Twelve properties with barely opened doors have already made it onto your list of favorite hotels—from the cheerful Hotel Vermont in New England to the ultra-romantic, adults-only Nayara Springs in Costa Rica.
This year, two iconic properties that had been closed for lengthy and extensive renovations—the 489-year-old Gritti Palace in Venice and the 259-year-old D’Angleterre in Copenhagen—are right back on the Readers’ Choice Awards list.
1. Nayara Springs, Arenal, Costa Rica
This new boutique hotel is a Costa Rican dream for anyone looking for a secluded vacation spot. Nayara Springs is perched at the top of a rainforest, surrounded by tropical plants and creeks with gorgeous views of Arenal Volcano. Sixteen private villas include plunge pools, gardens, and open-air showers. Located 2 ½ hours from San Jose, this adults-only hotel gets high scores for service, and the spa has indulgent treatments with volcanic mud and chocolate clay.
2. The Langham, Chicago, IL
The Langham Chicago’s airy lobby boasts accents of pink—the hotel chain’s signature color. (It’s even available in a nail polish hue, for sale in the hotel’s charming gift shop). The ceiling sculpture, one of many interesting works of art collected for the hotel, was designed to reflect the flow of the Chicago River. Decorated in two different color tones, guest rooms feature stunning views of the Chicago River, frosted privacy glass concealing the bathroom, and—our favorite feature—a fantastically slick bespoke “cellarette” (a small, portable wine cooler). The rooms’ clean lines and simple elegance pay homage to Mies van der Rohe’s minimalist aesthetic.