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.

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.

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.” ,

Ten new and upcoming Kuala Lumpur hotels

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia city skyline.

Hotel Cosmo Kuala Lumpur

Opening its doors on December 1, 2016, the Hotel Cosmo Kuala Lumpur is one of the latest midscale additions to Kuala Lumpur’s hotel scene. Its 347 rooms range from family-style and studio suites to regular guestrooms, and its location near the Masjid Jamek Interchange Station – two stops from KL Sentral – make it convenient for business travellers entering the city via the KLIA Express. The Leboh Ampang-district hotel is also located close to a number of the city’s banking institutions and Central Market.

Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur

Along with The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, YTL Hotels’ Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur is among the first properties in Southeast Asia to join the Autograph Collection – a group of more than 110 independent hotels worldwide. Opened in February 2017, the Hotel Stripes is situated in the business hub on Jalan Kamunting, an area replete with 1940s shop houses and once known as the Asian Heritage Row, and features 184 bespoke guestrooms and suites.

Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade

The Mercure brand debuted in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month with the opening of the Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade hotel. Located in the city’s Bukit Bintang district, the 213-room property features a number of distinctly local touches – a common theme among Mercure hotels – including Peranakan motifs in its all-day Chorak Restaurant. The hotel also has a lobby lounge, rooftop pool bar and adjacent fitness centre, and three meeting and events spaces.

Element Kuala Lumpur

The Element Hotels brand will be making its Southeast Asia debut when the Element Kuala Lumpur opens on April 9, 2017 in the 275-metre Ilham Baru Tower. Nearly half of the guestrooms in the property will be suites (120 out of a total 252 rooms), with small kitchenettes being a key feature of many of the eco-themed hotel’s accommodations. A variety of recreational services and amenities are also planned to be available in this green vein, including bicycle rental and electric vehicle charging stations.


Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur

Four Seasons’ new 209-room property in the Malaysian capital is scheduled for an early 2018 opening and will make up part of a 65-storey mixed-use tower that will offer a total of 242 Four Seasons-branded residences and 27 serviced apartments. A five-floor 27,900-sqm luxury shopping complex known as the Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur will also occupy the tower.

CitizenM Kuala Lumpur

Set to open in the second quarter of 2018, Artyzen Hospitality Group’s third CitizenM hotel in Asia will be its smallest in the region with 198 rooms – upcoming properties in Taipei and Shanghai will have 267 and 303 rooms, respectively. Announced last week, the Bukit Bintang district CitizenM Kuala Lumpur has been confirmed to feature a 24-hour CanteenM eatery, though other facilities have yet to be announced.

So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Hotel and Residences, and Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

Accorhotels’ new So Sofitel offering in the Malaysian capital actually comprises two properties – the So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Hotel and the So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Residences. Both are scheduled to open their doors in 2020 and, like many of the city’s new hotels, are situated a short distance from the Petronas Twin Towers and the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The hotel will offer 207 guestrooms while the serviced residences will include 590 units. Each features a spa, fitness centre and event spaces, among other facilities, while guests at the residences will be able to make use of the rooftop sky garden foyer for barbecues.

In addition to these properties, Accorhotels is also set to open its Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara on June 1, 2017, located about one hour from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Larger than the So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Hotel, the Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara will include some 312 rooms.

Crowne Plaza Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Intercontinental Hotel Group’s (IHG) Crowne Plaza Kuala Lumpur City Centre is currently scheduled for a 2021 opening with a specific focus on business travellers. This is evident in the hotel’s central business district location on Jalan Yap Kwan Seng road, walking distance from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Petronas Twin Towers, and its business centre and seven meeting spaces. A total of 338 rooms, an all-day dining restaurant, numerous specialty restaurants and a Sky Bar round will be available, along with leisure facilities such as an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre.

Radisson Red Kuala Lumpur City Center

Announced back in October 2016, the Radisson Red Kuala Lumpur City Centre will stand about 800 metres from the Petronas Twin Towers when it opens in 2022, marking the brand’s debut in Malaysia. While the upscale lifestyle hotel brand focuses particularly on design, art and fashion, its business facilities are also a key component and the Radisson Red Kuala Lumpur will offer 166 rooms across 27 floors along with meetings and events spaces with views of the twin towers. A rooftop swimming pool and gym will also be included.

