Hotel Openings to Watch Out for in 2018
It’s going to be an exciting year for new hotel openings in 2018. Here are a few of the hottest hotel openings to look out for.
Some of the world’s most iconic hotels have gone through extensive renovations and after a much-anticipated wait, the properties are ready to re-open this year, while new properties will change the landscape at some of the most popular tourist destinations.
Hotel openings to watch out for in 2018
Hotel Lutetia, Paris
After going through a major facelift in 2014, Hotel Lutetia is ready to reopen next spring. All 184 rooms, including 47 suites and two penthouses will be updated with contemporary designs. Originally built as a luxury sister property to Paris’s oldest department store, Le Bon Marché in 1910, the hotel boasts a fabled past with clients that include Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Josephine Baker. The Lutetia Brasserie will also reopen under the supervision of three Michelin-starred chef Gerald Passedat.
The NoMad, Los Angeles
When New York’s buzzy NoMad hotel opens in January, it will bring in a huge culinary talent: chef Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park fame (the restaurant currently occupies the top spot in the influential World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 ranking). All 241 rooms, including 31 suites are designed by Jacques Garcia and draw inspiration from the lobby’s fully restored gold and blue Italianate ceiling. The hotel will also add another rooftop pool destination and gathering space to the city’s booming downtown renaissance.
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s signature tourist attractions that is set to open its first on-site luxury hotel in April 2018, which will offer its guests a more exclusive and private spa experience. Built into an 800-year-old lava flow, all 62 rooms at The Retreat will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, offering sweeping views of the geothermally-heated, milky-blue, mineral-rich waters and Iceland’s dramatic landscape and ever-changing skies. Guests will also have access to a new subterranean spa, and seven-course dining destination that will serve Icelandic cuisine with local ingredients.
Declared a National Monument by the Singapore government a century after its opening in 1887, the iconic Raffles Singapore will re-open with new suite categories for short and long stays, modernised amenities, and refreshed dining concepts and meeting spaces. The hotel will also offer a range of new experiential packages that include master classes on how to make Singapore Sling cocktail (Singapore’s national drink), epicurean classes, wine workshops and wellness classes. The Raffles Singapore is slated to re-open in the second half of 2018.