Out of the hundreds of properties slated to open in 2024, a select number have piqued our interest, notable for their ambitious design or sustainability credentials, unique location or multifaceted facilities. Revered hospitality groups are breaking new ground, while new hotel brands are making their grand debut.
With adventure travel still high on the agenda, hoteliers are looking to the great outdoors, and crafting itineraries that blend hiking, biking and outdoor pursuits with home comforts, for daredevils and wellness seekers alike.
From the UK to Asia and the US, these are the best new hotel openings to spark wanderlust in 2024.
The best new hotels in the UK
Six Senses at The Whiteley, London
What: Six Senses revives a forgotten corner of West London with a new urban outpost
When: summer 2024
Where: The Whiteley, Queensway, London, W2 4YN
The much anticipated Six Senses London location is set to open its doors in summer 2024. It marks the second urban outpost (following Rome in 2023) for the hotel group synonymous with high-end holistic wellness, and is part of a reinvention of a faded corner of Queensway, set to be reborn as The Whiteley. Expect 110 guest rooms, 14 branded residences, a plant-filled lounge and lobby bar and an all-day restaurant with an outdoor courtyard. As expected of any Six Senses location, there will be a superlative spa and fitness offering, replete with a 65 ft swimming pool and advanced wellness treatments.
The Emory, London
What: a new suite-only hotel from the Maybourne Hotel Group
When: April 2024
Where: Old Barrack Yard, London SW1X 7NP
Initially slated to open in 2023, The Emory will open its doors in April 2024. It is an ambitious new offering from the Maybourne Hotel Group, which counts Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley among its prestigious properties, and you can expect a similar level of timeless opulence. A modernist building in Knightsbridge designed by the late Richard Rogers will be transformed into a suite-only hotel, with sweeping views over Hyde Park. The hotel has partnered with a phalanx of esteemed interior designers for the project, including Alexandra Champalimaud, André Fu, Pierre-Yves Rochon, Rémi Tessier and Patricia Urquiola.
Another Place, Islay
What: The Machrie hotel on the Scottish island of Islay will be revamped by the team behind Another Place in the Lake District
Where: Port Ellen, Isle of Islay PA42 7AN
Another Place in the Lake District has built a reputation as a playground for adults and children alike, mixing spa facilities, fire-pit cocktails and restaurants with outdoor pursuits and an Ofsted-registered kids’ zone. Following a successful pop-up in collaboration with The Machrie hotel on the Scottish island of Islay, the team is set to officially add the site to its portfolio. An acclaimed golf course is met by 47 bedrooms and lodges, near to the rolling dunes and wildlife of Laggan Bay beach. In true Islay fashion, whisky tasking and distillery tours, country pursuits and windswept beaches are all par for the course.
The Lake District location will also expand in 2024 with a new country pub called the Brackenrigg Inn. Set to open in February, there will be a handful of rooms with views over Ullswater, and guests can enjoy access to all of Another Place’s hotel facilities.
No.124 by GuestHouse, Brighton
What: GuestHouse Hotels unveils a new boutique stay in Brighton
When: summer 2024
Where: 124 Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2FY
Price: From 295 GBP per night
The latest outpost from the GuestHouse group promises a home-from-home on Brighton’s seafront, set in a splendid Regency townhouse. Thirty two rooms are accompanied by an outdoor terrace, Pearly Cow restaurant, vinyl record library and wellness concept, Field Trip, with treatment rooms and copper bathtubs for saltwater soaks. The prized room is set to be a spacious signature suite with its own private sea-front entrance, with a super-king bed, private Pantry and kitchenette.
The Hoxton, Edinburgh
What: The Hoxton opens in the Scottish capital
When: summer 2024
Where: Haymarket, Edinburgh
Aligned with the ongoing European city break revival, The Hoxton has enjoyed several new openings throughout 2023, including Berlin, Amsterdam and Brussels. In 2024, it will add Edinburgh to its roster, set to open just in time for the Fringe Festival in August. Unusually for The Hoxton, the hotel occupies 11 Georgian townhouses, split across either side of a street in Haymarket. Period features will be offset by contemporary design, embracing subtle textures and local materials, alongside a HOX Gallery spotlighting Scottish artists. There will also be three self-contained ‘houses’, geared at longer stays and events.
