AccorHotels Group has finalised the acquisition of FRHI Hotels & Resorts which includes the three prestigious and established luxury hotel brands: Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel. The addition of these properties and room inventories makes AccorHotels the largest operator of hotels in Singapore, with a grand total of 5400 rooms.
Some notable properties that are joining AccorHotels’ global network include some of the world’s most iconic and historic hotels located in key strategic cities around the world: The Savoy in London, Raffles Singapore, Fairmont San Francisco, New York’s The Plaza, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City, and Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris.
Myanmar's very first Sofitel property has just opened along the shores of the famous Inle Lake. The Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min is a luxury boutique resort that is set to become a new destination for couples and travelers looking for serenity in Myanmar’s Shan State. The property is not only accessible by car but can also be reached via motorboat for guests who wish to get a chance to see the Intha rowing experience, where boatmen adopt the well-known traditional one-legged rowing technique to row their boats on Inle Lake.
The recently opened Fairmont Austin is now the largest hotel in Austin, Texas and it is also the second largest Fairmont hotel globally, in both number of rooms and total meeting and event space. With nearly 140,000 square feet of meeting and event space as well as 1,048 rooms and suites, the Fairmont Austin is situated in the vibrant Central Business District (CBD) with direct access to the Austin Convention Center via the Red River Canopy Walk.
AccorHotels has just announced the opening of a brand new international hotel (first of its kind) in Chennai's largest and upcoming industrial and automobile belt – Sriperumbudur-Oragadam. The Mercure Chennai Sriperumbudur combines tradition and modernity to immerse guests in a South Indian experience that is home away from home. The property is located approximately 45 minutes drive away from Chennai International Airport and an hour’s drive from the historic monuments and beaches of Mahabalipuram.
Accounting for almost 50 percent of its domestic tourism, Goa is India's most visited destination and AccorHotels has just opened her fourth property here - the Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort. The resort is positioned as a product that reconnects people to their essentials, putting them in touch with fun, nature and activities.
It is no secret that the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is my favourite hotel in Auckland but this may change with the opening of the SO Sofitel Auckland as well as the Park Hyatt Auckland later this year. The SO Sofitel Auckland is slated to open in May 2018 and when it does, it will become the eighth property by AccorHotels to open in Auckland's CBD.
Novotel Singapore on Stevens is the latest addition to AccorHotels' growing portfolio of properties here in Singapore. Alongside the Mercure Singapore on Stevens, the properties form Singapore's latest integrated lifestyle hub which features a grand total of 772 guest rooms and suites in total. As one of the latest hotels to open before the end of 2017, Novotel Singapore on Stevens offers 256 rooms and suites along Stevens Road and it is connected to the Mercure Singapore on Stevens with shared facilities (both leisure and business) in the complex.
MGallery by Sofitel adds three new iconic properties to its growing portfolio of 90 hotels. The addition of the Victory House Leicester Square in London and The Retreat Palm Dubai as well as Tarcin Forest Resort & Spa is part of the rapid expansion of the MGallery brand that is slated to happen over the next five years.
The Sofitel Singapore City Centre officially opened just over two months ago and Racines has already established itself as a prominent restaurant in the central business district. I was completely won-over by Racines since my first visit and I have been back on multiple occasions for lunch and dinner (in fact, I even considered getting an Accor Plus membership at some point because I really enjoyed the food!). While the French kitchen in Racines (led by Chef Jean-Charles Dubois) has been objectified as one of the best places in the area for well-executed French cuisine, most diners have not tried many dishes from the Chinese menu. As such, the Sofitel Singapore City Centre wanted to make up of the upcoming Lunar New Year (2018) to showcase some of the culinary highlights from the Chinese kitchen and from what I have seen so far, it is looking pretty good!
Singapore's newest integrated lifestyle hub as well as one of the newest hotels to open in Singapore this year is the Novotel Singapore on Stevens and the Mercure Singapore on Stevens by AccorHotels. The two new-built hotels feature 772 guest rooms and suites (256 from Novotel Singapore on Stevens and 516 from Mercure Singapore on Stevens), 14 dining outs, two outdoor swimming pools, a tennis court as well as function space that is large enough to accommodate 500 guests. Located at the edge of Orchard Road along Stevens Road, the two hotels will offer guests and visitors an integrated range of gastronomy, health, fitness and lifestyle options in the precinct close to the city’s best shopping and entertainment, conveniently accessible via the hotel’s shuttle service.
Known for lush rainforests and pristine coral reefs, Kota Kinabalu has long been a popular getaway spot for both domestic and international travellers alike. The coastal city is a short flight away from the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, and it is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Mount Kinabalu - the fifth highest point in South-eat Asia. With the opening of the Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre, travellers will now have 310 extra guest rooms and suites to enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and city surrounds from.