The Most Anticipated Hotel Openings of 2024

28th Dec 2023

Avatar photoNB: This is an article written By : Kim Ayling – deputy editor at Elite Traveler.

What a year 2023 has been. A bumper crop of new hotels (London had a particularly noteworthy year: Raffles at OWO, 1 Hotel Mayfair and its first Peninsula property) all threw open their doors to begin welcoming guests hungry for luxury. With the year’s close, however, we are once again looking forward and bringing you the most exciting new hotel openings of 2024.

And, boy do we have some good ones for you. While rural escapes remain popular, bringing with them complete privacy and seclusions, cities are back in a big, bold and flashy way – the majority of the properties you’ll find below are in buzzing metropolises.

One trend that isn’t showing any sign of going away, however, is a focus on wellness. Travelers have come to expect five-star hotels to not only have a pool and a spa, but also top-name partnerships with leading wellness brands, innovative treatment programs and state-of-the-art fitness facilities – this and more can be expected from 2024’s best hotel openings.

1 Hotel Melbourne, Australia, Winter 2024

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The Melbourne property will be 1 Hotels’ first Australian hotel / ©1 Hotels

One of our favorite hotel openings of 2023 was a 1 Hotel special, so we are naturally very excited about the sustainably led group’s biggest venture of next year: 1 Hotel Melbourne. Although not due until December, the brand’s first Australian venture is already getting tongues wagging with its grand plans for 277 guest rooms, as well as 114 branded residences, all set on a prime spot on the Yarra River.

Like other 1 Hotels, the new opening will be guided by biophilic design principles and will include the likes of local recycled and reclaimed timber, with an extensive art program. Amenities will be extensive – expect a Bamford spa, an indoor pool and several destination dining options.

The Lana, Dubai, Winter 23/2024

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The Lana will open on 1 February / ©Dorchester Collection

In the UK, Italy and the States, the Dorchester Collection is heralded as a beacon of luxury. One place the hotel groups grasp hadn’t reached, however, is the Middle East – until next year, that is. The Lana will open its doors in February 2024 as the Dorchester Collection’s first Dubai property and is set to be one of the year’s most exciting new hotels.

Located in the swanky Businesss Bay district, The Lana is set to be home to 225 rooms and suites, as well as a collection of residences. All are decorated by Gilles & Boissier, with the aim of blending the Dorchester’s signature classic style with Duabi’s modern identity. F&B is a big focus too – the hotel will have eight restaurants and bars with culinary partners including the likes of Martin Berasategui, Jean Imbert, and world champion pastry chef Angelo Musa.

The Emory, London, Spring 2024

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The Emory will be suite-only with a total of 60 spacious, light-filled accommodations / ©The Emory

London’s reign as new hotel hotspot isn’t showing any signs of stopping, with 2024 projected to usher in plenty more big-name openings. One of the most significant is The Emory. Slated for a spring opening, the hotel will be the latest addition to the Maybourne Hotel Group – which counts the likes of Claridge’s, The Berkeley and The Connaught – and is set to be one of the city’s most exclusive addresses. The Emory will be all-suite (60 of them in total, set over nine floors) and will be a departure from the classic Maybourne style with its distinctly modern, glass-heavy architecture.

Located on Knightsbridge, just a hop, skip and a jump from The Berkeley, the hotel will overlook grand city views, best absorbed from its private rooftop space. Back inside, dining is set to come courtesy of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and there will be a subterranean wellness space open to guests only.

Rosewood Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Rosewood Amsterdam will be housed in the former Palace of Justice / ©Rosewood

Next year will see Rosewood’s first venture into the Netherlands. Rosewood Amsterdam will be housed in the former Palace of Justice with wonderful views over one of the city’s most beautiful waterways and close to its most famous attraction. There will be a total of 134 guestrooms and suites (many of which are canal facing), each designed in Rosewood’s signature elegant style.

The hotel is hoping to become a hub for locals as well as tourists, so you can expect some great amenities: Three restaurants and bars, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a calming spa are among the highlights.

