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Raffles Europejski Warsaw to open with 106 suites

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Early 2018, Raffles Europejski Warsaw will open its doors to welcome a new chapter in an extraordinary history which spans 160 years. In the heart of the city, on the Royal Route, neighboring the cobbled streets of the Old Town with its own high-end retail space; 106 timelessly elegant suites will come alive mixing bespoke furniture, oak floors, a corner library and a carefully curated Polish art by Anda Rottenberg and Barbara Piwowarska. Proudly Polish, from the original 19th century cornicing, now restored, to the 21st century mural by Jarosław Fliciński specially commissioned for the Long Bar. The rich blend of Polish heritage, skilled local craftsmen and contemporary art at Raffles Europejski Warsaw is a narrative of the nation’s history. 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. Chris Cahill, CEO AccorHotels Luxury Brands says: “We are delighted to be opening the iconic Raffles Europejski Warsaw, such a landmark in the city of Warsaw, to which we will bring the legendary Raffles service, known for its benchmark standard across the globe, as well as a series of gastronomic delights, stunning ballroom and conference facilities, and a beautiful spa. The Raffles Europejski Warsaw will …

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AVANI Gaborone Resort, Botswana, reopens

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AVANI Gaborone Resort & Casino, the business and social hub of Botswana’s capital, is celebrating the completion of an extensive renovation, representing an investment of USD 7.5 million by Minor Hotels, the parent company. All 156 guest rooms and public spaces including the main entrance and porte cochere have been renovated with the aim of introducing AVANI’s signature design hallmarks. The new contemporary design and technological enhancements make for a modern, functional and relaxing experience. Situated in the heart of Gaborone’s business district, home to The Botswana Stock Exchange, Debswana Diamond Company, the Southern African Development Community headquarters and financial institutions, AVANI Gaborone is ideally located for leisure and business travellers and local residents’ seeking great food and a variety of entertainment options. The open plan, design for living lobby blends reception, lounge, eateries and chill out spaces. The interior is spacious and natural light has been used to great effect, allowing for a communal space where guests can relax, meet and eat. The Pantry offers fresh, quick bites for life on the move, comfort food, fresh fruit juices, barista coffees and more. The Conservatory, located in the centre of the lobby, provides an informal, communal eatery. Design elements include a leafy graphic design wall, ceiling punkah fans, wicker seating and parquet flooring. The menu features sandwiches, hamburgers, salads and pasta dishes and delivers on AVANI’s promise of honest food, using freshly sourced local ingredients as well as naturally raised poultry and sustainable meat and seafood. Guests also have the option of two other great restaurants, Savuti Grill and Mahogany. Set within lush gardens is a swimming pool and pool bar. The layout of the guest bedrooms and bathrooms has …

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ibis Coimbatore opens with 129 rooms

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InterGlobe Hotels has announced the opening of ibis Coimbatore City Centre, marking the debut of the smart hotel brand in the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu – Coimbatore. The business hotel is strategically located in the city’s central business district at Lakshmi Mills Junction, within close proximity to local tourist attractions and shopping hubs, and a short drive from the city’s railway station and airport. With 129 well-appointed rooms, the hotel boasts of a contemporary design that offers unparalleled comfort and convenience, living up to the ibis promise of providing ‘well-being at the best price’. A modern retreat for business travellers, ibis Coimbatore City Centre offers guests a unique blend of modernity, comfort and availability synonymous with ibis hotels globally, and yet it succeeds in imbibing some of the local culture and heritage that Coimbatore is known for. Walking into the hotel, guests are welcomed by a warm and vibrant lobby featuring a colourful display of local craftsmanship. Paying homage to the city’s long term association with the textile industry, the walkways and corridors of the hotel feature wall art inspired by the weaves and thread work that have earned the city the title of ‘Manchester of South India’. The guest rooms are contemporary, comfortable and well-designed, replete with all modern in-room amenities including an LED TV and high speed Wi-Fi Internet access to ensure that guests can relax and work with ease. The hotel also guarantees its guests a good night’s sleep with the signature Sweet Bed™, an innovative bedding concept from ibis that ensures a quality sleep experience. Speaking at the hotel’s launch, Shwetank Singh, Vice President – Development and Asset Management, InterGlobe Hotels …

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Fairfield by Marriott, Visakhapatnam, opens with 121 rooms

