The Asbury, Asbury Park, New Jersey

USA Today honors 10 new hotels in its recent series of 10Best reports, which is selected by readers. A panel of hospitality experts created the original list of 20 properties, and readers cast their votes for the top 10. Most of the top 10 properties are also awesome boutique meeting hotels located in popular convention destinations.

The Asbury in Asbury Park, New Jersey, was the No. 1 pick among USA Today readers. It opened in July and marks the first chapter in a multibillion development project along a 1.25 mile stretch of the city’s waterfront. The 110-room Asbury is the first new hotel in the city in 50 years. It offers 4,800 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space.


Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa checked in at No. 3 on the list. It opened in November with 201 guest rooms and 46,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Iconic bungalows are inspired by the desert landscape.

The 21c Museum Hotel Lexington in Kentucky is an 88-room boutique hotel. Located downtown, the art hotel offers 7,000 sq. ft. of galleries and meeting space. The main gallery holds up to 250 guests.


The Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC, was featured in the April 2016 issue of Smart Meetings magazine. It completed a $125 million renovation of the entire property in the spring. Built in 1961, it’s famous as the site of the 1970s break-in scandal, which ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. There are 336 luxury guest rooms overlooking the Potomac River. Among the 27,000 sq. ft. of meeting space is a new 7,000-square-foot ballroom and 10,000 sq. ft. of outdoor space along the river. The Watergate Hotel is an Associated Luxury Hotels International member.

the-beekman new meeting hotels

The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel opened late August 2016 in New York City. It returned to its former glory when it was built in 1881 as one of the City’s first skyscrapers. The hotel features 4,700 sq. ft. event spaces, accompanied by a beautiful nine-story atrium and pyramidal skylight. The hotel also features 287 guest rooms, 45 suites and two signature penthouses overlooking Lower Manhattan, as well as dining options from Tom Colicchio and Keith McNally

Here are the top 10 winners for Best New Hotels, according to USA Today readers.

1. The Asbury – Asbury Park, New Jersey
2. Hotel Emma – San Antonio
3. Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa – Scottsdale, Arizona
4. Spicer Mansion – Mystic, Connecticut
5. 21c Museum Hotel Lexington – Lexington, Kentucky
6. The Inn at Newport Ranch – Fort Bragg, California
7. Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina – Kapolei, Hawaii
8. The Watergate Hotel – Washington, DC
9. The Beekman – New York City
10. Ace Hotel New Orleans – New Orleans