• Preview: Sofitel Singapore hotel to open in October

    Singapore will gain a new luxury landmark when the Sofitel Singapore City Centre hotel open its doors in October 2017. 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 d...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2017 0 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

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

    Already have Netflix at home? Then keep up with your favourite shows on the road by using this handy yet simple hack, which allows you to watch Netflix on almost any hotel TV. It works like this: with the right HDMI cable, you can attach your laptop or tablet to the hotel television, and can the...

    POSTED 4 Aug, 2017 27 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 2 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 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 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

  • 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

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