Fresh Picks: 4 Plush New Properties in North America

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

Fresh Picks features the latest luxury properties admitted into the Kiwi Collection. This week, we hone in on four hotels that debuted this year in the U.S.

The NoMad Hotel
This boutique hotel which opened in April is perched north of Madison Square Park in Midtown Manhattan. In a restored Beaux-Arts building, it’s a magical mélange of Paris and New York. The interiors by French decorator Jacques Garcia were inspired by his boyhood home, and include vintage rugs, mahogany writing desks and curated original art, not to mention all the more modern tech trappings you’d expect. The set-up for dining is decadent; sip and nibble in the Atrium, Parlor, at the Bar, by the Fireplace or in the lovely Library. Perfect for those who want a historic, homey suite in the heart of it all.

SLS Hotel South Beach
In June, SLS Hotels brought its heat to Miami’s South Beach with 140 rooms dressed to impress. Designer Philippe Starck took inspiration from Louis XV’s main mistress, Madame de Pompadour—it’s 18th century lavish with a little naughty thrown in (ceiling mirrors, for instance), while rocker Lenny Kravitz was responsible for the villa and Presidential Penthouse. Chef José Andrés is in the charge of the inventive menu here, as he is in Beverly Hills, and Hyde Beach’s 8,000 square feet of pool, sandy shore and indoor-outdoor space is the place to party. If you love the nightlife and fancy yourself a little Alice in Wonderland, this is the hip hotel for you.

The James Royal Palm
Another new South Beach spot, The James just opened in November on the famed Collins Avenue. The style is beachy, keen on the early ’70s with a palette prominently green, walnut and white. Nightly distractions include four restaurants and bars, including South Shore, a lounge for hotel guests only, and the club SL Miami to satisfy your need to shimmy. Beckoning you outside are the hotel’s two pools, plunge pool, cabanas and beachfront access. If the Rat Pack were still kicking it today, they’d stay here. Of the 393 rooms, you can bet it would be one of the swinging Penthouse Loft Suites.

Andaz Napa
Andaz introduced itself to Napa, California in September with a downtown hotel of 141 rooms, and this number is delightfully similar to its starting rates, $143, which leaves a lot of extra greenbacks for spending on wine. Coziness abounds, so sip that Cabernet by an indoor or outdoor fireplace. Explore the nearby wineries, or stay put and sample at their wine bar, Mercantile Social. Add some dine to that wine at the Andaz Napa Farmers Table which serves up farm-to-table entrees. Like a well-priced yet high-minded Pinot Noir, this hotel hits the bullseye of both quality and value.

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