The 15 hotels that dazzled us the most in a year of splashy openings.
Faena Hotel, Miami
The Faena Hotel isn't just Miami's most luxurious development; it's the anchor-stone of a new district, which will include a Rem Koolhaus/OMA designed culture center and retail space. In Faena's universe, there's no tolerance for purely functional spaces. Instead, guests check in in a gilded “Cathedral” and butler service appears whenever there's a whim. A kaleidoscope of color and pattern, designed in collaboration with filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and his costume designer wife, the hotel also includes a cabaret theater, the largest hammam spa in Miami, two restaurants and more than a few secret bars. From $745; 3201 Collins Ave.; 305-534-8800; faena.com.