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Marriott International has announced the opening of the – Fairfield by Marriott, Visakhapatnam. Fairfield by Marriott Visakhapatnam offers 121 spacious rooms designed with modern comforts in mind. Kava, the all-day dining restaurant, serves authentic local Indian favourites and international cuisine. The Bar and Lobby Lounge provides a lively atmosphere for guests to enjoy freshly brewed coffees, as well as a variety of evening cocktails. The hotel also features The Market, a unique 24/7 convenience store within the hotel, where guests can purchase snacks and beverages at any time of the day. “Recognised as one of the “Smart Cities” in India, Visakhapatnam holds tremendous potential for high economic growth, infrastructure development and further evolution of the services sector, we are excited to open our 5th Fairfield by Marriott in India. With our hospitality expertise, in conjunction with our astute owners Sri K. Subba Raju, CMD, KSR Developers, we are confident in delivering a seamless hotel experience at great value,” said Neeraj Govil Area Vice- President, South Asia, Marriott International. The Business Centre and meeting rooms are equipped with the state of art audio visual facilities and all public areas and guest rooms have high-speed Wi-Fi. “Adorning a contemporary style and pastel hues, Fairfield by Marriott Visakhapatnam is the newest addition to the port city of Andhra Pradesh. The property and staff aim to provide a comfortable and convenient stay to both business and leisure travelers,” said Sudhanshu Singh, General Manager, Fairfield by Marriott Visakhapatnam. “There is a lot of excitement and enthusiasm as we launch the Fairfield by Marriott brand in Visakhapatnam. As a Marriott International brand we strive to set the standards of delivering a great hotel experience through consistent …

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AccorHotels to acquire 50% stake in the Orient Express brand

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AccorHotels and SNCF Group, owner of the iconic Orient Express brand, have teamed up to continue the development of Orient Express within the luxury hospitality sector globally. As part of this partnership, AccorHotels will be acquiring a 50 per cent stake in the share capital of Orient Express, until now fully-owned by SNCF. AccorHotels intends to build on this partnership to strengthen its leadership in the luxury segment by developing a new collection of prestigious hotels under the Orient Express banner. This collection, which aims to be the very epitome of the art of travel, will offer a unique experience steeped in history that combines the luxury, exoticism, and sophistication of East and West in iconic locations. In addition, the seven historic cars, symbols of French Art Deco, will remain the physical property of the state-owned rail group and will be operated by Orient Express for private journeys and events. They will provide a new and exceptional setting for the organisation of events, which may be held in collaboration with AccorHotels’ other business ventures such as Potel & Chabot, Noctis and John Paul. AccorHotels and SNCF Group are also committed to preserving, promoting and sharing the heritage connected with the legendary train and its history through the Orient Express Endowment Fund, a public interest body whose aim is to encourage and support awareness-building initiatives to benefit a wide audience in the field of the arts and culture. Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, AccorHotels, says, “We are delighted with this strategic partnership, which cements the alliance of two major French players in the world of travel for a shared purpose, that of giving fresh impetus and international standing to a historic and world-renowned brand. Thanks to …

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Tivoli Hotels & Resorts announces its expansion in Doha

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Tivoli Hotels and Resorts, part of Minor Hotels, has announced it is now operating the Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels in Doha, a collection of nine unique and historical buildings featuring intricate décor and architecture, nestled in the heart of the historic Souq Waqif. Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels, which is one of the many assets managed by Katara Hospitality, Qatar’s leading hospitality organisation, will now be known as Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli. The synergies of these two brands will enhance the development of the local hospitality sector and contribute towards the economic diversification, as envisioned in the Qatar National Vision 2030. Located within the renowned Souq Waqif and close to Doha’s Hamad International Airport, as well as major business hubs such as the New Msheireb Business and the Bank Street, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli offers an immersion in Arabian tradition and culture, combined with the luxury service and personal attention for which Tivoli hotels are renowned. Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli specialise in bespoke services and facilities, tailored to the needs of today’s business and leisure travellers. From personal butler service and fine quality dining, to a fully equipped business centre and recreational facilities. The hotels provide a range of experiences to suit the most discerning guests. Traditional architecture fuses with contemporary spa facilities, along with a Moroccan hammam. Backed by its impeccable 80 plus years of heritage and experience, Tivoli Hotels & Resorts differentiate through the range of unique experiences offered, allowing guests to enjoy the most authentic features of every destination, along with innovative and outstanding service. As part of Minor Hotels portfolio of brands, Tivoli now adds Qatar to the collection of distinctive …

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Publica Isrotel debuts as Autograph Collection’s first in Israel

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Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s distinctive collection of passionately independent hotels, has announced its debut in Israel with the opening of Publica Isrotel in the coastal city of Herzliya. The hotel joins the diverse and dynamic portfolio of more than 110 Autograph Collection hotels around the world. With 159 rooms and suites, the hotel features a state-of-the-art fitness centre boasting a full-size vintage boxing ring and rooftop swimming pool. Publica Isrotel draws inspiration from its location at the heart of Herzliya’s burgeoning tech district through its public spaces, specifically the hotel’s Social Club, a feature that gives free access to hotel guests to a regular line-up of live music and sporting events. The hotel’s Shared Workspace, a multifunctional meeting space with soundproof phone booths, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary coffee and beer, boasts stunning views and is perfectly adapted to Autograph Hotels’ creative and entrepreneurial guests as well as the dynamic local start-up community. “Publica Isrotel is a welcome addition to Autograph Collection Hotels’ portfolio that prides itself on providing standout guest experiences that are exactly like nothing else. With its buzzing Social Club and shared workspaces, Publica Isrotel certainly has all the attributes it needs to exceed our guests’ expectations,” says John Licence, VP – Premium & Select Brands (Europe), Marriott International.

