Hotel update: Global round-up

ibis London Canning Town

Ibis London Canning Town, UK

 

This new Ibis hotel is opposite Canning Town Tube station, with good transport links to the centre of London via the Jubilee line. It has 196 rooms, including 10 for people with reduced mobility, and 24-hour reception. The hotel also has a café bar aimed at local residents, with east London coffee company Climpson & Sons providing the beans. This Ibis uses the hotel chain’s newest guest welcoming system, which eliminates the traditional check-in desk through employees’ use of mobile devices. This enables them to meet guests upon arrival, key in hand.

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Conrad Cartagena, Colombia

 

This hotel is the first from Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s luxury hotel brand, to open in Colombia, and is only the third to open in Latin America. It has 109 uniquely designed rooms, a golf course, and seven venues to eat and drink, offering local and wider Latin American cuisines and cocktails. Additionally the hotel has more than 2,200 sqm of event space, including the 800 sqm grand ballroom and five 46 sqm meeting rooms. The events spaces can receive up to 1,400 guests. Later in 2018 the hotel is opening 159 additional rooms and a large spa of 900 sqm.

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Bellagio Shanghai 

 

This is the first international hotel venture of the Las Vegas Bellagio brand, providing views of the Pudong Skyline from its 162 rooms, which range from 60 sqm to the 400 sqm Presidential Suite. The hotel’s four dining areas provide Cantonese cooking (Mansion on One), chic Italian cuisine (Lago by Julian Serrano), and two areas for more relaxed coffee and cocktail appointments (The Lounge and Café Bellagio). The hotel also caters to events and meetings with a grand ballroom, three function rooms and a private VIP room. The hotel is also well-placed near Shanghai’s historic Bund district.

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Hotel Cartesiano, Puebla, Mexico

 

The Cartesiano is set in a modern building and two restored colonial mansions, with 78 guest rooms in total, a 24-hour concierge and inclusive valet parking and wifi. The Centena Cuatro restaurant serves contemporary Mexican cuisine, while the Café Hercilia provides a more informal meal setting. The hotel also has a pool and a 24-hour gym. Guests are encouraged to unwind at the hotel’s spa. The Descartes Ballroom can host 80 guests for banquets and weddings, and 160 for cocktail receptions.

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Nobu Hotel Epiphany Palo Alto, USA 

 

Situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, this hotel from the international restaurant brand is ideal for the tech-minded traveller. Each of its 86 rooms comes with a private balcony with views of the city, and offers 24-hour in-room dining. The Nobu Palo Alto restaurant is open daily, serving the founding chef’s signature new-style Japanese cuisine with South American influences. The hospitality suites can be used for meetings, trainings, dinners and drinks receptions and can be joined through connecting doors to make larger event spaces. Guests receive free access to the Vivre health club across the street.

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Coming Soon 

 

ME Dubai, UAE

 

ME by Meliá announces its debut Middle Eastern property with the launch of this hotel, scheduled for the end of 2018. This hotel has been designed by the late Zaha Hadid, and is the only hotel where she personally designed all the interiors and exteriors. Taking residence in the newest addition to Dubai’s skyline, the more than 23,000 sqm Opus building, the hotel will consist of 93 rooms and suites over 19 floors, as well as 98 serviced apartments. Among the 15 restaurants will be Roka, serving new-style Japanese cuisine.

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Raffles The Palm Dubai Hotel, UAE

 

Set to open in 2021, this hotel will be part of the new Palm360 development from AccorHotels and Nakheel on Dubai’s famous artificial archipelago Palm Jumeirah. It will have 125 rooms and suites, a lobby lounge, and a variety of restaurants. These include: two rooftop restaurants, a waterside restaurant, and a speciality restaurant that, they claim, will give ‘culinary presentations’ throughout the day.

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Rosewood Munich, Germany

 

Rosewood’s first German and seventh European property will open in 2023, housed in the former State Bank of Bavaria building and an adjacent former aristocratic residence. It will have 132 rooms and suites. Other amenities will include a spa with five treatment rooms, an indoor pool and fitness area; meetings and events spaces that will be able to host events, conferences and private parties for up to 400 guests; and two distinct dining venues with restaurant and bar.

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SAMHI to rebrand Premier Inn hotels as Fairfield by Marriott

Gurgaon-based SAMHI Hotels will be rebranding British hospitality chain, Premier Inn’s properties in India to Fairfield by Marriott.

