10 Noteworthy Hotel Openings: Summer 2015

The summer season has seen the addition of many new and rebranded hotels to the market. Here is a roundup of 10 notable openings that have taken place so far this summer:

Cambria hotel & suites New York-Chelsea: Choice Hotels International recently celebrated the grand opening of the hotel located in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. Owned by We Care Trading Co. Ltd. and operated by Concord Hospitality, the property’s design was inspired by the Flower District in which it is located. The 135-room hotel offers sleek, modern rooms and a rooftop lounge.

Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen: The first Grand Hyatt-branded hotel in Mexico, the property features 314 guestrooms, eight pools, and a 6,000-square-foot Cenote Spa. Designed by Sordo Madaleno architecture group, the hotel’s open-air architecture reflects the local culture.


Akyra Manor Hotel Chiang Mai: A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the five-star, 30-suite hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand was designed by Singaporean design firm Manor Studio. Also part of AHMS – The Collection, a boutique hotel group, the property’s suite design is inspired by a “courtyard within the room” with a covered outdoor hot tub.

Courtyard by Marriott St. Louis Downtown/Convention Center Hotel: Originally Hotel Lennox, the 165-suite property will reopen on Sept. 2, the same day it first opened in 1929. The hotel has undergone a $22 million renovation, which included the restoration of original interior features such as green marble wainscoting, wood paneling, and ornamental brass elevator lobby doors. The property, first designed by Preston Bradshaw and now redesigned by St. Louis’ Lawrence Group, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Mosaic Hotel: Following an extensive multi-million dollar renovation, Gemstone Hotels & Resorts Beverly Hills reopened the luxury boutique hotel on Aug. 1. London design firm Luxlo reimagined the 49-room property, which features a vibrant color palette and modern art.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago-Naperville: Embassy Suites by Hilton has opened Naperville’s first newly-built hotel in more than eight years. The 168-suite hotel, developed by Superhost Enterprise and managed by Kana Hotel group, showcases more than 13,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. Two-room suites offer a separate living area and private bedroom.

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino: Hilton Hotels & Resorts has debuted its 355-room, 15-acre beachfront property in Palm Beach, Aruba. Designed by Morris Lapidus, the hotel features glamorous architecture, gardens, a pool complex, and a spa, in addition to other amenities. The property provides nearly 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.

The Westin San Jose: Located in the center of Northern California’s largest city, the 171-room hotel is an adaptive re-use of the historic Sainte Claire Hotel. The space, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has undergone a transformation that includes its guestrooms, corridors, lobby, and public spaces. The hotel possesses 10,000 square feet of meeting space, including a Grande Ballroom with vintage 1920s chandeliers.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Burbank: R.D. Olson has opened a 170-room Marriott in Burbank, Calif. The all-suite hotel features Marriott’s latest Gen 4.5 design, with its theme paying homage to the local entertainment and media industries that have shaped the city.

DoubleTree by Hilton San Bernardino: DoubleTree by Hilton has opened a 251-room hotel in Southern California. Formerly the independently owned Hotel San Bernardino, the property underwent a $10 million renovation to provide modern updates and a design inspired by natural landscapes, including a warm color palette and textures that reflect surround mountains and hot springs. The hotel features 10,000 square feet of flexible event space.

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