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Luxury hotels are seeing unprecedented demand and properties are being developed or refurbished at a breakneck pace. New markets are being entered and classic hotels are getting facelifts and adding amenities to meet the demands of today’s luxe traveler. Marriott announced its plans for 24 new luxury properties next year (more here) and Hyatt will open 37 by 2025 (more here). Now, Hilton has announced some new additions, some renovations, and new brand experiences across its luxury portfolio.
The Waldorf Astoria Seychelles Platte Island will open in Q1 2024. This resort is just 20 minutes by plane south of Mahé, but will transport guests into a luxury getaway made up of seafront villas with their own private pools and personal concierges. Waldorf Astoria will open hotels around the globe in 2025, including the Waldorf Astoria Kuala Lumpur, Waldorf Astoria Osaka, Waldorf Astoria Costa Rica Cacique, and Waldorf Astoria London Admiralty Arch. In 2026 and beyond, the portfolio will grow with the addition of the Waldorf Astoria Sydney, Waldorf Astoria Tokyo Nihonbashi, Waldorf Astoria Hanoi, Waldorf Astoria Jakarta, and Waldorf Astoria Tanger.
LXR Hotels & Resorts plans to open its first Hawaii property in Honolulu this coming February. The hotel will offer views of the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head in Oahu and is just steps from Waikiki Beach. The 38-story property will offer 462 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites. Future LXR Hotels & Resorts include Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, and Morocco in 2025 and Grand Hotel Gardone Lake Garda in Italy in 2026.
Conrad Orlando and Conrad Singapore Orchard will both open in January. The Conrad Orlando is adjacent to Walt Disney World and will include 433 rooms (51 suites and 10 family suites). The Conrad Singapore Orchard is steps away from the Singapore Botanic Gardens (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and has 445 rooms including 46 suites. TheConrad Bahrain Financial Harbour is also coming in 2024. It will provide lots of amenities including coastal views of the Arabian Gulf and Bahrain’s first SUSHISAMBA. Conrad Chongqing will also make its debut next year. The 275-room hotel will feature the highest lobby lounge in Chongqing and sweeping views of the Changjiang River. In 2025, the Conrad Hamburg, Conrad Athens The Ilisian, Conrad Chengdu and in 2026, Conrad Kuala Lumpur and Conrad Riyadh Laysen Valley.
In addition to all of the new properties, Hilton has been busy renovating some favorites. The Waldorf Astoria New York closed for renovations in 2017 and it will reopen in late 2024 with 375 guest rooms and 375 condos. The original Art Deco architecture, the Spirit of Achievement. and Cole Porter’s piano have all been preserved. Other renovations include the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas and Waldorf Astoria Orlando.
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, and LXR Hotels & Resorts will all introduce new brand signatures next year (similar to St. Regis’ champagne sabering). These include a bespoke tableside cocktail ritual at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, modern art encounters at Conrad properties, and unforgettable stay experiences at some of Hilton’s other luxury properties.
Anthony’s Take: Luxury hotels are always top of my list and I can’t wait to check out some of these new properties. I’m particularly excited to see how the renovated Waldorf Astoria New York looks after its seven-year closure and remodel.
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