SAMHI Hotels, partly owned by Goldman Sachs, is in partnership with Marriott International for the later’s Fairfield brand. Together, they have bought over Premier Inn’s India portfolio for ₹200 crore. There are five such properties in the country that will now be managed and marketed as Fairfield by Marriott.

“We have a great and successful partnership with Marriott with over 1,500 rooms. This portfolio is currently being self-managed under our in-house brand Caspia, but will eventually be rebranded under an international brand,” said Ashish Jakhanwala, CEO of SAMHI Hotels.

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Bhavya Aggarwal 

Gurgaon-based SAMHI Hotels will be rebranding British hospitality chain, Premier Inn’s properties in India to Fairfield by Marriott.

SAMHI Hotels, partly owned by Goldman Sachs, is in partnership with Marriott International for the later’s Fairfield brand. Together, they have bought over Premier Inn’s India portfolio for ₹200 crore. There are five such properties in the country that will now be managed and marketed as Fairfield by Marriott.

“We have a great and successful partnership with Marriott with over 1,500 rooms. This portfolio is currently being self-managed under our in-house brand Caspia, but will eventually be rebranded under an international brand,” said Ashish Jakhanwala, CEO of SAMHI Hotels.

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Bhavya Aggarwal 

Gurgaon-based SAMHI Hotels will be rebranding British hospitality chain, Premier Inn’s properties in India to Fairfield by Marriott.

SAMHI Hotels, partly owned by Goldman Sachs, is in partnership with Marriott International for the later’s Fairfield brand. Together, they have bought over Premier Inn’s India portfolio for ₹200 crore. There are five such properties in the country that will now be managed and marketed as Fairfield by Marriott.

“We have a great and successful partnership with Marriott with over 1,500 rooms. This portfolio is currently being self-managed under our in-house brand Caspia, but will eventually be rebranded under an international brand,” said Ashish Jakhanwala, CEO of SAMHI Hotels.

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Bhavya Aggarwal 

Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace opens in Gujarat

Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace

Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace opens in Gujarat

This arks the debut of the Grand Mercure brand in the state

Earlier this month, Vadodara’s Surya Palace was rebranded to Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace.

Grand Mercure is the upscale brand of hospitality group AccorHotels that has made its debut in Gujarat with this rebranding. Surya Palace was launched in the city 30 years ago by Jindal Hotels.

Jean-Michel Cassé, the chief operating officer: India and South Asia at AccorHotels sais, “The rebranding of Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace gives us an opportunity to showcase the property as our 48th hotel in the country and highlight AccorHotels’ growing network in the region. It further strengthens our presence in Gujarat as AccorHotels’ first upscale property in the state and West India.”

The 146-key property includes five suites and specially assigned rooms for single lady travellers. Each accommodation features tea/coffee making facilities, minibar, free water bottles and free wifi.

Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace is located within proximity to the city’s business district, is a two-minute drive from the railway station and ten minutes from the airport.

It has two F&B options. Azure is the all-day dining restaurant that has an Indian and international a la carte menu and buffet. Vanilla is the delicatessen on the property and is open for lunch and dinner. Other recreational facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and a gym.

The hotel’s event and conference space includes a large pillar-less ballroom and six meeting rooms.

Speaking at the launch, Rajesh Gopalakrishnan, the general manager of Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace said, “With a distinctive portfolio of accommodation, dining destinations and MICE facilities, we are set to define new standards of hospitality and look forward to cater to the city’s growing tourism and business activities.”

Later this year, AccorHotels will open a Grand Mercure in Dwarka.

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Grand Mercure announces its first hot spring resort in Sichuan

Grand Mercure will be opening its first hot spring resort in Sichuan in 2018 when it adds the existing Hongge Hotspring Resort, which opened in 2006, to its network.

The 167-room property, which is set to undergo a rebranding, currently includes seven villas, along with an all-day dining restaurant and a Chinese restaurant, and wellness facilities including an indoor and outdoor pool, a gym and its namesake hot spring centre.

“Following our successful partnership with Kunming Iron and Steel Group [the resort’s current manager] on the opening of the Sofitel Kunming, Accorhotels is excited to collaborate once again on the upcoming project to rebrand and manage the iconic Hongge Hotspring Resort,” said Michel Molliet, Accorhotels’ COO for Greater China.

