Summer is over, our swimwear is back in the drawer, and its time to start thinking about unpacking your coat and gloves from the closet, fall is already here and soon, winter! And though I can’t really ask for more travel, I am longing for a few nights at a hotel. Just the crisp bedding is always such a joy. A cool long weekend urban escape. Luckily there are new hotels opening all the time. Some are oases amid the buzzing city, some are party palaces, and others homes away from home. So whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, I have made a visual journey across the globe to find you the best of the newly opened city hotels.
Copenhagen’s new star. Imagine a stately building that once housed the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music. Now set it across from the green wonderland of Tivoli Gardens, a stone’s throw from Copenhagen’s buzzing Rådhuspladsen square, the National Museum, and the Danish Design Center, and you understand why we’re so excited about Nobis Hotel Copenhagen. Newly opened, this grand 77-room property (Nobis’s bold Danish debut) presents the incomparable masterwork of star architect Gert Wingårdh. Here, modernism meets classicism. The rooms might seem small, but the grand ceiling height makes up for lost floor space.
The Barceló hotel occupies the first nine floors of the 36-storey Torre de Madrid, formerly the city’s tallest tower, and has enviable views down Gran Vía and across the broad, elegant Plaza de España. This 258-room hotel has one of the coolest interiors I have ever seen. Designed by Madrid-born designer Jamie Hayon, so you can expect a lot of eclecticism, of bold primary colours, sculptural lights and playful art. (I love the zebra painted polar bear that will greet you in the lobby). If you are Danish, you’ll feel right at home, as the rooms are furnished with pieces by Danish brands like Fritz Hansen, &Tradition, and Gubi, but also other brands like Arflex, Cassina, BD Barcelona, Parachilna lamps and more, whom all have worked with Hayon before. Each piece is part of a unified design language that involved many expert craftsmen to bring to fruition this dazzling interior. This is a beautiful, unique space that pays homage to the wonder that is Madrid, creating a hotel to match the glamour of any of the grand cities of Europe.
You’ve traveled the globe. Made your mark (and made it look easy). This is where your wanderlust makes a final stop. Time to savor every sensory detail. Time to unwind, recharge, risk it all. Spread across 18 stories with 108 guest rooms in the NoMad neighborhood, MADE takes a reinvented approach towards guest experience. Throughout it’s an urban international design aesthetic imbued with elements of iconic global simplicity – a guest room design that is humble, elegant and playfully personalizes each room to the guest’s style and mood. Exposed custom raw-bronze shelving and rich hand woven fabrics create a backdrop for a multi directional day bed platform. Precisely manufactured details like a polished stainless steel mirror contrast with a primitive, hand-carved bench resulting in a well-thought-through layout like no other
To enter Hotel Viu Milan is to immerse yourself in a world that challenges all the senses. A bold building, spectacularly framed with living greenery and set in the up-and-coming Porta Volta/Garibaldi area of the city, the newly built 124-room property boasts the only hotel rooftop in Milan with an outdoor swimming pool and stunning 360-degree views of the city skyline—the perfect setting for a swim, for breakfast, or for an evening “aperitivo”. Guests and locals alike are also drawn to the culinary wonders of Michelin-star Chef Giancarlo Morelli, whose explosive energy and inspired sensitivity are behind the eclectic and unmistakable “signature” gourmet Milanese dishes at the hotel’s restaurant bearing his name, which offers an exclusive area within the kitchen for 12 people to enjoy an up-close gastronomic experience.
In the dense mangrove vegetation of Tulum, a secret retreat is ready to welcome discerning adventurers and respite-seekers worldwide. Nestled amongst a swaying sea of lush emerald palms, the Tulum Treehouse is a private home located a stone’s throw from the heart of Tulum—yet it is a fortuitous jungle setting near the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve that sets this experience apart. Here, a five-bedroom house has been created by local craftspeople in collaboration with an international design team, collectively putting sustainability above all. Large common areas, several spacious wrap-around terraces, multiple spaces for indoor-outdoor living, and five bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms make up this exclusive, full-service jungle escape.