New and upcoming Paris hotels

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New and upcoming Paris hotels

 

When we looked at Paris hotels early last year, we said that no other city has a luxury segment like the City of Light, with its string of Palace (and Palace-adjacent) hotels. That same summer, after four years of renovations, Hotel Ritz Paris reopened its doors, ready to reclaim its Palace distinction with as many suites as rooms (71 of each) by the hand of Thierry W Despont.

This year will see the opening of two more grandes dames, completing a years-long cycle of new arrivals and rebirths that has resulted in a dizzying array of options when your nightly budget stretches to four figures and up. And more is to come, but, luckily, there is movement outside the ultra-high-end segment as well. We take a look at a selection of new and upcoming hotels for the French capital.

— MaisonAlbarCeline1 —

A new hotel and a new brand, Maison Albar Hotel Paris Céline arrived in the first few months of this year on Rue du Pont Neuf, east of the Louvre and a short stroll from the Seine and the western tip of Ile de la Cité. Inside the 1866 townhouse you will find 60 rooms and suites in Art Deco style by Alexandre Danan, as well as Odette Restaurant and a spa with indoor pool. Maison Albar intends to open 100 hotels in Europe and Asia by 2025-2030, with each of those having no more than 100 rooms.

— HoteldeCrillon1 —

About a year after Hotel Ritz, having been closed for a similar four-year period, the Hotel de Crillon returned to Place de la Concorde. In a building dating back to 1758, first transformed into a hotel in 1909, the Crillon now offers 78 rooms, 36 suites, and 10 signature suites. Signature suites include two Grands Appartements designed by Karl Lagerfeld; elsewhere, there is a spa with pool and fitness centre, two restaurants and a lounge, as well as bar Les Ambassadeurs inside what once was one of the main rooms of the Duc de Crillon’s private residence. The opening of this grande dame also marked the arrival of Rosewood Hotels in Paris, joining the big-name brands – from Peninsula to Raffles and Mandarin Oriental to Shangri-La – that have found their way to the city.

— FouquetBarriere1 —

Meanwhile, Hotel Barrière le Fouquet’s unveiled a renovation of its accommodation and public spaces this summer. There are 81 rooms and suites, and Fouquet’s restaurant on the corner of the Champs-Elysées and Avenue George V. Down the street, Four Seasons George V has also been refreshing its rooms and suites (among other things, there are two new contemporary Royal Suites). Its spa and pool remain closed for major works until 2018, but as of the beginning of this year the hotel has no less than five Michelin stars for its three restaurants.

— citizenMLaDefense1 —

Following its Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport hotel, citizenM has tripled its presence in Paris. The CitizenM Paris La Défense – in the city’s business district – has 175 rooms with the familiar design of the Dutch brand, along with Vitra furniture-filled public spaces. You can read a review here. Another, larger option at 338 rooms has arrived at Gare de Lyon, and a city-centre hotel (80 rooms) is still in the works – and as you can read here, that will not be all. Speaking of airport options, capsule brand Yotel has opened an 80-cabin hotel airside at Charles de Gaulle.

— HoxtonParis1 —

Still with that brand-new-hotel-smell is The Hoxton Paris, now open in the city’s 2nd arrondissement in a 16th-century building that had been vacant for a decade. There are 172 rooms, along with Rivié restaurant, Jacques’ Bar, courtyard and winter garden, all done in the brand’s signature relaxed style. We mentioned The Hoxton Southwark and Williamsburg as upcoming properties in our roundup of London hotels, and now we can add Los Angeles and Chicago to that list.

— AstorCurio1 —

Before the year is out, Hilton will introduce its Curio by Hilton collection to Paris with the reopening of Hotel Astor Saint-Honoré, following a refurbishment. Built in 1907 by John Jacob Astor – who would go on to construct the Astoria hotel in New York, which became the famous Waldorf-Astoria – the hotel will have 128 rooms and suites. Over in the 14th arrondissement, a row of townhouses is being converted into another Curio hotel: Niepce Paris, a 52-room hotel named after Joseph Nicephore Niepce, a French inventor and pioneer in photography.