“Rich in natural resources, Panzhihua is renowned as the ‘National Health City’ with its mild weather and ample sunshine. As the city’s first international hot spring resort, Grand Mercure Panzhihua is located in the region’s most scenic destination along Yangtze River in the Southern Sichuan Province.”

The resort is located about 30 minutes from the city centre and 45 minutes from Panzhihua Airport.

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Pullman to make Japan debut

Accorhotels plans to debut its Pullman brand of hotels in Japan in autumn 2018 when it aims to open its new Pullman Tokyo Tamachi as part of the MSB Tamachi mixed-use complex. The new Pullman would join Accorhotels’ portfolio of 12 properties across Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Sapporo and Okinawa.

Positioned as a business and leisure hotel, the 143-room Pullman Tokyo Tamachi is connected to the JR Tamachi Station, and approximately 30 minutes from Haneda International Airport.

“The opening of Pullman Tokyo Tamachi marks an exciting step in developing more upscale and luxury hotels in Japan to meet the growing demand of cosmopolitan travellers who appreciate innovative design and wellness in the travel scene,” said Accorhotels’ vice president for Japan, Eric D’Ignazio. “The global nomad is Pullman’s representation of the new generation of travellers and business leaders who fully and naturally blend work and leisure.”

Details of the facilities at the new Tokyo property are slim, though Pullman is marketed as a brand aimed at “hyper-connected travellers” offering them “contemporary design and energising culinary concepts”.

Accorhotels’ debut of its Pullman brand in the country is the latest in a string of expansions and entrances to the Japanese market by numerous hotel groups. This year alone, Marriott aims to open a total of five properties in the country under its Marriott Hotels brand, on top of the debut of its Moxy Hotels brand in Japan in the second half of 2017 with properties in Tokyo and Osaka.

Meanwhile, Thai hotel group Dusit International entered into a strategic partnership with Colours International in March to form a new Dusit Colours joint venture, with the aim of developing new Dusit-branded properties across Japan.

“Japan keeps attracting more and more international travellers, with historically high growth rate recorded in the beginning of 2017,” said Accorhotels COO for Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia, Patrick Basset. “The increasing inbound market, especially from Korea and other Asian countries (China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam) is on a continuous positive trend, which will be amplified as the country will benefit from the worldwide attention with the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympic Games.”

Pullman Hotels and Resorts has 117 properties in its portfolio in 33 countries worldwide.

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Sofitel to open brand’s largest Middle Eastern property

Accorhotels has announced it will be opening its largest Middle Eastern property in Dubai.

Expected to open in late 2019, Sofitel Dubai Wafi will have 501 rooms, including 86 suites, ranging in size from 55 sqm to 625 sqm, in addition to 97 studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom serviced apartments. The group has said that it will be within easy reach of Wafi Shopping Mall, Business Bay and downtown Dubai.

A number of dining options will be on offer, including an all-day dining restaurant, an Asian restaurant, a gastro pub, a pool bar and a bar and lounge on the 43rd and 44th floors.

The hotel’s spa will have have a gym, outdoor pools with private cabanas and a kids club, while for corporate groups 10 meeting rooms in addition to a 1,115sqm ballroom will be available.

Accorhotels’ COO of luxury brands in the Middle East, Sami Nasser said:

“We are delighted to work with MKM Commercial Holdings, one of our long-standing partners, to develop this impressive project that will undoubtedly become a future flagship for Sofitel in the region. The development of this property is aligned with our strategy to operate one of our leading luxury brands across strategic locations in the Middle East.”

“Sofitel Dubai Wafi signifies our ongoing commitment to expanding AccorHotels’ presence in the luxury segment through our landmark design and quality driven concepts. Sofitel operates luxury hotels and resorts across key destinations in the Middle East including the Sofitel Beirut Le Gabriel, Sofitel Jeddah Corniche, Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah and the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa. Through the development of the region’s largest Sofitel, we look to strengthen AccorHotels’ luxury offerings and cement our position as a leading luxury hotel operator,” he added.

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AccorHotels launches ibis Styles Reading Centre

Ibis Styles Reading Centre - room

AccorHotels launches ibis Styles Reading Centre

The hotel’s design is heavily influenced by Indian culture

ibis Styles, AccorHotels’ economy brand, has launched a new property in the riverside town of Reading in southern England — ibis Styles Reading Centre.

