New season, new hotels to covet – at least that’s what the Roadness team is quick to do as one year moves into the next. These openings, all scheduled for this year, make us want to travel.
In the next few months, long-awaited openings will crop up across the world: in London and Paris; Texas and Hawaii; Indonesia and Japan; Burgundy and Brussels. We’ll keep updating this page as new hotels are announced.
Boys Hall, Kent, England
Whiz 35 minutes on the train out of London, and you can be here – in the heart of Kent, at a 17th-century Jacobean manor house with 10 bedrooms, a restaurant and walled gardens to explore. New owners Bradley and Kristie Lomas have a sparkly CV – Kristie founded former King’s Cross space Drink, Shop and Do, while Bradley founded East London Pub Co. Food served in the restaurant, terraces and pub will use ingredients from the kitchen gardens, and there will be a 4,000 bottle wine cellar – perfect for long, lazy lunches in the sunshine.
Open since January 2023, boys-hall.com
Wayfinder Waikiki, Hawaii, USA
This box-fresh opening in Waikiki, a neighbourhood in Hawaii’s capital Honolulu, is set right on the Ala Wai canal. Interior designers The Vanguard Theory have brought the island into the interiors here; all natural furniture and tons of greenery that take the edge off the Brutalist architecture. There’s a coffee shop, pool bar and an outpost of Redfish, an island-favourite poke spot – just eight minutes’ stroll from the beach.
Open since January 2023, wayfinderhotels.com
Aida, Kansas City, USA
We named Kansas City as one of the best places in the USA to go in 2023 – and writer Caitlin Morton tipped the winter opening of Aida as one of many reasons to add the city to your list. It’s from the team behind big sister and neighbour The Truitt, an eight-room boutique that won hearts with its local ethos. Aida promises more of the same: eight rooms, all gorgeously decked out and within walking distance of some of Kansas City’s prettiest and most historic areas.
Open since February 2023, aidakc.com
The Peninsula Istanbul, Turkey
The Peninsula Istanbul, peeking over the city’s Bosphorus waterfront, is going big on local names. Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu, who became the first woman to design a mosque when she helmed Istanbul’s Şakirin Mosque, has looked after the interiors, while fashion designer Arzu Kaprol created slick staff wardrobes. Fatih Tutak, chef patron of two Michelin-starred restaurant Turk Fatih Tutak, is looking after the hotel’s rooftop restaurant, Gallada. All of this set across stiched-together four buildings (three historic, including a soaring former ferry terminal).
Open since February 2023, peninsula.com
Art’otel Battersea, London, England
No corner of London has had a bigger glow up over the past 12 months than Battersea. Grade II-listed, coal-fired Battersea Power Station underwent a tip-to-toe makeover, almost 50 years after it was decommissioned in the 1970s. It reopened in 2022, stacked with shops, restaurants, cinemas and a theatre. In 2023, Art’otel – 164 art-inspired rooms on the top levels of the power station – will open, with a rooftop bar and pool, a spa and a restaurant from Portuguese chef Henrique Sá Pessoa.
Open since February 2023, batterseapowerstation.co.uk
Six Senses Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Six Senses are on a roll right now – after opening Six Senses Ibiza, a Balearic newcomer that’s already leading the pack, the group is due to open hotels in New York, the Loire Valley, Rome, Austria, and Iceland. But we’ve got our eye on this mountaintop spot in the Swiss Alps. With the 2020 ski season cut short, the 2021 season cancelled and 2022 dampened by the Omicron resurgence, all eyes are on 2023. Two hours by train from Geneva, Six Senses Crans-Montana will have all the hallmarks of the glossy brand: a cavernous spa with dedicated spaces for kids and teens, and a sun terrace with views of the pistes.
Open since February 2023, sixsenses.com
This Duxton Hill opening is the first Mondrian (currently found in the likes of East London, Los Angeles and Doha) in Asia. As you might expect it’s a high-rise – but architects have cleverly drawn inspiration from the area’s Chinese shophouses and art scene to become more rooted and artsy than you might first imagine. Rooms are flecked with locally commissioned art, there’s a rooftop bar and pool – plus a handful of other restaurants, from a steakhouse to a laidback diner.
Opens March 2023, ennismore.com
Hoxton Brussels, Belgium
No one does retro-cool quite like The Hoxton. After opening in Barcelona and Shepherd’s Bush in 2022, 2023 will see more exciting hotels springing up. This opening in Brussels will have a 1970s flavour to it, as well as the first outpost of the group’s co-working brand Working From_ in Europe. Also coming this year, a Hoxton in Berlin.
Opens April 2023, thehoxton.com
Bulgari Tokyo, Japan
The building that the sparkly new Bulgari Tokyo is set in isn’t quite a supertall skyscraper. These, officially, are buildings over 300 metres – but the Bulgari’s new home is close, at 240 metres high. The hotel is taking over the top seven floors – expect a 16,000-square-foot Bulgari Spa, restaurants and bars with outdoor terraces and an 82-foot indoor pool, all swathed in grandeur – this is one of a handful of Japanese openings to get excited about this year.
