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.

samhi.co.in

marriott.com

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 

AVANI hotels & resorts to debut in Mauritius

AVANI Hotels & resorts has announced the development of its first hotel in Mauritius – AVANI Bel-Ombre Mauritius Resort & Spa. It is expected to open by 2021.

The property will be located on the island’s south coast, 30 minutes from the airport. It will have 150 guest rooms including 134 standard rooms and 16 Avani suites. 

Their F&B outlets will include a speciality restaurant and an all-day dining outlet. Other amenities will include a large multi-functional meeting space, an AVANI spa and an AVANIFit gym. The hotel will also offers a beach activities centre along with two swimming pools.

AVANI Hotels & Resorts currently has 18 properties across the world including destinations like Thailand, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

“AVANI is rapidly expanding, not only in urban destinations such as Dubai, Busan and Auckland, but also our current resort portfolio in Vietnam, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka and now Mauritius,” says Alejandro Bernabe, group director AVANI Hotels & Resorts.

It further aims at opening properties across Australia, Asia and the Middle East.

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Bhavya Aggarwal

AVANI Hotels & resorts has announced the development of its first hotel in Mauritius – AVANI Bel-Ombre Mauritius Resort & Spa. It is expected to open by 2021.

The property will be located on the island’s south coast, 30 minutes from the airport. It will have 150 guest rooms including 134 standard rooms and 16 Avani suites. 

Their F&B outlets will include a speciality restaurant and an all-day dining outlet. Other amenities will include a large multi-functional meeting space, an AVANI spa and an AVANIFit gym. The hotel will also offers a beach activities centre along with two swimming pools.

AVANI Hotels & Resorts currently has 18 properties across the world including destinations like Thailand, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

“AVANI is rapidly expanding, not only in urban destinations such as Dubai, Busan and Auckland, but also our current resort portfolio in Vietnam, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka and now Mauritius,” says Alejandro Bernabe, group director AVANI Hotels & Resorts.

It further aims at opening properties across Australia, Asia and the Middle East.

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Bhavya Aggarwal

Westin Kolkata Rajarhat to open in August

Marriott Hotels will open its first Westin Hotel in east India in Kolkata this August. 

It is currently only open for events with five meeting spaces, ten individual function rooms including three ballrooms that sprawl across 5,760 sqm.

The hotel is situated close to the International Convention Centre and is 8km away from Kolkata International Airport.

It will have 314 rooms including 21 suites featuring expansive windows overlooking Kolkata’s skyline. Room facilities will include a coffee/tea maker with Starbucks confectionery, an LED television, 24-hour in-room dining and a freestanding bathtub. Wifi will be free for SPG members that book their rooms through Starwood’s website or via the smart-phone app.

Other facilities will include a fitness studio, an outdoor pool, in-room spa service, a business centre and an executive lounge.

There will be one F&B outlet in the hotel called Seasonal Taste that will serve all-day dining across international cuisines.

Marriott Hotels has three Westin Hotels in its pipeline for India – Rishikesh (opening in 2018), Gandhinagar (opening in 2020) and Jaipur (opening in 2021).

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Bhavya Aggarwal 

Marriott Hotels will open its first Westin Hotel in east India in Kolkata this August. 

It is currently only open for events with five meeting spaces, ten individual function rooms including three ballrooms that sprawl across 5,760 sqm.

The hotel is situated close to the International Convention Centre and is 8km away from Kolkata International Airport.

It will have 314 rooms including 21 suites featuring expansive windows overlooking Kolkata’s skyline. Room facilities will include a coffee/tea maker with Starbucks confectionery, an LED television, 24-hour in-room dining and a freestanding bathtub. Wifi will be free for SPG members that book their rooms through Starwood’s website or via the smart-phone app.

Other facilities will include a fitness studio, an outdoor pool, in-room spa service, a business centre and an executive lounge.

There will be one F&B outlet in the hotel called Seasonal Taste that will serve all-day dining across international cuisines.

Marriott Hotels has three Westin Hotels in its pipeline for India – Rishikesh (opening in 2018), Gandhinagar (opening in 2020) and Jaipur (opening in 2021).

marriott.comstarwoodhotels.com

Bhavya Aggarwal 

Country Inn and Suites by Carlson enters Kota

Country Inn and Suites by Carlson has made its debut in Kota. It is the first-ever international hotel brand to enter this city.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has partnered with Jaipur-based Bajor Group of Companies to open this hotel with 85 rooms and suites. It is located in the heart of the city, close to corporate zones and educational service institutes.

