• 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 1 Comment

  • 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 0 Comments

  • 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 3 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

  • Shangri-La Singapore hotel unveils revitalised Tower Wing

    Singapore’s luxurious Shangri-La hotel is now welcoming guests into its newly-refurbished Tower Wing, complete with an upgraded lobby, revitalised guestrooms and suites, three new restaurants and a renovated Horizon Club lounge. Any visit begins in the lobby where thousands of leaves attem...

    POSTED 17 May, 2017 1 Comment

  • How to get Marriott Gold Elite status from just one hotel stay

    Gold Elite status in the Marriott Rewards program usually comes in return for spending at least 50 nights a year at hotels like Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton and Autograph Collection – but thanks to a crafty partnership between Marriott, Starwood and MasterCard, there’s a wa...

    POSTED 11 May, 2017 6 Comments

  • Melbourne to get new Hotel Indigo Docklands in 2019

    Melbourne will stake a claim to Australia's second Hotel Indigo when the boutique brand opens its doors in the Docklands precinct in 2019. Australia's first Hotel Indigo – which IHG describes as a "brand for the savvy individualist" – has already planted its hipster heels in Brisbane...

    POSTED 3 May, 2017 2 Comments

  • Airbnb rolls out 'Business Travel Ready' search tool

    Since debuting in 2008, Airbnb has marketed itself to adventurous holidaymakers looking for unique and cheap accommodations. Next week, the travel upstart will get a bit more buttoned up. Airbnb plans to introduce a search tool designed for business travellers. The feature will allow professiona...

    POSTED 2 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • London's amazing new business hotel is more like a private club

    Don’t even think about calling the Ned a business hotel. Yes, behind its grand 1920s Midland Bank facade it's the size of a convention center property, with 320,000 total square feet of space. And yes, it's located smack in the middle of the City, London’s finance and ...

    POSTED 19 Apr, 2017 0 Comments

  • Sydney Airport gets new Mantra hotel near domestic terminals

    UPDATE | The new Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport is getting closer to welcoming its first guests with external construction of the nine-storey property now completed ahead of final fitout works taking place inside. That includes getting the guest rooms painted and installing furnishings, with an ...

    POSTED 11 Apr, 2017 0 Comments

  • Get free Hilton Honors status match to Diamond, Gold

    Hilton Honors is now offering a status match promotion offering free Diamond and Gold status against the equivalent tier of any other hotel loyalty program. This includes the likes of Starwood Preferred Guest, Marriott Rewards, IHG Rewards Club, Hyatt Gold Passport, Le Club AccorHotels and ...

    POSTED 15 Mar, 2017 6 Comments

  • Hilton Melbourne South Wharf to become Pan Pacific Melbourne

    IN BRIEF | The Hilton Melbourne South Wharf will be rebranded as the Pan Pacific Melbourne later this year. Singapore's UOL Group – which owns both the Pan Pacific and Parkroyal brands – will pay $230 million for property. "The acquisition is part of the group's plans to expand its ...

    POSTED 5 Mar, 2017 8 Comments

  • InterContinental Sydney gets $200 million makeover

    Sydney's iconic InterContinental Sydney is about to get a whole lot more swish with plans for a $200 million upgrade to all 509 guest rooms and public areas. But the most stunning part of the package will be a 900m² ballroom extending out from the 10th floor to provide a panoramic vista t...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2017 4 Comments

  • Hilton HHonors offers extended Diamond status amid program tweaks

    Hilton HHonors members will find several new features available to them this year including family pooling and a complimentary 12-month membership extension for Diamond-tier cardholders, not to mention a new program name under the ‘Hilton Honors’ banner – sans the additional &ls...

    POSTED 3 Feb, 2017 7 Comments

  • New W Melbourne hotel set for Collins Street in 2020

    Marriott International will open a new W Melbourne hotel by 2020, nestled on Collins Street in the city’s bustling CBD as part of a $1 billion mixed-use luxury development. The hotel itself will feature 294 guestrooms including 40 suites and an ‘Extreme Wow Suite’ – the b...

    POSTED 2 Feb, 2017 10 Comments

  • Adelaide to get luxury Langham hotel, mid-2019 opening

    Adelaide will welcome Australia's third Langham hotel – and the first in the upscale Langham Place portfolio – when Langham Place, Adelaide opens in mid-2019. The luxury five-star hotel will offer 140 rooms, including 15 suites and a top floor penthouse, and will form part of the mul...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2017 1 Comment

  • Four Seasons Hotel Sydney opens swish Lounge 32 executive club

    The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney has opened the doors to its new executive club, now dubbed Lounge 32. It's a space which the five-star hotel describes as being "designed to meet growing demand from both leisure and business guests for a home-away-from-home experience when they travel." Located on...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2017 2 Comments

  • Crown's Skye Hotel Suites Parramatta to open "early 2017"

    Parramatta is set for a dash of 'urban luxe' when the Skye Hotel Suites opens in the coming months. A new hotel brand created by Crown Group, the first Skye Hotel Suites property will perch in the 28-storey 'V' tower – which Crowns refers to as a 'vertical village' - alongside c...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2017 0 Comments

  • Hobart to get Hyatt Centric hotel in 2019

    Hyatt's boutique brand Hyatt Centric is planting its flag in Australia, with the hip new hotel to open in Hobart in early 2019. The cosmopolitan vibe of the 221-room hotel will be well-suited to Hobart and attractions such as the Museum of Old and New Art. Hobart has been one of Hyatt's stron...

    POSTED 10 Jan, 2017 7 Comments

  • Deciphering the 31 hotel brands of Marriott-Starwood

    Having trouble working out the difference between the eight luxury hotel brands of Marriott and Starwood? How about trying to place the funky boutique properties alongside their more conventional five-star siblings? You're not alone. The combined Marriott-Starwood portfolio spans some 31 brands,...

    POSTED 3 Jan, 2017 0 Comments

  • Photos: Hyatt Regency Sydney hotel opens new Regency Club Lounge

    Following the December debut of Sydney's freshly-minted Hyatt Regency hotel, Australian Business Traveller visited the hotel's new Regency Club Lounge. With seating for 150 guests the spacious executive lounge extends across the western edge of the hotel's 11th floor, overlooking the Darl...

    POSTED 28 Dec, 2016 3 Comments

  • JW Marriott South Beach Singapore opens this week

    The Marriott family has planted another flag in Singapore with the new JW Marriott South Beach. It's the first JW Marriott for the island-state, which already counts a Marriott atop the Tang Plaza on downtown Orchard Road and the 'six-star' The Ritz-Carlton Millenia overlooking Marina Bay. The ...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2016 2 Comments

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

    Here's your first look at the new Ritz-Carlton Sydney hotel, which will soar above The Star and dominate the western harbourside skyline. The six-star luxury hotel, with 220 rooms and 150 private residences spread across sixty floors, will take the dramatic form of a spiral twist designed by a...

    POSTED 8 Dec, 2016 11 Comments

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