If you’re looking for inspiration for your next trip, you’ve found it in this list of the top new hotels throughout the United States and Canada! From luxurious resorts to minimalists retreats, this list is full of comfortable places to rest and relax while you enjoy your travels.
Condé Nast Traveler ~ ” Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection – Ask any Hawaii loyalist about the storied Mauna Lani resort on the Big Island and they’ll nod knowingly. For decades, the beloved hotel has been a mainstay, drawing celebrities, well-heeled families, and staycationing locals to the Kona Kohala coast. To say that there was some nervous anticipation when it emerged as an Auberge Resort after a $200 million renovation, is playing it supremely cool. But, full exhale, the brand stuck the landing. There’s still that soothing sense of nostalgia and history that comes with seeing an old friend. But, like all good reunions, there’s some change and even a surprise or two. For starters, it’s lost that early 1980s feel—gone is the high-gloss bamboo furniture and dark wood shutters—replaced with a decidedly Hawaiian 2.0 look of light wood, soft sea shades, and lots of white. The ancient Kalahuipua’a royal fishponds are still there, now an easy walk from the sleek, adults-only infinity pool. And the beach out front remains one of the best places to learn to surf or snorkel as sea turtles and the occasional spinner dolphin cruise past. Other new additions include the oceanfront CanoeHouse restaurant (led by former Nobu chef Matt Raso) for Kona abalone, grilled kampachi, and produce from local farms. There is also a Goop store for any failure to pack enough beach cover-ups. Indeed, the crowd may be savvier and more well-traveled than ever, but beach hair and flip flops at dinner are still just fine, preserving what’s always been the best part of Mauna Lani: its laid back, aloha ease.
Austin Proper Hotel – A step through the hotel’s giant black doors and it’s obvious that Los Angeles-based designer Kelly Wearstler spent time getting to know the Texas landscape and the city of Austin. The lobby, a series of enclaves curated with patinaed club chairs, loveseats upholstered in the rusty reds, deep greens and golds of the surrounding hill country, and wrought iron light fixtures from the 1930s, nods to the Arts and Crafts bungalow homes the area is known for. Wearstler mixes patterns, colors, and materials with her characteristic zeal: a single sofa is a pastiche of ikat, floral, and stripes, while the reception has a black and white gingham ceiling, elevator walls are lined with cowhide, and patterned vintage rugs cover much of the cypress wood floors throughout the hotel. And yet the result, a sort of visual patchwork of influence and eras, tones and textures, is anything but haphazard. It takes an incredibly keen, confident eye to pull off such a maximalist look. And while the identity of Austin, the country’s fastest growing city, is somewhat in flux as it moves from the laid back indie darling it’s long been and the busy tech-centric town it’s becoming, the Proper—with its heart-of-downtown location, casual sidewalk café, high energy lobby bar, and the city’s best Mediterranean restaurant, Peacock—is a place where both sides of Austin feel welcome.
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**Please note: Due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel, we encourage people to always plan trips in accordance with the guidance provided by government and health officials.