The hotel industry has started the year strong with several hotel openings all across the country. They come in all varieties and sizes, from smaller boutique hotels to large properties by hotel chains.

Here are some notable openings:


Housed in a former neoclassical church, the new LINE DC has 220 rooms, several drinking and dining options, a live broadcast podcast network and internet radio station called Full Service Radio, and a rooftop with sweeping views of the Washington Monument.

Features of the 20th century building have been kept intact and elevated, including 60-foot vaulted ceilings and large brass entry doors.

In the lobby, church organ pipes have been repurposed into a chandelier. Pews have been converted into public seating.

Guestrooms incorporate materials such as wood, brass, linen, leather, and granite. They have custom brass bedframes and oak writing desks.

There are six food and beverage outlets by local chefs. A Rake’s Progress has a stone hearth as the centerpiece for roasting and smoking small game like rabbit, duck and quail. A Rake’s Bar showcases D.C. distillers and brewers. The menu includes fruit- and herb-based cocktails and communal punches.

The Cup We All Race 4 in the lobby serves coffee drinks and food to go. Brothers and Sisters is the lobby restaurant and bar. Spoken English is a standing-room restaurant and bar centering on an open flame that produces dishes such as Peking duck and Wagyu short rib.

This is the second LINE created by Sydell Group. The first one opened in Los Angeles in 2014.

Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta

This property is located in The Battery Atlanta, the city’s newest mixed-use development and home to SunTrust Park, the Coca-Cola Roxy music venue, shopping, and dining. It is the official hotel of the Atlanta Braves.

The hotel features 264 guestrooms, including 28 suites that are located on the 16th floor. The Presidential Suite along with the other suites have private terraces.

The restaurant is called Achie’s from celebrity chef Hugh Acheson. The 582 Waterside Lounge and Bar offers light bites and cocktails. The lobby bar serves local coffee, cocktails and wine.  

There is more than 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a grand ballroom.

A pool deck is located steps from the home plate at SunTrust Park.

In honor of the Atlanta Braves, custom artwork throughout the hotel come in shades of red, white and blue.

Cambria Hotel New Orleans

Choice Hotels’ rapidly expanding Cambria Hotels debuted its latest hotel in New Orleans’ Downtown Warehouse District.

The Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District features 153 guestrooms and nine suites. It’s the first Cambria in Louisiana.

The property is part of a growing collaboration between Choice Hotels and Fillmore Hospitality.

The hotel features locally sourced craft beer. The Cambria brand has a beer sommelier, who travels to each property to select the local brew crew.

Art plays a big role at the Cambria New Orleans. A rotating art exhibit featuring local artists depicts local scenes. Guestrooms have photographs of the Baby from the King Cakes by a local photographer found on Instagram. The lobby has an art installation of brass instruments in honor of the city’s jazz heritage.

Mardi Gras beads cling to the lighting grid at check-in.

Cambria is one of Choice’s fastest growing brands with 36 properties now open and nearly 100 hotels open or in the pipeline in the USA and Canada. A Cambria will open in Scottsdale/Desert Ridge in early March. Cambria Nashville will open at the end of March.  

“The Cambria Hotels brand is on the move, expanding to key urban markets across the country. This momentum continues throughout 2018 in cities including Nashville, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Dallas,” says Janis Cannon, senior vice president of upscale brand for Choice Hotels. “The Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District represents the best of the brand – with its prime location, locally-inspired offerings, and simple indulgences -- making it ideal for the modern traveler.”

Ironworks Hotel Indy

Indianapolis’ north side has gotten its first boutique hotel in the form of Ironworks Hotel Indy.

The 100,000-square-foot hotel features 120 guest rooms and a fitness center. Guests have a choice among four room types, including two suites.

Three meeting and conference rooms include the 700-square-foot Keystone room, the 250-square-foot Meridian room, and the 200-square-foot Chatham room.

Property amenities include complimentary wireless internet, coffee service, shuttle services within five miles, and pet-friendly rooms with an additional fee.

The hotel offers 15,000 square feet of street-level retail space, including a massage parlor, a sushi restaurant called Blue Sushi Sake Grill, and Rize for breakfast and lunch. The second floor has a restaurant called Provision which features an outdoor patio for lunch and dinner.

Inn at the Pier, Pismo Beach

Just steps away from the pier and boardwalk of Pismo Beach in Central California is the all-new Inn at the Pier.

The upscale hotel features 104 boutique guestrooms and suites. Rooms feature plush bathrobes, complimentary Wi-Fi and HDTVs.

The Rooftop poolside lounge overlooks the coastline and serves small plates and signature cocktails. The dipping pool is heated and open year-round.

Downstairs off the lobby bar and lounge is Blonde, a full-service restaurant serving contemporary California cuisine.

The hotel can accommodate events and meeting with more than 1,200 square feet of indoor space. The Rooftop offers 3,600 square feet of al fresco event space.

Guests can rent beach cruisers.

The hotel serves as a launching pad to other San Luis Obispo attractions such as Paso Robles wine country.