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New hotels in 2024

1 Dec 2023 by BusinessTraveller
Mandarin Oriental Mayfair

From pole position on the Silverstone race circuit to Indonesia’s tallest building, business travellers can look forward to a flurry of upcoming hotel openings.

Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, London, UK

There will be just 50 rooms at this hotel when it opens on Hanover Square in early 2024. It’s set to be one of London’s most stylish new hotels, thanks to the input of architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Tokyo-based design studio Curiosity and UK-based Indigo. Amenities will include a spa specialising in treatments from the world’s most luxurious skincare brands (along with biohacking-inspired therapies), and the hotel will have the UK’s first Akira Back restaurant from the award-winning namesake chef. A fun fact? The bricks used in the hotel’s construction are the longest and thinnest in the UK, and were made exclusively for the property.

InterContinental Bellevue at The Avenue, Seattle, US

This 208-room hotel will be in the heart of the city’s Bellevue neighbourhood, and will occupy nine floors of a 26-storey tower. There will be 1,114 sqm of meeting space and a wide range of culinary options, including a restaurant helmed by Masaharu Morimoto (famous for his role on American TV series Iron Chef) and pastaRAMEN, run by James Beard-nominated chef Robbie Felice. Other highlights include an ultra-modern spa and fitness centre.

  • Opening date: January 2024
  • Rates: King Classic from US$517 (£403)
  • ihg.com

PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Jakarta

Easy access to public transport (including Dukuh Atas MRT station and the Soekarno–Hatta Airport Rail Link) make this city centre property a great option for business travellers. There will be fantastic views of Indonesia’s capital city, too – the property will open inside the Luminary Tower, which is the country’s tallest building and part of the recently opened Thamrin Nine Complex, a mixed-use complex with office space, leisure facilities and restaurants. There will be five categories of suites, although all will have kitchenettes and open plan bathrooms with movable screens for privacy. The PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Jakarta scores highly in the sustainability stakes too – there will be a wastewater recycling plant and 1,272 sqm of lush outdoor space.

  • Opening date: January 2024
  • Rates: Studio suites starting from US$108 (£87)
  • panpacific.com

Avani Frankfurt City Hotel, Germany

Avani Hotels & Resorts will open its first German property in Frankfurt in January 2024. Targeted to “millennial-minded travellers”, the Avani Frankfurt City Hotel will have 256 rooms and amenities include an AvaniFit gym, sauna and steam room and a grab-and-go deli.

The central location is ten minutes from the main train station, and 25 minutes from the airport, while the Messe Frankfurt Convention centre is also easily accessible. It’s one of several new European openings from Avani. In June 2023, Avani made its Spanish debut with the 101-room Avani Alonso Martínez Madrid, and by the end of 2024 the brand will have opened a 163-room hotel in Amsterdam, which will be its first Netherlands property.

SIRO One Za’abeel, Dubai

Business travellers who like to balance workloads with wellness should consider checking into the five-star SIRO hotel in Dubai. It’s the brand’s first property, and will be located in the One Za’abeel development in Dubai. The hotel’s USP will be its focus on five pillars: fitness, nutrition, sleep, recovery and mindfulness. It’s the brainchild of Kerzner International, the parent company of One&Only Resorts and Atlantis Resort & Residences, and notable perks include cooling mattresses, so-called recovery cabinets stocked with workout essentials, and Bible-like pillow menus.

Other new hotels opening in Dubai in 2024 include the Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab, which was designed by Shaun Killa – the genius behind the Dubai Opera House and The Museum of the Future – which also opens in early 2024.

The Halyard at Ropewalks Liverpool, Vignette Collection (image from https://www.ihgplc.com/en/news-and-media/news-releases)

The Halyard at Ropewalks Liverpool, Vignette Collection, UK

Named after the historic Ropewalks neighbourhood where the hotel is located, this 133-room property is IHG Hotels & Resorts’ first luxury lifestyle property in the city. Details are scarce, but there will be 100 rooms and a sprawling penthouse suite, and facilities will include a gym, restaurant and conference rooms. Guests who don’t manage to bag the penthouse suite will be able to take in the view from a lush rooftop terrace instead. The city’s had a flurry of hotel openings in the past year. These include the first Radisson RED Hotel in the north of England, which opened in the city in December 2022, and Accor’s Municipal Hotel Liverpool – MGallery, which opened inside the city’s Municipal Buildings in April 2023.

Thompson Palm Springs, California, US

This slick hotel, on the heart of Palm Springs’ famous Palm Canyon Drive, will feature 740 sqm of meeting and events space, along with art-filled public areas and two elevated pool decks. There’s a big focus on food and drink – there will be a tasting room created by HALL Napa Valley and a Mediterranean restaurant run by Quentin Garcia. Guests can expect plenty of opportunities to splash the cash, too – the hotel will have 3,250 sqm of retail space on the ground floor. Plus there will also be an adults-only tower, a hotel-within-a-hotel, with elevated levels of luxury.

Kimpton Virgilio, Mexico City, Mexico

This slick new property will open in the trendy Polanco neighbourhood – famous for its galleries, and within easy reach of the city’s CBD. Scheduled to open in early 2024, it will be a boutique-style property with just 48 rooms with decor inspired, rather unusually, by the Roman poet Virgil – there will be literary flourishes and bespoke pieces of art made by local artists. The rooftop bar will be a fantastic spot from which to soak up the views of Mexico City’s most creative neighbourhood, as well as the wider city. Plus the hotel will offer Spanish and Latin-inspired tapas at its bar and lounge.

Escapade Silverstone, UK

Business travellers with a need for speed will love Escapade Silverstone, a trackside hotel with apartment-style accommodation. Sprawling private balconies and roof terraces will make it easy to take in the action on one of the world’s most famous motor racing circuits, and the views from the pool, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, will be just as stunning. There will be 60 apartments in total, ranging from two-to-four-bedrooms, and additional facilities will include a restaurant helmed by renowned British chef Adam Bateman, plus wellness spaces including a gym, sauna and treatment rooms. The most sought-after spot looks set to be the Clubhouse, designed to offer views of nine of the circuit’s corners and two high-speed straights.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bangkok

The Ritz-Carlton Bangkok, Thailand

Standout features at The Ritz-Carlton Bangkok will include the enormous ballroom – it will cover 1,300 sqm and be one of the largest in Thailand – and the hi-tech spa, which will boast six treatment rooms, wet lounges, whirlpools, saunas and steam rooms. The 260 guest rooms, including 32 suites, will occupy levels 1 to 25 of One Bangkok, a new mixed-use development on the city’s Wireless Road. Guests will have easy access to public transport (both the MRT and the Skytrain will be within easy reach), and it’s just a short walk from the Sukhumvit and Sathorn neighbourhoods and a few metres from the city’s sprawling Lumpini Park, famous for its curious monitor lizards. It’s also worth noting that Bangkok is now even more accessible: in late 2023 a new satellite terminal, SAT-1, opened at Suvarnabhumi airport – the first new terminal since its opening in 2006.

Six Senses London, UK

Anticipate lots of opulence when Six Senses London opens towards the end of 2024 – the 110-room hotel was once the historic Whiteleys shopping centre in Bayswater. Expect slick, modern decor from design firm AvroKO, which has added plenty of Art Deco touches to honour the building’s original design. There’s also a strong focus on wellness with biophilic elements, and the spa will be modelled on a London underground station. The property will be the first with a Six Senses Place, a wellness-focused private members’ club rolled out by the hotel brand.

Words: Tamara Hinson

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