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Kempinski Hotels opens in Riga, Latvia, with 141 rooms

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Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga, Latvia’s first five-star luxury Kempinski Hotel, will open its doors to guests as of October. With the famous Latvian National Opera House by its side and the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at its feet, the hotel presents a whole new level of comfort and elegance to both city guests and locals. Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga features 141 first-class rooms and suites, two restaurants and two bars, six spacious meeting rooms, including the Grand Ballroom, a world-class SPA and wellness facility. Breathtaking panoramic views of the capital, refined service and a rich cultural experience await guests from around the globe. “We are excited to welcome the first five-star luxury hotel in Riga and Latvia to our exquisite portfolio,” said Bernold Schröder, Chief Operating Officer Europe, Kempinski Hotels and Member of the Management Board. “Originally built in the 19th century and opposite the famous Opera house, this landmark looks back to a long history. The new Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga will provide an exceptional guest experience through living our passion for European Luxury and making the hotel the place to be in Riga again.” The alluring location of Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga is not just a coincidence; nor is the revival of the former Hotel Rome site, the most modern accommodation in Riga, dating back to the 1880s. The original building was almost entirely destroyed during WWII, but it took just a few years to rebuild it from scratch. The newly open Hotel Riga then housed the first-ever bar in Latvia and served the first cocktail in the whole Soviet Union, where Hotel Riga was considered to be among the best hotels in the whole …

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The Madison Washington DC, a Hilton Hotel, opens with 356 rooms

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Hilton (has announced that the Loews Madison Hotel will join Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio as The Madison Washington DC, a Hilton Hotel. The 356-room hotel, located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., has long offered sophisticated accommodations to some of the capital’s most esteemed visitors. In partnership with affiliates of Walton Street Capital and Waterton, The Madison Washington DC is poised to set a new standard for hospitality and elevate Hilton’s presence in this globally sought-after destination. Hilton planted its hospitality roots in Washington, D.C. more than 60 years ago when its founder, Conrad Hilton, purchased the hotel now known as Capital Hilton in 1954. In addition to Capital Hilton, The Madison Washington DC joins Washington Hilton, marking the brand’s third hotel in the city. “We are delighted this distinguished hotel will join the Hilton family, strengthening our presence in the nation’s capital,” said Shawn McAteer, vice president, global brand management, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. “We look forward to welcoming discerning travelers seeking an exceptional experience at the intersection of the city’s quintessential offerings.” A short walk to the White House, Walter E. Washington Convention Center and many key attractions, museums and landmarks, the hotel combines a reverence for history with modern luxuries and amenities, offering 356 guest rooms, including 27 suites. The Madison Washington DC offers more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space, including eight stylish meeting rooms equipped with the latest technology and high-speed internet access. Other amenities include a 24-hour business center, lobby bar, restaurant and lounge and fitness center, which includes floor-to-ceiling windows with great views of downtown D.C. as well as his-and-her steam rooms.

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Park Hyatt brand to debut in Mexico with two luxury hotels

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced two new luxury hotel developments in Los Cabos and Mexico City, Mexico under the Park Hyatt brand. These two high-end properties, designed to meet the needs of the discerning global traveler, mark the anticipated debut of the Park Hyatt brand in the country, and will join the brand’s global portfolio in locations such as Bangkok, Paris, Tokyo, Vienna, Milan and Zurich, as well as two sister hotels in Latin America: Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, and Park Hyatt Mendoza. “We are excited to announce the introduction of the Park Hyatt brand in Mexico,” said Pat McCudden, senior vice president of capital strategy, real estate and development for Hyatt. “Park Hyatt hotels and resorts are masters of detail, and we expect Park Hyatt Los Cabos and Park Hyatt Mexico City will deliver understated elegance and intuitive refinement for guests with an appreciation for world-class architecture, design and cuisine.” The Park Hyatt brand promises to unfold a journey of rare and intimate experiences for the discerning global traveler. At Park Hyatt hotels and resorts, guests encounter peerless quality and exceptional tailored service, grounded in mindfulness and presence in the moment. The brand invites travelers to unlock unique and enriching moments as they find themselves surrounded by contemporary luxury and artistry at its best – from original art works to the finest in culinary expression. Park Hyatt Los Cabos will be located in a 26-acre site within Cabo del Sol, a master-planned golf resort community that stretches along two miles of pristine beach in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur. Expected to open in late 2020, the hotel will feature 162 guestrooms and 28 Park Hyatt Residences that will …

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