(CNN) — The hospitality industry is back in full swing and the past few years have seen a host of exciting new hotels and spas open around the world.
The shortlisted projects were selected from over 5,000 entries from over 90 countries, but the top three incoming countries are the US, the UK and China. The hotels and spas that made their mark in the interiors and architecture categories had a strong showing from Europe and North America – especially Mexico.
Here are seven of the best-designed new hotels and spas for 2022, according to Dezeen. The finalists will be announced in November this year.
Bath & Barley (Brussels, Belgium)
Beer spas – bathing in pots of hops, herbs and water – have long been a tradition in the Czech Republic, but despite its beer-making history, Bath & Barley is the first beer spa ever to open in Belgium.
Antwerp design agency WeWantMore had an excellent template to work with: a centuries-old building in Brussels’ old city center, with a beautiful vaulted basement. The renovation uses heritage materials such as copper, grain and stained glass, creating a relaxing space for visitors to soak in the wooden baths, before trying one of the draft beers on tap.
Schwan Locke (Munich, Germany)
Easily the most stylish way to do Munich’s Oktoberfest – the Theresienwiese grounds are just minutes away – is a hotel-house hybrid, with 151 spacious studio apartments.
The shared living spaces include a gym, a co-working space, a coffee shop, retail and the BAMBULE! restaurant-bar, helped by the team behind local Michelin-starred restaurant Mural.
The Hoxton Poblenou (Barcelona, Spain)
The Hoxton chain opened its 11th hotel – and first Spanish outpost – in Barcelona earlier this year.
The Ennismore design team took inspiration from the late Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, who was known for his use of geometric shapes.
The 240-room hotel features a rooftop pool and taqueria, as well as a pizza terrace and deli.
Downtown LA Proper Hotel (Los Angeles, California)
Downtown LA Proper Hotel has been a bustling place since the 1920s.
A historic building from the 1920s gets a playful modern makeover in this 148-room Downtown LA. Latin American and Moroccan influences are in effect in the frescoes and finishes, with site-specific installations by local contemporary artists Abel Macias, Ben Medansky, Morgan Peck and Judson Studios.
The rooftop pool has views of the entire city, but if you want the water all to yourself, there’s always the Pool Suite, with a private full-size indoor pool.
Casona Sforza (Puerto Escondido, Mexico)
This adults-only resort opened in Oaxaca in 2020 and architect Alberto Kalach’s building is truly a remarkable design.
The 11 vaulted suites feature tropical woods, natural materials and neutral colours, and each boasts panoramic views of the blue sea beyond. A true balance between design and nature.
Hotel Terrestre (Puerto Escondido, Mexico)
Also in the port town of Puerto Escondido, Hotel Terrestre is a 100% solar powered boutique hotel built from local materials including concrete, white mud brick, “maqui” wood and natural pine wood.
The building is hidden in a garden paradise of rich vegetation, and each room has its own outdoor shower and private garden of sand and flowers.
Hotel Terrestre, Carretera Salina Cruz- Pinotepa, 71983 Puerto Escondido, Oaxaco, Mexico
Valle San Nicolás Clubhouse (Valle de Bravo, Mexico)
Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos is the team behind this clubhouse for a residential development in Mexico’s Valle de Bravo.
The town is a center for water sports and this circular building makes the most of its lake and mountain location.
The concept for the structure is a boat anchored in the lake and floating on the water.