Best new hotel? Readers vote Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg

Winning resort brings a Jimmy Buffett vibe to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee

Whether for work or for pleasure, a hotel stay can make or break a travel experience. Luckily, dozens of new hotels open their doors across the United States each year, offering travelers even greater choice in where to catch their z's. We asked a panel of travel experts to nominate their 20 favorite hotel openings of 2018, and for the past month, our readers have been voting daily for their favorites.

  • Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
    Gatlinburg, Tenn.

    This new Gatlinburg resort combines the laidback beach-y vibe of Jimmy Buffett with all the amenities of a mountain resort. Located just minutes from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the resort includes indoor and outdoor pool areas, the full-service St. Somewhere Spa, a fitness center and an onsite restaurant.
    Photo courtesy of Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg

  • The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston

    Houston got its first and only AAA Five-Diamond hotel in 2018 with the opening of The Post Oak Hotel in Uptown Houston. Luxury amenities include a two-story Rolls-Royce showroom, helicopter pad access and modern guest rooms with extras like multiple televisions, separate lounging areas and stellar views of the Houston skyline.
    Photo courtesy of The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston

  • Lido House
    Newport Beach, Calif.

    Designed with a beach house vibe in mind, Lido House in Newport Beach celebrate’s the community’s Cape Cod aesthetic with plenty of nautical details. Located on the site of the former City Hall, this new hotel features a rooftop deck, pool, fitness center, full-service spa and 130 guest rooms.
    Photo courtesy of Lido House

  • Angad Arts Hotel
    St. Louis

    The new Angad Arts Hotel in St. Louis celebrates the visual, performing and culinary arts at the heart of the city’s Grand Center Arts District. Guests can book their accommodations by room type or emotion of color–blue for tranquility, red for passion, green for rejuvenation or yellow for happiness.
    Photo courtesy of Angad Arts Hotel

  • The Eliza Jane
    New Orleans

    Located in New Orleans’ Central Business District just a few blocks from the French Quarter, The Eliza Jane offers 196 guest rooms and 50 suites inspired by the city itself. Many rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Magazine Street or the hotel’s inner courtyard. The Press Room Lounge celebrates the hotel’s past as the headquarters of The Daily Picayune newspaper.
    Photo courtesy of The Eliza Jane

  • Hotel Paseo
    Palm Desert, Calif.

    One of the first luxury properties to open in California’s Palm Desert in 30 years, Hotel Paseo sits in the city’s historic El Paseo District with easy access to shopping, art galleries, dining and nightlife. Just about every guest room offers mountain views from a private balcony, and specialty suites boast amenities like billiard tables, wet bars and soaking tubs.
    Photo courtesy of Hotel Paseo / Facebook

  • westdrift Manhattan Beach
    Manhattan Beach, Calif.

    Travelers will find new boutique accommodations with a laidback California vibe at the westdrift Manhattan Beach. The property features bright and airy guest rooms and suites, plus amenities like a par 3 golf course, a 360-degree outdoor bar and communal-focused dining concept, all just a mile from the beach.
    Photo courtesy of westdrift Manhattan Beach

  • The Bristol Hotel
    Bristol, Va.

    The Bristol Hotel, a 65-room boutique property in Bristol, Virginia, embraces the natural beauty of the state. Guests can sip cocktails with views of the Appalachian Mountains from a rooftop bar, feast on scratch-made regional fare or relax in the contemporary guest rooms with views of downtown or the surrounding mountains.
    Photo courtesy of The Bristol Hotel

  • Alohilani Resort

    This new Waikiki Beach hotel in Honolulu blends indoor and outdoor spaces to create a luxurious retreat. Guests are welcomed by a 280,000-gallon Oceanarium in the lobby, while other amenities include a salt water infinity pool, kids club and two restaurants from Chef Morimoto.
    Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

  • Bobby Hotel

    Opened in May 2018, the 144-room Bobby Hotel in Nashville celebrates the city’s country heritage with details like a cocktail lounge made from a Greyhound tour bus, Printers Alley-inspired garage bar and impromptu live music sets. Other amenities include a rooftop pool and lounge, William Roam bath products and free wifi.
    Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

The top 10 winners in the Best New Hotel category are as follows:

  1. Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg - Gatlinburg, Tenn.
  2. The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston - Houston
  3. Lido House - Newport Beach, Calif.
  4. Angad Arts Hotel - St. Louis
  5. The Eliza Jane - New Orleans
  6. Hotel Paseo - Palm Desert, Calif.
  7. westdrift Manhattan Beach - Manhattan Beach, Calif.
  8. The Bristol Hotel - Bristol, Va.
  9. Alohilani Resort - Honolulu
  10. Bobby Hotel - Nashville

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Eric Grossman, Gerrish Lopez, Eileen Ogintz (Taking the Kids) and Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) were chosen for their knowledge of the American travel industry.

Congratulations to all these winning hotels and resorts!

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