The hotel industry was hit hard in 2020, well the entire tourism industry was hit hard. As I’ve watched as beloved hotels close their doors, I thought, what can I do? And it hit me, one thing I can do is shed light on all the wonderful hotels across the world. I already showcase my favorite hotel stays via my checking-in series and my hotel roundups for each destination. Yet, I wanted to create a space to highlight those anticipated hotel openings, the best new hotel openings each month. These are hotels that I’m dreaming about staying one day, and will hopefully one day get to write a full-fledged hotel review about. In an effort to share only the best new hotel openings, I’m going to try to keep the list to 10 properties each month.

Aside from getting a glimpse at these great hotels, I’m learning about new destinations that I’d love to visit. Truth be told, it’s a rabbit hole. Yet, a wonderful rabbit hole that’s giving me the opportunity to enjoy some armchair travel. What can I say, I love hotels.

The list this month includes hotels in some of the most incredible cities in the world, a hotel on the bank of the Nile, and one at a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It includes luxury properties and fun stays. What’s great about this list, is that I’ve never visited any of these destinations and now I’ve already virtually planned a trip to Oklahoma City, a place I’ve never considered visiting until now. So here’s to it, these are the best new hotels that opened in January 2021.

Best New Hotel Openings – January 2021

The St. Regis Cairo

Best Hotel Openings January 2021

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The St. Regis Cairo sits on the bank of the Nile River and it was one of the most anticipated luxury hotel openings of the year. With guest rooms featuring views of the Nile, St Regis signature butler service, exquisite culinary offerings, and Egyptian-inspired luxury design elements, this hotel will elevate your visit to Cairo. Cairo is Egypt’s sprawling capital city and the gateway for visiting the Pyramids of Giza. After exploring the nearby Egyptian Museum, consider taking a cruise down the Nile or relax at the St. Regis Spa or pool.

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Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh

Best Hotel Openings January 2021

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I could not think of a better location to stay in Cambodia’s capital than the Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh. This hotel is located within walking distance of the Royal Palace, National Museum, and the riverside. Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh is a sleek and stylish locale, with guest rooms featuring modern decor.

If you do one thing while staying at the Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, be sure to dine at FiveFive Rooftop Restaurant & Bar. This restaurant offered incredible views of the Mekong River and Royal Palace.

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Grand Universe Lucca, Autograph Collection

Best Hotel Openings January 2021

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Can we all take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this hotel is? The Grand Universe Lucca may just be my favorite hotel of the month due to the fact that I’m a sucker for all things Italy and love boutique properties. Located in the heart of the city, this former 16th-century palazzo turned luxury hotel offers 55 room hotel rooms and suites.

If the location wasn’t enough to convince you, the interior of this property is so elegant yet contemporary. With the Sommita’ Rooftop Bar, you can enjoy this Tuscan city without leaving the property. From here you can get stunning views of Piazza del Giglio while enjoying a refreshing drink.

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Moxy Austin-University in Texas

Best Hotel Openings January 2021

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The Moxy Austin – University in Texas hotel looks like such a fun, vibrant, too-cool for school property. This Moxy hotel is designed for the young at heart, so you don’t need to be a college student to stay at this hotel located adjacent to the university. The common areas include the indoor ‘living room’ and outdoor ‘backyard’ space, which are decorated with vibrant pops of color.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a complimentary ‘Got Moxy’ cocktail which kickstarts your fun stay in Austin. But the best part about the Moxy Austin is Zombie Taco, a 24-hour taco counter on property.

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Omni Oklahoma City Hotel

Best Hotel Openings January 2021

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Yes, Oklahoma City! Before learning about the opening of the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel, I would have wondered if there was anything worth seeing in this city. Yet, there certainly is! Omni Oklahoma City Hotel is a large and elegant hotel located nearby the Myriad Botanical Gardens and the Bricktown Canal, which has fun canal taxis.

The guest rooms at Omni Oklahoma City Hotel are spacious and contemporary. And there is even a rooftop terrace and pool to relax and take in the views of Oklahoma City.

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Margaritaville Jacksonville Beach

 

The Margaritaville Jacksonville Beach is located just blocks away from the Jacksonville Pier. With ocean-front views, a Landshark Bar, and all of the Jimmy Buffet beach vibes, this property is the place to stay if you’re craving a fun beach getaway.

After seeing photos of the cool beachy blue interior and the views of the Atlantic from the Ocean-front rooms, I am dreaming about getting to the beach.

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AC Hotel by Marriott Scottsdale North

Best Hotel Openings January 2021

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Is it just me, or does Scottsdale have the most beautiful hotels? Maybe it’s the landscape of this Arizona city? Whatever it is, the AC Hotel by Marriot Scottsdale North has joined the ranks of the incredible hotel offerings in Scottsdale.

This property is the perfect place for those who wish to be nearby plenty of shopping and dining options. The Ac Hotel by Marriott Scottsdale North is located adjacent to Kierland Commons and the palm-lined storefronts of the Scottsdale Quarter. The modern property features a gorgeous pool, perfect for those warm Arizona days and nights.

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Fort Sutter Hotel Sacramento, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Best Hotel Openings January 2021

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Fort Sutter Hotel is a cool, urban design space. The lobby is stunning and looks like something from a design magazine. And the rooms have simple Scandinavian design elements.

This hotel is perfect for travelers who love arts and design. Fort Sutter Hotel is located next to The Sofia Center for the Arts and is just a few blocks from the Sutter District where you can find plenty of restaurants and art galleries. You can either walk or take one of the property’s rental bikes.

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Mövenpick Hotel Hobart

Best Hotel Openings January 2021

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Hobart, Tasmania looks like a postcard-perfect destination. And the Mövenpick Hotel Hobart is the ideal place to stay in this Australian city. All guestrooms are situated between floors 3 to 18, meaning many of the rooms offer breathtaking panoramic views. With the stunning views, food and wine experiences, and chocolate hour (yes, there is a daily complimentary chocolate hour!), it will be difficult to pull yourself away from this hotel.

Mövenpick Hotel Hobart is just a short stroll away from the waterfront, various museums, and the Salamanca Market.

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Canopy by Hilton Hangzhou West Lake

Best Hotel Openings January 2021

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Dreaming of visiting the UNESCO-recognized West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou? Then staying at the Canopy by Hilton Hangzhou West Lake is the perfect place to stay! This hotel is located within walking distance of West Lake and is the perfect base to explore this area.

Complimentary Canopy bikes make exploring this area a breeze. The hotel itself is modern, in an amazing location, and a surprisingly affordable stay.

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Ramada Encore by Wyndham Kathmandu Thamel

Best Hotel Openings January 2021

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Located in the capital city of Nepal, Ramada Encore by Wyndham Kathmandu Thamel is a great spot as your base for exploring this area. Kathmandu is set in a valley surrounded by the Himalayan Mountains, most notably Mount Everest.

You can enjoy mountain and city views from the rooftop plunge pool, rejuvenate in the spa and relax in the contemporary rooms.

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