Meet The Winter Collection: The Leading Hotels of the World’s Eight Newest Members

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (November 2023) – Offering the largest collection of independent luxury hotels in the world, The Leading Hotels of the World is pleased to welcome eight new member hotels to its collection. This season’s additions include many new openings and significant renovations that will amplify LHW’s presence in Europe, North America and China.

“We are incredibly excited about this cohort of hotel members as they truly demonstrate the uniqueness and freshness of Leading’s collection,” commented Deniz Omurgonulsen, Vice President, Member Experience, The Leading Hotels of the World. “These new additions will serve as LHW’s entrance into various locations such as Paros, Greece and Lijiang, China. From a hip and historic restored bank in New York City, to a reinvented palace in Bilbao, Spain, these new members tell stories of the diversity and originality of the area that surrounds them.”

Discover LHW’s Winter Collection


Nine Orchard (New York, USA) Restored June 2022
Hip and historic restored bank on the Lower East Side

Soaring ceilings, storied architectural details and cool, mid-century styling have transformed the restored Jarmulowsky Bank into a lively, Lower East Side neighborhood hotel. Built in the frame of the Beaux-Arts bank, this century-old building has been redesigned while keeping its original charm intact. Working from blueprint drawings dating back to 1912, the lobby features a grand arched window, an ornamental ceiling and Tennessee marble floors. The 113 vintage-inspired rooms feature pine flooring, handmade ceramic lamps, and original art from local artists. All rooms have oversized windows that flood the hotel with light and display city views across the New York skyline. Restaurants, Swan Room and Corner Bar, are led by the Michelin star chef Ignacio Mattos, who brings his signature, pared-back approach to Nine Orchard’s dining experience.

The Georgian (Santa Monica, USA) Restored April 2023
Distinguished jewel on the Southern California coastline

With a history spanning over nine decades, this distinguished turquoise façade on Ocean Avenue is where the finest in art, music, design and cuisine intersect. Originally built in 1933, and a magnet for Old Hollywood stars like Clark Gable and Charlie Chaplin, the colorful Art Deco hotel has been sensitively and creatively restored by acclaimed design studio, Fettle, retaining many original features. The 84 guest rooms are decorated in understated chic-beach tones with characterful Deco touches, and many have sweeping ocean views. Two charming restaurants explore Italy’s rich culinary heritage: The Georgian Room, an Italian steakhouse, cocktail and piano bar that offers discreet dining, and The Restaurant at The Georgian, helmed by Chef David Almany, is a brunchtime favorite and has lovely ocean vistas.


Hylla Vintage Hotel (Lijiang, China)
Modernist mountain lodge melding history, art and nature

Crafted from locally sourced timber and stone, this innovative lodge blends collectible mid-century furniture with local artisan-made furnishings and an ever-evolving art collection. Set just beneath the majestic snow-capped mountains of ancient Naxi, and a mile and a half above sea level, this 28-room sanctuary emanates an aura of antiquity spanning thousands of years. With peerless Chinese antique furniture and bespoke designer adornments, this property provides a sanctuary for the soul and a place to unwind, while immersing guests in the sublime enchantment of arts.


Althoff Villa Belrose (Saint-Tropez, France) REDESIGNED Summer 2023
Florentine-style country home with spectacular views across the bay of St. Tropez

Surrounded by beautiful gardens and shady pines, this opulent 40-room-and-suite hideaway offers chic spaces, filled with hand-picked antiques, alongside redesigned bedrooms with spacious marble bathrooms and sea-view terraces. In addition to the Villa Belrose’s indoor-outdoor Restaurant, Le Méditerranée, the hotel’s most recent addition is The Club L’Indochine by The Duc NGO. A large outdoor pool, spa featuring Swiss-brand Niance products and panoramic active routes make this a perfect destination for wellness-lovers. Perched high above the hustle and bustle of St. Tropez and within easy reach of vineyards and beautiful hilltop villages, this elegant hideaway offers an elevated Cote d’Azur experience.

