There’s no denying a hotel stay can make or break a trip, as now more than ever, travelers are seeking to align with hotel experiences reflective of their lifestyles. In the last few years alone, creative and convivial properties have been opening across the continent, as travelers are wanting more out of their hotel stay.
One of the most important facets of this is the photography and social element a hotel provides. Does the property create inspiring spaces worth documenting? Are there bright walls, captivating tapestries, and lighting too beautiful to simply walk past without snapping a photo? Further to this, is there a social element on the property? Does the hotel have an Instagram page, and do they encourage guests and visitors to interact with their content?
Most properties are wising up to the importance of having photographable spaces and a social media presence, as all of these elements create the ideal setting for effortless inspiration needed for travel photographers and Instagram stars alike to document and spread the word regarding the world's best hotels.
With exceptional, creative, and undoubtedly photogenic hotel openings occurring everywhere from Baja Mexico to mountain-flanked Denver, read on to discover the hotels every travel photographer and Instagram maven should travel for in 2017.
Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
Located in the burgeoning district of Fishtown in Philadelphia, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is a restaurant-hotel hybrid, featuring a ground-floor Italian eatery and forthcoming upstairs hotel, set to open in early 2017. Housed in a former 19th-century whiskey blending and bottling factory, the hotel retains much of its industrial character, featuring brick walls, live-edge walnut beds, antique rugs, and kitchenettes. The restaurant, which opened this spring to rave reviews, has become one of the city’s best new restaurant and features a rustic, wood-fired menu helmed by Chef Chris Painter. When the hotel opens, guests will check in with the restaurant staff downstairs, a unique hospitality model inspired by classic English pubs.
Why Travel Photographers and Instagram Stars Will Love Wm. Mulherin’s Sons: The property's ground-floor Italian eatery opened this spring to rave reviews. It made Bon Appetit's 50 Best New Restaurants and Eater Philly's Best Restaurant of 2016. You'll love photographing the space - complete with a bar, a dining room with a board-formed concrete fireplace, and a second dining room featuring an open kitchen showcasing a wood-fired oven - and there will be more aerial culinary photo opportunities than you'll know what to do with.
Hotel 50 Bowery
Marking Joie de Vivre Hotels’ first foray into New York City hospitality, Hotel 50 Bowery in Chinatown is set to open this March. At the 229-room property, guests will get a taste of Chinatown culture through three different culinary concepts curated by Chef Dale Talde and his partners at Three Kings Restaurant Group. Staying true to its location, the hotel will be home to a permanent exhibit by the Museum of Chinese in America, complete with an on-site curator. The exhibit will tell the story of Chinatown, street-by-street, and will house the most significant artifacts found during the hotel’s construction.
Why Travel Photographers and Instagram Stars Will Love Hotel 50 Bowery: You will love documenting the artwork set to be displayed in guestrooms by local artists Lowell Boyers, Simone Shubuck and André Saraiva. Additionally, all rooms above the ninth floor offer stunning views of bustling Lower Manhattan streets and the iconic skyline, making the perfect Instagram posts during an evening nightcap.
Hotel San Cristóbal
Liz Lambert’s Bunkhouse Group is an icon in Texas hospitality, and next year, the group is set to launch their first international property in Mexico. Opening in March, Hotel San Cristóbal is a beachfront boutique hotel featuring 32 rooms on the coast of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur. The property is connected to the town by a 3-mile bike path and overlooks the picturesque Punta Lobos and Sierra de la Laguna Mountains. Rooms and common areas offer an indoor-outdoor experience to connect guests with the landscape, and hotel celebrates Baja culture by working with local panga fishing cooperatives and featuring in-room amenities and a retail program rich in Mexican materials and products.
Why Travel Photographers and Instagram Stars Will Love Hotel San Cristóbal: The property overlooks the Punta Lobos and the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, making the perfect location for dreamy landscape images - bonus points for partaking in the photo and using your presence as a sense of scale.
The Hoxton, Williamsburg
The brand that revolutionized hospitality in Europe is opening its first property in North America. Set to open by summer of 2017, The Hoxton, Williamsburg will be a convivial Brooklyn epicenter for international guests and locals. Featuring 175 rooms and three restaurants, the hotel will have a main restaurant, bar and lobby incorporating an exterior courtyard at ground level, and a rooftop bar and restaurant with spectacular views of Manhattan’s skyline. Built on the idea that diversity and originality of a hotel should mimic the streets and scenes that surround it, the hotel will curate a series of monthly events, bringing the outside in by working with local creatives.
Why Travel Photographers and Instagram Stars Will Love The Hoxton, Williamsburg: The communal spaces at The Hoxton, Williamsburg will prove a faithful haunt of Instagram's elite. Whether capturing the tropical-inspired interiors or posing with the hotel's newest inventive cocktail, this is set to be a travel Instagram staple in 2017 for travelers and New Yorkers alike.
