Jersey's The Asbury Claims Best New Hotel Title!
Hotel Emma in San Antonio takes runner-up spot
10Best editors teamed up with a panel of hotel experts to hand-pick 20 of the best hotel openings in the past year. We turned this list of nominees over to our readers, who have been voting daily for their favorites for the past four weeks.
Ace Hotel New Orleans (New Orleans)
Situated in an art deco building in the Warehouse District of New Orleans
, the new Ace Hotel New Orleans offers guests a variety of accommodation options, with amenities like free WiFi, pool and fitness center, near-nightly entertainment, a classic photo booth and, in select rooms, a vinyl turntable or acoustic Martin guitar. Photo courtesy of Ace Hotel New Orleans
The Watergate Hotel (Washington)
This year saw one of Washington
's most historic buildings, The Watergate Hotel, reopen to guests for the first time since 2007. The 336-room property offers guests waterfront accommodations on the Potomac River with extras like floor-to-ceiling marble bathrooms, private balconies and a year-round indoor pool. Photo courtesy of The Watergate Hotel
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina (Kapolei, Hawaii)
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, a five-star beach resort on Oahu's western coast, features 371 guest rooms, a Ted Robinson-designed golf course, full-service day spa, Hawaii's only deep-draft marina, tennis center, swimming pools and a beach where guests can go stand-up paddleboarding or take an outrigger canoe ride. Photo courtesy of Christian Horan / Four Seasons
The Inn at Newport Ranch (Fort Bragg, Calif.)
Situated on a 2,000-acre coastal cattle ranch north of San Francisco, The Inn at Newport Ranch offers guests access to a mile of waterfront and 20 miles of riding and hiking trails through redwood forests and along the coast. Guests can enjoy whale watching, horseback riding, beach barbecues or relaxation in a fireside spa. Photo courtesy of Dave Mathews / The Inn at Newport Ranch
21c Museum Hotel Lexington (Lexington, Ky.)
21c Museum Hotel Lexington, a new 88-room boutique property in Kentucky, is part hotel, part contemporary art museum and home to Lockbox restaurant. Guests enjoy free high-speed internet, cable TV, original art, Nespresso coffee makers and a fitness center, all in the heart of downtown Lexington
. Photo courtesy of 21c Museum Hotel Lexington
Spicer Mansion (Mystic, Conn.)
Housed in a historic property in Mystic dating back to 1853, Spicer Mansion has been reimagined and meticulously renovated as a luxury boutique inn with eight guest rooms, an exclusive fine dining restaurant and manicured gardens. Guests also have access to all the amenities of sister properties Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn. Photo courtesy of Spicer Mansion
Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Inspired by the color and beauty of the deserts of the American Southwest, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa features bungalow-style guest rooms, a full-service spa, three swimming pools and a glass-paneled restaurant with an open kitchen. The Cattle Tracks Art Compound, a nearby artists' collective in Scottsdale
, hosts workshops and studio tours for hotel guests. Photo courtesy of Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa
Hotel Emma (San Antonio)
Hotel Emma, one of San Antonio
's most talked about new properties, occupies a 19th century brewhouse on the riverfront. The 146-room hotel offers extras like a La Babia margarita on arrival, Merit Roasting Co. coffee, a rooftop pool, 3,700-volume library and free Electra cruiser bikes for guest use. Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts
The Asbury (Asbury Park, N.J.)
Imagined as a hotel and social hub in Asbury Park, The Asbury features a grab-and-go kitchen, ground-floor lounge with ping pong and board games, a community table and a pool during the warmer months. Amenities in the 110 guest rooms include large closets, custom-made mattresses and stellar seaside views. Photo courtesy of The Asbury Hotel
The top 10 winners in the category Best New Hotel are as follows:
- The Asbury - Asbury Park, N.J.
- Hotel Emma - San Antonio
- Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa - Scottsdale, Ariz.
- Spicer Mansion - Mystic, Conn.
- 21c Museum Hotel Lexington - Lexington, Ky.
- The Inn at Newport Ranch - Fort Bragg, Calif.
- Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina - Kapolei, Hawaii
- The Watergate Hotel - Washington
- The Beekman - New York
- Ace Hotel New Orleans - New Orleans
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Eric Grossman (USA TODAY), Gerrish Lopez and Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) were chosen based on their expertise in the world of leisure travel in the United States.
Other hotels nominated in this category included Ace Hotel Pittsburgh; EAST, Miami; Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown; Four Seasons Resort Lanai; LondonHouse Chicago; Marmara Park Avenue; Montage Palmetto Bluff; The Restoration; Treasure Island Beach Resort and V Palm Springs.
10Best extends our congratulations to all the winning hotels and resorts.