— Lutetia1 —

On the city’s Left Bank, the last major grande dame renovation will come to an end at the Lutetia Paris this year. Opening as part of The Set Hotels (joining London’s Café Royal and Amsterdam’s Conservatorium), it will have 184 rooms and suites, Lutetia Brasserie restaurant, jazz bar, and Akasha spa with swimming pool.

On a completely different scale will be the arrival of Hotel Grands Boulevards, the third boutique hotel of Experimental Group and sister property to Grand Pigalle Hotel and London’s Henrietta Hotel.

— Fauchon1 —

Early next year, luxury grocer Fauchon will branch out into the hotel world at its original home of Place de la Madeleine. Hotel Fauchon will have 54 rooms and suites, as well as a Café Fauchon with 100-seat terrace. As always, this is the beginning of a multi-country presence for Hotel Fauchon, with 20 properties planned by 2030.

— BrachParis1 —

Having opened Nolinski Paris in summer 2016, Evok Hotels Collection is planning to add another property in the 16th arrondissement in April next year: Brach Paris. Designed by Philippe Starck, it will have 59 rooms and suites, and offer a ‘pioneering philosophy of life’, along with a sport and wellness club with two swimming pools and a rooftop garden. You can watch a moody, black-and-white video of the construction site here. The group isn’t stopping there – another property will follow in 2019, this time with 44 rooms in the Marais quarter.

— LaSamaritaine1 —

Following a long legal battle, department store La Samaritaine is being transformed by Japanese architects Sejima and Nishizawo into a mixed-use complex that will include a 72-room Cheval Blanc hotel, the luxury hotel brand of LVMH, with opening sometime between now and the end of the decade.

Skipping ahead to the year 2020, that’s when Kimpton Hotels – part of IHG – will open a Paris property with 149 rooms and suites. Finally, there are of course the three skyscraper projects for Paris to look forward to, each with planned hotel components: Hermitage Plaza, Tour Triangle, and Tours Duo.

 

 

 

Chicago O’Hare tops flight connections report

Passenger walking through Chicago O'Hare International Airport (iStock)

Travellers are more likely to find a connecting flight to their final destination at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport than any other airport in the US, according to a new report from the flight-information group OAG.

The Street reports that OAG’s Megahubs US Index report looked at a three-hour window of arriving and department flights and gave O’Hare a “Connectivity Index” score of 455.

The next most-connected airport was Atlanta’s Jackson-Hartfield International Airport (390), followed by Charlotte Douglas International Airport (238), Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (207), and Denver International Airport (186).

Airports were ranked by the ratio of possible scheduled connections to the number of destinations served.

The availability of multiple connections makes it easier for travellers who want to book flights on multiple airlines to save money. “It’s becoming increasingly prevalent for people to self-connect and find their own opportunities as the internet becomes more transparent,” said OAG senior analyst John Grant.

However, doing so can involve flights arriving and departing from different terminals, which can make such “hacker” itineraries more logistically challenging.

More connections at O’Hare involve multiple airlines, while those at Atlanta and Dallas are simpler to make because they tend to be on the airlines that use these airports as hubs — Delta Air Lines and American Airlines, respectively.

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AirAsia India partners with Zoomcar

AirAsia India has partnered with Zoomcar to offer its passengers a special promotion. Upon booking Zoomcar’s local and intercity self-driven vehicles through AirAsia India’s website, passengers are entitled to a discount of up to ₹1,000 or 20 per cent. The rental company will be charging a fully refundable security fees at the time of booking.

“We are excited about the partnership which will further enable the AirAsia guests to experience Zoomcar accessibility at airports with an ease and flexibility,” says Greg Moran, CEO and co-founder at Zoomcar. The promotion is valid until November 30, 2017 and black-out dates are not applicable.

Zoomcar operates in 26 cities in India. With hubs in New Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata, AirAsia India operates across 16 destinations including Kochi, Goa Jaipur and Hyderabad.

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AirAsia India has partnered with Zoomcar to offer its passengers a special promotion. Upon booking Zoomcar’s local and intercity self-driven vehicles through AirAsia India’s website, passengers are entitled to a discount of up to ₹1,000 or 20 per cent. The rental company will be charging a fully refundable security fees at the time of booking.

“We are excited about the partnership which will further enable the AirAsia guests to experience Zoomcar accessibility at airports with an ease and flexibility,” says Greg Moran, CEO and co-founder at Zoomcar. The promotion is valid until November 30, 2017 and black-out dates are not applicable.

