Upgrade Your Vacation Stay at the Hottest New Hotels in the U.S.By Jenny Willden
Traveling closer to home these days? Consider a getaway at new properties boasting incredible amenities and features. These fresh hotels exude beauty, class and most importantly, fun.
As always, check for travel restrictions and closures before planning your trip.
Experience Music City’s hip, country charm at W Nashville, a modern-luxe hotel that’s home to Nashville’s largest hotel pool area. Dubbed WET Deck, this 10,000 square-foot space features private cabanas, a rooftop bar, lounge chairs and daytime cuisine. Weekends bring live music in the hotel living room and bumping DJ spins on the roof deck.
Is downward dog more your speed? Take part in free fitness classes on the outdoor Yoga Lawn adjacent to the WET Deck. Or work up a sweat in the fully loaded fitness center.
Venture beyond the hotel to explore the Gulch, a dynamic neighborhood known for its vibrant entertainment scene.
The LaSalle Chicago, Autograph Collection
Hark back to a bygone era with luxurious Windy City accommodations at The LaSalle Chicago, Autograph Collection. This historic structure was once Chicago’s most expensive building and is today revived to its former grandeur.
Museum-quality art, high-end bath products and opulent decor make it the most stately stay in Chicago’s Financial District. Expect royal treatment with twice daily housekeeping service, gourmet room service and spacious suites with marble bathrooms and luxe linens.
Start your day with coffee made using in-room Lavazza espresso machines; then sneak in a workout on the gym’s Peloton bikes and TechnoGym equipment. Treat yourself to elevated American fare at Grill on 21 before winding down with a nightcap at the cozy lobby bar.
AC Miami Brickell / Element Miami Brickell
Start your Miami morning at AC Hotel Miami Brickell with a Euro-style breakfast in AC Kitchen and return for evening tapas and signature gin cocktails. At the extended-stay Element Miami Brickell, enjoy the complimentary daily Rise breakfast, or cook in your room’s kitchen. Pop back in the evening for a free glass of organic wine or local beer at its Relax reception.
Dive your day away in the shared rooftop pool or simply sip a mai tai in the shaded cabanas. Rosa Sky Roof Top Bar & Lounge, popular with guests and locals, is the place for libations with downtown views.
If keeping fit matters more, the shared fitness center’s treadmills, elliptical machines and free weights are a welcome respite.
The Ellison, Oklahoma City, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Oklahoma City’s newest hotel pays homage to Ralph Ellison, the Oklahoman author of 1952’s “Invisible Man.” The Ellison, Oklahoma City, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel located near the downtown Arts District with cuisine from famed chef Joshua Valentine.
His restaurant, Milo, is a dining destination for locals and visitors alike. Named after the grain, milo sorghum, once harvested in the area, the restaurant dishes up inspired Oklahoman eats like adventurous bison tartare and house-made pasta.
Take in skyline sights and sips from on high at The Ellison Rooftop and Bar. Then cool off with a splash in the rooftop pool.
When you’re ready to retire for the evening, treat yourself to the midcentury modern Writer’s Suite. Appreciate vistas from floor-to-ceiling windows, relax on the plush king-size bed, mix up a drink at the wet bar and soak your cares away in the free-standing tub.
Austin Marriott Downtown; Texas
Get a cowboy’s welcome at the Austin Marriott Downtown, a perfect basecamp for exploring Texas’ capital. Its sophisticated lobby outfitted with contactless check-in technology allows guests to grab their own keys and get to their rooms. Or keep it easy-breezy with a check-in cocktail at The Lobbyist, a grand, two-story bar and lounge.
When you’re ready to party, ride the elevator up seven stories to Zanzibar, a lush oasis featuring island-inspired cocktails, and eat in a plush, moody setting. If relaxation is more your scene, lounge and splash at the rooftop pool where city views showcase the heart of downtown Austin.
The Westin Anaheim Resort; California
Staying just outside Disneyland Resort doesn’t require overnighting in kidcentric hotels with seriously cheesy vibes. Instead, upgrade your vacation at The Westin Anaheim Resort, a AAA Four-Diamond hotel right across from the park.
The property’s massive suites allow you to stay with the whole family in a single, luxurious unit. As the sun sets, head to the RISE Rooftop Lounge for panoramic vistas of Disney California Adventure Park paired with Mediterranean-inspired dishes and mixologist-crafted libations.
Or choose from finer fare at the on-site Fleming’s Steakhouse and award-winning tacos and margaritas at Puesto.