• Melbourne will welcome six more luxury hotels by 2020

    There's no shortage of high-end accommodation in Melbourne’s CBD, and that trend shows no sign of slowing down with many more five-star properties set to open overt the next 18 months. Here's what to look out for. Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street Location: Corner of Bourke Street...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2019 10 Comments

  • Hilton returns to Melbourne with Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street

    The Hilton Hotels brand will be revived in Melbourne later this year with the opening of the Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street hotel in the city’s CBD. The 244-room property will sit on the corner of Little Queen Street and Bourke Street, being within walking distance of Melbourne&rsquo...

    POSTED 9 Apr, 2019 17 Comments

  • Citadines Connect business hotel coming to Sydney Airport

    The Citadines Connect business hotel brand will make its Australian debut in May 2019, taking over the footprint of swanky 1960's-themed Felix Hotel near Sydney Airport. A new offshoot of the Citadines serviced residence brand, Citadines Connect business hotels “cater to frequent trav...

    POSTED 8 Apr, 2019 0 Comments

  • Luxury alert: St Regis Hong Kong opens April 11

    Marriott is adding another dash of luxury to Hong Kong with its first St Regis hotel set to open on Thursday April 11, 2019. Nestled within the heart of the colourful Wan Chai district, and near to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the 129-room St Regis Hong Kong is well-positioned...

    POSTED 22 Mar, 2019 2 Comments

  • Adding hip to the square: Marriott's new Times Square Edition hotel

    New York remains the metropolis of the modern world: epicentre of entrepreneurs, media and advertising, finance and the unbridled commercial power of capital. Yet the geographic heart of the city, midtown Manhattan, is a neighbourhood most Manhattanites love to hate, and even visi...

    POSTED 14 Mar, 2019 0 Comments

  • Sky-high style: new Andaz Sydney hotel to open in 2022

    Hyatt's luxury Andaz brand is bound for Sydney, and will crown a 55-story tower in the heart of the harbour city's financial district when it opens in 2022. The Andaz Sydney will be the first Australian member of the stylish 'luxury boutique' portfolio, with 400 rooms and suites spread across ...

    POSTED 12 Mar, 2019 10 Comments

  • Is AccorPlus membership worth buying in 2019?

    AccorPlus is a paid membership scheme offering travellers a slew of special benefits and discounts on accommodation and dining at hotels in the Accor group – including the Sofitel, So Sofitel, Fairmont, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure and Swissôtel brands. It works in conjunction with...

    POSTED 29 Jan, 2019 14 Comments

  • New Hilton Hotel for Melbourne Square Southbank expected to open 2022

    Hilton is reportedly planning a return to Melbourne with an all-new flagship Hilton Hotel slated for the Melbourne Square development at Southbank. That location – flanked by Southbank's entertainment and arts precincts – isn't too far from the hotel group's former South Wharf site...

    POSTED 15 Jan, 2019 13 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 1 Jan, 2019 25 Comments

  • Accor's new Orient Express hotel brand is all about unabashed luxury

    The Orient Express: three words which conjure up visions of refined travel gilded in sumptuous luxury. And, yes, Agatha Christie's classic multi-handed murder mystery. Putting that last one aside, Accor plans to tap into this era of when travel was romantic rather than frantic with its new Orien...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2018 7 Comments

  • 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

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