• 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 3 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 2 Comments

  • 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 3 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 1 Comment

  • 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

  • Photo gallery: the new Hyatt Regency Sydney hotel

    The Hyatt Regency brand has returned to Sydney with a take-over and $250 million redevelopment of the Four Points by Sheraton hotel. Located at 161 Sussex Street, straddling the northern edge of Chinatown and overlooking Darling Harbour, the new Hyatt Regency Sydney picks up bragging rights as...

    POSTED 7 Dec, 2016 0 Comments

  • Shangri-La, Taj Hotels forge loyalty alliance for points, status

    Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will join forces with Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces next year as part of a new ‘loyalty alliance’, promising business travellers both loyalty points and status recognition whenever staying with either hotel chain. The ‘Warmer Welcomes’ prog...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2016 2 Comments

  • Taipei gets second Aloft hotel with Aloft Taipei Beitou

    Looking for a little escape on your next business trip to Taipei? There's plenty of good things to be said for Beitou, the mountainous northern district known for its expansive green spaces and hot mineral springs. From January 2017 Beitou will have another drawcard: an Aloft hotel from the...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2016 0 Comments

  • IHG plans new Hotel Indigo property for Brisbane

    InterContinental Hotels Group will debut its first Hotel Indigo property in the region by 2020 with the opening of the Hotel Indigo Brisbane Fortitude Valley hotel. Located at 458 Brunswick Street in ‘The Valley’ – Brisbane’s entertainment and nightlife district – t...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2016 1 Comment

  • IHG Rewards Club tightens perks on 'third party' hotel bookings

    IHG Rewards Club members will no longer be treated to their usual membership perks on hotel stays booked via third party websites such as Booking.com and Expedia from January 2017. From the New Year, travellers must instead make reservations through IHG – including online, using the IHG ap...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2016 6 Comments

  • Marriott plans new The Ritz-Carlton, Auckland hotel for 2019

    The Ritz-Carlton will plant its flag in New Zealand come 2019 with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Auckland hotel. Located in Auckland’s CBD and nearby the Sky City entertainment precinct, the property will offer 360-degree views of the city’s twin harbours, with the nearby Waiheke ...

    POSTED 9 Nov, 2016 0 Comments

  • New Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok hotel opens next month

    Hilton HHonors members travelling to Hong Kong, rejoice: the chain will open a new Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Mongkok next month, proving an affordable alternative to the five-star Conrad Hong Kong: currently Hilton’s only HK location. Roughly a seven-minute walk from the Mong Kok MTR stat...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2016 0 Comments

  • Marriott eyes 50 hotels for Australia, NZ, Pacific region by 2020

    Marriott's portfolio of hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the broader Pacific region will stretch to 50 properties by the end of 2020, aided by its recent acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. With 24 locations currently  within the region, those ambitious expansion plans see tha...

    POSTED 4 Nov, 2016 4 Comments

  • Hyatt Place São José do Rio Preto hotel opens its doors

    Travellers to Brazil can now check-in to a new Hyatt Place hotel in the burgeoning city of São José do Rio Preto, located just over 400km from Brazil’s most populous city, São Paulo. The Hyatt Place São José do Rio Preto property is the first Hyatt Place-...

    POSTED 3 Nov, 2016 0 Comments

  • New 'World of Hyatt' loyalty program: how the revamp affects you

    Hyatt will ditch its longstanding Hyatt Gold Passport loyalty program next year, replacing it with a new ‘World of Hyatt’ scheme offering brand new status tiers, changes to existing benefits and some new perks to match. However, some members will need to spend up to six times as many...

    POSTED 1 Nov, 2016 9 Comments

  • Starwood brings The Luxury Collection to Singapore in 2017

    Starwood and Marriott will bring the high-end Luxury Collection brand to Singapore next year with the opening of The Duxton Club, a Luxury Collection Hotel, following a multimillion-dollar renovation of traditional shophouses in the Tanjong Pagar district. Split across two pre-war colonial sites...

    POSTED 1 Nov, 2016 2 Comments

  • New-look Mantra Sydney hotel gets a 'New York' make-over

    Sydney's Mantra 2 Bond Street is sporting a fresh look, with over 120 rooms renovated in sophisticated 'New York loft' style. The multi-million dollar refurbishment, carried out by award-winning architecture and interior design firm Arkhefield, drew inspiration from Mantra 2 Bond Street's...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2016 1 Comment

  • InterContinental Kuala Lumpur hotel gets a five-star refresh

    Just in time to mark this year's 70th anniversary of the InterContinental brand, the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur has emerged from the cocoon of its multimillion-dollar make-over. The result? See for yourself. A total of 132 Premier rooms and 130 Deluxe rooms – both of which measure 42...

    POSTED 7 Oct, 2016 4 Comments

  • Novotel takes over Hotel Grand Chancellor Surfers Paradise

    AccorHotels’ Novotel brand is taking over the Hotel Grand Chancellor Surfers Paradise property, being re-badged this month simply as the Novotel Surfers Paradise. Joining Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach, The Sebel Coolangatta and Mercure Resort Gold Coast in Queensland’s south east, th...

    POSTED 4 Oct, 2016 2 Comments

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