• 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 opens today

    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

  • Le M

    Guests returning to the Le Méridien Etoile Paris hotel might hardly recognise it following an extensive multi-million dollar renovation to what remains the Le Méridien chain’s first-ever hotel. Spanning the guestrooms, suites, public spaces and the established Jazz Club Etoil...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2016 1 Comment

  • Marriott, Starwood hotels to launch new super-loyalty program

    The ink is barely dry on the US$12 billion mega-merger of Marriott and Starwood, but it looks like the hotel colossus will be creating an all-new ‘unified’ loyalty program under a new brand. This would see Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards subsumed i...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2016 3 Comments

  • Five hotel gripes that test business travellers

    Many business travellers have a genuine love-hate relationship with hotels: they love the upgrades, free breakfast and nice surroundings, but hate the forgotten or ill-timed wake-up calls, the shower tubs, the noisy neighbours and the surcharges for real barista coffee at that same ‘free&rs...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2016 42 Comments

  • Luxury Crown Towers Perth hotel will open in December 2016

    The new Crown Towers Perth hotel will welcome its first guests in December 2016, bringing bespoke luxury to the banks of the city’s Swan River. Design aspects most-noticeable to travellers will include arched corridors, an indoor garden reminiscent of a Roman piazza and bold carpets, and r...

    POSTED 7 Sep, 2016 4 Comments

  • Bar High Five pops at Hong Kong's Landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel

    It's not like Hong Kong is short of bars – you could visit a different drinking spot every night and one year down the track, still be working your way through the list. (Looking for a place to start? Try these 15 amazing Hong Kong whisky bars.) Now there’s one more bar to slot into...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2016 2 Comments

  • New hotel credit card fees could hammer your hip pocket

    Hotel chains nationwide including Accor, IHG, Rydges and Starwood are amending their credit card fees in line with the Reserve Bank of Australia’s reforms on credit card surcharging. As a result, many hotel guests will now pay a lower credit card fee when using Visa or MasterCard, but whip...

    POSTED 2 Sep, 2016 27 Comments

  • "Hey Siri, lights out": Aloft Hotels' new voice-activated rooms

    Fancy turning a hotel’s room lights on before stepping out of bed, adjusting the air conditioner to the perfect temperature or even setting the right mood for an evening of movie-watching by speaking to your room rather than pressing buttons? Then meet Aloft Hotels’ new voice-activat...

    POSTED 26 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • Luxury Conrad Xiamen hotel opens in China

    Conrad Hotels and Resorts continues to expand in Greater China with the opening of the Conrad Xiamen hotel: the brand’s first hotel in Fujian province and found on the south-western coast of Xiamen Island. Occupying floors 37 through 54 of the Shimao Straits Tower, the building adopts a sa...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • Choice Hotels opens new Quality Hotel Ambassador Perth property

    Perth-bound business travellers now have even more hotel options with the opening of the Quality Hotel Ambassador Perth by Choice Hotels. Found on Adelaide Terrace, the property offers 170 guestrooms, including ‘corporate’ rooms designed with the business traveller in mind… ...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2016 4 Comments

  • Hilton Edinburgh Carlton opens with Marco Pierre White restaurant

    The new Hilton Edinburgh Carlton hotel is now open, welcoming guests into its 211 spacious rooms and bolstered by a flagship restaurant created by none other than Marco Pierre White, one of the world’s most renowned chefs and a frequent international guest on MasterChef Australia. Simply n...

    POSTED 12 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • Citadines opens two new Hong Kong residence hotels

    Travellers to Hong Kong can now stay at two new residence-like hotels with the opening of the new Citadines Harbourview Hong Kong hotel and the Citadines Mercer Hong Kong. With 52 units, the Harbourview property sits in the city’s Sai Ying Pun district – just two MTR stops away from ...

    POSTED 4 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • Hyatt Regency Xi'an hotel in China welcomes its first guests

    Hyatt continues to expand in China with the opening of the Hyatt Regency Xi’an hotel in the Shaanxi provincial capital, with a modern design that gives nods to tradition in one of China’s oldest cities. Inspired primarily by China’s Tang Dynasty, guests will appreciate a sprawl...

    POSTED 29 Jul, 2016 1 Comment

  • IHG brings boutique Kimpton hotel to Paris, France

    InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will bring its Kimpton Hotels brand to Paris by 2020, opening a new 149-room hotel amidst the famous Paris Opéra district. It’s set to become just the second location in Europe for the boutique chain after the Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre ho...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2016 0 Comments

  • Starwood brings new Aloft hotel to Melbourne's South Yarra

    Starwood Hotels and Resorts will open a new Aloft-brand hotel in Melbourne’s South Yarra district by early 2019, aptly named the Aloft Melbourne South Yarra. The brand’s signature high ceilings and oversized windows are central to the design of the property’s 176 loft-like gues...

    POSTED 26 Jul, 2016 1 Comment

  • Britain gains luxury Sheraton Grand London Park Lane hotel

    Starwood Hotels and Resorts will bring its premium Sheraton Grand hotel brand to the United Kingdom in October as the luxury Sheraton Grand London Park Lane property comes on board. Currently badged as the Sheraton London Park Lane but undergoing a multi-million pound top-to-bottom renovation, t...

    POSTED 26 Jul, 2016 1 Comment

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