Travel: TOP Hotel Picks for 2015

Baccarat Hotels & Residences New York
New York, New York

This luxe 114-room stay, opening in Midtown Manhattan in February, across the street from the Museum of Modern Art, represents a rebirth for the 250-year-old brand that bears its name.

Starwood founder Barry Sternlicht acquired the French crystal company a few years back, and with this hotel turns it from luxury product into luxury lifestyle brand, one largely created in sumptuous New-meets-Old World style by Parisian interiors darlings Gilles & Boissier.

Beyond the rooms, there’s also a contemporary French restaurant designed by Stephen Sills and helmed by Michelin-starred chef Shea Gallante and host Charles Masson, who long ran the show at La Grenouille. If you like your stay, Baccarat is selling equally posh — and pricey — condos. (From $899)

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Virgin Hotels Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Another beloved brand making its first foray into the hotel space, Virgin enters the hospitality world on January 15. It will launch in Chicago’s Central Loop district, with a four-star spot in a converted 1928 bank building that brings the contemporary cool of the airline’s upper-class airport clubhouses to 250 rooms and suites plus a glammed-up American diner, Italian coffee and wine bar and the Commons Club, a lounge, bar, restaurant and public gathering space with a member-only feel. A rooftop izakaya and cocktail joint will open in the spring. (From $209)

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The Ritz Paris
Paris, France

Many of Paris’s palace hotels have recently shuttered for major renovations and restoration, not least of all this Place Vendôme grand dame, which will debut its much-anticipated facelift in the fall, after a three-plus-year closure — its first since Cesar Ritz first opened it in 1898. When the curtain comes off, guests will find the public spaces and 143 wood-paneled rooms and suites sensitively reimagined by French designer Thierry W. Despont, who’s reinstalling the Ritz’s priceless collection of furniture and art in a newly pastel-hued mise en scene. The hotel has also added an informal restaurant and a clear retractable roof over a formerly open-air courtyard, as well as a third kitchen at its cooking school, a new ballroom and a completely rethought spa. (Rates not yet available)

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The Beaumont, London

This is the first hotel from the well-known London restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King. The property is a restored Art Deco building with 73 rooms and suites inspired by 1920s Manhattan. 

The hotel is also home to a towering, one-bedroom "inhabitable sculpture." Made from stainless steel by Antony Gormley, guests are able to spend the night in the sculpture, which protrudes from the building's facade. Designed to be a quiet, uninterrupted retreat, the Gormley-designed room is furnished by a single white-linen bed. The walls are made of fumed oak planks that come together at exposed joints to create built-in ledges and nooks for seating.

All rooms have large, walk-in showers, heated bathroom floors and bath amenities from D.R. Harris — chemists to His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales.

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NUO Beijing

With its dedication to being a low-carbon intelligent hotel, as well as promising to use only ingredients from its own organic farms and a commitment to energy conservation, this hotel is among those leading the eco-conscious trend.

NUO, the first Chinese international luxury brand, will open its flagship hotel in Beijing in January.