• Raffles is bringing its unique luxury to Sentosa, Bali, India

    Over 135 years after the original Raffles opened its doors in the heart of Singapore, the luxury hotel will gain a nearby neighbour at Singapore's Sentosa island resort. Set to open in 2022, the Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa will be an 'all-villa' hotel set in over 100,000 square metres of sp...

    POSTED 25 Jun, 2019 0 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Mandarin Oriental's first Beijing hotel to open in 2019

    The Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, located in the heart of Beijing, will finally open its doors in early 2019 after previously being slated for a 2017 opening. This will be the chain’s first property in China’s capital and is named after the lively Wangfujing district in which it is l...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2018 1 Comment

  • Your guide to hotel club lounge access

    Hotel club lounges can be a business traveller’s best friend, offering a place to perch and work during the day, and to unwind with a tipple in the evening (not that we’d ever suggest spending your whole day indoors!) Of course, booking into an executive/club room or a suite is the s...

    POSTED 23 Oct, 2018 6 Comments

  • Marriott's new program: how many points you'll need to book a stay

    With Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards being merged into one giant hotel loyalty program from August 1, Marriott has finally revealed how many points will be needed to book a room at each hotel under the new scheme. This includes the shift from a flat rate to de...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2018 7 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 28 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • What makes a great hotel executive lounge?

    TALKING POINT | Hotel 'executive lounges' or 'club lounges' are literally a business traveller’s home away from home, so when choosing where to stay, the quality or even availability of a hotel lounge can be a strong influencer for many high flyers. So what do you like to see in a hotel lo...

    POSTED 26 Oct, 2017 15 Comments

  • Marriott plans new Westin Darwin hotel for 2020

    Travellers to the Top End will find a new luxury Westin Darwin hotel opening in 2020, as part of the chain’s Australian expansion which also includes new Westin properties in Brisbane and Perth. The 240-room hotel will feature 14 suites with water and city views, along with three internal ...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2017 0 Comments

  • Travel tip: have Amazon deliveries sent to your hotel

    Although Amazon is finally gearing up to launch in Australia, we could see significant differences in both the range and pricing of items available through the local outlet compared to the Amazon mother-ship in the USA. But if you regularly travel to the US, there’s a canny way to access t...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2017 8 Comments

  • West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton to open by December

    Hilton Worldwide will open a new Sydney hotel by the year’s end: the West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton, belonging to the chain’s ‘upper upscale’ category and a welcome alternative to the long-standing Hilton Sydney. Nestled on Sussex Street in the CBD’s ...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2017 7 Comments

  • How to snare a room upgrade at Hilton, Conrad, DoubleTree hotels

    Even if your company’s travel policy will only cover a standard hotel room, there are many ways you can upgrade your stay to better surroundings at hotels like Hilton, Conrad, Waldorf Astoria and DoubleTree: sometimes, even to rooms with full Executive Lounge privileges. Whether you’...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

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