• 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 11 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

  • Travellers take measure of the Marriott-Starwood merger

    For their honeymoon, Alex Diacre and his wife, Sarah, traveled halfway around the world, from New York to the Maldives, a chain of atolls in the Indian Ocean. The breakfast menu at their hotel, the St. Regis, was a journey unto itself. Each morning they’d find a table looking out over the ...

    POSTED 6 Aug, 2018 8 Comments

  • The Murray in Hong Kong could be the city's best new business hotel

    The Murray in Hong Kong lets you get any kind of work done, but without ever feeling 'corporate'.  It may not come as a surprise that the best new business hotel in Asia is located in Hong Kong – this is, after all, the birthplace of many iconic hospitality brands, from Mand...

    POSTED 27 Jul, 2018 1 Comment

  • Marriott's new program: winners and losers from Marriott Rewards

    Marriott Rewards members will find a new hotel loyalty program waiting for them in August – and perhaps even a new membership tier to come along with it, but how does the new, as-yet-unnamed scheme compare to today’s program for perks and points? Australian Business Traveller compare...

    POSTED 8 Jun, 2018 4 Comments

  • Marriott reveals new look for Sheraton hotels

    Marriott is not only rolling out a new loyalty program to encompass its recently-acquired Sheraton brand, it also wants to give the hotels themselves a new look. Sheraton is Marriott International’s largest worldwide hotel brand, but Marriott's chief commercial officer Stephanie Linna...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2018 1 Comment

  • Le Club AccorHotels readies Fairmont, Raffles, Swissotel partnerships

    The Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel chains will all join AccorHotel’s Le Club loyalty program in July, allowing Le Club members to earn and redeem points on stays, and elite cardholders to enjoy perks such as room upgrades, hotel lounge access and more. Read: Accor buys Fairmont, Raf...

    POSTED 17 May, 2018 6 Comments

  • Reviewed: Los Angeles' two best new hotels

    Great hotels abound in Los Angeles, and there is no single best way to experience L.A – the time and effort required to brave the city's famously sluggish traffic means that, for many visitors, the place they choose to stay determines the flavor of their experience. Right now, one of the m...

    POSTED 17 May, 2018 2 Comments

  • Marriott downgrades elite status for SPG Gold members

    Starwood Preferred Guest Gold members hoping to nab Platinum Elite status under Marriott’s new combined hotel loyalty program will be disappointed, with the chain now confirming that these travellers will only be matched to Gold Elite under the new scheme – not Platinum Elit...

    POSTED 11 May, 2018 23 Comments

  • How to get Radisson Rewards Gold status from American Express

    Have the American Express Platinum Charge Card? You can get a boost to Gold status in the Radisson Rewards program – formerly known as Club Carlson – giving you perks at Radisson, Radisson Blu, Radisson Collection, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn and Country Inn hotels. Among thos...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2018 4 Comments

  • Five things you need to know about Marriott’s new loyalty program

    UPDATE | Earlier advice and commentary provided by Marriott International to Australian Business Traveller has proven to be incorrect. Specifically, this relates to a statement from the company that SPG Gold members would be granted Platinum Elite status under the new program by way of their link...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2018 18 Comments

  • Revealed: Marriott's new mega hotel loyalty program

    Marriott has taken the next big step to align its three hotel loyalty programs into one, revealing the details of what will become the brand’s single loyalty program, merging members from Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards. The new scheme still doesn’...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2018 26 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 15 Apr, 2018 32 Comments

  • Space station hotel will be 300km up and cost $1 million per night

    Aboard the International Space Station, an astronaut’s life is typically work, exercise, rest, repeat. But what if your chance of having the right stuff for NASA’s astronaut corps is, to say the least, minimal? Aurora Station, billed as the “first luxury hotel in space,” ...

    POSTED 7 Apr, 2018 7 Comments

  • How to get Hilton Honors Gold status from American Express

    If you have the American Express Platinum Charge Card, you can quickly elevate yourself to Gold status in the Hilton Honors program: unlocking perks like free daily breakfast, space-available room upgrades and more, at hotels such as Hilton, Waldorf Astoria, Conrad and DoubleTree by Hilton. Howe...

    POSTED 22 Mar, 2018 7 Comments

  • Rooms with a view at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel

    Airport hotels don’t get much more ‘airporty’ than the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport. Like the best airport hotels, it’s the shortest of strolls from the airport itself: in this case that’s Singapore’s Changi Airport, and specifically Terminal 3. We’re tal...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2018 18 Comments

  • How to get a Hilton Honors status match to Diamond, Gold 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 18 Mar, 2018 20 Comments

  • The next hotel room convenience could be wine on tap

    The situation: You key in to your hotel room after a stressful business meeting. All you want is an immediate glass of wine to drink while watching the evening news. The problem: You don’t want to open the full bottle of ludicrously overpriced plonk in the minibar. Room service will take 4...

    POSTED 10 Mar, 2018 15 Comments

  • Mandarin Oriental hotels launches new Fans of MO loyalty program

    Mandarin Oriental now has a hotel loyalty program, dubbed ‘Fans of MO’ in a nod to the chain’s iconic logo, doing away with the typical offerings of points and status tiers as common of other hotel schemes. Instead, the Fans of MO program – which is free to join – o...

    POSTED 1 Mar, 2018 2 Comments

  • New York hotels now slugging travellers "urban destination fees"

    Many business and leisure travellers trekking to New York City are now finding extra fees tacked onto their hotel bill, described by some chains as an “urban destination charge”, and by others as either a “mandatory destination fee” or a “daily destination fee”...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2018 22 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 3 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

  • 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

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