The Grand Hôtel Belvédère, Switzerland, Summer 2024

The latest opening from the fun Beaumier group (AKA the group behind Le Fitz Roy, Les Roches Rouges and Capelonge) and its first in Switzerland, The Grand Hôtel Belvédère will be located in the picture-perfect village of Wengen. The hotel will have a total of 90 guest rooms and suites, all imagined in classic Alpine style by Swiss architecture firm, Complete Works.

Wellness is set to be a big focus with the spa offering four treatment rooms, two saunas, a Hammam and indoor and outdoor pools. Activities will naturally be season dependent – winter is all about the skiing while summer is for hiking and mountain biking.


Nobu Hotel and Residences Toronto, Canada

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Nobu Hotel and Residences Toronto will be set across two towers / ©Nobu Hotels

In recent years, it might have felt like virtually every city worth visiting has welcomed a Nobu to their ranks – the restaurant-led hotel group has had more openings than one person could keep track of. One nation that has for some reason eluded Nobu, however, is Canada – but no longer. Nobu Hotel and Residences Toronto is on its way, bringing with it the group’s signature blend of understated luxury and chic style.

Located on Mercer Street, the property will be spread across two dramatic towers and will be comprised of 660 residential units. The 36-suite hotel will sit at the top of the West tower, and will feature a private lounge and wellness facility, as well as (of course) a Nobu restaurant. This one will have a separate bar, private dining rooms and an outdoor terrace. The group certainly isn’t doing its Canadian debut by halves.

Singita Milele, Tanzania, Spring 2024

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The wildlife viewing possibilities are set to be jaw-dropping / ©Adriaan Louw

Set to begin welcoming guests from May (just in time for the Great Migration), Singita Milele will mark the eighth in the group’s exclusive collection of safari lodges and camps. The five-suite private villa will be set in the midst of the vast 350,000-acre Singita Grumeti reserve in northern Tanzania.

The wildlife viewing possibilities are set to be jaw-dropping – lion, giraffe, cheetah, zebra and rhino all call the reserve home – but the in-villa amenities promise exceptionally high standards too. Guests can expect a movie room, a fitness center, private Jacuzzis, an infinity pool and all-inclusive service.

Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, early 2024

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Mandarin Oriental Mayfair will also be home to the first Akira Back restaurant in the UK / ©Mandarin Oriental

Another new London hotel, another titan of the industry – this time, it’s Mandarin Oriental. The group’s second hotel in the English capital will be a far more boutique affair than the grand Knightsbridge original with just 50 room and suites (admittedly on top of 77 branded residences), all precisely designed by architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, with interiors by Tokyo-based studio Curiosity and UK-based designers Studio Indigo.

Mandarin Oriental Mayfair will also be home to the first Akira Back restaurant in the UK, as well as a rooftop terrace with skyline views, and a spa with an 82-ft pool, steam room and sauna.

The Twenty Two New York

Following a blazing London launch in early 2022, The Twenty Two – a wacky members’ club, hotel and restaurant – has announced plans for a second property, this time over the pond in New York.

Said plans (including location, room number and amenities) remain sparce, but if the Yank sibling is anything like the British original, you can expect a hypnotic combination of outlandish décor (think, an entire room covered in one wallpaper, ceilings and all); exclusive entry requirements and top-notch dining.

Soneva Secret, The Maldives, Early 2024

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Soneva Secret is one of the most anticipated new hotels of 2024 / ©Sandro Bruecklmeier/ Soneva

When it comes to barefoot out-and-out luxury, Soneva is the original provider. However, despite coming up to its 30th anniversary, the brand isn’t resting on its laurels, and continues to push the boundaries for sustainable travel – the newest in the group, Soneva Secret, is arriving on Maldivian shores in the new year.

The first resort in the remote Haa Dhaalu Atoll, Soneva Secret will have just 14 overwater and island villas, each with retractable roofs for stargazing, spa treatment rooms, adjoining children’s rooms, and dedicated butler and chef service.

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