After being homebound for much of the last several years, the American public is now quenching its pent-up thirst for travel by taking to the roads and skies in near record numbers. Total travel spending improved to 0.9% above June 2022 levels and was up 4.7% year-to-date through June 2023 according to the U.S. Travel Association. Heading into the busy summer travel season this past June, air travel demand increased over 11% compared to the same month last year.
In order to meet the demand of travelers, new hotels are popping up across the world. There were a total of 1,842 hotels opened in 2022, a figure that is forecast to grow in the following years to 2,480 global hotel openings in 2023 and 2,707 in 2024, according to Statista.
These hot hotel openings throughout the world indicate a robust travel recovery for an industry that has demonstrated its resilience in major ways throughout some rough times.
Nolinski Venezia, Italy, June, 2023
Officially opened on June 15, 2023, Nolinski Venezia is EVOK’s first destination outside of France. The historic 43-bedroom hotel is situated within the former old Stock Exchange building, located just a few canals away from the iconic Piazza San Marco and La Fenice Opera House. Beautifully designed by French-Italian duo Lecoadic-Scotto, the hotel is spread over five floors, where Art Nouveau, Stile Liberty and Modernism are blended together. Nolinski Venezia is a peaceful oasis with its own courtyard restaurant and indoor rooftop swimming pool, which boasts 360-degree views of Venice’s skyline. Overseeing Nolinski Venezia’s two restaurants, Two-Michelin starred Chef Philip Chronopoulos introduces the courtyard-based Il Caffè restaurant, as well as Palais Royal Restaurant Venezia, which will be opening in early 2024.
Andaz Nanjing Hexi, China, April 2023
As the fourth Andaz property in China, Andaz Nanjing Hexi provides a multi-sensory experience that blends Nanjing’s rich culture and vibrant character. The 362 rooms and suites are inspired by the eclectic spirit of the city, each with unique sloped ceilings and a loft-like feel, accentuated by full-height floor to ceiling windows with sweeping panoramic views of the cityscape or the majestic Yangtze River. On the 11th floor, guests can enjoy access to an indoor pool and vitality pool. To round out the experience, the restaurant and bar concepts offer dining and social spaces for guests to unwind and enjoy the cosmopolitan energy of the city.
Regina Experimental, France, July, 2023
Experimental Group has opened the doors to Regina Experimental in Biarritz. Standing on a cliff overlooking the ocean, the historic property faces out towards the bay of Biscay with views across to Biarritz lighthouse. Constructed in 1907, the Regina Hotel & Spa is a renowned Belle Époque building with a monumental 15-meter high atrium, expansive bay windows, an Eiffel glass roof and plentiful Art Deco touches complemented by Neo-Basque architecture. All told, 72 white, blue, dark green and Basque red guest rooms face either the ocean or the iconic Biarritz golf course, one of the most prestigious courses in Europe.
One&Only Aesthesis, Greece, October, 2023
One&Only Resorts is launching its first property in Greece, and second in Europe, following the successful launch of One&Only Portonovi in 2021. Located on the Athenian Riviera in Glyfada, One&Only Aesthesis will embody the glamour of 60s and 70s Greece in this fabled location. Glyfada is a chic resort and marina located 30 minutes from Athens centre, offering guests the opportunity to explore the historic capital and take a dip afterwards in the Aegean or the natural thermal springs of Lake Vouliagmeni, all in the same day.
Treehouse Hotel, England, Early 2024
SH Hotels & Resorts will open its Treehouse Hotel in Manchester in early 2024, the brand’s second UK location. Located in the city centre, the hotel will bring fun adventure, escapism and contemporary design to guests and the local community alike. The 216 key property is rooted in sustainability, incorporating energy and carbon savings along with extensive use of reclaimed and recycled materials in the construction of the building and furniture. The hotel will promote biophilia through the introduction of roof gardens and a kitchen garden harvesting rainwater, with honey produced by the hotel’s own rooftop apiary.
Summer 2024 will mark the first full season for both of these new Ibiza properties. Overlooking the turquoise waters of Cala Llonga, Mondrian Ibiza brings chic sophistication, inventive design and exquisite experiences to one of the Mediterranean’s most exclusive destinations. Hyde Ibiza will feature 401 rooms, a swimming pool along with five food and beverage concepts including an ocean-to-table restaurant and a chiringuito-style beach club. Both properties will operate seasonally between June and mid-October.
Thompson Palm Springs, California, December 2023
Thompson Palm Springs is poised to become an exciting desert retreat. Designed by interior design firm B2 Architecture + Design and architect SMS Architecture, the property will feature modern design with unique guestroom bungalows surrounded by two outdoor pools, gardens, lounge areas and winding walking paths immersing visitors in the natural landscape of Palm Springs. Guests can also enjoy a signature restaurant, indoor and outdoor bar and lounges, a well-appointed spa and fitness concept and sprawling meeting and event spaces.