The latest crop of arrivals offer disparate design schemes and locations, from a one-room hideaway inside a converted Copenhagen crane to a Victorian-style property in Toronto to an elevated tented camp in Tulum.
By Kathryn O’Shea-Evans
December 14, 2017
De Koolputten, Waasmunster, Belgium
About 30 minutes from both Antwerp and Brussels, De Koolputten is a modern interpretation of a B&B in a former coal warehouse, revamped by local Polo Architects. The original manor is now an airy lobby and exhibition space; the brasserie’s tasting menu is determined by the surrounding valley’s seasonal ingredients; and guests sleep in renovated horse stables, now wood-lined rooms with beige tones and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out on the adjacent Derme River.
The Krane, Copenhagen
Scandinavian lifestyle brand Menu teamed with architect Mads Møller to transform an real coal crane into a austere one-room hotel overlooking Northern Harbour. It may be the most intimate hotel on earth, but it’s not lacking in amenities: guests have a full-time concierge at their disposal, loaner BMW and bike access, a spa with standalone soaking tubs, and an en-suite breakfast to kick off each day.
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Hotel St. George, Helsinki
Scheduled to open in early 2018, the circa 1840 Finnish Literature Society and newspaper printing house had become Hotel St. George, an 148-room ode to Nordic design. Originally designed by Finnish architect Onni Tarjanne, the space was given a full revamp by creative director Mirkku Kullberg, formerly the CEO of the furniture brand Artek. The property houses everything from a winter garden to a dragon kite by artist Ai Weiwei to a holistic wellness center offering meditation and tai chi.
Roomers Munich, Munich
Amsterdam firm Concrete was tapped to design this sultry 281-room property with en-suite Bang & Olufsen sound systems and natural finishes (leather, wood, marble). Like the brand’s other German-based outposts, the social spaces star here: Head to Japanese–South American hybrid restaurant, Izakaya, and order from the the menu of rare sakes and selections from the Robata grill, then find your way to the hidden, scarlet-hued club, complete with a programmable cassette ceiling.
Broadview Hotel, Toronto
Once a turn-of-the-century soap factory, then the 1970s Jilly’s Strip Club, the Broadview Hotel’s overhaul comes courtesy of Toronto-based Design Agency. The 58 tasteful rooms are outfitted with Victorian-style floral wallpaper, vinyl record players, and local products in the minibar; request one overlooking the Don Valley River. The rooftop tapas restaurant was envisioned as a midcentury garden room, with jewel-toned furniture and, for art, installations curated by the city’s Tatar Art Projects.
Habitas Tulum, Tulum, Mexico
Set on a private beach on the Yucatan Peninsula, Habitas Tulum is the first hotel from the team behind the pop-up Habitas cultural events around the world. The 32 canvas-and-palapa guest rooms, either facing the sea or in the jungle, have raffia lamps and kilim rugs, organic bath products made of coconut and honey, and outdoor rain showers and terraces. At the open-air clubhouse, Uruguayan chef Federico Cappi prepares fish delivered by local fisherman right to the beach, to go with a mezcal cocktails.
Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, Honolulu
A 280,000-gallon saltwater oceanarium greets guests in the lobby of Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, designed by New York City’s Rockwell Group to reference the Hawaiian landscape: lava-stone mosaic accents, driftwood sculptures, Rockwell’s custom teak furniture. Fire pits, infinity pools, and two restaurants by Chef Morimoto—don’t miss the pork gyoza ramen—round out one of the most elevated arrivals to tourist-swaddled Waikiki in years.