Two new ibis properties has recently been launched in Seoul and Busan alongside a joint partnership with CAPSTONE Asset Management and Dongnam Holdings. The ibis Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun and ibis Ambassador Busan Haeundae respectively will bring the country's hotel network to a total of 19 properties.
Accor Ambassador has aggressive expansion plans within the country that will grow the total number of properties from 19 to 27 before the end of 2019. Both ibis properties will feature high level of service and comfort (especially with the signature Sweet Bed) at an affordable price point. The beautifully-appointed rooms in the ibis Ambassador Busan Haeundae is just a short stroll (6 minutes) from the famous Haeundae beach and it is located close to the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center as well as the subway station.. It will feature an F&B outlet that serves popular Mexican dishes, a bar, spa and gym, the hotel also offers two flexible meeting spaces that can accommodate up to 180 people in theater style and 120 guests for corporate events.
If you are looking for a property close enough to feed your shopping addiction, the ibis Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun is located near to both Jung-Gu and Gwangjang markets. Jung-Gu market is famous for the pervasive aroma of dried seafood while Gwangjang is renowned for its silks, linens and intricate handmade souvenirs. Euljiro 4-ga subway station is just at the doorstep of the hotel and a 10 minute walk to Dongdaemun Design Plaza with Myeongdong only two subway stops away.
The Cordis, Auckland was unveiled recently after a multi-million dollar refurbishment to convert the previous The Langham, Auckland into this modern and upscale property in Auckland. The Hong Kong-based Langham Hospitality Group has announced new expansion plans that will make the upper upscale hotel the largest in New Zealand in terms of room count - a total of 650 rooms and suites!
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.
The OCBC VOYAGE Card allows you to earn up to 1.6 VOYAGE Miles per S$1 on dining and it gives you 1.2 VOYAGE Miles per S$1 on all other spend (with no cap). If you wish to use this credit card for overseas spending, it gives you a generous 2.3 VOYAGE Miles per S$1 (in equivalent currency) with no cap and no minimum spend requirement. I have been using this credit card for a while now as I do see value in the complimentary limousine transfers that come with the card after spending S$3,000 in retail expenses each month (you may earn up to two free rides each calendar month).
Priority Pass will become the first global lounge membership program to integrate LocusLabs' indoor mapping and wayfinding features within its app. This new feature will be rolled out through an update that is due in coming weeks and it will cover major airports like HKG, SIN and LHR - more locations will be added in coming months.
The InterContinental Ambassador membership is a great 'elite status' to have since it requires no commitment on stays but rather a nominal sum each year for a number of tangible benefits. Earlier this month, prior to my IHG Rewards Club account being hacked, I renewed my InterContinental Ambassador membership for just 24,000 IHG Rewards Club Points (or 32,000 points if you are signing-up for the first time) but apparently the price of signing-up as well as renewing has increased quite drastically overnight.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the opening of Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo, the first Hyatt Centric hotel in the Asia-Pacific region. Located on the fashionable Namiki-dori street in cosmopolitan Ginza, the 164-room full-service lifestyle hotel offers travelers a home base in a neighborhood where even the most avid explorers can stay entertained for days on end. Interior designer Yohei Akao has created flexible spaces and furniture configurations that adjust nimbly. True to the Hyatt Centric brand concept of putting guests at the center of their own unique travel adventure, Akao has embedded touches of Ginza throughout the public spaces and guestrooms in subtle ways that will inspire guests to venture out and explore.
The first Hotel Indigo that was signed in Vietnam is the Hotel Indigo Phu Quoc Starbay that is slated to open in 2021. Even though the Hotel Indigo Saigon The City is signed on a later date, it is slated to become the country's first Hotel Indigo-branded property that will open in Ho Chi Minh City come 2019.
Australia's first Curio Collection by Hilton property has just opened up in Sydney's Central Business District (CBD) and next to the brand new waterfront leisure and commercial Barangaroo precinct. The West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton is a newly-built hotel with 182 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites.
The first St. Regis-branded property in Hong Kong (St. Regis Hong Kong) is slated to open in early 2019 in collaboration with China Resources Property. Marriott International has nine properties in Hong Kong currently and the introduction of the St. Regis brand in Wan Chai will make it the perfect luxury accommodation for business travellers and leisure guests.
When you have memberships across different loyalty programs, it is always a good idea for you to keep track of it (manually or otherwise). I have previously written about AwardWallet which is free to use (but premium features can only be unlocked when you make a contribution) and today I just wanted to mention how useful it actually is because I actually discovered that my account got hacked through this very platform - 339,500 points were gone!