After two pandemic years of staying home, make 2023 your year of travel, and where better to visit than some of the newest hotels around the world? If you’re traveling in the United States, don’t forget to save your shopping and dining receipts to scan in the Fetch app. You’ll earn free cash towards gift cards that you can redeem on your next trip. Everyone loves a couple of Starbucks drinks at the airport or a meal at Chili’s while waiting for a flight. Fetch can make your trip to some of the newest hotels even better. Here are some of our favorites to check out this year.
Richard Branson’s famous brand name is now a NoMad neighborhood hotel in New York City. Virgin Hotel New York has almost 500 rooms, but that doesn’t stop it from having resort-like amenities like a rooftop pool and bar and a sky deck that can be used for special events. From there, a panoramic observation area gives guests Instagram-worthy photo ops.
Not too far away, in Brooklyn, this Marriott Bonvoy hotel is part of the cheeky, millennial-focused Moxy brand. The rooms are clever in their use of space replacing closets with under-bed drawers and wall hooks; this is a hallmark of the brand. Instead of wasting money on tons of extra furnishings, the hotel has added perks like free fitness classes, live music in the lounge, and the occasional art exhibits or fashion pop-ups. Don’t miss the chance to dine at the hotel’s restaurant with a menu from the Levant region of the Middle East. This Moxy is the second new property in town, following the Moxy Lower East Side’s opening a few months before.
From the famous Spanish brand Meliá, this all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic has an affiliated theme park with rides and entertainment (free to guests), and all of the accommodations are suites. Families will find this to be vacation paradise from the get-go. Elsewhere around the resort, guests can lounge by one of many swimming pools, relax on the beach shoreline, or dine in outdoor and indoor restaurants with a global range of flavors.
Another family-friendly destination is the more familiar Embassy Suites by Hilton brand. It’s known for many of its impressive perks like a cooked-to-order breakfast, evening cocktails and snacks (all of which are free) plus two-room suites with a separate bedroom and living room with sofa bed. All in all, this place packs in the value, something Fetch users are sure to love. In addition to its free breakfast, there are five food and beverage outlets.
In a neighborhood bustling with cafes, shops and parks, this creative district is a great way to ease into the frenetic pace of Mexico City. It’s not a bad start either as this hotel attracts fashion models, hip clientele and business travelers for its chic design, rooftop pool and restaurant and trendy coffee bar that uses healthy mushrooms to provide an energy boost in its beverage menu. The hotel’s Wooftop is another unique feature. It’s a mix between a co-working space (a favorite of this latest trend of digital nomads and remote workers) and pet café. People can bring their dogs, sit outside and order something from the barbecue food truck (it also has puppy snacks), or lounge on the sun terrace. Guest rooms feature Mexican artwork and photography, but also a vintage record player on which visitors can listen to records they request from reception.
This hotel is close to it all, the city’s famous tourist shopping areas around Gran Via, the Golden Triangle of art museums (Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and Museo Reina Sofía), and next to city landmarks like Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace and Puerta del Sol. While not a highrise, the rooftop pool has panoramic views of the city’s occasional skyscraper, steeples and beautiful architecture. Besides the minimalist and crisp all-white guest rooms with the Ian Schrager-designed brand’s signature touches like a wool bed throw and snazzy bar area, the hotel counts two city-famous restaurants to its name (one Peruvian, and the other Mexican). It’s worth a visit.
More urban resort than city-center hotel, this garden-shrouded hotel is packed with art from expert and emerging Thai artists. The food and beverage scene is drawing locals from all around town, including a chic Argentine-themed lounge and bar with craft cocktails. This is also home to the only Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant in a hotel in town. Guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with enormous bathrooms, minibars stocked with local products and the famously comfortable Four Seasons bed. Families will love the riverfront pools, free kids club and complimentary boat shuttles along the river. There is also an exceptional wellness center with full-service spa, barber shop and salon, yoga, fitness and meditation classes, and an adult pool. Surrounding the hotel is the city’s burgeoning arts district with locally owned boutiques, shops and coffee shops, many using repurposed buildings.
Opened in time for World Cup 2022, this hotel is another example of adaptive reuse of a former Ministry of the Interior building. It’s a new hotel and members’ club on the city’s waterfront. Locals flock to its myriad dining concepts, including a new Qatari outpost of the London-dining-favorite Cecconi’s, and a Levantine-style outdoor café serving Jordanian and Lebanese fare. The outdoor pool is a see-and-be-seen spot, but it’s the indoor club and lounge atmosphere that has the Middle East buzzing over this chic addition to the hotel landscape.
On Dubai’s famous Palm islands, this new Hilton resort has its own private beach plus outposts of popular restaurants and bars like Trader Vic’s and Bar Fly by Buddha Bar. Come here for the stunning city and sea views, but stay for the resort vibes thanks to the lapping waves and plentiful pools. From here, you’re not far to popular landmarks like the Burj Dubai, Dubai Mall and the Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel.
Ramsey Qubein is a freelance travel journalist covering hotels, cruises, airlines, and loyalty programs from around the globe. He's a contributor to NerdWallet, Forbes, Fortune and more.