From a private Venetian island to a tower overlooking Times Square, a Jane Austin-worthy spa hotel to the first Park Hyatt in Africa, the hotel industry's Class of 2015 did not disappoint. We checked in at many of these newbies to see what works, what's hype, and what's truly buzzworthy—and ended up with this list of our 25 favorite launches of the year. Read on to see where you can mingle with local artists, sip afternoon tea in a historic mansion, get insider intel on Austin's music scene, and so much more. —Sandra Ramani