• Finding the status 'sweet spot' in hotel loyalty programs

    While the top tier of any hotel's loyalty program always provides that chain's best perks, reaching such stratospheric levels isn't always easy – especially for travellers who spread their wings and venture to a variety of destinations, staying with different hotels throughout the year rath...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2018 10 Comments

  • Novotel Melbourne Central quietly opens its door for guests

    Melbourne’s newest dual-branded hotel is now welcoming guests, after the soft opening of the Novotel Melbourne Central and the ibis Melbourne Central on 12 November. Located within a 35-story tower on 399 Little Lonsdale St, travellers will be at the doorstep of Melbourne Central station, ...

    POSTED 13 Nov, 2018 2 Comments

  • Wave goodbye to generic airport hotels with a five-star upgrade

    An airport hotel doesn't have to be code for 'cookie-cutter convenience' – sometimes the perfect five-star escape is just a short drive from the terminal. A few years ago, producer Christina Wayne decided to close out a trip to Rome by spending a night at La Posta Vecchia, a Renaissance vi...

    POSTED 9 Nov, 2018 10 Comments

  • Mandarin Oriental's first Beijing hotel to open in 2019

    The Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, located in the heart of Beijing, will finally open its doors in early 2019 after previously being slated for a 2017 opening. This will be the chain’s first property in China’s capital and is named after the lively Wangfujing district in which it is l...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2018 1 Comment

  • From Canada to Switzerland, these are the best new ski hotels of 2018

    The towns nestled in the nooks and crannies of Europe’s legendary mountain range may be age-old, but this year the hotels will be totally fresh. So, too, in the high-altitude villages of the American and Canadian West, where five-star hotels are upping the ante in some very popular destinat...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2018 1 Comment

  • Sofitel SO Auckland hotel to open on November 19

    Auckland's Sofitel SO hotel will finally open its designer doors on Monday 19 November 2018, and it looks to be everything that travellers would expect from Accor's luxury boutique brand. Built on the site of the former Reserve Bank at 67 Customs Street, the long-awaited SO Auckland will be...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2018 2 Comments

  • Your guide to hotel club lounge access

    Hotel club lounges can be a business traveller’s best friend, offering a place to perch and work during the day, and to unwind with a tipple in the evening (not that we’d ever suggest spending your whole day indoors!) Of course, booking into an executive/club room or a suite is the s...

    POSTED 23 Oct, 2018 6 Comments

  • Atura Airport Hotel opens at Adelaide Airport

    The Atura Adelaide Airport Hotel is now open for business, offering travellers a place to perch while jetting through the South Australian capital. The hotel is directly linked with both the domestic and international terminals, with guests able to walk straight from the hotel lobby to the check...

    POSTED 10 Sep, 2018 7 Comments

  • Waldorf Astoria opens first hotel in Bangkok

    The Waldorf Astoria brand is making its first foray into South East Asia with the official opening of the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, nestled within the 60-storey Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard in the heart of the Thai capital. Guest rooms and facilities Architect André Fu and his design...

    POSTED 3 Sep, 2018 2 Comments

  • Here is Crowne Plaza's patented 'hotel room of the future'

    In your head, picture your ideal, modern, ‘new breed of hotel room’. Perhaps it’s futuristic, filled with glossy tech and styled with glass, metal and floor-to-ceiling windows. Now look at the featured image above. It might not seem like ‘the hotel room of the future&rsqu...

    POSTED 31 Aug, 2018 10 Comments

  • St. Regis' first Australian hotel is coming to Melbourne in 2022

    More luxury is set to fall into the lap of Melbourne with the announcement of the St. Regis Melbourne hotel, to open in 2022 at the CBD's triple-tower Flinders Bank development . This will be the prestigious brand’s first foray into the Australia market, with the St. Regis Melbourne joinin...

    POSTED 29 Aug, 2018 9 Comments

  • How to merge your Marriott, Starwood Preferred Guest accounts

    As the merger between Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards continues to roll out, members can now combine their hotel loyalty memberships into one account: pooling together all their nights and points into a single program. That’s handy when it comes time...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2018 3 Comments

  • New executive lounge adds lustre to JW Marriott Hong Kong

    Hong Kong's landmark JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong recently completed an extensive makeover of its Executive Lounge, with a sweeping refresh of all 608 rooms and suites due to be completed by the end of September. Standing on Hong Kong Island atop Pacific Place, and just a short stroll from Admira...