Zoomcar operates in 26 cities in India. With hubs in New Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata, AirAsia India operates across 16 destinations including Kochi, Goa Jaipur and Hyderabad.

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DGCA imposes rules to ensure timely take offs

Delhi flights cancelled for Republic Day preparations

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has laid down a procedure to mitigate flight delays.

In a circular it stated: “Civil Aviation Requirement Section 3, Series C, Part II and VIII stipulates that the operator shall get the flight schedules approved by DGCA at least 30 days in advance and operate services in accordance with the flight schedules so approved.”

Should the flight fail to take off within five minutes of getting a green signal from the air traffic control for take off, it will be pushed to the back of the queue and wait until the next available time slot.

Currently, if the flight scheduled to take off doesn’t do so on time, it in turn delays others in the queue behind it too. With the new order, those organised for a timely take off as per procedures needn’t be inconvenienced any further as defaulters will be pushed back endlessly.

The order goes on to state: “Sequence of departures shall be decided by ATC based on the position and readiness of aircraft approaching the entry point of the runway. Aircraft shall complete all pre-departure checks and cabin procedures prior to entering the runway and start rolling as soon as take off clearance is issued by ATC. Airlines not adhering to the approved time slots shall be liable to lose the historicity in the next schedule except in the case of scheduled flights subjected to flow measures during the capacity constrained period.”

A tardy performance on the runway will garner a poor track record for the airlines who may not be taken in priority for sought-after slots during peak hours.

“In case of weather related or emergency related delays, Watch Supervisory Officer (WSO) shall be responsible for allocation of alternate slots,” DGCA says.

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has laid down a procedure to mitigate flight delays.

In a circular it stated: “Civil Aviation Requirement Section 3, Series C, Part II and VIII stipulates that the operator shall get the flight schedules approved by DGCA at least 30 days in advance and operate services in accordance with the flight schedules so approved.”

Should the flight fail to take off within five minutes of getting a green signal from the air traffic control for take off, it will be pushed to the back of the queue and wait until the next available time slot.

Currently, if the flight scheduled to take off doesn’t do so on time, it in turn delays others in the queue behind it too. With the new order, those organised for a timely take off as per procedures needn’t be inconvenienced any further as defaulters will be pushed back endlessly.

The order goes on to state: “Sequence of departures shall be decided by ATC based on the position and readiness of aircraft approaching the entry point of the runway. Aircraft shall complete all pre-departure checks and cabin procedures prior to entering the runway and start rolling as soon as take off clearance is issued by ATC. Airlines not adhering to the approved time slots shall be liable to lose the historicity in the next schedule except in the case of scheduled flights subjected to flow measures during the capacity constrained period.”

A tardy performance on the runway will garner a poor track record for the airlines who may not be taken in priority for sought-after slots during peak hours.

“In case of weather related or emergency related delays, Watch Supervisory Officer (WSO) shall be responsible for allocation of alternate slots,” DGCA says.

dgca.nic.in

IndiGo Airlines enhances flight frequencies as a part of its winter schedule

IndiGo

IndiGo Airlines is enhancing flight frequencies as a part of its winter schedule, October 29 onwards. It will also begin its first Bengaluru-Amritsar service from the same date.

The routes enhanced in the winter schedule include flights between Mumbai and Mangalore, Bengaluru and Dehradun, Delhi and Dubai, and Mumbai and Lucknow.

“In line with our endeavour to meet the requirements of both business and leisure travellers, we have introduced 18 additional flights as part of the winter schedule,” says Aditya Ghosh, president and whole time director at IndiGo Airlines.

Flight No.

