by Lisa A. Grimaldi | December 01, 2017

The new year will be flush with hotel openings. According to Lodging Econometrics, 1,592 new properties promising 208,523 guest rooms are now under construction throughout the United States, with nearly 2,000 more hotels set to begin construction in 2018. Following is a preview of some of the most anticipated and buzzworthy meeting hotels set to debut in 2018.


COLORADO

Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center
OPENING: December 2018


Colorado's majestic Front Range mountains serve as the gorgeous backdrop for the largest hotel in the class of 2018, the Gaylord Rockies. The 1,501-room property, a 10-minute ride from Denver International Airport, is slated to open late in the year.

Meeting space at the rustic alpine resort will be on an equally grand scale, thanks to a number of spaces including a 175,000-square-foot exhibit hall and 20,000-square-foot outdoor patio; four ballrooms, ranging from 8,000 square feet to nearly 60,000 square feet; 81 breakout rooms, and five outdoor event areas.

Guests will have a variety of dining outlets to sate their appetites, including Italian, Asian fusion, American and steak-house options. Among other on-site draws will be the Relache Spa & Fitness Center, retail shopping, an indoor/outdoor pool and a lazy river.


FLORIDA

The sleek 600-room Universal's
Aventura Hotel will open this
summer in Orlando.

Universal's Aventura Hotel
OPENING: August 2018


Universal Orlando Resort is in the midst of an ambitious growth spurt, with three new properties and several new attractions slated to open over the next two years. The first of the new lodging options to debut will be the 600-room Universal's Aventura Hotel, which will open in August. This property's marquee feature is a rooftop bar that will offer views of the surrounding theme parks. Other details include a pool, a splash zone and a fire pit; several restaurants and lounges; a fitness center, plus complimentary WiFi in guest rooms and public spaces.

Universal's sixth property to date, the Aventura will be joined in 2019 by two value-driven hotels with a combined 2,800 guest rooms. More attractions are on the horizon, too: Fast & Furious -- Supercharged, is based on the popular racing-film franchise and is set to open in spring 2018 at Universal Studios Florida, and a new roller coaster at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be unveiled in 2019.
 

KENTUCKY

This stately library is one
of the unique spaces at the
612-room Omni Louisville Hotel. 

Omni Louisville Hotel
OPENING: March 2018


Opening this spring near the Kentucky International Convention Center and Louisville's lively Fourth Street Live entertainment and dining complex is the 612-room Omni Louisville Hotel.

This property is not a typical "big box" convention hotel: Offerings include a speakeasy-themed bowling alley where adult beverages are served; a library offering elegant tea and coffees by day and bourbon cocktails by night; and The Water Company, a rooftop pool and bar with fire pits and cabanas.

Additional dining options are Neighborhood Services by renowned chef Nick Badovinus, and Bob's Steak & Chop House. The hotel will have expansive meeting space (70,000 square feet, including 33 event rooms), as well as a Mokara spa and a fitness center.


NEW YORK

Prost! The beer garden/deck
is primed for fun at Manhattan's
Times Square Edition.

The Times Square Edition
OPENING: Mid-2018


A beer garden and events deck affording a front-row seat to the goings-on of Manhattan's iconic Times Square make this forthcoming Edition property a standout in the crowded Big Apple hotel market.

The 457-room property, opening midyear on Seventh Avenue and 47th Street, will feature four levels of public space, including a 5,000-square-foot performance venue, a 1,900-square-foot meeting studio, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a lobby lounge.

Several F&B outlets, including a signature restaurant with direct access to the 5,800-square-foot beer garden/deck, as well as an all-day dining venue, round out the offerings.
 

PENNSYLVANIA

Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia
OPENING: Fall 2018


The City of Brotherly Love will get a little more luxurious next fall, when the new Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia opens atop the tallest building in town, the Lord Norman Foster-designed Comcast Technology Center.

Outfitted in a sleek, minimalist aesthetic, the hotel will have 217 guest rooms -- including 38 suites -- all featuring unobstructed city views. For meetings and events, plans call for two ballrooms and three meeting rooms. A restaurant and lounge on the top floor will offer soaring views. Other amenities include a spa and a pool.

The Four Seasons is rising near the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Rittenhouse Square, the Financial District and Philly's most famous attraction, the Liberty Bell.


TEXAS

Canopy by Hilton San Antonio River Walk Hotel
OPENING: Late 2018


The Canopy by Hilton boutique brand will open an outpost in San Antonio in the latter part of 2018, just in time to be part of the city's yearlong tricentennial celebration.

The 195-room hotel will integrate the Civil War-era Alamo Fish Market building into its 22-story design. The property will offer more than 3,000 square feet of dedicated meeting and event space, as well as a restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city's famed River Walk.
 

TENNESSEE

The JW Marriot Nashville adds
to the city's hotel boom.

JW Marriott Nashville
OPENING: July 2018


With one of the busiest hotel pipelines in the country, Nashville will add a JW Marriott to its rich offerings next summer. The 33-story property stands tall in Music City's skyline. Its 533 guest rooms, which start at 500 square feet, are billed as the largest in town.

For meetings and events, the hotel will have approximately 50,000 square feet, with the largest space accommodating up to 1,667 delegates. Among the food-and-beverage outlets: Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak and a rooftop bar. An executive lounge and a state-of-the-art spa and exercise facility add to the amenities.


WASHINGTON

The Hyatt Regency Seattle
is set to open next fall.

Hyatt Regency Seattle
OPENING: Fall 2018


One of the biggest projects underway in the city, the 45-story Hyatt Regency Seattle will have 1,260 guest rooms upon opening next fall. In the Denny Triangle neighborhood, the property is just two blocks from the Washington State Convention Center and has a robust 103,000 square feet of meeting space of its own, as well as 35,000 square feet of prefunction space.

Accommodations in the Class A, LEED-certified building will feature key Hyatt Regency Brand Touchpoints: USB charging outlets in guest-room beds and desks, open retail-inspired closets and 65-inch smart TVs.

Among other draws at the hotel: a fully equipped fitness center, several food-and-beverage outlets (including a lobby restaurant and bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a grab-and-go market staffed with a barista serving specialty coffees), and a Regency Club Lounge with a deck and fire pit overlooking the city.