Business Traveller rounds up new and upcoming hotels from brands including Hilton, Radisson and IHG.
Hotel Indigo Dundee, Scotland
IHG’s Hotel Indigo has just opened in the UK’s only UNESCO-designated City of Design. Dundee was the site of the UK’s first jute mill, and for decades was known for its “jute, jam and journalism.” Appropriately, the new 102-room hotel will be in a former jute mill dating from 1822 in East Marketgait. The design also pays tribute to the thriving computer and video gaming industry in the city.
The opening comes just two months before the much-anticipated opening of the V&A Museum of Design Dundee, which will be the first V&A location outside of London, and Scotland’s first design museum. From £102.
Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun
Situated near Dongdaemun Market, the largest shopping centre in South Korea, and Heunginjimun, one of the ancient Eight Gates of Seoul, the newest Novohotel from Accorhotels marks the 500th location for the brand. The hotel has 331 rooms, including 192 suites, with designs inspired by Heunginjimun.
The all-day restaurant Food Exchange serves Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Western food and a rooftop bar provides views of the city skyline. There is a lounge designated for business travellers and a ballroom that can seat 280. From £112.
Hilton Hangzhou Xiaoshan
Hilton Hotels and Resorts has debuted in the eastern Chinese city Hangzhou with the brand’s 100th Asia-Pacific location. The hotel hopes to meet a growing demand for accommodation as the business and leisure traffic to the area surrounding Hangzhou continues to increase.
The city is on the Grand Canal and its West Lake is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 101st Hilton in Asia-Pacific opened the same day in Xiamen on the southeast coast. From £92.
Apurva Kempinski Bali
The first Kempinski hotel in Bali, the Apurva is planned to open later this year. Situated on the southern tip of the island near the beaches and dramatic cliffs, the resort will have 475 guestrooms, including suites and villas. Guests will have their choice of five restaurants, as well as a cigar and shisha lounge.
A water-front spa, swimming pool and fitness centre will round out the offering. A 2,200 sqm outdoor space and a 1,076 sqm ballroom are available for events. The Apurva, which means unique in Sanskrit, aims to be a one-of-a-kind luxury destination.
Radisson Red Aarhus, Denmark
The upscale luxury brand from Radisson Hotel Group will debut in Scandinavia in 2019 with Radisson Red Aarhus. The hotel will have 78 rooms, a restaurant and event space. Its location near the town square puts it within walking distance of the main business and shopping areas.
Denmark’s second-largest city, Aarhus is a cultural hub home to several museums and music festivals, as well as an up-and-coming corporate destination. The hotel and town centre are 40km from the airport.
The Amerikalinjen, Oslo
Set to open in 2019, the Amerikalinjen will place guests next door to the Oslo Opera House and Central Station in the most vibrant neighbourhood of Oslo. The hotel will feature 122 rooms and a brasserie, café and bar. A green space is available for events.
The hotel will be housed in the former office building of the Norwegian America Line, the company that provided boat voyages for people emigrating to the US.