Interiors of the 3-star property are heavily influenced by India’s vibrancy and diversity, such as “the pulsating energy of the cities and spice markets, while providing guests with the tranquillity of serene beaches and backwaters”.

The lobby and other public areas of ibis Styles Reading Centre are dressed in earthy colours that are quintessential to India. The country’s iconic sites and features are portrayed in photographs and paintings placed around the property. These include Taj Mahal, River Ganges and Khari Baoli to name a few.

Each of the 97 rooms include a 32-inch flat screen TV, work desk, tea and coffee making facilities, free wifi and a shower. They’re decorated in splashes of bright colours and receive plenty of natural light through large windows.

Breakfast is served each morning at the hotel’s only restaurant. It is closed for lunch, but offers coffee and dinner on all days of the week. The bar offers a variety of drinks including cocktails. There is a “hospitality zone” that is open round the clock and serves free tea and coffee at all times.

There are no meeting rooms on the property, but guests can pay for the printing and photocopying facilities.

The 100 per cent no smoking hotel is a two-minute walk from the train station, and is within close proximity to The Oracle Shopping Centre, Reading Abbey Ruins, the Reading Museum and the River Thames.

James Wheatcroft, VP marketing budget and economy brands at AccorHotels UK, says, “With style and comfort at its core, ibis Styles Reading Centre reinforces our position as the benchmark of the economy segment. The hotel’s artistic storytelling, gives our guests a unique experience and an ultimate base to explore Reading and its surroundings.”

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New Mercure Bangkok Makkasan opens

Mercure Bangkok Makkasan pool

New Mercure Bangkok Makkasan opens

 

The 180-room Accor property is located in the city centre, with direct access to Bangkok Airport Link Makkasan station and Petchburi MRT station

 

Accor Hotels has opened a new Mercure Bangkok Makkasan in the capital of Thailand.

 

It is located in the area’s century-old railway heritage Makkasan, which it was the main depot for the State Railways of Thailand since 1910. It has become a major rapid transit hub serving the Airport Link and MRT today.

 

The hotel has 158 superior rooms, 18 executive rooms and four executive suites, ranging from 25 sqm to 45 sqm, and highlighting the views of the city.

 

Restaurant and bar options include The Station, serving all-day-dining a-la-minute dishes; M Wine lounge, offering a list of wines, cocktails and gourmet food; and The Pool Bar, serving juices and light snacks in a garden setting with the view of downtown Bangkok.

 

For business meetings and corporate events, the hotel features three meeting rooms with natural light; while the outdoor pool and fitness centre are also available for leisure.

 

Patrick Basset, chief operating officer of Accor Hotels, upper southeast and northeast Asia, says: “The latest opening of Mercure Bangkok Makkasan adds to the growing network of midscale brands which currently stands at seven with another three more new hotels opening in Bangkok and Pattaya within the next two years.”

 

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Accorhotels opens new Pullman in Sarawak

Pullman Miri Waterfront Lobby

Accorhotels has opened a new Pullman property in Sarawak, Malaysia – the Pullman Miri Waterfront at the Miri Waterfront Commercial Centre, approximately ten minutes from Miri International Airport.

Claimed to be the tallest building in the city, the hotel provides views of the South China Sea and nearby Miri River. Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of the Sultanate of Brunei, is about an hour and a half away by car. Miri is also home to attractions such as Niah Cave, Loagan Bunut National Park and the Unesco-listed Gunung Mulu Cave National Park.

“The opening of Pullman Miri Waterfront underlines Accorhotels’ expansion in Malaysia and reinforces the brand commitments that offer hyper-connected travellers an experience that combines both efficiency and wellness in this modern hub city,” said Garth Simmons, COO of Accorhotels Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. “Pullman Miri Waterfront attracts cosmopolitan, sophisticated leisure travellers who come to see and feel the abundance of natural beauty.”

The hotel itself offers 328 rooms along with meetings and events spaces able to cater to approximately 1,000 people. All Day Dining Pullman Kitchen, meanwhile, features an open kitchen concept with international fare, while The Dining Room serves local dishes along with sandwiches. Cocktails can be had at either the Drinking Ape Bar and Lounge or the Splash Bar by the infinity pool. A fitness centre, Jacuzzi, sauna and spa round out the leisure offerings at the hotel.

Pullman currently operates some 117 hotels in resorts across the world.

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