Hotel update: Global round-up

2 Sep 2017 by Marisa Cannon

Business Traveller reviews new, renovated and upcoming hotels from brands including Six Senses, Hilton, Intercontinental and Shinta Mani.

Intercon Ljubljana

Intercontinental Ljubljana

Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts has launched its first property in the Slovenian capital. Spread across 20 floors, the 165-room hotel features a Mediterranean restaurant headed by Michelin-star chef Alfredo Russo, a bar, a patisserie, plus an indoor pool, a gym and meeting space for up to 300 people. Within walking distance of Ljubljanica River, Park Tivoli and Ljubljana Castle, the hotel boasts views of the city’s old town and castle from the restaurant’s top floor terrace.

Cameron House, Loch Lomond

An hour’s drive from Glasgow, the Scottish lake resort has unveiled the final phase of its £4 million renovation. The last stage of the refurbishment revealed an update of all 136 rooms and suites, which have been redesigned to reflect the hotel’s surroundings, alongside traditional tartans and layered paisley textiles used throughout. The year-long project has also seen the hotel refresh its restaurants and public spaces, together with the addition of the new Great Scots Bar Terrace which overlooks Loch Lomond.

Doubletree Edinburgh Queensferry

Doubletree by Hilton Edinburgh - Queensferry Crossing

A 15-minute drive from Edinburgh airport, the hotel has unveiled a £15 million renovation. The property has added 64 rooms, bringing the total up to 141, all of which come with free wifi, a king sized bed and 40-inch LED TV. Dining options include the Shore Grill and Fish House restaurant which offers views across Queensferry Crossing, and the Forth Bar, which serves some of the best wines, cocktails and spirits in the area”. There is also a 24-hour gym and six meeting rooms that can hold up to 180 guests. A new spa is expected to open in 2018.

Orania Berlin

The Orania, Berlin

Housed in an early 20th century townhouse in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, this boutique hotel has been renovated and restored to offer 41 rooms and suites. The hotel’s interior design uses natural materials from Europe, Africa and the Americas, warm lighting and handmade furnishings, and features a restaurant and bar, a 24-hour gym (opening end of September) and a library with floor-to-ceiling windows, a piano and cinema. This can be used for private events, able to accommodate 150 people.

Coming soon

Shinta Mani Angkor- Bensley Collection, Cambodia

Luxury resort designer Bill Bensley has partnered with Cambodian boutique hotel group, Shinta Mani. The group is set to open the Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection in Siem Reap this December, offering 10 “Khmer-inspired” villas, which, measuring a total 156 sqm each, will include a 42-inch TV, rain shower, coffee machine, floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor bathtub. A restaurant serving Khmer and international cuisine will also be on offer, plus a spa, an outdoor pool, two bars and a meeting room.

University Arms Cambrige

University Arms, Cambridge

First opened in 1834, this historic hotel is due to reopen in 2018 following a £80 million renovation. Overlooking Parker’s Piece, the hotel’s redesign was directed by architect John Simpson, replacing the building’s 1960s and 70s extensions with classically-designed structures that reflect the city’s heritage. It will include 192 rooms, a restaurant and bar, a library, underground valet parking and a gym.

Six Senses Fort Barwara, Rajasthan

Six Senses is set to open its first resort in India. Due to open in late 2018, the property is located 110 km from Jaipur on the site of the 700 year-old Barwara Fort, formerly owned by the Rajasthani Royal Family. It will have 48 suites, two restaurants, a bar and lounge, plus a 2,800 sqm spa, a gym, two swimming pools and event space.


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