Following two years of tourism slump for many destinations, when some hoteliers feared opening new properties, 2023 is going to see a hotel boom across the board. From mega-luxe London pads in some of the city’s most expensive neighbourhoods to bohemian Bali beach villas and sustainable Costa Rican hideaways, here are the stays that should be on your radar for next year.
London’s not messing around, with a bumper crop of big-brand openings in spring. Set to become the capital’s latest “it” afternoon tea spot, The Peninsula London will open overlooking Hyde Park and Wellington Arch, taking inspiration from Belgravia’s architecture and the Royal Parks. It’ll have 190 rooms, a colonnaded lobby, Cantonese restaurant, 25m pool, and a fine dining restaurant on the rooftop. Also fresh for spring is Raffles London at the OWO, giving a fresh personality to the storied former Old War Office on Whitehall. With 120 rooms – with key suites in the former offices of Churchill and Profumo, as well as some in turrets – expect restored mosaic floors, chandeliers and oak panelling. There’s also a wellness space and nine restaurants, including one from Mauro Colagreco. Completing spring’s London opening trifecta is Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, bringing 50 elegant bedrooms, an Akira Back restaurant, and next-level urban spa to Hanover Square.
In the summer, 1 Hotel Mayfair adds a dash of sustainable luxury to Berkeley Street, with biophilic design touches and bedrooms featuring flooring made from fallen local trees, as well as a Bamford spa and Tom Sellers restaurant. Towards the end of the year, The Broadwick Soho, described by designer Martin Brudnizki as “Seventies hedonistic disco pop, meets your eccentric godmother’s townhouse”, and Six Senses’ London debut – with 100 rooms, 14 residences, spa and co-working space with a wellness slant – will open.
Elsewhere in England, The Signet Collection are set to continue their winning hotel streak with 46-room Barnsdale Lodge, in the spring. As well as fantastic views of Rutland Water, there’ll be a conservatory, croquet lawn and a hefty dose of culinary wow. As for new seaside stays opening in the summer, there’s 21-room No. 42 Margate set to be packed with coastal character, in-room record players, and…