• "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

  • Hyatt Gold Passport tweaks reward rates at 100+ hotels

    Hyatt Gold Passport members will soon need more Gold Points to book free nights at 50 of the chain’s hotels across the Hyatt, Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt House, Hyatt Place and Hyatt Regency brands, while at 56 other properties the number of points needed per night will decrease. Among ...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2016 1 Comment

  • Chateau on the Park Christchurch joins DoubleTree by Hilton family

    Hilton is expanding its reach across New Zealand with the Chateau on the Park Christchurch hotel joining the DoubleTree by Hilton brand from September 1 2016 as Hilton Worldwide's first property in the South Island's largest city. That’s when members of the Hilton HHonors loyalty program w...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2016 3 Comments

  • W Hotel Sydney to open 2019

    The W brand will return to Sydney in 2019, with the upmarket 'chic luxe' hotel taking centre stage at Darling Harbour as part of the precinct's multi billion-dollar redevelopment. With 402 rooms, The W Sydney will be perched atop The Ribbon – an eye-catching 20-storey development which w...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2016 2 Comments

  • New Hilton Wuhan Riverside hotel opens in China

    Hilton HHonors members can now earn and redeem points at the new Hilton Wuhan Riverside hotel in Central China’s most populous city. Guests can enjoy views of the city and Yangtze River from the property’s 338 guest rooms and suites, which also offer the chain’s signature Seren...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2016 0 Comments

  • Fraser Suites Tokyo hotel en route for Japanese capital

    Frasers Hospitality will spread its wings into Tokyo, Japan with the opening of a Fraser Suites Tokyo property in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Redeveloped from an existing four-storey commercial building, the hotel will ultimately span 23 storeys to host 223 unit-style serviced residences ...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2016 0 Comments

  • Luxury Conrad Washington, D.C. hotel planned for 2019

    Conrad Hotels & Resorts will add a new luxury property to its growing portfolio in 2019 with the opening of the new-build Conrad Washington, D.C. hotel in the United States capital. Part of an expansive ‘CityCenterDC’ development, the hotel includes 360 rooms among a broader 10-a...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2016 0 Comments

  • Four Points By Sheraton Parramatta hotel to open 2018

    Sydney's booming western suburbs will gain another upmarket hotel with the opening of the new Four Points By Sheraton Parramatta hotel in 2018. It's the latest in a string of new Four Points properties slated for Australia, alongside siblings at Sydney's Central Park development and Melbour...

    POSTED 29 Jun, 2016 3 Comments

  • Frasers Hospitality plans 48 new hotels by 2019

    Frasers Hospitality – the company behind brands such as Fraser Suites, Capri by Fraser and Modena – has ambitious plans to open 48 new properties across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe over the next three years. China will be home to many of these with new, as-yet-untitled r...

    POSTED 22 Jun, 2016 0 Comments

  • The Watergate Hotel reopens after nine-year, $169m renovation

    The iconic Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. re-opens this week following an extensive tip-to-tail overhaul that has kept the property closed since 2007 and cost its owners upwards of A$169 million. Synonymous with the Nixon-era Watergate scandal in the nearby office complex of the same name, ...

    POSTED 17 Jun, 2016 4 Comments

  • New Starwood 'Four Points by Sheraton Sydney' hotel to open 2018

    IN BRIEF | Sydney's Four Points by Sheraton hotel may be disappearing from Darling Harbour but the brand will resurface in the $2 billion Central Park development in 2018. Designed by famed London-based architects Foster + Partners, the 4.5-star hotel will feature 297 rooms ranging from compact ...

    POSTED 15 Jun, 2016 3 Comments

  • First glimpse: The Peninsula Beijing hotel's $182 million revamp

    Guests stopping by The Peninsula Beijing hotel will hardly recognise its newly-renovated interior with the public areas, restaurants and the grand three-storey lobby again welcoming travellers, embellished by 3,500 distinct pieces of Palissadro marble. That’s followed by the first of the...

    POSTED 15 Jun, 2016 1 Comment

  • Photos: inside Malaysia's new luxe St. Regis Kuala Lumpur hotel

    Joining Kuala Lumpur’s bustling skyline, the new St. Regis Kuala Lumpur hotel provides luxurious lodgings in the centre of the city: quite literally, two blocks from the KL Sentral railway station. Not only can you ditch the traffic and be here in 28 minutes from the airport via the non-st...

    POSTED 26 May, 2016 2 Comments

  • InterContinental New York Barclay hotel re-opens after $247m refurb

    The InterContinental New York Barclay hotel is has re-opened following an extensive 20-month, US$180 million (A$247m) top-to-bottom refurbishment. Among the new: a more open and inviting lobby space with a variety of seating, a restaurant and a gin bar… … serving as a venue for ...

    POSTED 18 May, 2016 1 Comment

  • First Look: Aerotel Transit Hotel, Singapore Changi Airport

    Aerotel bills itself as a one-of-a-kind airport transit hotel – join us on this first-look feature as we explore what the hotel has to offer, and if staying at the airport can actually be a relaxing experience. Located in Terminal 1 of Singapore's Changi Airport – the same terminal u...

    POSTED 3 May, 2016 13 Comments

  • Marriott furthers Middle East expansion with new digs in Doha

    Marriott’s ambitious expansion plans in the Middle East will continue throughout the decade with a new Doha Marriott Executive Apartments property opening in 2019. Suited to travellers on longer stays in the Qatari capital, the 300-suite property will still provide amenities you’d fi...

    POSTED 28 Apr, 2016 0 Comments

  • Hong Kong hotel lends guests a smartphone with free calls, data

    Now that we've moved from maps to apps, and embraced social media as the easiest way to connect with family and friends when travelling, smartphones have been upgraded to almost must-have kit on overseas trips. Affordable roaming deals such as Vodafone's $5/day plans have taken the sting out of ...

    POSTED 28 Apr, 2016 26 Comments

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