Guest Experiences Are the New Luxury for Three Hotels

NATIONAL REPORT—A slate of hotel openings in New York, Seattle and Israel are aimed at surprising and delighting guests at every turn.

In Manhattan, Made Hotel comes to life as the inaugural hotel project from developer Sam Gelin. Spread across 18 stories with 108 guestrooms, it’s located at the intersection of 29th and Broadway in the NoMad neighborhood.

Treating experience as the new luxury, Made’s approach is seen in the rich, yet conscious, materials used throughout the hotel’s crafted environment, according to the company. The F&B offerings and public and private areas include a communal coffee shop, Paper; Proechel and Seich’s restaurant, Ferris; a lobby level bar; and Good Behavior, the hotel’s rooftop space with views of the city.

Seattle’s Hotel Theodore, the next addition to Provenance Hotels’ collection of art-filled, independent lifestyle hotels, is readying for its fall opening.

The 153-room hotel, located at the intersection of Pine and 7th St. in the heart of downtown, will have a design that pays tribute to the city’s innovators, past and present, with a collection of photography, patent drawings and artifacts curated in collaboration with the city’s Museum of History & Industry.

Known for rainy winters, the hotel’s 14 suites will be stocked with his-and-hers’ rain jackets designed and manufactured in Seattle by Freeman and available for guests to borrow during their stay and purchase to take home.

Isrotel, a hotel chain based in Israel, has debuted a new member within its portfolio of hotels: The Orient Jerusalem, its only property located within the country’s capital city. The property is a short distance from the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City and proximate to HaTachana, the city’s first-ever train station (built in 1892) which has since transformed into a district of designer boutiques, cafés, chef-driven restaurants and galleries.

An amalgamation of old and new and a junction of East and West, the hotel itself comprises 243 guestrooms and suites in its newly constructed central building, as well as a selection of accommodations inside two preserved Templar Buildings from 1882 and 1883.

Originally built by the Templars who inhabited the site in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, the property houses a small interactive museum allowing guests to fully connect with the neighborhood’s heritage. There’s a selection of authentic artifacts from the Templar era collected from their former colonies throughout Israel, as well as a storyboard detailing the history and a film shot in Jerusalem and the German Colony in 1898.