Specialized magazine Lodging published a list this week of the biggest US hotel openings for 2012. It includes the SLS South Beach, the TRYP Times Square and the Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia.
The SLS South Beach in Miami designed by Philippe Starck is situated in a historic Art Deco building. One of the main highlights is perhaps its restaurants, the Bazaar, run by chef Jose Andrés and the Katsuya by Starck run by master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi. Other facilities include an indoor and outdoor lounge with two pools and private cabanas as well as in-room iPads and BMW house cars available for transport within a two-to-three-mile radius.
The first TRYP hotel in the US, the TRYP Times Square opened in New York in February offering a total of 173-rooms. This hotel includes fitness themed rooms with exercise bikes and complimentary workout attire. Located near Madison Square Garden, the hotel lobby includes a gastro bar and a quiet library as well as free WiFi.
The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis has been described as a "geek-chic hotel" since it is possibly the only property in the world to offer a book butler on call. A former Radisson, this 304-room hotel has been transformed by Noble House Hotels and Resorts. The theme of the hotel is related to its location -- near the University of Minneapolis which counts over 50,000 students. The hotel features in-room art galleries, alchemist mixology lessons and Sudoku sleep-ins.
The first new hotel to open in Atlantic City since 2003, the Revel Atlantic City is a 6.3 million square foot (585,289 square meters) property with 1,898 rooms spread over 47 floors and 130,000 square-foot (12,077 square meters) casino. For those wanting to relax away from the games tables, the hotel also offers a 31,000 square-foot (2,879 square-meter) spa, 10 pools, 14 restaurants and two theaters.
Lodging's complete US Hotel Openings for 2012 list is available at: http://www.lodgingmagazine.com/PastIssues/PastIssues/Best-of-2012-Biggest-Openings-2653.aspx