Providing a significant boost to planners seeking luxury accommodations, Preferred Hotels & Resorts will celebrate its Golden Anniversary by launching 13 new properties in 2018, including five in the United States.

One of the largest independent hotel brands in the world, Preferred will open hotels in Nashville; Houston; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; and Chicago.

Bobby Hotel Nashville, which will open downtown in the spring, will include 144 guest rooms, four dining options, 6,000 sq. ft. of meetings space—and a rooftop bar inside a renovated 1956 Greyhound tour bus! The bus, which was hoisted by crane to the rooftop, will provide a glimpse into the overall gritty chic design and aesthetic of the boutique hotel.

Also slated to open in the spring, The Post Oak Hotel in Uptown Houston will feature 250 guest rooms—including a 5,000-square-foot presidential suite—as well as fine dining, a serene spa and other sophisticated amenities. Situated in a tower, steps away from The Galleria and River Oaks District, The Post Oak Hotel will include a Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Bugatti showroom, and a helipad. The grand ballroom will have 16,000 sq. ft. of space, and will be complemented by the 3,000-square-foot Post Oak Ballroom, and 10,000 sq. ft. of conference and breakout room space.

Las Olas Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale is set to debut in May. The 12-story hotel will be located just two blocks from Las Olas Boulevard, the main shopping and dining area in Fort Lauderdale, and feature 136 guest rooms with stunning ocean and bay views, a fifth-floor oceanfront pool area and a meeting room.

Hotel Bennett Charleston is scheduled to open in the summer on Marion Square, the most famous green space in the city. It’s a main gathering spot for world-class events, including the Charleston Wine and Food Festival. The hotel will boast 179 guest rooms, a rooftop pool with cabanas and bar, a luxury spa and 12,000 sq. ft. of custom-designed indoor and outdoor event space, including a 6,600-square-foot ballroom with a dramatic 30-foot ceiling and expansive, arched windows.

Harmonizing with the many nearby, world-class art attractions, the boutique Sophy Hyde Park in Chicago will feature an eclectic collection of art throughout the property that celebrates community and the artists and artisans that create it. Launching in July, the 98-room Sophy is being designed as a four-diamond property and engineered to achieve LEED Silver certification. It will feature a bar, restaurant with al fresco dining and a fitness center.

Preferred Hotels & Resorts, which has 650 properties in 85 countries throughout the world, also will be adding these properties in 2018:

  • The Primus Hotel Shanghai Hongqiao (January)
  • Pestana Amsterdam Riverside (February)
  • The Middle House, Shanghai (early 2018)
  • PhilsPlace Vienna (April)
  • Montage Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (May)
  • Carrosa Hotel Spa Villas, Mallorca, Spain (May)
  • Hotel Monville, Montreal (July)
  • Garza Blanca Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (July)