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Times UK Lists Their Hottest Hotels for 2009
As this last week of 2008 is prime time for best-of lists, The Times of London has released a list of twelve hotels which tip their scales in terms of hotness. Looking ahead to 2009, the list of newcomers includes everything from the Juvet Landscape Hotel in the backwoods of Norway to the Missoni Hotel of Edinburgh and the Dubai Armani Hotel, set to occupy the first 37 floors of the Burj Tower.
Considering the diversity of their choices, hotel openings in 2009 are guaranteed to be a hoot. We mean, who doesn't want to check out the Sassi di Matera Albergo Diffuso in Basilicata, Italy, with its 18 rooms with modern conveniences set inside natural prehistoric caves? Or how about the next venture from the man behind London's famed Conran Shop? Terence Conran is planning to open Boundary, a restaurant with a few rooms in Shoreditch.
Scanning through the various delights to come in 2009, we are most enthralled by the Le Gray, coming to Lebanon's capital city Beirut. From the man behind One Aldwych in London and Carlisle Bay in Antigua, the new 80-room Middle Eastern hotspot will grace the city's scene with a rooftop pool and minimalist furnishings. The Times then drops the bomb on future plans for development: "If Lebanon seems an odd location, the next is even odder: the Falkland Islands." It's another perfect reason for us to head to the middle of nowhere.
If you're planning a blow-out luxury trip for late in 2009, reading this article will help you book the newest and most-hyped hotels around the world. But if you're like the rest of us who simply daydream about the ability to do as much, you can at least add a few of these hotels to your list of places to sleep before you die.
[Missoni Hotel room prototype image: Skyscraper City]