- Hot List
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3 Of The Coolest New Hotels To Visit In 2021
Released on 09/07/2021
[Voice Over] For Conde Nast Traveler annual hotlist,
we crisscrossed the globe to compile the sexiest,
most service driven,
and downright coolest hotel openings
from all around the world.
Here, the birth of a modern classic in Charleston,
a stylish new spot in a Dallas skyscraper,
and the revival of a private island in Florida
are three of the knockout entries
on this year's hotlist.
We like to say that the Emeline
is full of little surprises.
Through the grand doorway,
a gracious lobby designed by hospitality titans,
MAKEREADY, is the ideal place
to slowly sip the welcome cocktail
you're handed at check-in.
Oh! And while there,
don't miss that mesmerizing iron work staircase
that leads to the balcony.
This is Charleston, a town for foodies,
and every hotelier knows
that any property worth itself
has to have a restaurant that the locals
are wanting to eat in.
Frannie & The Fox has cool, dim lighting,
comfy leather chairs,
and a fabulous inner courtyard.
Even still, the selling point is anything
that comes out of Chef Tim Morton's kitchen,
which includes mind-blowing blue crab fritters.
Whatever you get,
add a pizza to your order,
which is served fresh from the wood-fired oven,
the centerpiece of his kitchen.
The rooms have the same sharp, urban vibes
as the common spaces,
with sofas, exposed lights,
and ginormous walk-in showers.
A super cool feature?
The 500 strong vinyl collection
with record players in the rooms.
Things get even more metropolitan
with the Thompson Dallas,
set inside a skyscraper known as The National
which used to be the tallest building
west of the Mississippi.
The long narrow lobby is lined
with bookshelves and ceramic works.
Also, check out those Texas-sized fabulous chandeliers.
The pool is essential to beat the Texan heat.
It has fun cabanas and a sun lounging deck
should you want a day's rest
from shopping up a storm
at the nearby Neiman Marcus.
And, crucially, you won't go hungry here.
In fact, you may even considered
tacking on a night or two
just to eat your way through all its restaurants.
There is the elegant Japanese lounge, kessaku,
serving sushi and sake,
though Catbird is the table to book
if you only have one shot.
For its sexy leather booth,
small plates, and excellent cocktails,
this is where you are most likely
to run into a Dallas influencer
or a group of girlfriends out for a night.
Honoring the building 60s roots,
furniture in the rooms
have a mad man meets urban cowboy vibe
with brass accents and lots of cow print and leather.
And of course, a deep sinking tub
positioned right at the window
for dazzling city views as you soak.
[light bright music]
You won't see that bright lights of downtown
at this reborn, adults only, private island
in the Florida Keys,
were a motor yacht whisks you away from the airport.
Your first stop at Little Palm Island
feels like a Hemingway escape in every way.
Down to the check-in desk,
which doubles as a four bar stool bar,
serving a mean Gumby Slumber.
Once on the retreat,
you will be surrounded by tropical water,
but the first place to check out
is the chic pool deck,
where you can sip cocktails all day
from the palapa bar
and be with an earshot of the Atlantic.
Its shores just a few steps away.
Once out of the sun,
the retreats iconic Great Room
is the place for reading, playing board games
or just catching an afternoon snooze
on the comfy sofas.
Oh! And it is the only place
anywhere in the island with the television,
but we have no doubt
the atmosphere and conversation with fellow guests
won't make you even think about switching it on.
The dining room is an elegant Floridian space
with ceiling fans and high, neutral ceilings
that serves very good local fish,
like Key West pink shrimp
and yellowtail snapper.
If wanting to turn the fancy up a notch,
asked to do dinner out on the sandbar.
A definite selling point is the new SpaTerre,
set in a breezy, two-storey atrium
and offering everything from Biologique facials
to CBD treatments.
It is almost as relaxing
as your personal thatched roof villa.
There are 30 of them on the island,
each with water views, outdoor showers
and fully furnished terraces that bring home
the tropical chic vibes found throughout.
All are spectacular,
but the Island Premier Suites
may be the pick of the lot.
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