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Check in: The top 10 most anticipated hotel openings of 2019

With so much to see and so many places to go, sometimes it’s best to turn to the experts for travel advice. The experienced team at Velocity Black, the 21st century digital concierge service, shares the top 10 most anticipated hotel openings of 2019.

1. The Arctic Bath, Sweden

The Arctic Bath, Sweden

One of the most innovative hotel openings will be the Arctic Bath in Sweden. Constructed on a river, this striking floating hotel is designed to reflect the history of the area when timber would float down the river. Six Scandi-stylish cabins combine with a centre-piece giant ice bath, framed by saunas and treatment rooms.

2. Belmond Cadogan Hotel, London


This luxury hotel has undergone a complete renovation to create a more modern and private residence. 54 beautiful rooms have a hidden history, as former home to the mistress of the Prince of Wales who was later Edward VII and as the spot where playwright Oscar Wilde was infamously arrested.

3. Rosewood Hotel, Hong Kong

Rosewood Hotel

The Rosewood Hotel will provide the ideal base to explore Hong Kong’s landmarks as well as easy access to hidden gems such as those in Kowloon. Soaking up views of the famed harbour will be a natural highlight, while guests can choose from eight restaurants and be entertained in one of the city’s largest ballrooms.

4. Mason de la Luz, New Orleans

Mason de la Luz, New Orleans

Maison de la Luz will be an elegant hotel with guest houses as well as guest rooms offering a private yet elevated experience. It encapsulates the glamour of the French region, with a library bar just for guests and a curated concierge service to discover the best of the city.

5. TWA Hotel, New York City

TWA Hotel

One of the coolest openings in 2019 goes to the Trans World Airlines Hotel (TWA) as it prepares to bring retro glamour back to NYC. Ultra-quiet guest rooms will offer views across JFK Airport. The 10,000sqm observation deck with pool will be the ultimate place to be seen.

6. Equinox, New York City


Luxury fitness brand Equinox is launching into the hospitality business with the opening of its first hotel in New York City this year. Stating it is where ‘fitness science meets travel’, the project is located in the upcoming Hudson Yards district and will boast the largest Equinox gym to date.

7. Six Sense, Bhutan

six senses

Six Senses aim to create exceptional guest experiences in stunning settings and Bhutan without a doubt, lives up to these expectations. This is a journey across five lodges to take in the unique landscapes of the country, from forested mountains to lush rice fields.

8. The Westbund Hotel, Shanghai

The Westbund Hotel

The Westbund Hotel will be beautiful, set alongside the XuHui Riverside and occupying the top 15 floors of one of the newest buildings in the area. Part of a pioneering urban renewal project, West Bund has been transformed into a world-class art and cultural destination.

9. Four Seasons Resort & Residences, Napa Valley

Four Seasons Resort & Residences

Renowned globally, the Four Seasons are bringing a sleek and cosy property to Napa Valley with a blend of residences nestled in a vineyard and winery. Residents will be able to create their own wine blends as well as access the winery’s private wine room.

10. Shinola, Detroit


Best known for its luxury leather goods and watches, Shinola is bringing a whole new concept to the city. Its renowned craftmanship will be carried across to create a unique blend of hotel, dining and retail space in classic style.