty of New Mexico’s natural surroundings. The historic homestead occupies 317 acres and offer activities including trout fishing in the onsite stream, horseback riding, walking and biking trails, and more. The 150-year-old chapel will also likely be a popular spot for weddings and other events. Guests will be treated to fine dining at the full-service restaurant, SkyFire, laidback eats at Two Dogs Café, and wellness services at the Turquesa Healing Arts Studio including a chakra rebalancing ritual featuring turquoise gem therapy. Opening rates start at $600 per night.
6. The Chatwal Lodge, Bethel, New York: April 2021
City folk who already flock to Manhattan’s The Chatwal are going to have a country inn to adore, too, once this Catskills outpost of the beloved Midtown mainstay opens this spring. The rural retreat will sit on 60 acres of wooded shoreline along the Toronto Reservoir. With just 12 rooms, the ambiance is sure to convey seclusion and serenity. Of course, the oversize stone fireplaces and hand-hewn pine timber touches should help. Though a chef is yet to be announced, the hotel hints that he or she will be “world renowned” and will whip up farm-to-table delicacies. There will also be a spa offering an array of Ayurvedic services plus placid sylvan settings to host celebrations both personal and professional. Opening rates not yet available.
7. Amrit Ocean Resort & Spa, Singer Island, Florida: April 2021
Tucked away on tony Singer Island, this opulent oceanfront retreat will offer sweeping vistas of the Atlantic and the Intracoastal Waterway. There will be 155 guestrooms and 34 wellness suites as well as a cabana-lined infinity pool and a jaw-dropping four-story spa. Fitness classes on offer will include Pilates and yoga, while vacationers can book fishing and diving excursions. They’ll be spoiled for choice dining-wise, too, with a sunny beach bar, Ayurvedic plant-based menus at Ayre, and seasonal South Florida coastal cuisine at the Resort Restaurant. Opening rates start at $525 per night.
8. The Cloudveil, Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Spring 2021
Marriott’s Autograph Collection will have a new member when this mountain hotel opens later this spring. Located on Jackson Hole’s central Town Square, The Cloudveil will be perfect for outdoor enthusiasts thanks to its proximity to both Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Small in size, it will house just 100 guest rooms and suites, as well as a bistro, a rooftop terrace overlooking the town and Snow King Mountain, plus an outdoor pool and garden. The overall aesthetic looks to be après-ski chic, with pale wood paneling and floors, brightly patterned textiles, lots of cozy corners and fire features, and big windows to let in the natural light. Room rates are not yet available.
9. The Fifth Avenue Hotel, New York City, New York: Spring 2021
NoMad is quickly becoming New York City’s hotel hotspot, and the trend continues with this imminent opening. Just steps from Madison Square Park, the Fifth Avenue Hotel will comprise two distinct buildings – one, a new 24-story tower, the other a gilded former bank building originally designed by famed firm McKim, Mead & White, and constructed in 1908. Perkins Eastman is overseeing the restoration, and all told, there will be 153 rooms and suites in the two wings combined. Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, whose other calling cards include downtown Manhattan’s The Beekman Hotel, is handling the interior look. The hotel will feature a sprawling, multi-level restaurant whose wine cellars will occupy the former bank vaults. There will also be a clubby library bar and an atrium bar serving coffee, drinks, and various bites. Opening room rates are not yet available.
10. Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans, Louisiana: Mid-2021
The Crescent City is getting its newest hotel soon in the form of a Four Seasons. The luxury property will take over the former 1967 World Trade Center office building right on the riverfront following a $530 million makeover. Its 33-story tower will contain 280 rooms, 61 suites, and 92 Four Seasons Private Residences. Among the amenities will be two restaurants including one by James Beard Award winner, chef Alon Shaya, a lobby bar, and an eight-room spa. Visitors can take in the views from a two-level observation deck, or simply laze by the fifth-floor outdoor pool. Opening room rates are not yet available.
11. Montage Big Sky, Spanish Peaks, Montana: 2021
The latest lodge from this luxury label is set to welcome guests sometime this year at the edge of Yellowstone National Park. With ski-in, ski-out access to the Big Sky Resort and an 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Weiskopf, not to mention pastimes like hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and fly fishing, there are sure to be outdoor adventures for everyone in the family. The hotel will comprise 150 rooms and suites, plus 39 palatial Montage Residences. The 11,000 square foot Spa Montage will contain 10 treatment rooms, two couple’s treatment rooms, a salon and even an indoor lap pool. There will also be a lobby bar with panoramic views, a pub and bowling alley, a more refined restaurant serving fresh mountain fare, and a market for grab and go. Rates are not yet available.
12. The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley, Arizona: 2021
This desert resort has been on the books for a while, but it finally looks set to open on 20 acres overlooking iconic Camelback Mountain sometime in 2021. The hotel will have 215 rooms and suites, each with a Plasma Air filter to reduce the possibility of pathogens circulating. The 16,000 square-foot spa will proffer desert-inspired treatments and, as the hotel will eventually anchor the $2 billion planned community of The Palmeraie, guests will be able to count on dozens of dining and shopping outlets nearby. Opening room rates are not yet available.