Travel Awards

The Best New Hotels Around the World

From Mexico to Macau, micro to massive, the Surface Travel Awards finalists in the hotel and resort categories reveal an industry awash in creativity.

Photo courtesy Hotel PACAI

Good hotels can also double as canvases for creative expression, as this year’s finalists for the Surface Travel Awards prove. What you’ll find on this list: an architect’s pared-down variation on the classic motor lodge, this time hinged on clean, raw woods; a retro rehab, inspired by Wong Kar-Wai arthouse films, that channels themes of activism and resistance; a madcap exoskeleton facade by the late Zaha Hadid; a geodesic dome with Scandinavian accents; an artistic refitting of Jean Prouvé’s prefabricated hideaway for WWII refugees; and more.





Photo courtesy Four Seasons

Four Seasons Hotel, Sao Paulo

By BAMO, EDG Design, and HKS Architects


Photo courtesy City of Dreams Macau

Morpheus Hotel, Macau

By Zaha Hadid,

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Rosewood, Hong Kong, China

By Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and Tony Chi,


Photo courtesy The Sukhothai

The Sukhothai, Shanghai, China

By Neri & Hu Design and Research,


Photo courtesy Hotel PACAI

Hotel PACAI, Vilnius, Lithuania

By Salius Mikštas, Indre Barsauskaite, and Greta Valikone,


Photo courtesy PURO Hotels

PURO Hotel Warszawa Centrum, Warsaw, Poland

By De Salles Flint,

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Photo courtesy Bankside Hotel

Bankside Hotel, London, UK

By Dayna Lee of Powerstrip Studio and architect Ian Simpson,



Photo by Ezra Stoller

TWA Hotel, New York

By Beyer Blinder Belle, Lubrano Ciavarra, Stonehill Taylor, INC Architecture & Design,

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Photo Chase Daniel

The LINE, Austin, TX

By Knibb Design and Michael Hsu Office of Architecture,

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Photo courtesy EDITION Hotels

The Times Square EDITION, New York

By Yabu Pushelberg,

Photo courtesy Shinola Hotel

Shinola Hotel, Detroit

By Gachot Studios,

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Photo courtesy Chapter Roma

Chapter Roma, Rome, Italy

By Tristan Du Plessis,

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Photo COMO Hotels

COMO Castello del Nero, Tuscany, Italy

By Paola Navone,

Photo courtesy Atelier Ace

Maison de la Luz, New Orleans, LA

By Atelier Ace and Studio Shamshiri,

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Photo courtesy Fife Arms

Fife Arms, Braemar, Scotland, UK

By Russell Sage Studio and Moxon Architects,

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Photo courtesy The Ramble Hotel

The Ramble Hotel, Denver, CO

By Avenue Interior Design,

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Photo courtesy TOURISTS Welcome

TOURISTS Welcome, North Adams, MA

By Ben Svenson, Hank Scollard, Julie Pearson, and Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture,

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Photo courtesy Soho House

Soho House, Mumbai, India

By Soho House,


Photo courtesy Casa Fortunato

Casa Fortunato, Lisbon, Portugal

By Costa Lopes Architects,

Photo courtesy Can Bordoy

Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

By Ohlab,

Photo courtesy Torel Boutiques Hotels

Torel 1884 Suites & Apartments, Porto, Portugal

By Miguel Nogueira and Nano Design,

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Photo courtesy Hotel Amparo

Hotel Amparo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

By Aaron Rambo,

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Photo courtesy The Little Shelter Hotel

The Little Shelter Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand

By Department of Architecture Co.,


Photo courtesy The Pilgrm

The Pilgrm Hotel, London, UK

By 93Ft and The Pilgrm,

Photo courtesy Marriott

Moxy Chelsea, New York City

By Lightstone, Rockwell Group, Yabu Pushelberg, and Stonehill Taylor,

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Image courtesy Ace Hotels

Sister City, New York City

By Atelier Ace/Ace Hotel Group,

Photo courtesy The Modernist

The Modernist, Thessaloniki, Greece

By FORMrelated,



Photo courtesy Matachica Resort

Matachica Resort, Ambergris Caye, Belize

By Byron and Dexter Peart,

Photo courtesy Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

By Joyce Wang Studio,

Photo courtesy Hôtel Lutetia

Hôtel Lutetia, Paris

By Jean-Michel Wilmotte,

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Photo courtesy Marriott

JW Marriott Hotel, Seoul, South Korea

By JW Marriott,


Photo courtesy R\The Evelyn

The Evelyn Hotel, New York City

By Parts and Labor Design and Silvia Zofio,


Photo courtesy Eaton Workshop

Eaton HK, Hong Kong, China

By AvroKO,

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Photo courtesy Conrad Maldives

The Muraka at Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island, Maldives

By Yuji Yamazaki Architecture,


Photo Courtesy G Hotel

Penthouse at Hotel G, San Francisco

By Gulla Jónsdóttir,


Photo courtesy Château La Coste

Jean Prouvé Suite at Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France

By Jean Prouvé, adapted by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners,


Photo courtesy Løvtag

Løvtag, Als Odde, Hadsund, Denmark

By Sigurd Larsen,


Photo courtesy Rosewood

Rosewood Luang Prabang, Nauea Village, Laos

By Bill Bensley,


Photo courtesy Auto Camp

AutoCamp, Yosemite, California

By M-Rad and Anacapa Architecture,


Photo courtesy Shinta Mani Hotels

Shinta Mani Wild, Bensley Collection, Cardamom National Park, Cambodia

By Bill Bensley,


Photo courtesy Whitepod

Whitepod, Zen Suite, Monthey, Switzerland

By Montalba Architects,


Photo courtesy Dômes Charlevoix

Dômes Charlevoix, Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Quebec, Canada

By Bourgeois/Lechasseur Architectes,


Photo courtesy Shipwreck Lodge

Shipwreck Lodge, Skeleton Coast Park Mowe Bay, Namibia

By Nina Maritz Architects,

See the rest of our Surface Travel Awards 2019 finalists.

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