Condé Nast Traveler is thrilled to unveil the 2013 Hot List, the buzz-making list of their favorite new hotels that have opened in the past year. The entire list of 154 properties spans the globe, from a tiny one-suite find in Chiang Mai to a luxe safari camp in Tanzania—but to get you started, here's a glimpse at some of the new hotels in the U.S.
Palihotel -Los Angeles, Calif.
A grungy Melrose Avenue youth hostel reborn as a 32-room hipster hot spot, the Palihotel arrives complete with a too-cool-for-reservations restaurant run by a tattooed chef (serving highfalutin comfort food, natch) and a spa dedicated solely to Thai massage.
The Saguaro - Palm Springs, Calif.
This revamped 245-room desert resort is on the quiet southern side of Palm Springs. It features a central courtyard dominated by palms and a pool, and for a backdrop, the jagged San Jacintos rise straight up from the valley floor only a mile away.
Inn at the Presidio - San Francisco, Calif.
This renovated 22-room Georgian Revival barracks house is in the heart of the Presidio—a former Army base (now a national park) 15 minutes from downtown. The look is yuppie chic, like a Pottery Barn catalog come to life.
Mandarin Oriental - San Francisco, Calif.
The first Mandarin Oriental property in the United States (opened in 1987) has received a total makeover—with 158 redesigned rooms and lobby, a brand-new spa, and a re-imagined restaurant in the Financial District.
SLS Hotel South Beach - Miami Beach, Fla.
The SLS is an Art Deco diva on South Beach with 140 rooms and two happening restaurants. Sweet 1950s photos, a long worn-wood table at check-in, and other vintage touches jibe with classic Deco details. Rooms are seriously tiny but have clever space avers like a metal wardrobe/minibar.
Nantucket Hotel & Resort - Nantucket, Mass.
This completely renovated grand hotel (the original opened in 1891) is within walking distance of Nantucket town’s attractions. The 36 rooms and suites, some with common decks, sleep from 2 to 12 people, making this—the island’s only year-round place to stay—an ideal full-service base for family vacations.
Wythe Hotel - Brooklyn, N.Y.
A converted turn-of-the-century factory with 72 rooms, a rooftop bar, and a standout restaurant, the Wythe is one block from the Brooklyn waterfront in Williamsburg. Skyline views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens steal the show.
The NoMad - New York, N.Y.
The NoMad resides in a restored turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts building in the trendy Flower District and works hard to convince you're in someone's home, not a hotel: The walls are dark gray, the furniture is all gleaming leather, the wood floors are covered with carpets tattered just so, and the guest room walls are hung gallery-style with framed ephemera evoking 1950s French colonialism.
21c Museum Hotel - Cincinnati, Ohio
This 1924 landmark turned art hotel in downtown Cincinnati is next to the Contemporary Arts Center and across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The old Metropole Hotel survives in the restored terrazzo floor, curving staircase, arched windows, and ornate plasterwork of 21c, its every corner, from the 156 guest rooms to the nine-story solarium, a showcase for contemporary art.
Heywood Hotel - Austin, Texas
The Heywood is a redesigned Craftsman bungalow with seven rooms in the newly fashionable arts district of East Austin. The interior of this 1920s structure is full of bold retro touches and work by local artists, much of it for sale. All rooms feature rich longleaf pine floors, fluffy platform beds hand-made by the owner, and Wi-Fi radio.
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