• Hilton Honors offers fast-track to Gold, Diamond status

    Free breakfasts, room upgrades, club lounge access, late checkouts: those are the top perks of Hilton Honors Diamond and Gold status, and they're yours for anywhere from 90 days to a full year under the latest 'status match' promotion offered by the Hilton loyalty program. In order to qualify fo...

    POSTED 8 Feb, 2018 11 Comments

  • Instant status match: how to link your Marriott, Starwood accounts

    Thanks to the merger between Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts, elite members of the chains’ respective Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty programs can snap up elite status in the other program, just by linking their accounts. For example, if y...

    POSTED 23 Jan, 2018 2 Comments

  • How to beat those annoying hotel 'resort fees' in the USA

    Unlike Australia, many hotels in the United States charge guests compulsory daily ‘resort fees’ over and above their nightly room rate, which can add hundreds of dollars to the cost of each stay – even at inner-city hotels which aren’t in fact ‘resorts’. But t...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2018 21 Comments

  • How to watch Netflix like a boss on (almost) any hotel TV

    Over the Christmas / New Year break, Australian Business Traveller will be revisiting some of our most popular articles of 2017. We’re still around to report on any breaking news during this time, otherwise our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday January 8, 2018. Already have...

    POSTED 7 Jan, 2018 30 Comments

  • Review: Hoshinoya Bali - Ubud

    Recently we covered the Hoshinoya property in Tokyo, a ryokan-style business hotel that makes an interesting alternative to standard chain hotels in the area. We also spent some time at the Hoshinoya resort in Ubud, Bali. While this isn’t a business focused hotel, if you’ve got some t...

    POSTED 4 Jan, 2018 0 Comments

  • The Darling Hotel, Sydney

    Heading to Sydney on business? The Darling Hotel now offers visitors to the harbour city the only Sydney hotel that has been awarded the prestigious Forbes five-star rating. This article is sponsored by The Darling Hotel Boasting 171 rooms, suites and penthouses, you’ll be able to soak up...

    POSTED 11 Dec, 2017 0 Comments

  • Now open: Novotel Singapore on Stevens hotel

    AccorHotels has dropped yet another pin onto its map of Singapore hotels with the new Novotel Singapore on Stevens joining the upscale Sofitel Singapore City Centre, which opened in October 2017. The Novotel sits alongside the Mercure Singapore on Stevens, on Stevens Road, and nor...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2017 0 Comments

  • Sydney Airport to get a 1960s-themed airport hotel

    A penthouse bar, 'first class' and 'business class' guest rooms, a rooftop view of arriving and departing flights at nearby Sydney Airport, and even meeting rooms named Airbus and Boeing – Sydney's new Felix Hotel might just become the new hot spot for business travellers. Located at ...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2017 5 Comments

  • Australia’s best credit cards for earning Hilton Honors points

    Credit cards are undeniably a great way of earning airline frequent flyer points, but for travellers who amass plenty of these throughout the year from actually flying, a smarter strategy can be to earn hotel loyalty points from credit cards instead, such as in the popular Hilton Honors program. ...

    POSTED 30 Oct, 2017 5 Comments

  • What makes a great hotel executive lounge?

    TALKING POINT | Hotel 'executive lounges' or 'club lounges' are literally a business traveller’s home away from home, so when choosing where to stay, the quality or even availability of a hotel lounge can be a strong influencer for many high flyers. So what do you like to see in a hotel lo...

    POSTED 26 Oct, 2017 14 Comments

  • Marriott plans new Westin Darwin hotel for 2020

    Travellers to the Top End will find a new luxury Westin Darwin hotel opening in 2020, as part of the chain’s Australian expansion which also includes new Westin properties in Brisbane and Perth. The 240-room hotel will feature 14 suites with water and city views, along with three internal ...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2017 0 Comments

  • West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton to open by December

    Hilton Worldwide will open a new Sydney hotel by the year’s end: the West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton, belonging to the chain’s ‘upper upscale’ category and a welcome alternative to the long-standing Hilton Sydney. Nestled on Sussex Street in the CBD’s ...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2017 7 Comments

  • Photos: new Sofitel Singapore City Centre hotel

    Singapore is home to a new luxury landmark with the opening of the Sofitel Singapore City Centre hotel. The location is refreshingly out of the congested downtown area, tucked away in Chinatown's colourful and historic Tanjong Pagar district, with access to the local MRT station directly below t...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2017 2 Comments