The Hoxton will also spread its wings to Vienna, coinciding with Austrian rail operator ÖBB’s rollout of new Nightjet sleeper trains. It will transform a modernist building in Stadtpark into a 196-room property, with a double-height lobby, rooftop bar and basement cocktail den.
The best new hotels in Europe
Experimental Chalet Val d’Isere
What: Experimental Group’s first hotel in the French Alps, joining their Swiss location in Verbier
When: winter 2024/2025
Where: L’Aigle des Neiges, Rue de la Poste, 73150 Val-d’Isère, France
If Experimental Group’s first foray into the Alps in 2023 was anything to go by, this new chalet style hotel in Val d’Isère will be very special indeed. Opening for the 2024/2025 winter season in the French Alps, the 110-room hotel is perched at 1850m above sea level in the heart of the town, with two restaurants, a bar, a swimming pool and a spa. The interiors have been designed by long-term collaborator Dorothée Meilichzon in Experimental Group’s signature jewel-toned palette. Experimental Chalet Verbier opened in Switzerland last year, and was joined by new openings in Biarritz, Ibiza and the Cotswolds.
The best new hotels in Asia
What: A new hotel brand from Aman Resorts
When: March 2024
Where: 1 Chome-2-2 Azabudai, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0041, Japan
Price: From 944 USD per night
The eagerly awaited Janu Tokyo is opening its doors in Tokyo’s new Azabudai Hills development, a ‘city in a city’ in the Toranomon business district. Janu will mirror many of Aman Resorts’ core values, including conscious, quiet luxury and state-of-the-art wellbeing, but is expected to place emphasis on lively social and dining spaces.
On the fitness front, Janu will house a sprawling Wellness Centre and one of Tokyo’s largest gyms, alongside a 25-metre heated swimming pool. Guests can expect world-class training facilities and Spa Houses, which marry Japanese bathing rituals with Banya and Hammam experiences. There are 12 further Janu hotels in the works, including openings in Montenegro and Saudi Arabia. Discover more of the best hotels in Tokyo via ROADBOOK’s dedicated city guide.
Dusit Thani Bangkok
What: The grand reopening of a Bangkok icon
When: summer 2024
Where: 946 Rama IV Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Dusit Thani Bangkok will reopen in 2024 following an estimated 1.37 USD billion renovation. The hotel will form part of a newly built structure on the same site as the original property called Dusit Central Park, a mixed-use development comprising ultra-luxury residences, high-end retail and office space, overlooking Lumpini Park.
The hotel will house 257 guest rooms, one of the largest ballrooms in Bangkok and myriad dining and wellness offerings. The original building’s golden spire has been retained, and there will also be a small museum onsite in honour of the former hotel, which acted as an influential social and business meeting spot from 1970 to 2019.
Aman Nai Lert Bangkok
What: A new urban outpost from Aman Resorts
Where: 2/2 Witthayu Road, Khwaeng Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Also opening in Bangkok, Aman is unveiling a new city outpost in the city’s historic Nai Lert Park. Designed by long-term Aman architect Jean Michel Gathy, it will be a haven of calm away from the frenetic pace of the Thai capital, with 52 opulent suites and 33 Aman Residences. It will also be the second destination to feature an Aman members’ club, following Aman New York.
The best new hotels in the US and Latin America
Our Habitas Mazunte, Mexico
What: a modern, minimal hotel in the treetops for surfing Mexico’s Pacific coast
Where: Pochutla Oaxaca MX, Cam. Mermejita s/n, 70946 Mazunte, Oaxaca, Mexico
Price: 310 GBP per night
Our Habitas, noted for its eco-mined and adventure-focused hotel experiences, has announced the opening of a new property in Mazunte on the southern tip of the Mexican state of Oaxaca, joining a new opening in Morocco in 2023. Set on a lofty position with views over the treetops and the Pacific coast below, the hotel encourages guests to slow down and explore the region’s natural environment, enjoy good food, and surf the breaks on the coast. Each of the 28 rooms have ocean views, and connect to a central clubhouse with a panoramic pool and open air kitchen, where a mezcal and tea bar serves smoothies and local cocktails. A treatment room and a Temazcal with Mayan ceremonial experiences complete the offering. Our Habitas Mazunte is set to continue the brand’s excellent track record for elegant, comfortable hotels with stellar cuisine, in reach of world class water sports.
