The Raffles Europejski Warsaw is slated to open in early 2018 to welcome a new chapter in an extraordinary history which spans 160 years. Located on the Royal Route and neighbouring the cobbled streets of the Old Town with its own high-end retail space, the Raffles Europejski Warsaw will be home to 106 elegant suites with bespoke furniture, oak floors, a corner library and a carefully curated Polish art by Anda Rottenberg and Barbara Piwowarska.
Built by Enrico Marconi in 1857 it quickly became enshrined in history, its glamorous New Year’s Eve ball parties, immortalized in the Polish 19th century classic, “The Doll” by Bolesław Prus. In the 1880’s, Polish artists such as Józef Chełmoński and Stanisław Witkiewicz had their studios there and the hotel resonated with fin-de-siècle glamour; its patisserie a well-known haunt of writers and poets. In the 20th century it witnessed Poland regaining its independence, the centenary of which is marked next year, before the devastation of World War II and the decades of communism that followed.
The 106 elegant guest rooms and suites will be the largest in the city yet, with the Raffles Suite a magnificent 293 sq. meters. Interior design comes courtesy of Warsaw-based internationally acclaimed WWAA Architecture practice together with National Opera House stage designer Boris Kudlička and APA Wojciechowski team. WWAA’s previous projects include the Polish Pavilion for Expo in Shanghai and they are known for an interdisciplinary approach with a focus on storytelling, a perfect match for Raffles Europejski Warsaw which is a grand story, rich with detailed narrative waiting to be unveiled.
In partnership with Vouch, Andaz Singapore is the first hotel in Singapore to launch the ConcierGO program (supported by the Singapore Tourism Board) which is a chatbot system that allows hotel guests to receive personalised response and recommendations based on their interests. This development is part of the STB's Tourism Innovation Challenge and it is in response to the challenges faced by hotel and travel agency industries.
After a series of monumental delays, Perennial Real Estate Holdings has finally appointed Kempinski Hotels S.A. to operate the The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore which is slated to open in September this year (the full range of service to follow in Q4). Housed in the restored Capitol Building and Stamford House, the property will offer 157 guest rooms and suites - it will also feature a leading international restaurant under the helm of a Michelin-starred chef.
Chinese guests visiting Singapore will now have the option of paying for their dining and room charges with WeChat Pay at all six Millennium Hotels and Resorts properties in Singapore - Orchard Hotel Singapore, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore, M Hotel Singapore, Studio M Hotel Singapore, M Social Singapore and Copthorne King’s Hotel Singapore. Eligible guests who book their stays via millenniumhotels.com and pay using WeChat Pay can enjoy an additional 5% savings on stays in Singapore.
Indulge in a variety of luxurious handcrafted rice dumplings from the Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium's award-winning Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant from 21 April 2018 to 18 June 2018. Apart from the best-selling Abalone, Foie Gras and Tea-smoke Duck Dumpling (S$38.80) which is specially crafted by Executive Chinese Chef Chan Shun Wong and this team, there are also new creations to look forward to this year.
Marriott International has just announced the opening of Bali's very first Fairfield by Marriott brand. The brand new Fairfield by Marriott Bali Legian is located close to the famous Legian Beach and it is also a short drive away to the wide range of dining and nightlife scene in Seminyak. The 163-room property (including 9 suites) showcases simple, intuitive design with natural wooden furnishings and local Balinese accents.
Emirates has just introduced a brand new service officially which allows passengers to check-in for their flights from anywhere in Dubai - this service is available for passengers across all cabin classes travelling on Emirates flights for a fee. Home Check-in allows passengers to complete the security check and check-in from the comfort of their home, hotel or office and have their luggage transported to the airport prior to their flight. An Emirates check-in agent will arrive at the preferred location to weigh and tag the bags as well as check-in the customers and issue boarding passes. Customers can then make their own way to the airport and head directly to immigration, bypassing the check-in desks at the airport.
A management agreement has been signed between the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Watson Elite for Sydney's first Hotel Indigo which is slated to open in 2021. The third Hotel Indigo property planned for Australia (following the Hotel Indigo Brisbane Fortitude Valley as well as Hotel Indigo Melbourne Docklands), Hotel Indigo Sydney Central, will be located opposite Capitol Square in the central precinct of Sydney.
The Six Senses Duxton (the first of two heritage buildings that will collectively create the Six Senses Singapore) is scheduled to open next month on 15 April 2018. This will be one of the newest hotels to open in Singapore this year and the Six Senses Maxwell is set to open later this year. The first property is currently taking reservations and there is also an opening offer that you could take advantage of.
The Crowne Plaza Changi Airport has once again been named the World's Best Airport Hotel as well as the Best Airport Hotel in Asia for the fourth consecutive year at the World Airport Awards by Skytrax. In addition to this, the property will also be celebrating her 10th anniversary this year by giving away a grand prize worth S$18,000 (inclusive of 1 million IHG Rewards Club points!) as well as special room packages with added benefits.
As part of the 'Smart Fullerton' experience, new digital touch points like an in-room e-Compendium tablet (provided by Tapendium) are set to reinvent the hospitality experience for the modern traveller. The Fullerton Hotel as well as The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore have managed to digitalised the traditional compendium into a tablet across all 500 rooms and suites.