Travel + Leisure: The Asbury one of world’s best new hotels

By: Chris Jordan - app.com

The world is watching — and staying — at the Asbury Hotel.

The Asbury in Asbury Park has been included on Travel + Leisure’s It List of the 44 best new hotels around the world.

“This colorful property is Jersey’s hot new gathering spot,” says Travel + Leisure of the Asbury. “There’s an inviting lobby cafe and bright-yellow pool chairs to lounge on during the day; at night, options include outdoor movies and a packed rooftop bar.”

Eleven of the hotels are in the United States.

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“What we’re looking for is that extra something special, that particular alchemy that happens when a carefully considered guest experience, a strong sense of place, and a distinct, even risk-taking brand identity meet,” says Travel + Leisure in the article.

The Beekman in New York City; the Dewberry in Charleston, S.C.; the Four Seasons Resort Lanai in Hawaii; Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, S.C.; the Pontchartrain in New Orleans; the Robey in Chicago; the Single Thread Inn in Healdsburg, Calif.; the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club in Honolulu; the 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City and the Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills are also the American hotels on the list.

The 110-room Asbury, owned by iStar and operated by Salt Hotels, was recently voted the best new hotel in the United States in a USA Today 10Best section readers poll.

The hotel is currently hosting “Transparent,” a visual and interactive exhibit featuring the works of Jersey Shore celeb photographer Danny Clinch. An exhibit space has been transformed into Clinch’s “artistic studio” and is appointed with vintage furniture by noted local designer, Tina Kerekes.

The hotel, which opened Memorial Day weekend, was converted from the Salvation Army building at 5th Avenue and Kingsley. Visit www.theasburyhotel.com for more information or to make a reservation.

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