This year’s annual Hot List of the best new hotels from around the world is a story of resilience. Despite enormous hardship in the travel industry, exceptional properties have continued to open across the globe (nearly a thousand last year in the U.S. alone). As always with this endeavor, each of the picks on this year’s list was safely vetted by our international network of correspondents. But as we’ve learned in the past year, everything is connected, which is why we’ve also expanded the scope of hot to include restaurants, transportation, and destinations, as well as more news we’re excited about set for later this year. In spite of it all, the following list is full of successes regarding affordable new hotel openings. We think they’re a pretty great way to mark the 25th anniversary of this list.
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- Adero Scottsdale$$ | HOT LIST 2021With easy access to 55,000 acres of hiking and biking trails that criss-cross the saguaro-studded Sonoran landscape, days at the new Adero Scottsdale are made for outdoor adventures. But it’s after the seemingly alway-shining Arizona sun finally sets that things really get exciting. The hotel is the rare property to open within a Dark Sky community (of which Arizona only has a handful); this means, in layperson terms, that you’ll have access to some killer stargazing. The hotel’s on-site Dark Sky experts (fondly referred to as “Star Dudes”) lead stargazing sessions. For self-guided tours of the galaxy, telescopes along with daily night sky charts can be delivered to guest rooms; 177 of them, kitted out in desert hues with a midcentury vibe (Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and school Taliesin West is just a few miles away). If sipping while looking skyward is preferable, the outdoor lawn and patio at the hotel’s bar-restaurant Cielo, is a solid place to watch the surrounding McDowell Mountains turn a sheberty shade as the stars take the stage for the late show. Rooms from $330. —David DuranMAKE A RESERVATIONPowered by Expedia
- The Johri$$ | HOT LIST 2021Rajasthani opulence meets Wes Andersonian snap at this new take on old Jaipur. The five-suite hotel is discreetly located on a winding side street in the bustling Johari Bazaar (Jeweler’s Market). A lovingly restored 19th-century merchant’s haveli, The Johri is the second property from hospitality mavericks Abhishek Honawar and Siddharth Kasliwal, the ninth-generation owner of India’s oldest jewelry store, the Gem Palace. Interiors are a sea of pastels set off by whimsical touches, like the pair of tiger-shaped chairs and upholstered swing in the periwinkle Neelam Suite. A family temple on the first floor is a place of serenity, while the jungle-muraled Pukhraj Lounge above plies guests with “high chai” and evening cocktails. But it’s the rooftop terrace opening onto the walled Old Town’s maze of low-rises, with the cliffside Nahargarh Palace gleaming in the distance, that makes you forget exactly what century it is. Rooms from $300. —Saumya AncheriADVERTISEMENT
- Soho Roc House$$ | HOT LIST 2021For those looking for an antidote to social isolation, here it is. On Mykonos, an island crowded with showy haunts and white-on-white villas, this new imagining of the San Giorgio hotel in the eminently capable hands of hotelier Nick Jones feels like a much-needed house party. It’s the kind of easygoing hangout where you end up sharing a bottle of rosé with the couple on the next supersized sun bed. The whole place has a clubby vibe—both in the members-only and shindig-ready sense—though, within the compound’s dry-stone walls, flanked by the throbbing bars of Paradise and Paraga bays, the soulful soundtrack is more Aretha Franklin than Armin van Buuren. From the outside, the retreat (which has been around in various incarnations since the 1990s) looks like your average pastiche of a Cycladic village: cubist curves, terra-cotta amphorae, whitewashed archways. Bedrooms are more bohemian, dressed in a muted palette of pressed plaster, vintage rattan and reclaimed wood, and accessorized with all the perks Soho House members expect; a proper bar with crystal tumblers, flip-flops and armfuls of Cowshed potions. A very British breakfast in bed (bacon baps and a double shot of Shoreditch Grind) will ease a standard-issue Mykonos hangover. An even more effective remedy for nights of wild abandon: jackknifing off the wooden jetty cantilevered above the Aegean. From $290 per night. —Rachel Howard
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- Courtesy Nobu Hotel WarsawHOTELNobu Hotel Warsaw$ | HOT LIST 2021To impatient lines of young Warsaw movers and shakers, Nobu swung open its doors last summer and became an overnight smash hit. They, of course, made a beeline straight for their dinner reservation, while anyone checking in found themselves enveloped by that familiar cloud of Nobu’s trademark lemongrass fragrance and exceptional service—friendly but not fawning, punctilious with a twist of Polish humour. In the new wing, 80 of the bedrooms have a Japanese aesthetic with a sleek, minimalist finish which mixes oak, large expanses of glass and concrete, whilst the other 37 rooms in the 1920s building pay homage to their Art Deco heritage with polished parquet flooring, brass-trimmed mirrors and lights – a skillful marriage of the 20th and 21st centuries, courtesy of Polish architects Medusa Group and California based Studio PCH. There is a small gym, a sauna and steam room, and a Nobu Café for breakfast (don’t miss the Matsuhisa Benedict concoction of crab and salmon eggs) and lunch (go with the wagyu sliders) and then of course there is the main restaurant. Despite being packed nightly, it delivers flawlessly in a hugely fun atmosphere. Try the Omakase: a multi-course tasting menu of those memorable Nobu signature dishes. Whilst that famous black cod miso continues to pull in the local it crowds, the hotel provides an unexpectedly zen haven in the centre of this increasingly vibrant city. From $180 per night. —Mary LusianaMAKE A RESERVATIONPowered by Expedia
- Frederik Wissink for Zannier HotelsHOTELZannier Hotels Bãi San Hô$$ | HOT LIST 2021It’s always intriguing when a country’s most exciting new opening is in a destination few travelers have ever heard of. Arnaud Zannier has cornered the market on carving out elegant hotels in unexpected places (Namibia, Cambodia), and he’s done it again in Phú Yên—a quiet stretch of beach a 40-minute drive past shrimp farms and fishing villages from the central Vietnamese city of Quy Nho’n. Like everything the hotelier touches, the super-secluded Bãi San Hô is beautiful: traditional Vietnamese architecture and design with a splash of Mexico thrown in, curated with a sepia-toned elegance. Some of the 71 villas take their visual cues from the Ede ethnic group’s architecture, like reclaimed wood floors, as well as traditional fishermen’s homes, with deep blue walls that mirror the color of the nearby boats. Each eclectic detail is thoughtful, from the beachside eatery with hand-pressed sugarcane juices to the rattan lounge chairs around the pool. The crash of the waves on the lick of sand and the wind whistling through the rice paddies provide a peaceful playlist for an experience that will truly get you away from it all. Rooms from $270. —Katie LockhartMAKE A RESERVATION
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