Departure

Arrival

Departure time

Arrival time

Effective from

Effective until

Frequency

6E-3512

Bengaluru

Dehradun

07:00

10:00

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-491

Dehradun

Bengaluru

10:35

13:45

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-55

Delhi

Dubai

16:15

18:20

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-56

Dubai

Delhi

06:45

11:45

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-464

Mumbai

Lucknow

11:40

14:15

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-463

Lucknow

Mumbai

14:50

17:05

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-545

Delhi

Dehradun

06:35

07:30

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-455

Dehradun

Delhi

08:00

09:00

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-495

Mumbai

Lucknow

09:20

11:40

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-264

Lucknow

Mumbai

12:20

14:45

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-477

Bengaluru

Amritsar

10:00

12:55

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Daily non-stop flight

6E-477

Amritsar

Srinigar

13:25

14:35

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Daily non-stop flight

6E-478

Srinigar

Amritsar

14:50

16:00

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Daily non-stop flight

6E-478

Amritsar

Bengaluru

16:30

19:25

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Daily non-stop flight

6E-621

Mumbai

Mangalore

16:00

17:50

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Daily non-stop flight

6E-459

Mangalore

Mumbai

18:40

20:30

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Daily non-stop flight

6E-269

Hyderabad

Jaipur

11:10

13:45

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-274

Jaipur

Hyderabad

14:15

15:50

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

Indigo Airlines currently operates around 900 daily flights to 46 destinations.

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Bhavya Aggarwal

IndiGo Airlines is enhancing flight frequencies as a part of its winter schedule, October 29 onwards. It will also begin its first Bengaluru-Amritsar service from the same date.

The routes enhanced in the winter schedule include flights between Mumbai and Mangalore, Bengaluru and Dehradun, Delhi and Dubai, and Mumbai and Lucknow.

“In line with our endeavour to meet the requirements of both business and leisure travellers, we have introduced 18 additional flights as part of the winter schedule,” says Aditya Ghosh, president and whole time director at IndiGo Airlines.

Flight No.

Departure

Arrival

Departure time

Arrival time

Effective from

Effective until

Frequency

6E-3512

Bengaluru

Dehradun

07:00

10:00

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-491

Dehradun

Bengaluru

10:35

13:45

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-55

Delhi

Dubai

16:15

18:20

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-56

Dubai

Delhi

06:45

11:45

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-464

Mumbai

Lucknow

11:40

14:15

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-463

Lucknow

Mumbai

14:50

17:05

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-545

Delhi

Dehradun

06:35

07:30

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-455

Dehradun

Delhi

08:00

09:00

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-495

Mumbai

Lucknow

09:20

11:40

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-264

Lucknow

Mumbai

12:20

14:45

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-477

Bengaluru

Amritsar

10:00

12:55

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Daily non-stop flight

6E-477

Amritsar

Srinigar

13:25

14:35

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Daily non-stop flight

6E-478

Srinigar

Amritsar

14:50

16:00

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Daily non-stop flight

6E-478

Amritsar

Bengaluru

16:30

19:25

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Daily non-stop flight

6E-621

Mumbai

Mangalore

16:00

17:50

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Daily non-stop flight

6E-459

Mangalore

Mumbai

18:40

20:30

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Daily non-stop flight

6E-269

Hyderabad

Jaipur

11:10

13:45

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

6E-274

Jaipur

Hyderabad

14:15

15:50

Oct 29, 2017

Mar 24, 2018

Non-stop flight to operate on Sundays

Indigo Airlines currently operates around 900 daily flights to 46 destinations.

goindigo.in

Bhavya Aggarwal

 

Marco Polo Club adds hotel and F&B benefits

Marco Polo Club, the loyalty programme for Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon, has launched an exclusive range of Swire hotel and restaurant offers for members to enjoy.

Swire Hotels operates a number of luxury properties under its The House Collective and East brands: including The Upper House, Hong Kong; The Opposite House, Beijing; The Temple House, Chengdu; East Hong Kong, East Beijing and East Miami.

The rewards range from private chauffeur services and spa treatments to dining discounts and special wine offers.

Perks will vary according to tier level. For example, Green and Silver members will be able to claim a 15 per cent discount on airport transfers when booking at The Upper House, while Gold members will also enjoy early/late check-in and complimentary upgrade.

Top-tier diamond members booking The Upper House will additionally enjoy daily breakfast, special wine offer at Café Gray Deluxe, complimentary bottle of wine and champagne and suit pressing, and a complimentary spa treatment.

Diamond members can also enjoy an exclusive discount at Mr & Mrs Fox and The Continental in Hong Kong. Customised wine flights and pairings on selected bottles are also available at The Continental.

The full list of rewards, according to tier and property, can be viewed here:

To avail of the offer, Marco Polo Club members should quote their membership and tier number at time of booking directly with the hotel or restaurant.

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