Nine ex­cit­ing ho­tel open­ings to watch for

From Hong Kong to Mex­ico and San Fran­cisco, here’s some places worth a look

Waterloo Region Record - - Record | Travel - SHIVANI VORA

Richard Bran­son comes to San Fran­cisco, Rose­wood raises the lux­ury stakes in Hong Kong, Nobu makes its long-awaited de­but in Cabo San Lu­cas and the Shi­nola em­pire con­tin­ues its brand ex­ten­sion in Detroit. These are among the more in­trigu­ing ho­tel open­ings sched­uled for the end of 2018 and the first half of 2019.

• Vir­gin Ho­tels San Fran­cisco: The sec­ond lo­ca­tion of Richard Bran­son’s Vir­gin Ho­tels (the first is in Chicago), this 196-room prop­erty, open­ing this month, is sit­u­ated near Yerba Buena Gar­dens and the new Cen­tral Sub­way sta­tion, which is sched­uled to open in 2019. It will have mul­ti­ple din­ing and drink­ing out­lets — in­clud­ing the brand’s flag­ship space, Com­mons Club, which hosts events such as fash­ion shows and lec­tures — and one of the few rooftop bars in the city. Vir­gin has plans to open sev­eral more lo­ca­tions in the U.S. in the next sev­eral years, in­clud­ing in Nashville, Ten­nessee, and Mi­ami.

• Rose­wood Hong Kong: Hong Kong has no short sup­ply of lux­ury ho­tels, but this 413-room prop­erty, sched­uled to open in March, is one of the few in the heart of Vic­to­ria Dock­side, a blos­som­ing food, art and de­sign dis­trict on the Tsim Sha Tsui water­front.

• The Fife Arms: This ho­tel, set in the vil­lage of Brae­mar, Scot­land, a few miles from Bal­moral Cas­tle, and sched­uled to open in De­cem­ber, was once a 19th cen­tury hunt­ing lodge for the Duke of Fife. Re­cently re­stored by the Swiss art power cou­ple Iwan and Manuela Wirth, the Fife Arms has 46 rooms, Vic­to­rian in­te­ri­ors de­signed by Rus­sell Sage and a col­lec­tion of world­class art, in­clud­ing new com­mis­sions from lead­ing in­ter­na­tional artists.

• Bel­mond Cado­gan: Sit­u­ated in the neigh­bour­hood of Chelsea, and once a

stop­ping point for famed ac­tress Lil­lie Langtry and play­wright Os­car Wilde, this 1887 prop­erty is sched­uled to open in De­cem­ber after a three-year, $48-mil­lion restora­tion. The 54-room ho­tel is made up of five ad­join­ing town houses with many of the orig­i­nal de­sign de­tails (work­ing fire­places, mo­saic floors and wood pan­elling) kept in­tact. Guests have ac­cess to the square’s pri­vate gar­den.

• No­Mad Las Ve­gas: A ho­tel within a ho­tel, the No­Mad Las Ve­gas is sit­u­ated in the re­cently opened Park MGM and has Art Deco-in­spired in­te­ri­ors de­signed by Jac­ques Gar­cia. The 293 rooms have oak hard­wood floors, beds with leather head­boards, orig­i­nal vin­tage art­work and mini-bars that were con­structed from steamer trunks.

• Six Senses Bhutan: Six Senses comes to the king­dom of Bhutan with five lodges set in the western and cen­tral val­leys of the coun­try. Three — Thim­phu, Paro and Pu­nakha — will open in Novem­ber, while the other two — Bumthang and Gangtey — will open in March 2019. In to­tal, there will be 82 rooms and each lodge of­fers its own ac­tiv­i­ties. In Pu­nakha, for ex­am­ple, guests can med­i­tate at a prayer pavil­ion over­look­ing the gi­ant Bud­dha statue across the val­ley and go on hikes; in Paro, they can have a pri­vate din­ner in the mid­dle of 15th cen­tury stone ru­ins.

• The Hox­ton, Chicago: A grow­ing chain with global am­bi­tions that’s al­ready a huge hit in its home base of Lon­don, the Hox­ton’s Chicago site, sched­uled for a spring open­ing, is be­ing con­structed in Ful­ton Mar­ket on a site that was for­merly home to a car­maker and meat packer. It’s the brand’s third United States out­post (the oth­ers are in Wil­liams­burg and Port­land, Ore­gon) along with branches in Paris and Am­s­ter­dam. The 175-room Chicago prop­erty will be home to a still-un­named restau­rant and bar, a rooftop pool that’s open to the pub­lic and lively pub­lic spa­ces. Guests will get free Wi-Fi and one hour of free in­ter­na­tional calls.

• Nobu Los Ca­bos: Robert DeNiro’s and chef Nobu Mat­suhi’s fast-grow­ing ho­tel col­lec­tion is fi­nally ex­pected to make its Mex­ico de­but in the sum­mer of 2019, after first be­ing an­nounced for 2018. The Ja­panese-beach-hous­es­tyle prop­erty will have 200 rooms, all with ocean views and an es­thetic that’s a com­bi­na­tion of con­tem­po­rary Ja­panese min­i­mal­ism and touches from Mex­ico (think wood-soak­ing tubs, shoji in­spired closet doors and Ja­panese lanterns). On site will also be a branch of the Nobu restau­rant and a farm-to-ta­ble restau­rant called Mal­ibu Farm, as well as an Asian-in­flu­enced spa. Nobu Ho­tels is also sched­uled to open a lo­ca­tion in Riyadh next year, though re­cent events in­volv­ing Saudi Ara­bia may com­pli­cate that de­vel­op­ment.

• Shi­nola Ho­tel: The re­vi­tal­iza­tion of down­town Detroit con­tin­ues with a part­ner­ship be­tween the lux­ury watch­maker Shi­nola and the real es­tate firm Bedrock (which took Stelco out of bank­ruptcy pro­tec­tion as the com­pany’s new owner in June 2017), two lo­cal brands that have in­vested deeply in the city in the past few years. They are now team­ing up for the first Shi­nola Ho­tel, lo­cated in the down­town shop­ping dis­trict, sched­uled to open in De­cem­ber. The prop­erty, which joins two re­cent ad­di­tions to down­town Detroit — the hip­ster han­gout of the Foun­da­tion Ho­tel and the for­merly pri­vate Detroit Club — is a com­bi­na­tion of two re­stored build­ings, the for­mer T.B. Rayl & Co. de­part­ment store and a for­mer Singer sewing ma­chine store. It will have 129 rooms, a food and drinks pro­gram from New York City chef An­drew Carmellini and an out­door beer hall. Most of the fur­ni­ture and other decor was pro­duced in the U.S. and mini-bars are stocked with beers pro­duced by Michi­gan brew­eries. Li­brary Street Col­lec­tive, a Detroit gallery, is cu­rat­ing the art for the prop­erty.


The bar at the No­Mad Las Ve­gas, opened in mid-Novem­ber.


The en­trance to the new Shi­nola Ho­tel, the lat­est ad­di­tion to the down­town Detroit ho­tel scene.


The Rose­wood is lo­cated in Vic­to­ria Dock­side, a blos­som­ing food, art and de­sign dis­trict on the Tsim Sha Tsui water­front of Hong Kong. The Pu­nakha lodge is one of five prop­er­ties that Six Senses opened in Bhutan in Novem­ber 2018.


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