The United States is known for its scorching weather, luxurious seas and glamorous vacations. With overseas travel looking like a possibility this year with the government’s recent announcement of the ‘traffic light’ system, why not venture to the American coast for your dream summer holiday?
America’s successful vaccine rollout is increasing consumer confidence for a stateside summer this year. American Airlines recently started a daily service from Heathrow to Miami, and Aer Lingus will launch flights from Manchester to New York JFK and Orlando, Florida from 29 July. So, with the flights sorted, we have rounded up the coolest stateside hotels to explore this summer.
Moxy South Beach, Miami
Opened February 2021
A stylish and playful celebration of Miami’s cosmopolitan culture, Moxy South Beach is the brand’s first resort-style property and a new chapter for hospitality in Miami Beach. Located steps from the sand on Washington Avenue, the newly built 202-room, eight-story hotel offers the dining, drinking, lounging, and co-working options that today’s design-focused travellers crave. Interiors by Rockwell Group and Saladino Design Studios blend the glamour of mid-century Havana, the artistry of contemporary Mexico City, and a tropical vibrancy that’s unmistakably Miami.
Guest rooms, dressed in vivid Miami hues and drenched in Florida sunshine thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, feature rain showers and ingenious, space-maximizing storage solutions. Guests can choose their own South Beach adventure in Moxy South Beach’s multiple indoor-outdoor spaces, whether it’s drinks in the courtyard; an alfresco brunch on the terrace followed by a dip in the 72-foot, cabana-lined pool; a workout in the indoor-outdoor fitness centre; a film screening on the eighth-floor rooftop accompanied by a panoramic ocean view; or a splash in the sea at the hotel’s Moxy Beach Club.
Six new dining and drinking venues, developed in partnership with the founders of Miami’s uber-popular Coyo Taco and 1-800-LUCKY, include Como Como, a marisquería (seafood restaurant) and raw bar; Mezcalista, a sexy mezcal lounge; Serena, an open-air rooftop restaurant and bar with a laid-back yet sophisticated vibe; Los Buenos, a taco stand/bodega in the lobby, complemented by Bar Moxy, which does double duty as a social hub and check-in area; and The Upside, a rooftop bar on the eighth floor exclusively for hotel guests and private events.
Rates from $159 per night.
Mission Pacific Hotel, A Joie de Vivre by Hyatt Hotel
Opening May 19th
Situated on 700 feet of pristine beachfront near the historic pier in Oceanside, CA, Mission Pacific opens on May 19 2021, as the ultimate bohemian-chic coastal experience; dreamy, laid back, and utterly frictionless. This hotel embodies the quintessential SoCal spirit and endless summer vibes year-round.
The hotel has 161 guest rooms, including 38 suites, along with immersive biking, skating, and surfing experiences, bold culinary moments from renowned chef Roberto Alcocer as he debuts his first restaurant stateside, Oceanside’s only rooftop pool/bar, the Historic Graves House (as seen in the iconic ‘Top Gun’ film), and 13,000 square feet of ocean view function space.
Rates from $299 per night.
The Seabird Resort, A Destination by Hyatt Hotel
Opening May 27th
The Seabird Resort is a classic oceanfront resort celebrating the delights of Southern California living for an estate-by-the-beach feel. Casually upscale, unpretentiously fun, and timelessly stylish, The Seabird offers the relaxing indulgences of a full-fledged resort delivered with the impeccable taste one would expect of an art-filled coastal retreat.
The ‘flip-flop luxury’ resort has 226 guest rooms, including 56 suites, an expansive pool with an indoor/outdoor living room, a contemplative library, chef Kurtis Habecker’s inventive seasonal cuisine with ingredients sourced from San Diego’s many small farms, nearly 20,000 square feet of spectacular ocean view meeting and celebration spaces, and an expansive spa offering unique custom treatments.
Rates from $289 per night.
The Wall Street Hotel, New York
Opening Summer 2021
Located on lower Manhattan’s famed Wall Street and housed in the historic Tontine Building, The Wall Street Hotel offers travellers to New York a colourful and charming retreat surrounded by the beating heart of the United States’ main financial sector. Blending the best of the Big Apple’s broad cosmopolitanism, guests of The Wall Street Hotel will get a taste of city life by being the centre of it all.
While staying at The Wall Street Hotel, you can relax in oasis-like rooms and suites with luxuriously outfitted adjoining baths while also taking advantage of the in-room massage, facial, or yoga class with Zeel Spa. The location of the hotel means you can explore some of the city’s best sights set within walking distance of the front door and revel in New York’s culinary scene at JF Restaurant and taste true gastronomy.
Rates TBC at time of writing.
Arizona Biltmore Reinvented
Re-opening May 1st
Since closing its doors in March 2020 for the first time since 1973, the Arizona Biltmore is re-emerging on May 1 after an undeniably fresh, modern, and uniquely Biltmore renovation. The Phoenix-based resort is a 1929 Art Deco desert masterpiece that’s globally recognized as one of the only existing hotels in the world to benefit from Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural pedigree.
Standalone refreshed cottages are just one of the new features, offering guests the ultimate home-away-from-home in a bespoke luxury setting. Upon entry, guests will be greeted by a palette of earthy colours, woods and stucco walls providing a warm welcome to the larger living space, which is adorned by bespoke furniture pieces and lighting by Virserius Studio and Imaggo Production.
The hotel also has a vibrant new indoor/outdoor upscale restaurant that will take cues from Central and South America, touting smoked and grill cooking and unique mezcals and tequilas, and the reimagined Wright Bar will offer a posh, classic cocktail bar serving expertly crafted cocktails, distinguished wines and innovative bites inside the Lobby. It is known as the birthplace of the famous Tequila Sunrise cocktail.
Rates from $250 per night.