It List 2016: the Best New Hotels on the Planet

Your conclusive guide to the most compelling hotel openings of the year.

Ivy Hotel in Baltimore

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How do you know when an up-and-coming city is ready for the spotlight? In once-gritty Baltimore, the opening of the Ivy, an urban resort by Relais & Châteaux, is a surefire sign. Located in the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood—a few blocks away from the avant-garde Center Stage theater and just 10 minutes away from the restaurant-packed Hampden district—the refurbished 1889 mansion has 18 sumptuous rooms, each one different from the next. Most have plush four-poster beds draped with modern printed fabrics, gas fireplaces, and “bar-moires” designed by local artists; they’re like luxe country cabins in the middle of the city. Each guest gets a complimentary glass of champagne and a guided tour upon check-in—part of a “highly inclusive” philosophy that extends to gratuities, cocktails, and private car service. Not included but worth the splurge: the Diamond Energy facial at the small but lovely on-site spa. Charm City, indeed. theivybaltimore.com; doubles from $500.

It List 2016: the Best New Hotels on the Planet

Ivy Hotel in Baltimore

How do you know when an up-and-coming city is ready for the spotlight? In once-gritty Baltimore, the opening of the Ivy, an urban resort by Relais & Châteaux, is a surefire sign. Located in the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood—a few blocks away from the avant-garde Center Stage theater and just 10 minutes away from the restaurant-packed Hampden district—the refurbished 1889 mansion has 18 sumptuous rooms, each one different from the next. Most have plush four-poster beds draped with modern printed fabrics, gas fireplaces, and “bar-moires” designed by local artists; they’re like luxe country cabins in the middle of the city. Each guest gets a complimentary glass of champagne and a guided tour upon check-in—part of a “highly inclusive” philosophy that extends to gratuities, cocktails, and private car service. Not included but worth the splurge: the Diamond Energy facial at the small but lovely on-site spa. Charm City, indeed. theivybaltimore.com; doubles from $500.

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