The Ramble Hotel
Located in Denver’s burgeoning RiNo district known for its industrial, urban grit, The Ramble Hotel is set to open by winter 2017. The three-story, 50-room property will feature an intimate theater and bar, an outdoor courtyard, and an independently owned restaurant. The property will play host to Death & Co Denver, the bar’s first outpost outside of its original location in New York’s East Village. In addition to the lobby bar, Death & Co will head up the hotel’s beverage-forward room service program, a café bar providing coffee and breakfast services, a reservation-only private bar, and the food and beverage program within the property’s outdoor courtyard.
Why Travel Photographers and Instagram Stars Will Love The Ramble Hotel: Die hard New Yorkers know the Death & Co name, and this is sure to attract city dwellers in even higher numbers to Denver. Go for the scenery, but stay to document the property's sleek interiors.
In Spring 2017, the South Beach neighborhood in San Francisco will welcome Hotel VIA, the first new-build hotel in the city since 2008. Featuring 159 luxurious rooms and blending old school hospitality with the best of San Francisco’s progressive attributes, the 12-story hotel is home to unobstructed panoramic views of the Bay Bridge and the East Bay Hills. Independently operated and entirely custom-built and designed from the ground-up, no two rooms on each of the hotel’s floors are the same. In addition to accommodations, Hotel VIA offers a breakfast café, the only scenic rooftop hotel bar with 360-degree views of the city.
Why Travel Photographers and Instagram Stars Will Love Hotel VIA: As San Francisco's only new build since 2008, this is reason enough the creatives of California's technology-driven city will flock to Hotel VIA's halls. The property's views and communal workspace stations are sure to be a common occurrence on Instagram and travel photographers' radars.
The Broadview Hotel
Housed in a former strip club and located in the budding Leslieville district of Toronto, The Broadview Hotel is a 58-room boutique property and gathering spot set to debut in the spring. Housed in a 125-year-old historic landmark building, the interiors will be inspired by both local and contemporary culture, juxtaposed with old-world charm and architecture like distinctive arched windows and ornate decorative relief panels. Visitors and locals will enjoy an on-property restaurant, lobby bar and cafe, and glass atrium and rooftop terrace offering unimpeded views of Toronto’s cityscape. With its lively energy and welcoming feel, The Broadview Hotel is set to reestablish its original prominence as a neighborhood beacon.
Why Travel Photographers and Instagram Stars Will Love The Broadview Hotel: The fact that The Broadview Hotel was a former strip club is enough fodder to attract Instagram photographers in droves. Jilly's - a once stripper-clad venue - is now a creative space in Toronto's most burgeoning district - go for the architecture and stay to explore Leslieville.
Freehand Los Angeles
Housed in the historic Commercial Exchange Building in downtown Los Angeles, the Freehand Los Angeles will be the third and largest property in the expanding hostel-hotel-hybrid collection from the Sydell Group. Set to open in March, the hotel will feature interiors designed by Roman & Williams and mixology bar The Broken Shaker on the hotel’s rooftop pool deck. Known for whimsical, hand-crafted cocktails and small bites, The Broken Shaker will bring the beach downtown, featuring décor of lush plants and palm trees and a menu reflective of surf and sun. In addition to the bar, the property’s restaurant will be helmed by Portland-based chef Jenn Louis, who will showcase the vibrant flavors of Israeli and California cuisine.
Why Travel Photographers and Instagram Stars Will Love Freehand Los Angeles: Freehand New York is partnering with Bard College’s “Live Arts” on an artist in residence program called “Freehand Fellowship”, where selected artists will have the opportunity to live, work and exhibit at the hotel, an attraction sure to lure creatives to its halls. Enjoy documenting libations from The Broken Shaker, and don't miss the chance to photograph the property's macrame wall hangings - they're impressive and worth an Instagram post.
The LINE DC
Set to open in the Adams Morgan neighborhood in March, The LINE DC by Sydell Group will bring site-specific design and dynamic culinary offerings to create an all-hours social hub in the heart of Washington D.C. Housed in a renovated neoclassical church, the 220-room hotel includes architectural features like 60-foot vaulted ceilings, millwork, and brass detailing, and large copper entry doors. The property houses a live broadcast radio station, an indoor pool with sauna and steam room, and a rooftop with sweeping views of the Washington Monument and the Washington National Cathedral. Drink and dining will be headed up by lauded chefs like Spike Gjerde, Corey Polyoka of Baltimore’s Woodberry Kitchen, and DC local Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto.
Why Travel Photographers and Instagram Stars Will Love The LINE DC: For travel photographers that gravitate towards towering architecture in their images, then a stay at The LINE DC is for you. The building's façade alone is worth Instagramming, as is the internal features - you won't be able to get enough of the copper and brass detailing. These metals catch the light - beautifully.
The hotels where your favorite travel photographer and Instagram star will stay in 2017.