Opens April 2023, bulgarihotels.com
The OWO, Raffles, London, England
Is this London’s most anticipated hotel of 2023? Potentially. Glossy hotel group Raffles (Singapore, Dubai) will take over the Old War Office in Whitehall for their London debut. It’s the first time the Baroque building, which stopped being used by the Ministry of Defence in the 1960s, will open to the public. Just about everyone should find something among the 11 restaurants and bars that will be set across the hotel and residences. Check in for a serious James Bond moment – the OWO have starred in all of Daniel Craig’s recent films.
Opens spring 2023, theowo.london
Hotel Vermelho, Melides, Portugal
Is this Europe’s longest-anticipated hotel? It certainly feels that way. Christian Louboutin has been a big name on this stretch of Portugal’s coast since 2013 when he shot a campaign here that first drew international attention to the area. Whispers of the designer opening a hotel have been around for a couple of years now – and spring 2023 will finally see Hotel Vermelho open its doors. “Vermelho”, incidentally, means “red” in Portuguese – “a nod to the trademark colour of the soles of Louboutin’s shoes,” CNT Spain editor David Moralejo noted when he tipped Melides as one of the 23 best places to go in 2023. There are just 13 rooms, all artfully curated with local tiles and art – nabbing one will be the biggest trick of the year.
Opens April 2023, vermelhohotel.com
COMO Le Montrachet, Burgundy, France
30 years ago, the first COMO hotel opened in London – and in the decades that followed, the group has opened 14 further properties from Bali (COMO Shambhala Estate) to the Maldives (COMO Cocoa Island) and beyond. This year, the first COMO property in France will open in Burgundy – taking advantage of its location in Winelands, with access to the coveted Grand Cru vineyards. Heritage buildings are set up around a traditional place, and house 31 bedrooms, dining options and a spa.
Opens spring 2023, le-montrachet.com
Rusty Parrot, Jackson Hole, USA
This family-run boutique was forced to close in 2019 after a devastating fire – but 2023 is the year it roars back to life following a tip-to-toe makeover. The restaurant, Wild Sage, and spa, Body Sage, will both return in new settings, plus there’s a pool, a courtyard and a bar all housed in slick spaces.
Opens spring 2023, rustyparrot.com
Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, London, England
We named Mayfair one of the 13 best places to visit in the UK in 2023 – thanks, largely, to the arrival of London’s sophomore Mandarin Oriental. It’s the little sister of stalwart Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, opening on the corner of one of Mayfair’s oldest squares. Korean-born, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back will make his British debut here, overseeing two restaurants, a bar and a rooftop space. Plus, a wellness centre will include a spa and a 25-metre swimming pool. This is a slick opening poised to make Mayfair London’s must-visit corner.
Opens spring 2023, mandarinoriental.com
House of Gods, Glasgow
“The House of Gods promises, by Zeus, to deliver a divine thunderbolt of louche, sleepless, neon-lit, velvet-upholstered decadence,” contributor and Glasgow local Steve King wrote when tipping Scotland’s second city as one of the best places to go in the UK in 2023. Following on from the brand’s Edinburgh debut, this opening will spotlight more of the same, namely: “velvety opulence, neon signage against Gucci heron wallpaper and an atmosphere of playful debauchery.”
Opens spring 2023, houseofgodshotel.com
Son Net, Mallorca, Spain
When spoiling Andalusian hotel Finca Cortesin opened a few years ago, we quickly named it one of the best hotels in Spain. So this follow-up from the same team, just 20 minutes outside of Palma in Mallorca, is one to watch. Scattered across a 17th-century estate in the UNESCO World Heritage Tramuntana Mountains, this is a palatial property stuffed with art set around an original interior courtyard. A handful of pools set in the acres of gardens will be surrounded by private cabanas, and there will be a vineyard and a century-old olive oil press among the grounds, too.
Opens spring 2023, sonnet.es
Le Grand Mazarin, Paris, France
A new address in Le Marais is cause for excitement by those who love the city – and Le Grand Mazarin, an opening slated for spring, is no exception. Swedish designer Martin Brudnizki, who oversaw the legendary interiors at Annabel’s in Mayfair, has taken inspiration from the famous Parisian literary salons of the early 20th century, and there’s even a swimming pool – rare for this city.
Opens spring 2023, legrandmazarin.com
Six Senses Rome, Italy
This will be – quite unbelievably – the first Six Senses property to open in Italy. All the hallmarks of a lush Roman hotel are present and correct: a palazzo setting minutes from Fontana di Trevi and Pantheon, with a courtyard garden and rooftop terrace. The building’s façade is UNESCO-listed, carefully restored by the Six Senses group, who are also keeping swoon-worthy original features such as the central staircase. There will, of course, be a Six Senses Spa – centred around traditional Roman baths – and a restaurant leaning into the brand’s organic ethos in the form of a classic trattoria. Rome is having a moment, and Six Senses are leading the charge.
