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10 Wow-Factor Hotel Openings in 2015 That Are Worth the Splurge

By Elissa Garay

From imaginative jungle villas to a revived ancient bathhouse, and futuristic towers to overwater bungalows, 2015 is proposing the latest and greatest in next-generation lodging. Cropping up in tried-and-true travelers’ havens like NYC and Venice, to further-flung locales from Marrakech to the Maldives, here are 10 of 2015’s most anticipated high-end hotel openings, readying to reinvent the landscape of travel in the New Year.

The Knickerbocker Hotel, New York City

Times Square is raising its cachet with this winter’s scheduled opening of The Knickerbocker Hotel. Set behind the elegant 16-story facade of a landmarked Beaux Arts building (built in 1906 by John Jacob Astor IV), the hotel’s interiors have been gut-renovated to reflect sleek spaces that include 330 modern guestrooms (where guests can sample in-room salon services from celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson) and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Chef Charlie Palmer will manage its signature New American restaurant and bar, the Charlie Palmer @ The Knick, while rooftop bar and terrace St. Cloud rewards with breathtaking views over Times Square.

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