Business Traveller rounds up new, renovated and upcoming hotels from brands including Fairmont, Leonardo Hotels, Park Inn by Radisson and Accorhotels.
Fairmont Quasar Istanbul
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has opened the group’s first property in Turkey. Located on the banks of the Bosphorus, the hotel has 209 rooms offering views over the Bosphorus or city skyline, featuring a king-size bed, a 48-inch Smart TV and in the bathrooms, a rain shower with hammam or tub. A range of restaurants and bars have also opened, including an all-day dining Mediterranean restaurant, a Turkish-style grill and “live mezze” kitchen, and a Turkish tea and coffee café. There is also a spa, a yoga room, a gym and a 264 sqm meeting room that can hold 306 people.
Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh
Leonardo Hotels has opened a new property in the Scottish capital. Following a €7 million refurbishment of the site, formerly a Premier Inn, the hotel is located in Edinburgh’s Haymarket district and has 282 rooms that come with Scottish-themed furnishings, a work desk, a 42-inch TV, a minibar and a coffee and tea maker, plus Sea of Spa toiletries. There is also a restaurant and bar, a business centre, laundry service and parking.
Park Inn by Radisson Hotel and Spa Zalakaros, Hungary
A new hotel from Park Inn by Radisson has opened in Hungary’s Lake Balaton region, the country’s largest tourist destination after Budapest. The 236-room hotel is situated in the heart of Zalakaros town, known for its thermal springs, and includes an all-day dining restaurant and a lounge bar. It is connected to the Granit Spa, which has a fitness centre and aquapark with a heated indoor pool and saunas. For meetings, there is a 400 sqm ballroom.
The Lalit London
The Lalit London has become a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The hotel joins SLH’s collection of independent boutique hotels, and will benefit from the group’s reputation and the appeal of its new loyalty scheme. The property opened in February this year with 70 rooms, housed in a Grade II listed property featuring 30-foot high ceilings and custom-made Indian interiors. It also features restaurants including the Naanery, where guests can pair wines with artisanal breads and pan-Indian restaurant, Baluchi. This is the ninth SLH hotel now in London.
Victory House, London Leicester Square – MGallery by Sofitel
Accorhotels is set to open a boutique property in London’s Leicester Square this September. Part of the group’s stylish MGallery brand, the hotel features a 19th century terracotta facade originally designed in 1898 by theatre designer Walter Emden. The hotel was designed by Soho Farmhouse interiors firm Michaelis Boyd, with 86 rooms boasting black and white art deco interiors and soft teal, grey and beige furnishings. On the ground floor, a French bistro will serve dishes using local produce, with al fresco seating available in summer.
Even Hotel Auckland
IHG has signed its first property in New Zealand from the group’s health-focused brand, Even. Scheduled to open in 2020, the hotel will be located in Auckland’s city centre with 200 rooms designed in a fresh and modern style and featuring “energising workspaces, dining and social areas”. Fitness facilities will include a multi-functional “zoned” gym and a flexible space for small group fitness classes, plus in-room fitness areas. This is the first hotel from the brand to be signed outside of North America.