Opens spring 2023, sixsenses.com
La Fantaisie, Paris, France
Booking a hotel room with a balcony in Paris is hitting the jackpot – and La Fantaisie has several spaces (dreamt up by Martin Brudnizki, who is clearly having a good year) with terraces that open onto either the city’s slate-grey skyline or the central courtyard. In the still-cool 9th arrondissement, there will be a restaurant and bar that open onto Rue Cadet helmed by Dominique Crenn, a French-born chef who has spent much of her career in the USA, where she became the first female chef to oversee a restaurant awarded three Michelin stars. Plus, there will be a spa and a rooftop bar to explore, too.
Opens spring 2023, lafantaisie.com
Hotel La Palma, Capri, Italy
This was Capri’s first-ever hotel, opened for the first time just over 200 years ago in 1822. Now, the all-white building on the most-famous Italian island has been taken over by the Oetker Collection (Le Bristol in Paris, Eden Rock in St Barths, Jumby Bay in the Caribbean) and the Reuben Brothers (the shiny new Mondrian Shoreditch, The Palazzo Experimental in Venice). Careful renovations have reduced the number of rooms from 80 to 50 to create more space – a major selling point on this always-thrumming isle – and all come with a balcony. Capri’s infamous Piazzetta is just around the corner, while those who take on the short distance to the coast can bag a day bed at La Palma Beach Club, the hotel’s chilled-out hangout.
Opens summer 2023, oetkercollection.com
100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
A handsome townhouse built for Scottish politician Sir John Clark of Penicuik, 100 Princes Street was turned into a hotel in the 19th century, as the Scottish capital took off as a destination for Victorian travellers. A couple of hundred years later, the Georgian space on one of Edinburgh’s best-known thoroughfares was renovated by Red Carnation Hotels (also behind Ireland’s Ashford Castle), with interiors inspired by designer Alexander McQueen. Most of the rooms overlook Edinburgh Castle, the city’s biggest hitting landmark, but we’re most excited by the 200-strong fine wine wall from the family-owned vineyard Bouchard Finlayson.
Opens August 2023, 100princes-street.com
Cap Karoso, Sumba, Indonesia
This eco-focussed retreat in surfing honeypot Sumba is the first property from new hoteliers Fabrice and Eve Ivara, who bought this stretch of land after visiting the area in 2017. Before cracking on with the project, the team sought the permission of 600 locals to request ancestral approval, which was granted. Award-winning architect Gary Fell and Jakarta-based Bitte Design Studio have sourced local, sustainable materials to craft the suites and villas; all of which nod to the Ivara’s Parisian roots. A beach club, open-air cinema, spa and restaurant will be set across the land, with produce sourced from the on-site farm run by a local team, which also houses a school of agriculture for the community, a kids’ club and an activity centre for guests. This green-fingered ethos is central to the hotel – 50 per cent of its energy will come from its solar panel park and at least 80 per cent of staff will be hired locally.
Opens summer 2023, capkaroso.com
Hotels opening in autumn 2023
One&Only Aesthesis, Athens, Greece
One&Only’s latest European opening, in Montenegro, was one of 2021’s knockout stays. The 2023 follow-up is in one of our favourite cities, Athens, set on a private oceanfront estate. Rooms pivot around the Athenian Riviera views and coastline, mezes and authentic Grecian dishes will spotlight locally sourced ingredients, and the spa will offer treatments hand in hand with Chenot Spa.
Opens autumn 2023, oneandonlyresorts.com
Bowie House, Fort Worth Texas, USA
Once a restaurant, Rick’s On The Bricks, then a pub, The Ginger Man, this Fort Worth opening is all about regenerating a loved local hangout. Auberge Resorts (Stanly Ranch in Napa Valley, Hotel Jerome in Aspen) are at the helm. This is a Texas-sized boutique hotel – there are 88 rooms and 18 suites, plus a restaurant, lobby bar and terrace.
Opens autumn 2023, aubergeresorts.com
&Beyond Punakha River Lodge, Bhutan
&Beyond’s first Asian lodge will launch in Bhutan, a country with no shortage of smart lodges to choose from. &Beyond’s offering, however, overlooks the Himalaya Mountains, set right on the banks of the Mo Chu River. Safari-style tents, one-room River House Suites with a hot tub and a family suite with a private pool have all been built in the traditional Bhutanese style, as has the spa and yoga studio. Travellers can take cooking classes, visit local farms and try their hand at rafting, fishing or archery.
Opens late 2023, andbeyond.com
Bulgari Rome, Italy
The sparkly Italian jewellery brand opened its first hotel nearly 20 years ago and followed up with glossy outposts in London, Dubai, Bali and, most recently, Paris. 2023 will bring with it the opening of Bulgari Roma, set in a 1930s-built modernist building around the corner from the Spanish Steps. It will open in the autumn, with a restaurant overseen by Niko Romito – known for three Michelin-starred Reale in a 16th-century Abruzzo monastery – as well as an appointment-only reading room dedicated to the history of jewellery, a spa, and a top-floor bar with covetable views.
Opens 2023, bulgarihotels.com