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New Design Hotels for 2010

11 Dec 2009 by Mark Caswell

Design Hotels is to add a number of new properties to its portfolio in the coming months in key business locations.

In London, the Town Hall Hotel and Apartments is set to open in March in the former Bethnal Green Town Hall in east London, well located for doing business in the City. The 98 rooms and apartments feature “contemporary vintage retro” furniture, while the property has a gym, a pool, a fine-dining restaurant led by Nuno Mendes, a cocktail bar and seven meeting rooms, including the Grade II Listed Council Chamber (pictured), which seats up to 70 delegates.

In January, the 84-room Cosmo hotel will open in Berlin’s Mitte district, between Postdamer Platz and Alexanderplatz. It will have a bar/restaurant, two meeting rooms, a gym, sauna and treatment room. Rooms are stylishly decorated with a chocolate, slate and cream colour palette, and there are a number of lounge spaces throughout the hotel for guests to relax in, such as smoking lounges and reading rooms.

Also in Berlin’s Mitte area, the 88-room Weinmeister is due to open in February. Designed by Jordan Mozer, who was behind the East hotel in Hamburg, the theme is described as “brutal living/luxury punk”, with a sleek gold façade. Not many details are yet available, but rooms start from 30 sqm in size.

The Park Hotels is set to open its latest Indian property in Hyderabad in January. As previously reported on businesstraveller.com (see online news June 18), the 270-room five-star property is located on Raj Bhavan Road, SomajiGuda and has a pool, meeting facilities and a nightclub.

Shanghai will gain a boutique property in February with the 19-room Waterhouse at South Bund, housed in a 1930s building close to the site of the 2010 World Expo. Rooms will come with flatscreen TVs, iPod docks and wireless internet access, and facilities include a rooftop bar, a restaurant serving European cuisine, a 740 sqm event room.

Properties that have recently opened under the Design Hotels umbrella include the 86-room Crosby Street hotel in New York (for a review, click here), the 17-room boutique address Klapsons in Singapore, the 72-room Louis hotel in Munich, and Stockholm’s 81-room Hotel Skeppsholmen.

Visit designhotels.com for more information.

Report by Michelle Mannion

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