  • How to snare a room upgrade at Hilton, Conrad, DoubleTree hotels

    Even if your company’s travel policy will only cover a standard hotel room, there are many ways you can upgrade your stay to better surroundings at hotels like Hilton, Conrad, Waldorf Astoria and DoubleTree: sometimes, even to rooms with full Executive Lounge privileges. Whether you’...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • The top Australian credit cards for hotel perks and privileges

    Many credit cards offer perks like frequent flyer points and airport lounge access, but some cards take care of you after your flight, with benefits such as hotel room upgrades, daily breakfast and complimentary late check-outs on eligible stays. Some cards achieve that by boosting you to the el...

    POSTED 8 Aug, 2017 2 Comments

  • Five-star stunners: London's two latest luxury hotels

    London has never lacked grand hotels. But the City, its financial hub, didn’t have a five-star stunner until this year. Now two contenders – the Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square and the Ned – are drawing upscale travelers. Here's how they stack up. Form Four Seasons at Ten ...

    POSTED 31 Jul, 2017 1 Comment

  • Hilton, IHG tighten booking cancellation policy

    Hilton and IHG are following Marriott-Starwood in tightening the rules over booking cancellations in a growing trend to disallow same-day notice when guests cancel their reservation. Hilton-owned properties will this week begin enforcing a new cancellation policy which will see travellers requir...

    POSTED 31 Jul, 2017 4 Comments

  • Inside the Peninsula Hotel's exclusive China Clipper lounge

    Hong Kong’s grand Peninsula Hotel is one of the city’s most elegant landmarks – an elegant building of the art deco era, opened in 1928 at time when the skies over the then-British colony were dotted with ‘flying boats’ rather than jets. But few visitors get to se...

    POSTED 27 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • Now open: Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport

    Sydney Airport's new Mantra Hotel is now rolling out the welcome mat to travellers. It's the third hotel within the formal airport precinct, and located at Ross Smith Avenue, near the T2/T3 domestic terminals. This puts it a 15 minute stroll from an inbound domestic flight if you're travell...

    POSTED 21 Jul, 2017 3 Comments

  • The most interesting late-night room service around the world

    We’ve all been there: bleary-eyed from a long flight that lands after dark, staring down an even-more-exhausting work trip ahead. You drop your luggage in your hotel room, grab the room service menu, and flip straight to the "late night" pages... only to find there’s nothing but chees...

    POSTED 22 Jun, 2017 2 Comments

  • Four Seasons hotels to introduce luxe loyalty program

    Four Seasons is planning a guest recognition program to bolster loyalty in an era where plush bathrobes and free high-end toiletries are standard, as it seeks to sharpen its focus on refining guest service. The five-star hotel chain created six decades ago by Isadore Sharp continues to expand wo...

    POSTED 8 Jun, 2017 1 Comment

  • AccorHotels plans new Sofitel Dubai Wafi luxury hotel

    Travellers visiting Dubai from early 2019 can unwind at the new Sofitel Dubai Wafi hotel, set to be the largest Sofitel in the Middle East: featuring 501 guestrooms including 86 suites under the familiar AccorHotels banner, along with 97 serviced extended-stay residences. Rooms will range from 5...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2017 0 Comments

  • Hotel Jen brings 'urban boutique' vibe to Beijing

    The Shangri-La Group's funky urban boutique brand Hotel Jen has opened its doors in Beijing, and in a surprisingly central CBD location in the China World Trade Centre complex on Jianguomenwai Avenue. The 450 rooms start at 40m² and feature floor-to-ceiling windows which bathe them in nat...

    POSTED 30 May, 2017 2 Comments

  • The Porter House Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel coming to Sydney

    Sydney’s skyline will soon be adorned with a new luxury hotel as AccorHotels plans to open The Porter House Hotel under its MGallery by Sofitel brand by the end of 2020. Located on the corner of Bathurst and Castlereagh Streets in the city’s CBD, a $380 million mixed-use building wil...

    POSTED 24 May, 2017 4 Comments

  • The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan hotel opens its doors

    Business travellers visiting China’s financial capital can now stay at the luxurious St. Regis Shanghai Jingan hotel which blends Western and Chinese design styles to give the property feelings of both familiarity and foreignness, regardless of where you’re from. Meander upstairs to ...

    POSTED 23 May, 2017 0 Comments

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