It’s no secret that COVID-19 has hit the travel industry extremely hard.
But luckily, sunshine still shimmers in the middle of the storm. Six months after this pandemic, in what is arguably the most difficult time for the hotel industry in history, hotels across the country are not only opening their doors again, but there are also several new hotels that are welcoming guests for the first time.
With travelers finally leaving the confines of their homes – whether by plane, train, or car – there is no better time than now to visit a brand new hotel (and worry less about past guests or hygiene records). Here are some domestic hotel openings to add to your travel list, whether you are traveling or not, through 2021.
Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco – San Francisco, CA.
The new Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco in Embarcadero has the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge and is located in the heart of the city’s financial district. All 155 rooms and suites (located on the top 11 floors of the 48-story building) have been completely redesigned and are steps from major international businesses, Michelin-starred restaurants, luxury shopping in Union Square, and many walk-in areas away .
Emeline – Charleston, SC
Located in Charleston’s historic district, Emeline is a clever and thoughtful retreat designed specifically for the curious traveler. This fascinating hideaway with 212 king rooms includes 128 luxury suites and 16 double king beds. Local amenities include Frannie & The Fox, Clerks Coffee Company, and Keep Shop. The property has more than 13,000 square feet of flexible event space and 10 private event spaces. The Hayne Street Gallery can accommodate events for up to 250 people and receptions for up to 350 guests.
The Lake House on Canandaigua – Finger Lakes, NY
The Lake House on Canandaigua is a new Finger Lakes Hotel that was founded by the Sands family and officially opened its doors to guests after its initial development phase. Designed by New York-based Studio Tack in collaboration with family-run design house The Brooklyn Home Company, the hotel offers an apartment-building-inspired and design-led hospitality experience, creating a new destination for travelers seeking an active western wellness retreat New looking York. Following the announcement by renowned spa partner Alexandra Soveral and the offer of seaplane transportation from the East River in New York to Canandaigua Lake, the project was one of the most anticipated projects this year.
Hotel Haya – Ybor City, FL
The 178-room property designed by local Alfonso Architects Incorporated in Tampa’s historic city of Ybor, known as the “Cigar City”, immerses guests in mid-century Cuba, from four massive Francisco Goya reproductions to glass-blown globes Chihuly style that pays homage to Ybor’s famous street lights. The project is an adaptive reuse of two historic buildings: the borough’s first restaurant from 1890, and the Warren building, which supposedly housed Teddy Roosevelt & Rough Riders. The hotel also has an upscale Gulf Coast-inspired Mediterranean restaurant, Flor Fina, and Café Quiquiriqui, which feels like a stroll to Havana.
Luminary Hotel & Co – Fort Myers, FL
Almost 134 years after Thomas Edison put down roots in The City of Palms, Luminary Hotel & Co. is paying tribute to downtown Fort Myers’ electrical history. Harnessing the collective energy of a city built by a group of inventors and innovators, the 243-key waterfront property has revitalized the once-neglected river district of Fort Myers. It offers breathtaking views of the Caloosahatchee riverside. The workshop is the property’s state-of-the-art 2,300-square-foot culinary theater, where guests can experiment and collaborate with chefs on hotel programs and private events.
The Kimpton Pittman Hotel – Dallas, TX
With the recent opening of the Kimpton Pittman Hotel, one of Dallas’s most historic buildings is being reborn in the famous Deep Ellum neighborhood. The Kimpton Pittman Hotel is located in the historic Temple of the Knights of Pythias with 165 modern guest rooms in living style, ranging from the Deluxe King to the spacious Presidential Salon. Each room is made up of soft, modern white walls adorned with artwork by Dallas artists and unexpected pops of dark green, orange, and gray.
Brenton Hotel – Newport, RI
The newly built and locally owned Brenton Hotel, which opened in July, is located on the busy waterfront in the heart of downtown Newport, RI. Shaped from the experience to the architectural design of Newport, the Brenton Hotel redefines the luxury of the gilded age with 57 rooms and suites. It is one of the most spacious in town and has interiors that create the feeling of an extravagant yacht.
Kimpton Armory Hotel – Bozeman, MT
The construction of the original Kimpton Armory Hotel building and the addition of a new tower have restored the building to its Art Deco grandeur, turning it into a beautiful 122 room boutique hotel and three unique restaurants – seasonal, local American cuisine concept, basement bar with an intimate venue for live music and a rooftop pool and lounge with views right at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The music theme runs through the entire hotel, with a guitar loan program, Pick & Play, already set up with the local Music Villa store. On site, guests can choose from one of the hotel’s many guitars to strum in their room, or even go to the Tune Up basement bar and take a spin on the stage themselves.