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10 hotly anticipated hotels opening in 2019

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The new year is upon us, and 2019 is set for a flurry of hotel openings. But which are the best to check into?

These boltholes combine stellar architecture with prime locations, from a prison that’s turning over a new leaf in Cornwall to a modernist jungle retreat in Sri Lanka.

Here are the new hotels opening in 2019 that we’re most looking forward to.

TWA Flight Centre, New York, USA

10 hotly anticipated hotels opening in 2019: TWA Flight Centre hotel at JFK Airport
Courtesy TWA Hotel

The airline is no more, but TWA’s retro-futuristic headquarters at New York’s JFK Airport are getting a second wind. Eero Saarinen’s UFO-inspired wings are ideally positioned for recovering between flights, and its 4,500 square metres are enough to put up 1,600 people. Stonehill Taylor is designing the guest rooms with custom leather beds, walnut wet bars, curvacious 1960s-era Knoll furnishings and 10cm-thick glass windows to keep out the runway’s roar.
Taking bookings for early 2019
JFK Airport, Queens, NYC

Nobu Los Cabos, Mexico

Nobu Hotel Los Cabos hotel opening 2019
Via Nobu Hotel Los Cabos

Architects Monica Cuervo and Mark Yoshizaki of WATG  fuse low Japanese aesthetics with traditions of California modernism in Nobu’s latest property – a beach house in Los Cabos, Baja. Inside the suites, designer Severine Tatangelo of Malibu’s Studio PCH brings textural Mexican wood, stone and marble, and chooses textiles and artworks from local artisans to warm it all up.
Opening spring
Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico

Hoxton Chicago, USA

10 hotly anticipated hotels opening in 2019: The Hoxton Chicago
Via The Hoxton

The former stockyards area of West Loop orbits around West Randolph Street, aka Restaurant Row, home to a location of Soho House. One block north, Morris Adjmi Architects and GREC have added several storeys to a century-old warehouse, playing up the Chicago neighbourhood’s postindustrial history with high ceilings, dusty heritage colours and a buzzy American-sized bistro.
Opening spring
200 North Green Street, Chicago

Muji Hotel Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

Muji Hotel Tokyo -- opening in 2019
Via Muji

You know Muji’s new hotel in Ginza will be smack in the centre, because the brand has trusted the location with its Tokyo flagship, just downstairs. The cheap’n’cheerful formula is just what Ginza has been waiting for since the luxury-brand hotels have flooded in, each pricier than the last. Muji’s will be light, bright and stocked with homeware basics like modular sofas. And because rooms will start on the seventh floor, each gets a stellar view.
Opening 4 April
3 Chome 3-1 8, Tokyo

Altu Qala, Las Paz, Bolivia

10 hotly anticipated hotels opening in 2019: Altu Qala in Las Paz, Bolivia
Courtesy Altu Qala, Bolivia

With La Paz anchoring itself to the South American holiday trail, hotels are becoming more luxe and more abundant. Altu Qala is the latest coming attraction, retrofitted into a classic colonial townhouse with the addition of a two-storey glass extension up top. The latter will house a restaurant and 10 suites decorated in mid-century style will fill the rest.
Opening April
Plaza Tomas Frias 1570, La Paz, Bolivia

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

10 hotly anticipated hotels opening in 2019: One&Only Gorilla's Nest in Rwanda
One&Only Gorilla Nest hotel

Is that cloud or ash hovering over the Virunga volcano range, you’ll ask yourself, lounging under the ceiling fan in your private, grass-thatched villa in the foothills. Big cats and exotic birds flock to this national park, the oldest on the continent, but One&Only built this nest as a base for viewing gorillas, king of these jungles. When you’ve returned from tracking them, you can always play a round of golf.
Opening April
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Hotel de la Ville, Rome, Italy

10 hotly anticipated hotels opening in 2019: Hotel de la Ville in Rome
Courtesy Hotel de la Ville

Tommaso Ziffer and, naturally, Olga Polizzi have collaborated on the fresh artefact-sprinkled interiors in Rocco Forte’s new hotel atop Rome’s Spanish Steps. Local artisans will provide furnishings for the design team to play with. And the social spaces will doubtless meet the high expectations set by the classical gardens of Forte’s Hotel de Russie, downhill.
Opening May
Via Sistina, 69, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

Four Seasons Montreal, Canada

10 hotly anticipated hotels opening in 2019: Four Seasons Montreal
Courtesy of Four Seasons Montreal

The Four Seasons is building up into the sky above Montreal’s Golden Square Mile with its latest hotel-residence. Banks of glass will wrap the first five floors, devoted to retail, events and Marcus Samuelsson’s first restaurant in the city. Rooms will get a make-over from Paris designers Gilles & Boissier. And lifts will whisk visitors to the spa and skylit indoor pool over looking the Old City.
Opening summer

1430 Rue de la Montagne, Montreal

Bodmin Jail hotel, Cornwall, UK

10 hotly anticipated hotels opening in 2019: Bodmin Jail hotel in Cornwall
Courtesy of Twelve Architects

In Cornwall, spiffy hotels are rising from the ashes of crumbling infrastructure. Restorers have relocated nine species of bat from inside the 18th-century Bodmin prison, unused for nearly a century, so the building could be converted into a 63-bedroom boutique hotel. An outbuilding will house the bats, and the old gallows will relocate to a viewing platform so Twelve Architects can open up the dark core into cosy guest accommodation.
Opening summer
Berrycoombe Road, Bodmin

Harding Boutique Hotel, Ahangama, Sri Lanka

10 hotly anticipated hotels opening in 2019: Harding Sri Lanka
Courtesy of Harding Boutique Hotels

The newest opening on Sri Lanka’s beachy southern coast is a homage to the island’s tradition of modern architecture in concrete and tropical woods. Jonathan Ashmore of Anarchitect designed the eponymous property from Sri Lankan-Australian Paul Harding with indoor-outdoor rooms, terraces that float within the palm forest and a small private pool steps from the sand.
Opening autumn
Ahangama, Sri Lanka

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Ellen Himelfarb

Ellen Himelfarb covers architecture, art, travel and everything in between, for publications including The Sunday Times and The Globe & Mail

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