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The world's best (and worst) new luxury hotels of 2021

18 January 2022

Silvia Ricciardi

Despite the challenges imposed by the Covid19 pandemic, the luxury hotel industry didn’t fail to welcome numerous new entries. Even if 45 per cent of anticipated arrivals were delayed or deferred, new boutique-sized residences, glamourous villas, enchanted resorts and luxurious bungalows did open their doors to prioritise guests’ needs.

Here is the top 5 world’s best luxury hotels which opened in 2021, according to Luxury Travel Intelligence (LTI):
 
5. Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid
Infused with a roaring Twenties air, especially in the leafy Palm Court and gilded showpiece restaurant Deessa, Mandarin Oriental’s fun reprise of Madrid’s Ritz accentuates the building’s heritage via Quique Dacosta’s contemporary cooking and Jorge Vázquez uniforms for the staff.
 
4. Cheval Blanc, Paris
LVMH Hospitality delivers its fifth hotel in 16 years, a new Parisian maison in the heart of the city but with a resort-like feeling. Occupying the iconic Samaritaine building, this first urban Cheval Blanc matches its four fabulous forebears. It boasts four restaurants, Paris’s longest pool and a Dior Spa offering 30-minute 'happiness shots'.

 

3. Beaverbrook Town House, London
West London has welcomed one of Britain’s best country house hotels. A huge investment from Beaverbrook’s passionate owners (including chocolate-family heir Joel Cadbury) has led to numerous 21st century comforts across 14 rooms, plus Japanese fine-dining and – sourced from classic London suppliers – many playful fabrics, fittings and furnishings.

 
2. Airelles Chateau de Versaille, Le Grand Contrôle, Paris
Airelles delivers a former treasurer’s mansion outside Paris, with its astonishing position in the Château de Versailles’ grounds and its out-of-hours palace access. Just 14 airy bedrooms, where the limited number creates an intimate feel, coupled with period furniture, spa and candlelit Alain Ducasse restaurant can do nothing but enchant.
 
1. The Bulgari, Paris
Extra intimacy is key for this Parisian gem. With Italian studio Citterio Viel behind the scenes, the same designers crafting the jewellery brand’s other hotels, The Bulgari offers a dream-like atmosphere. Low ceilings, muted colours and seductive lighting confront travel-trunk mini-bars and huge bedrooms. The location, with lemon trees and lawns overlooked by the Eiffel Tower, is spectacular.
 

And here is the 2 world’s worst luxury hotels:
 
Jumeirah Carlton Tower, London
While this is not a new property, after a two-year £100m extensive refurbishment everything looking as bland and corporate as before feels not acceptable.
 
Bishop’s Lodge, Santa Fe
Unfortunately for Auberge Resorts, this New Mexico addition represents a rare and surprising slip. With service lacking, food way off the usual standards and even construction ongoing, it seems certain that the property has opened prematurely.

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