Kuala Lumpur gets its first Mercure hotel

Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade Lobby Lounge

Kuala Lumpur has got its first Mercure-brand hotel following the recent opening of the Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade in the city’s Bukit Bintang retail district.

The new property features 213 guestrooms designed to cater to business and leisure travellers, with the hotel’s aesthetic aimed at showcasing the Malaysian capital’s distinct culture. This ranges from modern artworks around the property to traditionally inspired Peranakan motifs such as floor tiles and display pieces in the hotel’s all-day Chorak Restaurant.

“We are very excited with the launch of our first Mercure brand in Kuala Lumpur, with its distinct personality, Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade offers leisure and business travellers unconventional and modern accommodation that are locally inspired,” said Garth Simmons, Accorhotels for Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore COO.

In addition to Chorak, the hotel also has a lobby lounge and a rooftop pool bar, with a fitness centre adjacent. Three meetings and events spaces are also available with capacity for 60 people.

The hotel joins Mercure’s existing portfolio of more than 730 hotels in 56 countries. As part of the opening, the Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade is also offering a special RM218 (US$49) nett with breakfast for two offer until April 30, 2017.

Mercure launches instant messenger bot

Mercure BOT

The Mercure brand is rolling out “BOT”, an instant messaging service that provides guests with information about the local area.

Accessible through Facebook and Messenger, users simply need to geolocate and then ask questions about their surroundings such as “What’s behind the facade of 145 rue Lafayette?” or “Where is the world’s smallest nightclub?”

The “humorous and straight-talking” BOT will then provide users with neighbourhood secrets as well as anecdotes from others’ travel experiences under the “Local Stories” tab.

The real-time service will also ask questions and collect data from each user in order to enhance its knowledge base and improve the experience for future users.

Designed by French advertising agency BETC, the BOT is available from the dedicated Facebook page Mercure the Bot, on Messenger and will be soon relayed through the Mercure Facebook page.

Accorhotels to open Mercure London Hyde Park

AccorHotels is set to open a new Mercure property this November.

Housed within four grade II listed town houses, the Mercure London Hyde Park will be within walking distance of Paddington and Lancaster Gate underground stations. It will have 72 rooms, including three suites, a restaurant, bar and fitness centre.

This is the third Mercure to open in central London, joining properties in Kensington and Paddington. 

Commenting on the opening, managing director of AccorHotels UK and Ireland Thomas Dubaere said:

“This will be a great new hotel in a prime site in the heart of London and marks another step in the growth of our brands in the UK. Accelerating the franchise growth of the Mercure brand is one of our strategic priorities and this is the kind of opportunity we’re looking to replicate in the right sites across the UK.”

The 4-star brand has 86 hotels nationwide, and internationally, 732 in 55 countries.

Accor opens new Mercure hotel in Singapore

Accorhotels has opened a new 395-room heritage-inspired hotel in Singapore. The new-built Mercure Singapore Bugis is located in the arts and cultural district of Bugis, and situated close to Bugis shopping address and Bugis MRT station.

The hotel’s exterior facade consists of red, blue, yellow and green panels that mirror the colours of the nearby housing estate. The lobby features a hint of Peranakan flair through the installation of motif tiles on the marble walls. The space also includes plush sofas, two iMac workstations and a six-seater table for informal meetings.

Meanwhile, each of the hotel’s accommodations come with a Handy smartphone, which provides guests with free unlimited mobile internet access and international calls to ten countries. The device is also loaded with a city guide app, as well as access to online publications via Press Reader.

Mercure Singapore Bugis is also home to three F&B options. Guests can choose from all-day dining at Sauces by Chef Daniel, a “Grab and Go” menu at Bartistry@One22, and drinks at Staits Poolside.

Facilities include an infinity pool on level seven, a rooftop Sky Deck, and three function rooms.

To commemorate the opening, Mercure Singapore Bugis is offering breakfast buffet at S$5 (US$3.6) per person with every room booked. The offer is valid from now until December 31.

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Clement Huang