Inconnection's 10 Best New Hotels in the World 2019

24 April 2019

Unforgettable events, incentives and experiences need unforgettable hotels – that’s why every year we put together a roundup of the best new hotels in the world.

2019 is shaping up to be a landmark year for hotels, with some amazing new premises opening worldwide and some headline-grabbing refurbishments and reopenings.

It’s a particularly big year for great new hotels on our doorstep – 9/10 of this year’s list are in Europe, and 5/10 are right here in the UK, meaning you can treat your group to one of the best new hotels in the world without breaking the bank.

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So, read for on for our 10 best new hotels in the world for 2019, from elegant country estates to city-centre boutiques, and the long-awaited rebirth of legendary premises at home and abroad.

Hotel Lutetia

Paris, France

It’s a great year for hotels in Paris (see also the return of the Grand Hotel Powers later this year). The Lutetia, the highlight of the city's bohemian Left Bank, reopened last summer after a four-year restoration at the hands of Jean-Michel Wilmotte (the architect behind Paris's Mandarin Oriental) – and we love it.

Where Paris is increasingly going boutique, the Lutetia goes big - Parisian glamour, Eiffel Tower views and the spirit of the Grande Dame meet sleek finishing and outstanding dining options.


Belmond Cadogan

London, England 

The Cadogan has been the quintessential Chelsea hotel for over a century. Following Belmond’s massive success with the Raymond Blanc-driven Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, they’ve reimagined the Cadogan as a playful, sophisticated and beautifully finished oasis in the heart of London.

It's steps from some of the capital’s best restaurants (Michelin stars at Claude Bosi at Bibendumand the Five Fields), but you won't need them – rising-star chef Adam Handling oversees the bar, tearoom and restaurant, and his training at Gleneagles shines through in a superb in-house menu.


Raffles Hotels


A name that conjures the glamour of the golden age of travel, Raffles has been one of the best – and best known – hotels in the world since it opened in 1887.

Closed since 2017 for a multi-million-pound makeover, it reopens this summer – expect newly renovated and themed suites, a refreshed Long Bar (birthplace and spiritual home of the Singapore Sling) a new lobby lounge for afternoon tea with your group, and the Writers Bar reborn as a bespoke cocktail lounge.


Fingal at the Royal Yacht Britannia 

Edinburgh, Scotland 

For wow-factor and an unforgettable stay it doesn't get much better than this.

The Royal Yacht Brittania, the Queen's former yacht and now a major tourist attraction in Edinburgh, opened 23 beautiful, 1920s-styled cabins this year.

Spend the days in Edinburgh with your group and the evenings on deck for a champagne reception under the stars, in the exclusive-use venue space for dining, presentations and events, or simply making the most of what might be the world’s best floatel.


Experimental Chalet 

Verbier, Switzerland 

The latest opening from the French team behind Paris's Experimental Cocktail Club and outstanding establishments in London, New York and Ibiza is a superb addition to Verbier, the lead resort in Switzerland's 4 Valleys region.

The hotel is minutes from Verbier’s central square and main lift. Not only that, but the rooms are stylish, the in-house restaurant from Parisian chef Gregory Marchand is excellent, and the basement is home to the Farm Club - a legendary Verbier après ski spot, making this the best new hotel in the world for ski trips with younger groups.



Oslo, Norway 

This sophisticated new boutique-feel hotel from the team behind Oslo's brilliant The Thief is a high-impact option for Scandinavian events and incentives.

Housed in the former Norwegian America Line building, close to Oslo's opera house and prime shopping districts, the hotel boasts 122 rooms, a privately bookable club ideal for intimate events, a beautiful covered courtyard lounge (Haven), and a very, very good in-house brasserie (Atlas).


Great Scotland Yeard

London, England 

The subject of massive industry speculation over the last couple of years, the historic home of the Met Police will finally reopen as a five-star hotel under the Hyatt Group's Unbound Collection banner this summer.

So far details are thin on the ground, but expect 150+ rooms and a number of restaurant and bar operations overseen by award-winning chef Alex Harper (formerly of Mayfair's Neo Bistro) in a spectacular new Whitehall hotel.


Hotel de la Ville

Rome, Italy 

Let’s talk about the best placed new hotel in the world for 2019.

The Hotel de la Ville sits at the top of Rome’s Spanish Steps, offering sweeping city views and placing the city’s best sights within easy walking distance. That would make it a jaw-dropping hotel for an incentive trip even without its superb restaurant from Fulvio Pierangelini, buzzing rooftop bar, street-side bistro, Sicilian spa or culture-meets-contemporary interiors. Hard to beat in the Eternal City – opens end of May.


The Standard

London, England

Steps from St Pancras International, the latest offering from the visionary Standard Hotels group is going to be spectacular.

Close to Euston and King's Cross it's brilliantly accessible, and Granary Square's canalside restaurants and shops are on the doorstep.

A three-storey glazed roof extension brings some elegance to the building’s brutalist exterior, and the hotel will offer over 250 rooms, a recording studio and a rooftop restaurant steered by Peter Sanchez Iglesias of Bristol's Michelin-starred Casamia.


Grantley Hall 

Yorkshire, England 

Sat at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Grantley Hall opens its doors this summer after 300 years as a private home.

What it lacks in rooms (it will offer just 47) it makes up in facilities – the hotel will boast seven restaurants and bars, a destination spa with a full range of treatments, an 18m indoor swimming pool, sauna and snow room, a gymnasium with yoga and spinning studio, and much more. An unreal property, a significant addition to the North's flourishing hotel scene, and undoubtedly one of 2019’s best new hotels in the world.


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