10 best new hotels of 2014

10 best new hotels of 2014

Over the last 12 months, many incredible hotels have opened around the world and HotelsCombined recently shared its favorites based on factors such as location, uniqueness of amenities and quality of service.

The end result is a phenomenal group of castles, beach retreats and architectural wonders; including one in Bali.

The Castle Hotel, Dalian, China

Perched atop Lianhua Mountain and overlooking the Yellow Sea, this imposing chateau conveniently provides 292 guest rooms, a spa, fitness centre, indoor pool, several restaurants and a "royal cellar" with a micro-brewery.

For those really looking to splash out, the 6,674 square foot Presidential Suite has a marble entrance, a dining room for 10, a full-service pantry and a waterfront balcony.

Shangri-La at the Shard, London

Opened in May, this first UK property of Shangri-La is housed within the 34th to 52nd floors of London's iconic Shard skyscraper - the tallest building in Europe - and thus offers spectacular city views.

Other highlights include a champagne bar, an infinity sky pool on the 52nd floor and an enviable location in the heart of the London Bridge Quarter.

citizenM Times Square, New York City

Trendy and colorful, this US debut of the citizenM hotel chain is perfectly situated within walking distance of many famous New York sites, including the Rockefeller Centre, the theatre district and Central Park.

Other perks include the rooftop bar and free in-room screening of the latest movies.

With starting price at US$199 (S$264) per night, it is also a real bargain for Midtown Manhattan.

Pikaia Lodge, Galapagos Islands

Located on Santa Cruz Island, in the centre of the Galapagos archipelago, Pikaia Lodge is an eco-friendly retreat set on top of an extinct volcano crater.

Close to a number of major wildlife sites and pristine beaches, the property offers a range of guided excursions and its own private Tortoise Reserve, with facilities including a spa and an infinity pool.

Cromlix House, Scotland

Owned by tennis superstar Andy Murray, this elegant Victorian mansion provides a peaceful countryside escape.

Evoking the grand estates of yesteryear, the manor is furnished in Scottish antiques and onsite activities in the sprawling grounds include tennis (naturally), clay pigeon shooting, fishing, falconry and archery.

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