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18 of the Most Anticipated High-Design Hotel Openings of 2021
Architectural Digest
New York, New York, USA
Media, Architecture, Interior Design
Laura Itzkowitz
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Hotel, Hospitality, Global Travel, Tourism, Project Profiles, Openings
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Pendry West Hollywood
The third Pendry Hotel and the brand’s flagship, Pendry West Hollywood boasts glamorous design by AD100 designer Martin Brudnizki, who was inspired by the city’s rich cinematic history. The 149 rooms and 40 residences will channel Hollywood’s heyday with rich finishes and bold colors that add a dash of drama. Wolfgang Puck will head up the hotel’s restaurants, which include a rooftop restaurant, a casual bistro, and the sultry lobby bar. Opening in January 2021.

Xigera Safari Lodge
Botswana’s Okavango Delta is getting a new safari lodge that will be unlike anything else in the region. Red Carnation Hotels will debut this 12-suite lodge conceptualized by Toni Tollman, Philip Fourie, and Anton de Kock, who have collaborated with Cape Town’s acclaimed Southern Guild Gallery to create a “living gallery” of bespoke design pieces commissioned exclusively for the lodge crafted by Africa’s most promising young artists and artisans. Opening in January 2021.

The Newbury Boston
Located on posh Newbury Street, overlooking Boston Public Garden, the Newbury will debut as Boston’s most highly anticipated hotel. The building, which dates back to 1927, is getting a top-to-bottom renovation courtesy of Champalimaud Design (responsible for the 286 rooms and suites) and Jeffrey Beers, who’s designing the public spaces and restaurants. A rooftop restaurant with panoramic views of the park and the Street Bar will be helmed by Major Food Group. Opening in February 2021.

One&Only Portonovi
A new resort by luxury brand One&Only—its first in Europe—aims to draw design enthusiast and luxury hotel aficionados to Montenegro. Designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, the architecture was inspired by the Venetian palaces sprinkled all over the Adriatic, but pared down for a contemporary audience. It will have 113 rooms and suites, four restaurants and bars, and a spa by Chenot. Opening in March 2021.

Azumi Setoda
Adrian Zecha—the pioneering hotelier behind Aman—has teamed up with Japanese hospitality group Naru Developments to launch a new brand. Conceived as a modern ryokan, Azumi will launch with its first hotel on the small island of Ikuchijima in the Seto Inland Sea. Kyoto-based architect Shiro Miura is renovating the 140-year-old Japanese compound, balancing the aesthetics of traditional Japanese teahouses with a contemporary touch. Opening in March 2021.

The Londoner
Billing itself as an urban resort, this sleek newcomer on Leicester Square seeks to create a boutique feel on a massive scale. (With 350 rooms! Six dining and drinking outlets! A ballroom with a capacity of 864 guests!) Designed by Yabu Pushelberg—masters of minimalism with a luxe touch—it’s sure to become a destination for locals as well as out-of-towners. Opening in March 2021.

Downtown L.A. Proper
Like all of the Proper hotels, this one will be designed by AD100 designer Kelly Wearstler, who imbues a spirit of freewheeling eclecticism in everything she touches. In this case, she’s refashioning a historic sporting club into a 148-room hotel with two restaurants by award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, an intimate library lounge, and a rooftop pool. Opening in early 2021.

Four Seasons Resort & Residences Napa Valley
Leave it to Four Seasons to take things up a notch in Napa Valley. The brand’s new hotel will be Napa’s first and only resort set within a working winery. Designed by Erin Martin and located on a 7.4-acre organic vineyard in Calistoga, it features a farmhouse-chic aesthetic, a restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Erik Anderson, a world-class spa, and much more. Opening in early 2021.

Hutton Brickyards
New Yorkers will soon have a stylish new escape from the city. Just two hours north in Kingston, Salt Hotels and Karl Slovin will open this sleek hotel in the region’s last remaining architecturally intact brick manufactory. A multimillion-dollar restoration has transformed it into a bolt-hole with 31 cabins and suites, riverfront dining, a spa, and 73 acres of land where guests can enjoy outdoor activities like archery, hiking, kayaking, and beekeeping. Opening in spring 2021.