Following W Brisbane which is slated to open in 2018, W Melbourne is coming one of Australia's most exciting cities - Melbourne. Developed in partnership with Daisho Development Melbourne Pty Ltd and Cbus Property, W Melbourne will be located in the heart of the city’s trendy shopping and entertainment district at 447 Collins Street. Now part of Marriott International, the W Melborune will be housed within a AUD 1 billion mixed-use luxury development Collins Arch where the hotel is expected to fuse the brand’s signature Whatever/Whenever® service and innovative programming with Melbourne’s hip and historic setting.
Offering 294 spacious guestrooms, including 40 suites and an Extreme Wow Suite (the brand’s take on the traditional Presidential Suite), W Melbourne will be designed by award-winning SHoP Architects from New York, global design practice Woods Bagot and interior design specialists Hachem. The hotel will feature a vibrant bar and restaurant, an AWAY spa, FIT state-of-the-art workout facility, and WET indoor heated swimming pool.
W Melbourne will shake up the city’s hospitality scene with its future forward design, signature amenities and full calendar of W Happenings, showcasing what’s new and next in fashion, music and design. Guests can expect the brand’s iconic Whatever/Whenever service philosophy that promises whatever guests want, whenever they want it. W Melbourne will also cater to those looking for an extraordinary location for their next event or meeting, featuring nearly 13,000 square feet of ultra-modern conference, ballroom and meeting space.
Collins Arch, a mixed-use development comprised of two towers which house a vibrant mix of premium office, retail and commercial space, are linked at the top by a residential bridge. Guests can access W Melbourne from multiple entry points across William Street, Market Street and Collins Street, with the Living Room (the brand’s take on the staid hotel lobby) and port cochère located on Flinders Lane.
The 150-room (inclusive of 18 suites) W Kuala Lumpur is currently taking room reservations from October 2018 even though the official website still states that the property will be opening on 31 August 2018 at the time of writing.
When local developer EL Development Pte Ltd bought over the Singtel Hill Street site back in 2017, it has already been announced that the plot of land would be used to develop an upscale hotel. Today, AccorHotels and EL Development Pte Ltd have announced that they will build a five-star Pullman Singapore (which will also become Singapore's first Pullman-branded property) that will feature a rooftop bar and executive lounge with sweeping views over Fort Canning, the Singapore River and St Andrew’s Cathedral, along with a vibrant lobby, health and fitness centre and pool.
The iconic Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi will be rebranded into the first Andaz-branded hotel in the Middle East late 2018. The hotel which is currently owned by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) will turn the iconic ‘Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi’ into Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi.
Located in the forested area of Ong Doi Cape in Vietnam, the Premier Village Phu Quoc is the latest property in Vietnam to open. Managed by AccorHotels, this is an all-pool-villa resort on Vietnam’s “Pearl Island”, where guests can enjoy sunrise, sunset, and plenty of sun-kissed island moments in between. The resort opens onto crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, and magnificent ocean views, framed in the verdant jungle surroundings. While there are endless discoveries on the island, the resort is a destination by itself with inviting private infinity swimming pools amongst its luxurious recreation facilities.
Fairmont Jakarta has won four prestigious awards at the International Hotel Awards 2018 which was held in Bangkok last month. The property which is located in Senayan Square, was granted the title of Best Luxury Hotel in Indonesia.
While 2018 is a fairly unimpressive year where new hotel openings are concerned (even though we will finally see The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore opening later this year), Far East Hospitality will be opening three new properties in Sentosa come 2019. The company has just announced The Barracks Hotel which is the third and last property on the man-made island and this is going to be operating under a new brand under its portfolio. All three hotels will be located at the Artillery Avenue in the Palawan area of Sentosa.
Hyatt has just opened a brand new property in southern China's Guangdong province - the 335-room Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport is located in the west side of the terminal hall at the Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport (SZX) and it is directly connected to both arrival and departure halls via an indoor walkway.
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.