As the travel industry slowly but surely shows signs of recovery, new hotels are beginning to sprout up across the globe. According to Destination Analysis, leisure travel continues to be a high budget priority for Americans. In June, 61.8% of travelers said leisure travel was a “high” or “extremely high” budgetary item. This figure has remained stable over the first six months of 2022. Maximum expected annual travel budgets grew in June, reaching an average of $4,345, an increase of 10.5% from May.
The number of Americans traveling may start to retreat somewhat. The percent of Americans who expect to take at least one leisure trip in the next 12 months has dropped nearly eight points since February, from 93.3% to 85.8% now, and those with trip plans dropped three points to 82.3% in the same period. However, Americans still appear to be holding on to their fall travel plans with 25% of American travelers reporting trip plans in September, and 20.7% reporting trip plans in October.
The following new hotels throughout the world will be welcoming travelers in the coming months.
Lockwood Hotel, Waterville, ME Opening August 15, 2022
Lockwood Hotel invites travelers to experience a different side of Maine, in the heart of Waterville, home to Colby College. The Lockwood Hotel opening is an important milestone in the downtown Waterville revitalization initiative by Colby College, city leaders, local businesses and community organizations. With views of Main Street or the waters of the Kennebec River, each of the hotel’s 53 rooms and suites sets the stage for an unforgettable, unique New England escape. Lockwood Hotel is also home to Front & Main, Waterville’s premier downtown restaurant quickly transforming the local food scene. Helmed by Executive Chef and New England native Jesse Souza, Front & Main emphasizes the importance of sourcing its ingredients from local purveyors and farmers, such as Maine Grains, providing the kitchen with freshly milled, organic and heritage grains sourced right from the region.
AKA West Palm West Palm Beach, FL Opening November, 2022
A newly built, six-story building in Downtown West Palm Beach is being transformed into AKA West Palm, an upscale hotel residence catering to the city’s rapidly growing corporate and leisure travel community. AKA West Palm is located within walking distance of historic Clematis Street, the Brightline West Palm Beach train station, restaurants and night clubs. The hotel will offer 217 luxurious suites and residences, 6,000 square feet of ground-floor retail directly on S. Olive Avenue, an indoor/outdoor lounge and bar that is accessible from the resort’s pool and deck, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a sizable conference room and smaller conference nooks, a pet spa, a private residence lounge space for AKA members and water views. The new hotel residence will feature studio, one and two-bedroom layouts ranging from 351 square feet to over 840 square feet. Originally designed as micro-apartments, all suites and residences will have a kitchen or kitchenette to cater to longer-stay guests.
Radio Hotel – New York, NY Opening September 2022
Radio Hotel, located in Washington Heights (sometimes called “Little Dominican”), will be celebrating its grand opening in tandem with National Hispanic Heritage Month, with fun activities that pay homage to the local community and vibrant Dominican culture. Radio Hotel is the first ever full-service boutique hotel in Washington Heights, allowing travelers to explore the area’s natural beauty, expansive parks and cultural institutions, including the Met Cloisters, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s second location. Elevated hotel amenities include a Dominican-inspired restaurant by Richard Sandoval Hospitality Group, a furnished rooftop with sweeping panoramic views of downtown Manhattan, the GW Bridge and the Harlem River, an activated courtyard and more. Additionally, the hotel will offer a variety of experiential programming such as architecture and food tours of The Heights.
Atlantis, the Royal, Dubai Opening Q4 2022
One of the most anticipated hotel openings in the world, Atlantis, the Royal, is crafted and designed by the world’s leading designers, architects and artists. The resort and residences will offer breathtaking views, extraordinary dining experiences, attractions, entertainment and nightlife. Upon opening, Atlantis, the Royal will be home to transformative wellness experiences, world-class, Michelin-starred dining, the region’s first fire meets water show, and over 90 swimming pools in total.
Selina Tulum Downtown, Mexico Opening September 2022
Selina Tulum Downtown is located on Mexico’s Caribbean coastline, in the heart of Tulum city center. This Mayan paradise is inspired by the destination’s rich culture and history and rooted in a sense of wellness and mindfulness. Boasting 116 rooms, a rooftop restaurant, a large onsite wellness facility (perfect for retreats), a private pool area for guests and large co-working space, this hotel’s location is an idyllic destination for those looking to combine sun and fun with culture and wellness.
Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City, Utah Opening October 2022
The first Hyatt Regency hotel in Utah, the Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City is located at the epicenter of Salt Lake’s bustling downtown and will be the only hotel directly adjoining the Salt Palace Convention Center. The hotel’s arrival will bring 60,000 square feet of meeting space, including one of the largest hotel ballrooms and most expansive outdoor rooftop event terraces in the city. The 25-story hotel will feature a striking glass facade and will be comprised of 700 spacious guestrooms and suites, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the skyline and surrounding mountain peaks. Designed for both business and leisure travelers, accommodations will connect guests with modern essentials along with tech-forward conveniences such as streaming capabilities, a Smart Mirror Vanity, and digital room entry via the World of Hyatt app.