Casa Loma, Laguna Beach, California
What: A bohemian, oceanfront base in a Southern California seaside town
When: Summer 2024
Where: 211 N Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA
Price: From 449 USD per night
Formerly The Inn at Laguna Beach, Casa Loma is launching in summer 2024, following an extensive renovation by Electric Bowery. The newly designed hotel draws inspiration from the area’s creative heritage and natural surroundings in a soothing palette of wood, linen and natural tones, instilled with a laidback, bohemian spirit. Spend your days drifting from sun-drenched veranda to beachside bar, while the area’s sandy dunes, art galleries and nightlife are right on your doorstep.
Hotel Saint Augustine, Houston
What: A new hotel in Huston’s Museum District, with an emphasis on green space
When: Autumn 2024
Where: Loretto Drive, Houston, TX 77006
Bunkhouse Hotels is noted for its characterful boutique properties in cities including Mexico City, San Francisco and Austin. Hotel Saint Augustine is set to open in the Museum District of Houston’s Montrose neighbourhood. Designed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based studio Post Company and landscape architect Ten Eyck, the hotel will be spread across five buildings, connected by intersecting courtyards, tree-lined pathways and green space. In addition to 71 rooms and 14 suites, there will be a restaurant, bar and outdoor pool.
Trailborn Highlands, North Carolina
What: A woodland hideaway in the rugged wilderness of North Carolina
When: June 2024
Where: 96 Log Cabin Lane, Highlands, NC 28741
Price: 249 USD
Founded by Mike Weiss and Ben Weinberg, Trailborn is a new hospitality brand focused on immersive properties in close proximity to the world’s natural wonders. Its inaugural opening by Rocky Mountain National Park opened in December 2023, and pays homage to the rustic wilderness that surrounds it. A second location in the Highlands, North Carolina, is set to follow in June 2024. High on a plateau in the southern Appalachian Mountains, the 63-room hotel is met by a spacious outdoor patio with firepits and a Nordic-inspired spa, replete with a barrel sauna and cold plunge. Set in an atmospheric log cabin, The Highlands Supper Club restaurant will serve southern comfort food, while the area’s waterfalls, lakes and lively downtown are all within easy reach. A portion of proceeds from each booking will be donated to local land conservation efforts in the southern Appalachians.
The best new hotels in Australia
1 hotels Melbourne
What: A eco-minded luxury hotel on on the banks of the Yarra River
When: December 2024
1 Hotels is noted for its upscale, sustainably built properties, with locations across the US and most recently, London’s Mayfair. Its inaugural Australian property will open in 2024, forming part of the 450 million USD Seafarers project, comprising luxury residences and a waterfront public park on the Yarra River. As per previous 1 Hotels locations, you can expect a soothing palette of locally sourced timber and stone and generous greenery, alongside a Bamford spa and indoor swimming pool.
The StandardX, Melbourne
What: A new lifestyle hotel brand from The Standard
When: February 2024
Where: Corner Fitzroy Street and, Rose Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
Price: 250-350 AUD (160-225 USD)
Founded in 1999 by American hotelier André Balazs, The Standard hotel group shook up the hospitality industry with its contemporary properties, which were among the first to offer social spaces every bit as good as the bedrooms, alongside creative programming and partnerships that blurred the lines between hospitality, art, fashion and music.
The group is expanding in 2024 with The StandardX, a new concept debuting in Melbourne’s Fitzroy neighbourhood, noted for its creative vibe. Billed as The Standard’s youthful sibling, the hotel has been designed by Melbourne’s Hecker Guthrie studio, with artwork by local talent including Sarah Smalltown, Dane Lovett and Jane Sinclair.
The Standard’s easygoing, rebellious spirit is dialled up at The StandardX, where guests are encouraged to cut loose at BANG, the all-day Thai restaurant, or on the guest-only rooftop terrace, against panoramic views of the city. Expect hallmarks of The Standard throughout: bold red tones, statement lobby art, and an onsite concept store, featuring hotel lifestyle brand products.