Room facilities include free wifi and breakfast, minibar, tea and coffee makers, satellite TV and in-room dining. There is a rooftop swimming pool, spa, steam room and health club.

For corporate events, it features 2,805 sqm of outdoor and indoor banqueting and meeting facilities, equipped with the latest state-of-the-art audiovisual technology. It can accommodate events of up to 600 people.

F&B outlets at the hotel are Mosaic (all-day dining), FLAVI (Indian cuisine), Unwind Lobby Bar and Splash (poolside bar).

Country Inn and Suites by Carlson has 34 properties in operation and under development in the country.

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Country Inn and Suites by Carlson has made its debut in Kota. It is the first-ever international hotel brand to enter this city.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has partnered with Jaipur-based Bajor Group of Companies to open this hotel with 85 rooms and suites. It is located in the heart of the city, close to corporate zones and educational service institutes.

Room facilities include free wifi and breakfast, minibar, tea and coffee makers, satellite TV and in-room dining. There is a rooftop swimming pool, spa, steam room and health club.

For corporate events, it features 2,805 sqm of outdoor and indoor banqueting and meeting facilities, equipped with the latest state-of-the-art audiovisual technology. It can accommodate events of up to 600 people.

F&B outlets at the hotel are Mosaic (all-day dining), FLAVI (Indian cuisine), Unwind Lobby Bar and Splash (poolside bar).

Country Inn and Suites by Carlson has 34 properties in operation and under development in the country.

countryinns.com

 

Shangri-La opens in New Silk Road’s gateway city

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has opened a new 362-room hotel at the beginning of China’s new land-based Silk Road – part of the country’s wider “Belt and Road Initiative” aimed at increasing trade connectivity across Asia, Europe and Africa.

The new Shangri-La Hotel, Yiwu is situated within the Yiwu World Trade Centre mixed-use development in the new Silk Road gateway city. Floors nine to 38 of the hotel feature a mix of hotel rooms and 136 serviced apartments. Rooms start at 48 sqm, with suites starting at 96 sqm (suite guests also get access to the Horizon Club Lounge).

Three restaurants are available – all-day dining restaurant Yue Xiu Wok, Asian and Western cuisine Brown Sugar Bakery and Café, and the Lobby Lounge. A spa, gym, indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms comprise the leisure facilities, while some 3,880 sqm of events space comprise the property’s meetings facilities.

Outside of the hotel, the International Expo Centre, airport and train station are located nearby, with Hangzhou and Shanghai both accessible by high-speed train, taking approximately 30 and 90 minutes respectively.

Located in central Zhejiang province, Yiwu has been designated the beginning of China’s new Silk Road. In April this year, the first direct cargo train carrying British goods departed from London Gateway bound for Yiwu.

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Hong Kong’s Hotel LKF by Rhombus closing its doors

Hotel LKF by Rhombus has announced it will close its doors on July 1 this year, 11 years after it opened in the city’s popular Lan Kwai Fong district. The 95-room hotel is claimed to be the first boutique hotel in Hong Kong.

Rising rents and a drop in tourist numbers are reportedly among the reasons for the closure of the hotel, which is set to be converted into an office tower, according to the South China Morning Post.

Fans of the hotel can, however, make use of its new “Last Night Viva” promotion in the lead up to the property’s closure. Stays on June 28, 29 and 30 in a G500 room are being offered for HK$1,888 (US$230) per night, and come inclusive of free breakfast at the hotel’s Azure Restaurant Slash Bar, and a happy-hour drinks package for two people. Mini-bar items and a bathrobe are also included in the offer.

The hotel’s G500 rooms include a king-sized bed along with free wifi, a smartphone with free internet, local and select international calls, and an in-room coffee machine.

Hotel LKF by Rhombus isn’t the only Hong Kong property facing an uncertain future. Earlier this month, Mandarin Oriental International Limited announced it would undertake a review of its long-term strategic options with regards to The Excelsior Hong Kong in Causeway Bay district. This includes the possible sale of the property, which in 2015 received approval for the development of a 63,500 sqm commercial building on the site.

For a review of The Excelsior Hong Kong, click here.

[Join the conversation on memories of The Excelsior Hong Kong and its popular Dickens’ Bar over in the Business Traveller forums.]

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