Avant Mar (Paros, Greece) NEWLY OPENED July 2023
A modern interpretation of Greek hospitality

Blending sleek, contemporary architecture with serene Greek authenticity, Avant Mar recently opened on Greece’s most in-the-know island destination: Paros. Situated just a 5-minute walk from charming Naoussa and steps from Piperi Beach, this graceful Cycladic hotel offers 38 simply stylish rooms, including seven suites with plunge pools. At the center of the resort, a 180-foot pool provides a calm focal point, and connection to the Aegan Sea. Eateries include the island’s first Nobu-style restaurant, a casual all-day concept and a pastry shop inspired by Greek flavors. Relaxation is core to the indoor-outdoor wellness area which offers spa treatments in collaboration with renowned Cinq Mondes cosmetics and treatments, as well as open-air yoga and Pilates.

Palacio Arriluce Hotel (Getxo, Spain) NEW OPENING September 2023
Cliff-top palace melding history with contemporary poise

Renovated with refinement and care, this former palace in Getxo overlooks the Basque coastline and Bilbao harbor. Built in 1912, this aristocratic country house was once the destination for elegant social gatherings. Now, its 49 graceful rooms and extraordinary grounds, including a scenic pool terrace and championship croquet lawn, will welcome guests to a distinctly designed setting. Retaining many original features like turn-of-the-century-stained glass windows, art works and salvaged marquetry, the historic architecture is imbued with modern design and comforts. The state-of-the-art Neguri Spa features marine-inspired treatments, massage booths and water circuits. Acclaimed Basque chef, Benat Ormaeatxea showcases innovative fine dining at Delaunay restaurant, and in the former chapel, guests will find Kupka cocktail bar.

Santavenere (Maratea, Italy)
Unexpected and unspoilt Italian coastal retreat

On a secluded cove of the Basilicata coastline, Santavenere is a perfect destination for those looking for undiscovered peace in sophisticated surroundings. Overlooking the sea, the 19th Century-style Italian house boasts the feel of a grand family home. Each of the 34 rooms feature beautifully-curated eighteenth and nineteenth century period furniture, such as intricate iron headboards and carved wooden dressers. Surrounding the hotel are trails through the forested hillsides, only accessible through the hotel grounds, which house a rare, salt-water pool, and an exquisite half mile stretch of private beach. For an intimate hotel, there are plenty of dining options, from poolside restaurant Gli Ulivi, to seaside Il Carrubo and fine-dining at Le Lanterne.

Violino d’Oro Venezia (Venice, Italy) NEWLY OPENED November 2023
An artistic Venetian experience

Refined, creative and perfectly-crafted, Venice’s newest hideaway is a romantic gem, located in the beating heart of the city. The new design-forward property has been developed by owners and aunt/niece duo, Sara and Elena Maestrelli, in collaboration with architects Piera Tempesti Benelli, Riccardo Burigana, and Tiziano Folin. The 32-room hotel is steps from St Mark’s Basilica, Harry’s Bar and Rio San Moise. The property houses one of the city’s finest collections of art – ranging from historic to modern paintings, glasswork and fabrics, and features antique tiling and an original Venetian seminato floor. Classic flavors are celebrated with a contemporary touch at the intimate Il Piccolo Ristorante and Bar where cocktails and chicchetti welcome guests into the atmosphere of a tastefully-decorated home of dear Venetian friends.


About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. (LHW)
In 1928, 38 independent hoteliers came together to create LHW which now comprises more than 400 hotels in over 80 countries, making it the largest collection of independent luxury hotels. Since its inception, the Company has carefully curated a selection of distinctive hotels, resorts, inns, chalets, villas, and safari camps, from the snow-capped Alps of Europe to the African veldt, to share them with adventurous souls who seek the remarkably uncommon. The LHW community is made of exceptional individuals, united by a passion for the surprising discoveries and details that come with every travel experience. LHW hoteliers are artisans of hospitality whose expertise, commitment to excellence and individual flair allows them to create story-worthy moments for their guests. It is these authentic, individualized moments, combined with the warm high-touch service these hoteliers and their team provide, that keeps discerning travelers returning again and again. LHW’s collection covers the globe and promises a broad range of destinations and unique experiences, enhanced by LHW’s tiered guest loyalty program, Leaders Club. From converted former palaces and countryside retreats run by the same families for generations, to gleaming skyscrapers in dynamic urban centers, serene private island escapes, glamorous tented camps – and beyond – travelers are invited to explore, find inspiration, and experience unforgettable travel moments.

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