New hotels can be so exciting -- ultramodern, everything in great condition, and you're one of the first (maybe even the first) to stay in that room. Here's a look at some of the hotels opening soon around the U.S.
Cavallo Point -- San Francisco, Calif.
Opening Summer 2008
Located in Fort Baker, Cavallo Point is situated on the edge of Marin County, across the Golden Gate Bridge one mile from Sausalito. Owned by
Passport Resorts, which also operates the tony
Post Ranch Inn, it's the first large-scale development within the former Army base that guarded the Golden Gate Bridge. The eco-friendly lodge at the heart of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area will feature the Fort Baker Institute, a nonprofit think tank that developers hope will rival the
The lodge offers a breathtaking, grassy bluff location with panoramic views of San Francisco Bay and surrounding National Park. The main resort is composed of 142 guest rooms decorated in a cozy California-meets-New England design, including spa-like bathrooms and gas fireplaces.
Several original buildings that once housed officers' residences have been refurbished to contain an in-house culinary school, creative arts center and holistic training program.
Regent Boston at Battery Wharf -- Boston, Mass.
Opening Spring 2008
Atop a historic sea wall at Boston's Battery Wharf, Regent Hotels is set to debut one of its flashiest outposts in North America. The oceanfront location occupies one of the most picturesque settings in Boston, with views of the
USS Constitution and city skyline.
The glassy V-shaped structure is surrounded by a residential neighborhood populated by Boston's elite. Regent's first mixed-use development in the Northeast, the condo-hotel offers direct access to an on-site marina and Coast Guard Museum.
The spare-no-expense hotel includes a lobby outpost of a 7,500-square-foot restaurant and bar by three-star Michelin chef Guy Martin of
Le Grand Véfour. One of only nine 3-Star Michelin chefs in Paris, Martin will oversee planning of the cuisine and organize the day-to-day operations of the kitchen. Rooms include sleek Italian furnishings with limited kitchens in suites and larger apartments.
The London LA -- West Hollywood, Calif.
Opening April 2008
Its presence is massive from the rock clubs of Sunset Boulevard, a voluminous rectangular beige block of hotel formerly known as the Bel-Age. Soon to debut as the The London LA, the British-themed design hotel offers a posh party pad for Hollywood trendsetters to sleep and be seen amongst Los Angeles elite.
The location is quite central, wedged between two major streets in West Hollywood -- close enough to walk to nearby Sunset Plaza or grab an affordable cab to Beverly Hills.
The London LA will offer the first West Coast outpost for London chef
Gordon Ramsay, who will operate an in-house eatery. David Collins designs the rooms in a lofty open-plan design with "beachy" bleached oaks, pale green walls and white leather furnishings. Waterworks, a favorite of Hollywood celebrities, furnishes the bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and mosaic tile.
Mondrian South Beach -- Miami, Fla.
Opening December 2008
Located in an offbeat South Beach location away from the main sprawl of Collins Avenue, designer Marcel Wanders teams up with the storied Mondrian brand to create a symphonic masterpiece in the world of extravagant condo-hotels. A 16-story waterfall edifice leads to an immaculate all-white main lobby with floating black-lacquered staircase.
The place is located on a residential section of Biscayne Bay, traditional home of dated high-rise residential towers. Guests should be aware that a car is essential for visiting anything outside of the hotel. Albeit an island of entertainment on its own, the hotel will offer a yet-to-be-named five-star restaurant, sunset bar, two swimming pools and Aqua day spa and fitness center. A total of 335 guest rooms range in size from compact studios to vast penthouses with full kitchen, balcony and head-on views of downtown Miami.
W Hotel and Residences -- Scottsdale, Ariz.
Opening March 2008
Those familiar with Scottsdale's opulent resort scene may be unprepared for the urban-minded W Scottsdale, located on a cemented stretch of Camelback Road. Peppered with ultra-lux competition like the nearby Mondrian and
Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain, the W Scottsdale aims to attract party-minded travelers looking to Scottsdale as an urban getaway. The hotel will include several street-level boutiques, as well as Bliss Spa and Sweat fitness center.
W Hotel and Residences
, the property features 225 guestrooms and about 25 luxury condominiums with added amenities like full kitchens and expanded living areas. Indoor and outdoor architecture comes to a head at the hotel's infinity pool and outdoor resort area, which is located near the main valet area. In addition to the second-floor pool area, the lobby offers the added convenience of a full nightclub, two bars and outpost of LA's
The Greenwich Hotel -- New York, N.Y.
Opening Spring 2008
Hushed-lip developers have created a blogging frenzy around the opening of The Greenwich Hotel, which counts Robert DeNiro as a prime investor. The midrise hotel occupies a frenzied street corner in New York, offering 75 guest rooms and 12 suites inspired by a cross-pollination of Tibetan and North African influences. The hotel is rumored to feature an outpost of
Ago, DeNiro and Weinstein's Los Angeles eatery that's popular with moneyed Hollywood types and boozy starlets.
Guest rooms range from compact studios to spacious loft-style suites furnished in imported silk rugs and bathrooms with deep soaking tubs. All rooms feature organic toiletries from McBride Beauty as well as a rigorous water-conservation and recycling program for environmentally conscious travelers. The hotel will debut an outpost of Shibui Spa, complete with swimmers pool and well-equipped gym to keep fussy travelers from having to walk to a nearby Equinox.
Michael Martin is the managing editor of JetSetReport.com -- a luxury travel and lifestyle guide based in Los Angeles and London. His work has appeared in In Style, Blackbook, Elle, U.K.'s Red magazine, ITV and BBC.