We’ve narrowed Condé Nast Traveler’s ‘The Best New Hotels in the World: Hot List 2016’ to present our edit of the year’s most dramatic debuts.
Part 1 – USA/Mexico
Words by CNT Editors (view their full list here)
1 Hotel South Beach
The half-billion-dollar hotel and residential development conceived by real estate titans Richard LeFrak and Barry Sternlicht and unveiled in late spring 2015, is currently South Beach’s most talked-about locale. The use of recycled and repurposed woods, preserved moss, petrified branches, and driftwood lighting foster a sense of Zen and underscore a timeless, nature-inspired aesthetic. A staunch commitment to sustainability reaches even the smallest details with hangars constructed from recycled maps and books, glassware crafted from old wine bottles and in-room water filters that eliminate a need for plastic bottles. The hotel nestles one of Miami’s best patches of beach and is crowned by a palm-laced, lounger-lined, adult-only, 110-foot rooftop swimming pool. Anticipate great meals on property with restaurants conceptualized by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio. Despite having 426 rooms, the property’s U-shaped layout, high ceilings, spacious rooms, and myriad public spaces (including three swimming pools beyond the rooftop headliner) help maintain a sense of intimacy.