Here are some of the hot new urban hotels from around the globe:
Prodigal son Hernán Gipponi (who ran the restaurant at the Guggenheim Bilbao, in Spain) returns to his native Buenos Aires as head chef at the food-centric, 27-room Fierro Hotel Palermo (doubles from $170). Gipponi’s menu is the highlight, but don’t miss the killer wine cellar or the seventh-floor pool.
New York City
The latest addition to downtown’s clutch of design-forward properties is the Mondrian Soho (doubles from $389), inspired by Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film La Belle et la Bête. Its 270 rooms layer chrome and marble with jewel-tone doors and Beaux-Arts chandeliers.
An aquarium occupies an entire lobby wall at Edition Istanbul (doubles from $344). But that’s only one of the design flourishes—silver-foil ceilings; glassed-in bathrooms—that send the 78-room hotel over the top.
Last year, the place on everyone’s lips in Israel was the white-on-white Mamilla. This year it’s Tel Aviv’s Brown Hotel (doubles from $158). Inside: black marble showers in the suites, leather couches in the library, and views of the Mediterranean.
The first upscale hotel to be built from the ground up in India’s capital in 15 years, Leela Palace Kempinski New Delhi (doubles from $550) is located in the city’s diplomatic hub. Not spending the night? Sample the cuisine at Qube, an open-plan glass box set in a garden.
Heidi Mitchell is a contributor to Travel + Leisure.