Across the US and around the world, the crop of hotels launching in 2014 is an exciting one. While some visionaries are flipping historic structures into modern properties, others are stacking their new buildings with sought-after amenities like rooftop bars and spas. Meanwhile, boutique concepts will continue to coax travelers away from cookie-cutter brands by offering a one-of-a-kind experience as the ideal souvenir. From Costa Rica to Chicago and Tibet to Texas, here are the 20 new hotels we can't wait to check out this year.
By Kristine Hansen
Kristine Hansen is a freelance writer based in Milwaukee where she reports on food, wine, and travel topics around the globe for Fodors.com, along with hotel openings. She also writes for Wine Enthusiast, TIME, Whole Living and American Way. In 2006 she co-authored The Complete Idiot's Guide to Coffee and Tea (Alpha Books/Penguin). You can follow her on Twitter @kristineahansen or through her web site.