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Great
value and new features define the 45 most exciting new hotels to open
this year.

We
rode on horseback across 6,600 acres at the Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana. We
slept in a former monastery set within historic caves at Argos in Cappadocia.
We inhaled views of Germany’s Upper Rhine Valley at Heidelberg Suites.

And
we did it to find—for the fifth year running—the absolute best new hotels to
open around the world this year. Our goal wasn’t to unearth the most luxurious
properties or the hippest hangouts. Instead, it was to discover how the best
new hotels—from the Amangiri resort in Utah to the PuLi
Hotel & Spa
in Shanghai—are
reshaping their destinations. And each of this year’s 45 handpicked It List
hotels delivers an authentic sense of place.

Thanks
to prerecession plans, hundreds of hotels opened their doors in 2010. But no
matter how splashy the opening, not every hotel makes a true impact in the eyes
of a travel expert. The properties that stand apart connect us to their
destinations, says Shane Mitchell, T+L’s special correspondent and hotel
expert. “A hotel that offers a sensual experience and introduces guests to a
place is exciting now,” she says. “At Philippe Starck’s Palazzina
Grassi
in Italy,
guests can ride on a vintage mahogany Celli water taxi through Venice’s back canals
into the lagoon at sunset.”

Now
that travel is finally recovering—according to Smith Travel Research, hotel
occupancy is already up 9.1 percent over last year—hoteliers are looking for
unique ways to stand apart. At the new Crosby
Street Hotel
, in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, all 86 rooms have moved away from the now-ubiquitous minimalism
in exchange for color, texture, and original artworks. To further differentiate
itself from the competition, the property, which was created by London-based Firmdale
Hotels, also offers weekly film nights in its 100-seat movie theater for $25
per person, including cocktails and a bar plate.

Travelers
will also find great value at some of the new hotels. If you’re heading to
London, Dean
Street Townhouse
offers rooms from $244 a night—a great deal for stylish
accommodations in a Neo-Georgian building in the city’s West End. For
affordable options closer to home, Grupo Habita’s newest property in Mexico, Hotel
Boca Chica
in Acapulco, has
oceanfront rooms for only $95 a night.

Not
surprisingly, the hotel expansion in Asia continues unabated. In Hong Kong, the Upper House (from Swire Hotels, the group behind Opposite
House
in Beijing)
is a 117-room property that’s gaining buzz for its notable contemporary design.
For a truly regional—and rustic—experience, Amanfayun,
in Hangzhou, takes travelers to an ancient tea-growing village, where designer
Jaya Ibrahim transformed traditional courtyard dwellings into 42 memorable
villa suites. “We never try to clone a property but instead create it to
respond to each unique surrounding,” says Adrian Zecha, founder of Amanresorts.

Whether
it’s the sandy oasis of Qasr
Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
in Abu Dhabi or a stylish rooftop lounge
overlooking Barcelona’s
Passeig de Gràcia at Mandarin
Oriental Barcelona
, you’re bound to find that perfect escape among our
favorite hotels in 2010.

—Jennifer
Flowers and Sarah Kantrowitz

Great Value: Denotes a hotel with a rack rate of $250 or less.

It List: 45 Best New Hotels of 2010

Great
value and new features define the 45 most exciting new hotels to open
this year.

We
rode on horseback across 6,600 acres at the Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana. We
slept in a former monastery set within historic caves at Argos in Cappadocia.
We inhaled views of Germany’s Upper Rhine Valley at Heidelberg Suites.

And
we did it to find—for the fifth year running—the absolute best new hotels to
open around the world this year. Our goal wasn’t to unearth the most luxurious
properties or the hippest hangouts. Instead, it was to discover how the best
new hotels—from the Amangiri resort in Utah to the PuLi
Hotel & Spa
in Shanghai—are
reshaping their destinations. And each of this year’s 45 handpicked It List
hotels delivers an authentic sense of place.

Thanks
to prerecession plans, hundreds of hotels opened their doors in 2010. But no
matter how splashy the opening, not every hotel makes a true impact in the eyes
of a travel expert. The properties that stand apart connect us to their
destinations, says Shane Mitchell, T+L’s special correspondent and hotel
expert. “A hotel that offers a sensual experience and introduces guests to a
place is exciting now,” she says. “At Philippe Starck’s Palazzina
Grassi
in Italy,
guests can ride on a vintage mahogany Celli water taxi through Venice’s back canals
into the lagoon at sunset.”

Now
that travel is finally recovering—according to Smith Travel Research, hotel
occupancy is already up 9.1 percent over last year—hoteliers are looking for
unique ways to stand apart. At the new Crosby
Street Hotel
, in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, all 86 rooms have moved away from the now-ubiquitous minimalism
in exchange for color, texture, and original artworks. To further differentiate
itself from the competition, the property, which was created by London-based Firmdale
Hotels, also offers weekly film nights in its 100-seat movie theater for $25
per person, including cocktails and a bar plate.

Travelers
will also find great value at some of the new hotels. If you’re heading to
London, Dean
Street Townhouse
offers rooms from $244 a night—a great deal for stylish
accommodations in a Neo-Georgian building in the city’s West End. For
affordable options closer to home, Grupo Habita’s newest property in Mexico, Hotel
Boca Chica
in Acapulco, has
oceanfront rooms for only $95 a night.

Not
surprisingly, the hotel expansion in Asia continues unabated. In Hong Kong, the Upper House (from Swire Hotels, the group behind Opposite
House
in Beijing)
is a 117-room property that’s gaining buzz for its notable contemporary design.
For a truly regional—and rustic—experience, Amanfayun,
in Hangzhou, takes travelers to an ancient tea-growing village, where designer
Jaya Ibrahim transformed traditional courtyard dwellings into 42 memorable
villa suites. “We never try to clone a property but instead create it to
respond to each unique surrounding,” says Adrian Zecha, founder of Amanresorts.

Whether
it’s the sandy oasis of Qasr
Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
in Abu Dhabi or a stylish rooftop lounge
overlooking Barcelona’s
Passeig de Gràcia at Mandarin
Oriental Barcelona
, you’re bound to find that perfect escape among our
favorite hotels in 2010.

—Jennifer
Flowers and Sarah Kantrowitz

Great Value: Denotes a hotel with a rack rate of $250 or less.

Courtesy of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc

It List: 45 Best New Hotels of 2010

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