Hotels in every corner of the world have been hit hard by COVID-19’s impact on travel, as some have temporarily closed, and others have gone completely out of business. But with new safety protocols in place, many are welcoming guests again and are even opening new hotels. Here are some of the new hotels around the globe, travellers can look forward to experiencing when safe travel is again possible, and borders are open.

Athens, Greece

The MGallery Hotel Collection opened Athens Capital Hotel in Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece, in September. The hotel features a rooftop pool bar, two restaurants serving Mediterranean cuisine, 177 rooms, including 18 suites, and interior design that takes its cues from Greek patterns and symbols.

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Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia

When Bali reopens its doors to international tourists, the new Raffles Bali at Jimbaran Bay will be ready to welcome travellers with 32 luxurious villas furnished in Balinese style, complete with hot tubs and outdoor and indoor showers. Among the dining options, guests can enjoy ocean views from Rumari restaurant and dine on seafood at Loloan Beach Bar and Grill on Raffles Bali’s private beach.

Tokyo, Japan

Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo opens this year with a New York City-inspired creative vibe that incorporates art and reclaimed material in its contemporary interior design. The hotel’s Jones Café/Bar will be open all day, and its modern brasserie, District, will feature a sunken bar and an outdoor terrace.

Villach, Austria

IHG’s Voco hotel brand has opened Voco Villach, its first Northern European hotel on the banks of Austria’s Drau River, with views of the Alps. Guests can enjoy locally inspired fare at the hotel’s Lagana restaurant and take in the views of the historic city center, the river and the mountains from Lagana’s terrace.

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Xiamen, China

Andaz Xiamen opened recently in the heart of Xiamen in the MixC mixed-use development, with a design evoking a modern mansion inspired by the city’s tropical Nanyang style. The hotel’s 304 rooms, including 20 suites, feature views of the city, and Andaz Xiamen also offers two restaurants and lounges. No. 101 Chinese Restaurant serves updated local Chaosan and Minnan cuisines. Sugar Pavilion is an all-day European style café, and More Than Wine serves up spirits, including specialty tiki cocktails. Andaz Lounge serves light snacks, afternoon tea and libations. The hotel is close to Xiamen Botanical Garden.

Paris, France

Tribe, a new design-, style- and technology-focused hotel brand opens Tribe Paris Batignolles in the 17th arrondissemont this autumn. Tribe has plans to expand over the next five years with 150 new hotels throughout the world, including properties in Amsterdam, Lisbon and London.

Voco Paris Montparnasse opens this year on the Left Bank of the Seine, with interior design by Fabien Roque, the Parisian coffee shop 12 Grammes, a bar and a courtyard garden. The hotel is a quick walk from Montparnasse train station.

Cat Ba, Vietnam

Flanked by Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba National Park, Hotel Perle d’Orient Cat Ba – MGallery occupies a prime position on Vietnam’s Cat Ba Island. With 121 rooms and suites, five restaurants and a wellness centre, Hotel Perle d’ Orient is designed in classic Indo-Chinese style.

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Lanzhou, China

The Hyatt Regency Lanzhou opened in September beside the Yellow River in Lanzhou, south China. The hotel features 300 guestrooms, including 15 suites, three halal restaurants and a 16th-floor lounge.

Hyatt Regency Langzhou’s Xiange Yue restaurant dishes up authentic Cantonese and Gansu cuisines and offers 10 private dining rooms, and Yun Hot Pot restaurant serves personal seafood hot pots. The hotel also features a gym, a squash hall, an indoor golf room and an indoor temperature-controlled pool with views of the city.