20 to Watch: 2010's Best Up-and-Coming Hotels
Courtesy of Paul Thuysbaert/The Four Seasons
T+L predicts the
next hottest hotels around the globe. Book your room now, before the secret
pedigree of the Four Seasons brand, add in the design sensibility of Pierre-Yves
Rochon (the man behind the hotel group’s George V Paris), and add a dash of the
Middle East’s of-the-moment style quotient, and you have the new Four Seasons
Hotel Beirut, one of this year’s top up-and-coming hotels.
Every year, Travel
+ Leisure’s World’s
Best Awards survey highlights the hotels, cruises, airlines, and more as
voted on by T+L readers. But creating the “20 to Watch” list—the hotels we
think will become World’s Best Award winners—is a job for the editors. So we
scanned the globe to pick out this year’s new and refurbished, expanding, or
otherwise evolving hotels.
In 2010, almost
a third of the top 100
properties in the World’s Best Awards are located in the United States and Canada, which tells us that domestic hotels are raising the bar. The Pierre,
one of Manhattan’s most iconic
properties, recently underwent a $100-million renovation, so it’s ready to
compete with other Big Apple standouts including the Ritz-Carlton
New York, Central Park and St. Regis New York.
Over in the Windy City, you might find that the James Hotel Chicago,
with 297 rooms and David Burke’s Primehouse,
will make its T+L World’s Best debut next year. The hotel is offering programs
to keep guests “intellectually engaged,” a term that’s part of the current zeitgeist
in the hospitality industry. As an example, this past spring the hotel
partnered with a local gallery for a seasonal art series.
If a sandy beach
getaway is more your scene, there’s Rosewood’s Jumby
Bay resort on Antigua,
which fell off the World’s Best list this year but will surely rise again
thanks to its recent renovation, which added 28 suites, an open-air spa, and an
oceanfront infinity pool. And plenty of airlines, including American Airlines,
Continental, Delta, and US Airways, fly to the island’s V. C. Bird International Airport.
airline surcharges are on the rise (Bestfares.com has reported that surcharges
on flights to Europe have increased year-over-year), but you can find great
hotel values across the Atlantic. A low price and Eiffel views is what grabbed
our attention at the new Radisson
Blu Le Metropolitan Hotel. And check out the hotel’s Greatest Holiday in the
World competition; contest winners are awarded 365 free nights at any
of the brand’s hotels. Although we haven’t found any other hotels offering
rooms gratis, Town
Hall Hotel & Apartments, in London’s East End, has
98 rooms starting at $294—a great deal in the U.K. now.
however, that sometimes a hotel is only right if you can bring the entire
entourage along. The
new Veranda by Grace Bay Club is a great place to take the kids this
summer. One- to four-bedroom villas are set near the beach and three pools, and
the all-inclusive rates and youngster-friendly attitude differentiates this
spot from the other hotels in Turks and Caicos.
Read on for more
up-and-comers, plus an airline, cruise line, and destination spa that we have
our eyes on this year. —Sarah