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The Most Exciting Hotels Opening Around The World In 2020

One of the most important parts of travel is the accommodation. In fact, for many, the chance to stay in a particular hotel or resort can be the reason for a trip. And fortunately, this year promises a slew of those destination-worthy spots.

This year, the hotel trend is reach for the top. Think rooftop bars, rooftop pools, sky-high restaurants and wrap-around terraces with glittering city views.

From a sophisticated Brisbane hotel that taps into the feel of its neighbourhood to a Parisian ‘city resort’ at the edge of The Seine, we’ve rounded up some of our 2020 hotel openings favourites.

W Melbourne, Melbourne

Marriott’s W Hotels are known for adding considerable sass to their five-star hotels, and W Melbourne is no exception. Planning to throw open its doors to a design-savvy crowd come June 2020, in a pair of skyline-piercing towers, the hotel is firmly planted in one of Melbourne’s best new addresses, a towering precinct called Collins Arch.

The Woo Bar is all curves, cocktails and clever belly-of-the-whale timbers rippling with light. Guest rooms are angular, streamlined and spacious. Roomier still, the sky-high luxury suites channel mid-century luxe with gleaming fittings and clever furnishings.

Wow factor: Glittering city views.

Aman New York, New York City

Good news for well-heeled Aman junkies and those who love big-city buzz but value their quiet time  ­– the masters of supremely serene hotels will be opening in the world’s buzziest capital, New York, in late 2020 with Aman New York.

Within the gilded walls of a transformed 1920s neo-classical Beaux Art architectural icon on Fifth Avenue, this urban sanctuary will “move beyond commonplace notions of luxury” and welcome guests with muted tones, Asian influences, open fireplaces, three-level spa, swimming pool and fire pits, a wine library and subterranean jazz club.

Wow factor: The wrap-around garden terrace on the 10th floor.

Hotel Indigo Brisbane, Brisbane

Brisbane continues on its stellar trajectory as an innovative hotel hotspot with Hotel Indigo, to open early 2020 in Fortitude Valley, a quarter of cool where down-at-heel meets hip ‘hood.

The slick new 146-room hotel with its cubist façade will tap into the area’s local personality ­– think lively music scene, pumping pubs, restaurants and cafes. Inside, there’s a sophisticated, high-end vibe with generous spaces, streamlined style and bronze fittings.

Wow factor: The rooftop bar with lap pool.

Nobu Hotel Chicago, Chicago

In a city noted for standout architecture, Nobu Hotel Chicago looks sets to make its mark when it opens late 2020 with its sleek ultra-modern design and subtle Japanese aesthetic. In the once gritty, now groovy West Loop district, the hotel’s fabulously over-size windows overlook the thrumming city.

Inside, however, its all peace, tranquillity, richly textured indigo finishes, yoga mats and Wellness Centre. Nobu’s culinary credentials are exemplary, so guests will want to book for the signature restaurant and sushi bar. And then there is bar The Rooftop, set to become a destination in itself.

Wow factor: Serenity pool? Yes, please.

The Tasman, Hobart

Set to be the perfect opulent bolthole in Hobart’s historic heart when it opens in September 2020, The Tasman (part of the Marriott collection) boasts its own heritage pedigree, occupying several listed buildings and a sleek new wing. Polished interiors are contemporary Art Deco–style in a discreet palette of charcoal, greys, cream and tan.

After a trip to the always mind-boggling MONA or the stones-throw-away Salamanca Markets, you’ll want to retreat to the clubby Whisky Bar, or order a cool-climate Tasmanian wine in the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant.

Wow factor: The Whisky Bar.

Ace Hotel Kyoto, Kyoto

Millenial darling Ace Hotel Kyoto is collaborating with Japanese artists, brands and famed architect Kengo Kuma to create their first Japanese outpost.

In a fusion of East meets West, contemporary and classic ­(the 1926 Kyoto Central Telephone Office­ is part of the complex), Ace Kyoto will capture the country’s refined aesthetic and exquisite craftsmanship while embedding the fun spirit that permeates Ace hotels. A timber grid plus light-filtering meshes and louvres are part of the Kyoto-inspired design. Opening late 2020.

Wow factor: Position, position – the nearby Nishiki Market, Museum of Kyoto and 17th Century Nijo Castle.

Cheval Blanc, Paris

An Art Deco masterpiece in the beating heart of Paris, on the edge of the Seine, billing itself as a ‘city resort’ that promises to weave together historical grandeur and modern effervescence.

Under the umbrella of the prestigious LMVH Louis Vuitton marque, Le Cheval Blanc will be the very model of high-end Parisian chic – sumptuous but understated, with a palette of subtle shades, bespoke furniture and artwork from modernist masters. There’s a spa (naturally), swimming pool (rare in Paris), brasserie and fine-dining restaurant. Opening April 2020.

Wow factor: Paris-perfect vistas from the landscaped terrace on the 7th floor.

Arctic Bath, Swedish Lapland

Is it a giant bird’s nest? Is it a bath? Arctic Bath pushes the boundaries of what a hotel can be.

The circular building with central open-air cold bath (a Swedish health tradition), several saunas, spa and restaurant  (among other things) will free-float in the summer and in winter will be frozen on the Lule River. Quirky? Definitely. For sleeping, there are separate cabins and suites with luxurious Scandinavian interiors. Health, nature and sustainability are the focus. Opening early 2020.

Wow factor: Remote Arctic location and wellness rituals.

(Lead image: The W Melbourne / supplied, all images / supplied) 

Published 21 January, 2020