Another month, another wonderful array of new hotels opened. Each month, in order to shed light on the tourism industry, I’m sharing a curated list of the best new hotels.

This month’s list includes plenty of U.S.-based properties, including the Kimpton Sylvan Hotel which has me dreaming of returning to Atlanta. Another highlight is the Aloft Tulum, which would have been very helpful when I was last minute searching for a hotel in Tulum this past November. There’s nothing quite like brand recognition when planning a last-minute trip. So here it is, the best new hotels that opened in February 2021.


P.S. check out the hotels that made the list for January 2021 here!


 Best New Hotel Openings – February 2021

Kimpton Sylvan Hotel

Best Hotel Openings February 2021

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Located in Atlanta’s elegant Buckhead neighborhood, is the highly anticipated Kimpton Sylvan Hotel. Buckhead is known for its upscale shopping and art galleries and is the perfect neighborhood for this stylish, boutique hotel.

The Sylvan Hotel is a mid-century modern dream property. The design is understated yet still very glamourous. Plenty of natural light floods through the spaces at this property, making the space feel very fresh.

Best Hotel Openings February 2021

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Howard Johnson Plaza by Wyndham Blue Bay Sihanoukville opened on Cambodia’s tropical coast. This stylish, seafront property allows you to experience the Cambodia Riviera from the luxuries of a 5-star hotel.

This 36-story hotel offers incredible views of the sea from the luxuries guest rooms. There are plenty of dining experiences on the property, a large outdoor pool, and access to the sandy shores of Independence Beach.

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JW Marriott Tampa Water Street

JW Marriott Tampa Water Street Best Hotel Openings February 2021

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JW Marriott Tampa Water Street is the brand’s 100th hotel, located in Tampa’s new downtown Water Street neighborhood. This is a pedestrian-friendly area with plenty of retail and dining, nearby the newly reimagined Sparkman Wharf. The hotel itself is an expansive 519-room property, fit for both leisure travelers and larger groups.

The JW Marriott Tampa Water Street has a modern design and luxurious amenities. This property is set to be a culinary destination for both guests and locals alike, so be sure to secure a reservation at one of the two restaurants on the property.

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Hyatt Regency Brisbane 

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The Hyatt Regency Brisbane is situated in the heart of Brisbane’s central business district. The hotel is located adjacent to Queen Street Mall, making it the perfect spot for leisure and business travelers.

The Hyatt Regency Brisbane has modern rooms that echo the modern neighborhood. One of the highlights of this property is the terrace infinity pool overlooking Brisbane.

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 JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Fengxian

Best Hotel Openings February 2021

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The JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Fengxian is architecturally marvelous. The exterior was designed to represent the legendary bird Roc. And the curved lines both in the exterior and interior represent the waves of the sea. The design choices are very thoughtful.

This hotel, located just an hour south of metropolitan Shanghai, allows guests to get away from the hustle of the city center. 

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Canopy by Hilton São Paulo Jardins 

Best Hotel Openings February 2021

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Canopy by Hilton São Paulo Jardins echoes in the cities tree-lined Jardins neighborhood. The common spaces have plenty of natural light and are decorated with a beautiful pallet of teal, coral, and brown earthy leathers, which reflects the atmosphere of the neighborhood.

This hotel is perfect whether you are relaxing on the outdoor patio at the Canopy by Hilton São Paulo Jardins or exploring this trendy neighborhood.

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The Valley Hotel

Best Hotel Openings February 2021

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Each month, I try to find a property in a destination I’ve never considered visiting. And The Valley Hotel is just that. The Valley Hotel is located just outside of Birmingham, Alabama in the heart of Homewood, Alabama. This hotel, which is a part of the Curio Collection by Hilton is sophisticated and chic. 

Homewood is a walkable neighborhood boasting plenty of retail, restaurants, bars, and galleries.

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Aloft Tulum

Best Hotel Openings February 2021

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While I love Tulum for its boutique, one-of-a-kind properties, I was very excited to see that the Aloft Tulum opened. There is something so comforting about staying at a property from a trusted, international brand, such as Marriott. Additionally, the Aloft Tulum is an affordable place to stay in Tulum Town.

This boutique hotel has 140 loft-style guest rooms and suites and a stunning rooftop infinity. All the best things to do in Tulum are easily accessible by bike from this centrally located property.

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voco Grand Central Glasgow

Best Hotel Openings February 2021

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After an extensive renovation and rebranding, this historic hotel reopened as voco Grand Central Glasgow. Grand Central Glasgow forms the front of the Glasgow Central station and is an iconic structure in the city.

Aside from being able to relive the golden age of travel at this magnificent train station hotel, voco Grand Central Glasgow has modern rooms and public areas while still retaining the hotel’s opulence.   

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Moxy Miami South Beach

Best Hotel Openings February 2021

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If you read my last roundup of the “best new hotels”, you’ll know that I have a thing for Moxy Hotels. Even though I’ve never stayed at a Moxy Hotel, they seem so fun and vibrant and an ideal place to stay for a youthful clientele (or young at heart). And the Moxy Miami South Beach is the perfect representation of the brand.

Moxy Miami South Beach is located just a block away from the beach, in the energetic South Beach neighborhood. The colorful hotel’s design is influenced by Mexico City. There are plenty of spaces to relax on the property or grab one of the complimentary bikes to explore South Beach.

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