• Accor debuts MGallery by Sofitel in Hong Kong

    Accor will add its first Hong Kong property to its collection of high-end boutique hotels, MGallery by Sofitel, with the opening of The Silveri Hong Kong - MGallery towards the end of 2019. Situated near its sister Novotel within the Citygate mixed-use complex in Tung Chung, The Silveri Hon...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2019 0 Comments

  • Hilton Melbourne Square Southbank to open 2023

    Hilton will return to Melbourne with an all-new flagship Hilton Melbourne Square development at Southbank, due to open in 2023. That location – flanked by Southbank's entertainment and arts precincts – isn't too far from the hotel group's former South Wharf site, which in July 2017...

    POSTED 7 Jun, 2019 18 Comments

  • Sofitel Beijing Central opens its gilded doors

    The Sofitel Beijing Central is now open for business, marking Accor's 1100th hotel in the Asia-Pacific region. Located in the heart of Beijing's bustling civic and diplomatic area, the luxury property provides easy access to nearby attractions such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City an...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2019 0 Comments

  • Pan Pacific Hotel London to open in 2020

    Asian hotel brand Pan Pacific will open a new property in London in 2020, with a carefully-chosen location in the city's 'square mile' financial district. The 237-room Pan Pacific London is the first European property for the Singapore-based group. The design by international firm Yabu P...

    POSTED 24 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • Raffles Shenzhen is Accor's newest star hotel

    Raffles' newest hotel is now open for business in the midst of Shenzhen's bustling CBD. Situated on One Shenzhen Bay, with direct connections to the Qianhai Economic Zone in the Nanshan District, the Raffles Shenzhen is well-located for business travellers. Guests check-in on the 34th floo...

    POSTED 24 May, 2019 4 Comments

  • New York's TWA airport hotel a cool homage to the Golden Age of travel

    The world's coolest airport hotel is now open for business, but this is no ordinary slab of real estate.  Taking the term 'airport hotel' quite literally, New York's TWA Hotel sits the 1960s-era TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport. Eero Saarinen's eye-catchingly futuristic terminal ...

    POSTED 17 May, 2019 18 Comments

  • Take a sneak peek inside Melbourne's Hyatt Centric, opening 2021

    It seems like all the hotel action is happening in Melbourne, with Australia's second Hyatt Centric property slated to open in 2021. Located at the corner of Downie St and Flinders Lane, the Hyatt Centric Melbourne will be strategically close to Southern Cross Station as well as the Docklands an...

    POSTED 14 May, 2019 2 Comments

  • How to get a Hilton Honors Diamond, Gold status match

    If you already hold some shiny status with one of the world's leading hotel groups, now there's a way to double-down on your perks courtesy of a generous Hilton Honors status match promotion. You'll enjoy Hilton Honors Gold or Diamond status for anywhere from 90 days through to 31...

    POSTED 9 May, 2019 33 Comments

  • Pullman opens new hotel in West Shanghai

    The Pullman Shanghai Qingpu Excellence is now open on the western side of Shanghai. Located within the heart of the Qingpu Industrial Zone on Zhuying Road, the hotel is aimed at corporate travellers doing business within the area, but still has easy access to leisure and tourist destinations. ...

    POSTED 6 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • New Hyatt Place hotel headed for Brisbane

    Hyatt will open its first hotel in Brisbane, the Hyatt Place Brisbane South City Square, with a planned ribbon-cutting in 2023. Located in the suburb of Woolloongabba, just south of the Brisbane River and CBD, the Hyatt Place Brisbane South City Square will be a cornerstone of the...

    POSTED 3 May, 2019 3 Comments

  • Hyatt's Andaz Dubai The Palm to open late 2019

    Hyatt's luxury brand Andaz is set to open its first Dubai property this year at the man-made Palm Islands development, under the name Andaz Dubai The Palm. Nestled on the Palm Jumeirah island, the hotel is located near key attractions such as the Dubai Marina and the Mall of the Emirates. Gues...

    POSTED 2 May, 2019 1 Comment

  • Mapping out your Marriott Bonvoy hotel room upgrade strategy

    Even if your corporate travel policy doesn't allow you to 'book' a suite, that doesn't necessarily mean you can't upgrade to one on your next hotel stay, or even switch to a nicer room – and that's where the Marriott Bonvoy hotel loyalty program comes into play. Offering regular travellers...

    POSTED 30 Apr, 2019 0 Comments

  • Bangkok gains its first luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel, opening in 2023

    Thailand will gain its first Ritz-Carlton hotel in 2023 with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Bangkok: a 259-room property currently under construction as part of a broader ‘One Bangkok’ lifestyle development in the city’s CBD. Residing within a 50-storey commercial tower (pi...

    POSTED 29 Apr, 2019 0 Comments

  • 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

  • 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

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