(CNN) — The hospitality industry is back in full swing and the past two years have seen many exciting new hotels and spas open around the world.
The shortlisted projects were selected from over 5,000 entries from more than 90 countries, but the top three entering countries were the US, the UK and China. Hotels and spas that made their mark in the interiors and architecture categories had strong showings from Europe and North America — particularly Mexico.
Here are seven of the best-designed new hotels and spas for 2022, according to Dezeen. The finalists will be announced in November this year.
Bath and Barley (Brussels, Belgium)
Beer spas — bathing in tubs of hops, herbs and water — are a long-standing tradition in the Czech Republic, but despite its beer-making history, Bath & Barley is the first beer spa to open in Belgium.
Antwerp design agency WeWantMore has a great template to use: A century-old building in the old city center of Brussels, with a stunning vaulted cellar. The refurb uses heritage materials such as copper, grain and stained glass, creating a relaxing space for guests to soak in the wooden baths, before trying one of the draft beers on tap.
Schwan Locke (Munich, Germany)
The easiest way to make Munich’s Oktoberfest — the Theresienwiese grounds are just minutes away — is a hotel-home hybrid, featuring 151 spacious studio apartments.
Shared living spaces include a gym, co-working space, coffee shop, retail, and the BAMBULE! restaurant-bar, led by the team behind local Michelin-starred restaurant Mural.
The Hoxton Poblenou (Barcelona, Spain)
The Hoxton chain opened its 11th hotel — and first Spanish outpost — in Barcelona earlier this year.
The Ennismore design team drew inspiration from the late Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, known for his use of geometric forms.
The 240-room hotel features a rooftop pool and taqueria, as well as a pizza terrace and slice shop.
Downtown LA Proper Hotel (Los Angeles, California)
The Downtown LA Proper Hotel has been a buzz venue since the 1920s.
A historic 1920s building gets a playful modern makeover at this 148-room Downtown LA property. Latin American and Moroccan influences are in effect in the frescoes and finishings, with site-specific installations by local contemporary artists Abel Macias, Ben Medansky, Morgan Peck, and Judson Studios.
The rooftop pool features views across the city, but if you want the water to yourself, there’s always the Pool Suite, which has a private full-sized indoor swimming pool.
Casona Sforza (Puerto Escondido, Mexico)
This adults-only resort in Oaxaca opened in 2020 and the building by architect Alberto Kalach is a truly impressive design.
The 11 vaulted suites feature tropical woods, natural materials and neutral colors, and each boast panoramic views of the azure sea beyond. A true balance of design and nature.
Hotel Terrestre (Puerto Escondido, Mexico)
Also in the port town of Puerto Escondido, Hotel Terrestre is a 100% solar powered boutique hotel made of local materials including concrete, white mud brick, “maqui” wood and natural pine wood.
The building is hidden in a paradise garden of lush vegetation, and each room has its own outdoor shower and private garden of sand and flowers.
Hotel Terrestre, Carretera Salina Cruz- Pinotepa, 71983 Puerto Escondido, Oaxaco, Mexico
Valle San Nicolás Clubhouse (Valle de Bravo, Mexico)
Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos is the team behind this clubhouse for a residential development in Mexico’s Valle de Bravo.
The town is a center for water sports and this circular building makes the most of its lake and mountain location.
The concept for the structure is a boat anchored in the lake, and floating in the water.