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Luxury Hotels Open as Travelers Splurge Again

Several international chains and boutique hotel operators are unveiling hot new properties in time for summer.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- As Americans begin to spend again, several international chains and boutique hotel operators are unveiling hot new properties in time for summer.

New York

: Many of the hotels opening this year started before the decline of the commercial real estate industry. The 46-story

Trump Soho

, for example, joins the New York skyline with 391 guest rooms with custom decor by Fendi Casa. The Chicago-based

James Hotel

will open a 114-room location in the former Grand Street Hotel this summer.

Trump's latest New York hotel project emerges from Soho skyline.

The Gansevoort Hotel Group will debut hotel in Midtown called

Gansevoort Park

. It will offer deco-glam details, a rooftop pool, an Italian eatery by One Group and a nightclub.


: Cipriani is set to debut the

South Beach Ocean Resort

north of the W South Beach and Gansevoort South hotels. It was developed in part by restaurateur Giuseppe Cipriani, who's responsible for the Cipriani Residences at 55 Wall St. The rooms have glossy white walls with Italian furnishings and Amalfi blue flooring by designer Michele Bonan.

London's Soho House will debut its first

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Soho Beach House

in the former Sovereign Hotel in late summer, complete with a 49-room hotel, members-only lounge and outpost of Cecconi's restaurant.



The Romanos Costa Navarino

opens next month southeast of Athens, along the Ionian Sea, which is home to some of the most undisturbed beaches of the Mediterranean. The hotel will be near the Mycenaean palace and Navarino Dunes. The Romanos will be part of the Luxury Collection of

Starwood Hotel & Resorts Worldwide



In London, the Dorchester Collection is unveiling the new

45 Park Lane

later this year along a bustling street in the Mayfair neighborhood. The 45-room hotel, run by the operator of the Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris and Los Angeles' Beverly Hills Hotel, features rooms designed by Thierry Despont that overlook Hyde Park.

The W Hotel St. Petersburg is a 137-room property in the city's historical center where you'll also find the Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum and Mariinsky Theater. The hotel will introduce Russia's first Bliss Spa and offer an indoor pool.

Russia isn't the only country getting its first W Hotel. London's Leicester Square, known for it movie openings, will land a 192-room outpost of the chain with 10 two-level luxury residences. W Hotel London, set to open in late summer, will include an outpost of the XYZ eatery.


: Our favorite new W property debuts in Thailand's famed Koh Samui. The

W Retreat Koh Samui

is located on Maenam Beach and continues a tradition of lavish W Retreats that includes sites in the Maldives, Vieques and Bali. An open-wall lobby is tucked under high ceilings and faces a waterfront lounge. The hotel's 75 villas include private pools, outdoor showers and 17 private residences for anyone looking to buy into the W lifestyle.


Reported by Michael Martin of in Los Angeles


Michael Martin is the managing editor of -- 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.