Conde Nast Traveler’s 13th annual “Hot List” issue is the ultimate insider’s guide to the newest and hottest hotels, restaurants, spas, and nightclubs opened all over the world in the past year. The editors scoured the globe to check out hundreds of new properties, rigorously evaluating each one on a standard set of criteria. The result is a definitive guide to the world’s most exciting new establishments destined to become instant classics.
The 2009 Hot List features 140 new hotels and resorts, 50 new restaurants, 35 new nightclubs, and 50 new spas, whose design, service, and amenities transcend industry standards.
The hotel findings range in size from a three-pavilion hideaway outside of Sydney to a 2,034-room high-rise on the Vegas Strip, and in price from $89 at a Palm Springs hot spot to $2,050 for a sprawling safari tent in northern Botswana.
It’s a sign of the times as hot and trendy doesn’t have to mean pricey. Check in to 43 of the hottest hotels for under $250-per-night. The 140 hotels and resorts on this year’s Hot List span 53 countries and include new-to-the-list destinations Israel, Mongolia, Peru, Slovenia, and Zimbabwe.
U.S. properties named to the list include:
InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Montage Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, Calif.
London West Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif.
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Calif.
Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach, Calif.
Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs, Calif.
Se San Diego, San Diego, Calif.
Cavallo Point, Sausalito, Calif.
Bardessono, Yountville, Calif.
Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Colo.
Capella Telluride, Telluride, Colo.
The Regent, Bal Harbour, Fla.
Viceroy, Miami, Fla.
Fontainebleau, Miami Beach, Fla.
Mondrian South Beach, Miami Beach, Fla.
Mansion on Peachtree, Atlanta, Ga.
Avia, Savannah, Ga.
Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii
The Blackstone, Chicago, Ill.
Dana Hotel and Spa, Chicago, Ill.
Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport, Me.
Mandarin Oriental, Boston, Mass.
Hotel Ivy, Minneapolis, Minn.
Encore Wynn, Las Vegas, Nev.
Encantado, Santa Fe, N.M.
Greenwich Hotel, New York, N.Y.
Thompson LES, New York, N.Y.
The Nines, Portland, Ore.
Hotel Saint Cecilia, Austin, Tex.
Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa, Dallas, Tex.
Arctic Club Hotel, Seattle, Wash.
Four Seasons Hotel, Seattle, Wash.
Donovan House, Washington, D.C.
Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee, Wis.
The most sought-after reservations are for gussied up gastropubs with stellar cocktails or pocket-sized restaurants with just a handful of tables. From a $25 prix fixe lunch at Maison Boulud in Beijing to a $59 four-course dinner at Convivio in New York, their list of 50 restaurants has amazing values abound.
U.S. restaurants on the Hot Tables List include:
California: Palate Food & Wine, Glendale; Kogi BBQ, Los Angeles;
Zinnia, San Francisco
Florida: Sra. Martinez, Miami
Georgia: Holeman & Finch, Atlanta
Illinois: L2O, Chicago
Louisiana: Cochon Butcher, New Orleans
Massachusetts: Hungry Mother, Cambridge
Nevada: Wazuzu, Las Vegas
New York: Convivio, Corton, John Dory, L’Artusi, New York
Oregon: Lincoln, Portland
Pennsylvania: Zahav, Philadelphia
Washington: Poppy, Seattle
Go online to cntraveler.com/hotlist for 65 additional tables
A little R&R is just what the doctor ordered, and as luck would have it, this past year delivered a bumper crop of superlative spas from Macau to Mexico. Their reviewers left no hot stone unturned in their effort to identify the 50 transcendent spots for head-to-toe pampering.
U.S. spas on the Hot Spas List include:
California: Spa Montage, Beverly Hills; Spa at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach
Colorado: RockResorts Spa at the Arrabelle, Vail
Florida: Icon Brickell at Viceroy Miami; Lapis at the Fontainebleau,
Georgia: 29 Spa at the Mansion on Peachtree, Atlanta
Nevada: Spa at Trump, Las Vegas
New Mexico: Spa at Encantado, Santa Fe
New York: Caudalie Spa at the Plaza Hotel; ESPA at the Peninsula; Sense,
a Rosewood Spa, The Carlyle; Shibui Spa, Greenwich Hotel, New York City
Texas: Stoneleigh Spa, Dallas
For 30 more new spas, go to cntraveler.com/hotlist
Just when we all needed a drink, nightlife got serious. This year, absinthe made a comeback and hotel bars got their glam on. From Beijing to Bogota – they have 35 of the hippest hangouts in which to get your groove on.
U.S. nightclubs on the Hot Nights List include:
California: Bardot Hollywood, Los Angeles; Infusion Lounge, The Press
Club, San Francisco
Colorado: Liquid Sky, Snowmass
Florida Louis, Sunset Lounge, Miami Beach
Illinois: Vertigo Sky Lounge, Chicago
Nevada: Frankie’s Tiki Room, XS, Las Vegas
New York: Apotheke, Rose Club, New York City
Texas: PM at the Joule, Dallas
For the runners-up, 10 more bars worth swinging by to see, check out cntraveler.com/hotlist
Full reviews of each hotel, restaurant, nightclub and spa can be found in the May issue of Conde Nast Traveler, on newsstands April 21, 2009 or at www.cntraveler.com/hotlist
Source: Conde Nast Traveler