Business Traveller rounds up new, renovated and upcoming hotels from brands including IHG, The Hoxton, Zannier Hotels and Citizen M.
Citizen M Gare de Lyon, Paris
Citizen M has opened its third property in the French capital. Located across the road from Gare de Lyon, all of the hotel’s 338 rooms come with king-size beds, rain showers, “mood pads” which control room temperature, lighting, and free films. The lobby is warmly decorated with contemporary artwork, brightly coloured furniture, lifestyle books and a fireplace, offering space to work and hold casual meetings, while four dedicated conference rooms are available to book, accommodating up to ten people. A 24/7 “canteen” provides casual dining at shared tables and café-style lounge furniture.
1898 The Post, Ghent
Zannier Hotels has opened a property in the Belgian city of Ghent. Facing the Graslei Canal, the boutique hotel has 38 rooms and suites, located on the upper floors of Ghent’s neo-Gothic post office building. The building was originally built between the years 1898 (hence the name) and 1910, with interiors that complement its late 19th century architecture, such as high ceilinged rooms, dark green walls, antique furniture. An all day dining restaurant offers seasonal dishes while the hotel’s cocktail bar offers original cocktails and small “tapas-style” sharing plates.
The Hoxton, Paris
The Hoxton is to open its first property in Paris on August 24. Set in an 18th century townhouse on Rue du Sentier, the building was originally built by architect Nicolas d’Orbay for Etienne Rivié, an advisor to Louis XV. Offering 171 rooms, the hotel has two courtyards, a French restaurant, a bar and meeting and events space. A number of rooms come with terraces and garden views, with eight room categories ranging from the “Shoebox” for solo travellers to the “Biggy”, which come with a bath tub. A free breakfast bag is delivered to each door every morning.
New Road Hotel, London
A new independent hotel is due to open its doors in London’s Whitechapel this October. The 80-room hotel will occupy the site of a former textile factory, which has recently undergone a multi-million pound renovation with exposed brick interiors, well lit, open plan spaces and views of the City nearby. In the works is a partnership with Marco Pierre White for the hotel restaurant, called The Chophouse, which will serve Italian-inspired New York cuisine.
Crowne Plaza and Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Business Bay
IHG is expected to open two new properties in Dubai’s Business Bay in 2019. Located near the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, the Crowne Plaza Dubai Business Bay will have 290 rooms and suites with a number of dining options, a gym and an outdoor infinity pool. For meetings, there will be a ballroom, alongside several meeting and event spaces.
Across the road from the Crowne Plaza, the waterfront Intercontinental Residence Suites Dubai Business Bay will house extended stay suites, with 30 studios, 60 one-bedrooms, another 60 two-beds and 10 three-bedroom apartments. The area is currently being developed as part of the Marasi Business Bay project, which will feature Dubai’s first purpose-built “yachting destination”, with floating restaurants, cafés and onshore boutiques.
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is set to open its second Sri Lankan property on November 16. The hotel will open in the mixed use complex of One Galle Face facing the Indian Ocean, with 500 rooms and suites and 41 serviced apartments. Five restaurants and bars will be on offer, alongside a spa, 24-hour gym and pool, with some 4,500 sqm of event space that can cater up to 1,500 people. A 40-minute drive from Colombo Bandaranaike International airport, the hotel joins the Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort and Spa on the southern tip of the island, which opened in June 2016.