    POSTED 16 Aug, 2018 0 Comments

  • First look: Sydney's new Ritz-Carlton hotel at The Star, Pyrmont

    Sydney's new Ritz-Carlton Sydney hotel will soar above The Star at Pyrmont when it opens in the early 2020s, with 220 six-star hotel rooms and a further 200 elite residences in the 61 story tower. The development has been designed by architectural firm FJMT, with company director Richard Franc...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2018 14 Comments

  • Why hotels don't talk about their secret VIP-only rooms

    The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon - a low-slung, 62-suite escape that lurks half-hidden in the rugged landscape just outside Reykjavik - has only been open for three months, and it’s already one of the buzziest luxury spots in Europe. Perched on the edge of the geothermally heated pool for wh...

    POSTED 7 Aug, 2018 0 Comments

  • Travellers take measure of the Marriott-Starwood merger

    For their honeymoon, Alex Diacre and his wife, Sarah, traveled halfway around the world, from New York to the Maldives, a chain of atolls in the Indian Ocean. The breakfast menu at their hotel, the St. Regis, was a journey unto itself. Each morning they’d find a table looking out over the ...

    POSTED 6 Aug, 2018 9 Comments

  • The Murray in Hong Kong could be the city's best new business hotel

    The Murray in Hong Kong lets you get any kind of work done, but without ever feeling 'corporate'.  It may not come as a surprise that the best new business hotel in Asia is located in Hong Kong – this is, after all, the birthplace of many iconic hospitality brands, from Mand...

    POSTED 27 Jul, 2018 1 Comment

  • Marriott's new program: winners and losers from Marriott Rewards

    Marriott Rewards members will find a new hotel loyalty program waiting for them in August – and perhaps even a new membership tier to come along with it, but how does the new, as-yet-unnamed scheme compare to today’s program for perks and points? Australian Business Traveller compare...

    POSTED 8 Jun, 2018 4 Comments

  • Marriott reveals new look for Sheraton hotels

    Marriott is not only rolling out a new loyalty program to encompass its recently-acquired Sheraton brand, it also wants to give the hotels themselves a new look. Sheraton is Marriott International’s largest worldwide hotel brand, but Marriott's chief commercial officer Stephanie Linna...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2018 1 Comment

  • Le Club AccorHotels readies Fairmont, Raffles, Swissotel partnerships

    The Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel chains will all join AccorHotel’s Le Club loyalty program in July, allowing Le Club members to earn and redeem points on stays, and elite cardholders to enjoy perks such as room upgrades, hotel lounge access and more. Read: Accor buys Fairmont, Raf...

    POSTED 17 May, 2018 6 Comments

  • Reviewed: Los Angeles' two best new hotels

    Great hotels abound in Los Angeles, and there is no single best way to experience L.A – the time and effort required to brave the city's famously sluggish traffic means that, for many visitors, the place they choose to stay determines the flavor of their experience. Right now, one of the m...

    POSTED 17 May, 2018 2 Comments

  • Marriott downgrades elite status for SPG Gold members

    Starwood Preferred Guest Gold members hoping to nab Platinum Elite status under Marriott’s new combined hotel loyalty program will be disappointed, with the chain now confirming that these travellers will only be matched to Gold Elite under the new scheme – not Platinum Elit...

    POSTED 11 May, 2018 28 Comments

  • How to get Radisson Rewards Gold status from American Express

    Have the American Express Platinum Charge Card? You can get a boost to Gold status in the Radisson Rewards program – formerly known as Club Carlson – giving you perks at Radisson, Radisson Blu, Radisson Collection, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn and Country Inn hotels. Among thos...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2018 4 Comments

  • Five things you need to know about Marriott’s new loyalty program

    UPDATE | Earlier advice and commentary provided by Marriott International to Australian Business Traveller has proven to be incorrect. Specifically, this relates to a statement from the company that SPG Gold members would be granted Platinum Elite status under the new program by way of their link...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2018 18 Comments

  • Revealed: Marriott's new mega hotel loyalty program

    Marriott has taken the next big step to align its three hotel loyalty programs into one, revealing the details of what will become the brand’s single loyalty program, merging members from Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards. The new scheme still doesn’...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2018 26 Comments

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