The latest hotel openings and announcements made this week
The Shanghai Edition, China
The Art Deco-style former headquarters of the Shanghai Power Company, with the addition of a new skyscraper on Nanjing Road, is now home to boutique hotel maverick Ian Schrager’s Shanghai Edition. The hotel offers 145 rooms and suites, many of which provide views of the Bund.
Restaurants, bars, and entertainment include Shanghai Tavern, Michelin-star chef Jason Atherton’s all-day dining, brasserie style restaurant; Hiya, a Japanese restaurant also by Atherton; Punch Room, a cocktail lounge first made famous at The London Edition; Canton Disco, a traditional Cantonese restaurant concept; The Club Room – a gentleman’s club-inspired lounge; and Electric Circus, a club, VIP lounge and nightclub rolled into one.
Communal spaces include a multipurpose space for meetings and events for up to 200, a fully landscaped tropical Roof Garden, equipped with a bar and cinema; a swimming pool sunk in stone; a gym, spa with six treatment rooms, and multiple terraces.
Novotel Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Novotel has set foot in the capital of Mongolia with a new 192-room property. Every room has been adorned with a picture of Mongolia taken by a famous local photographer, and designed in a Chinese minimalist style. Rooms from the 12th to the 16th floors will also have views of the mountain and city of Ulaanbaatar. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, spa, three restaurants, two bars, a ballroom and a meeting room.
The island retreat Joali has opened in northern Maldives, situated on Muravandhoo Island in the Raa Atoll. The resort comprises 73 beach and water villas, ranging from two- to five-bedrooms. Amenities on the island include a whiskey lounge, curated library, ESPA spa, five F&B options, kids’ club and a chocolate and ice-cream store. The resort will create itineraries for its guests on request, where Dhoni excursions to meet local communities or snorkelling with manta rays can be arranged.
Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, South Korea
The second Holiday Inn Express in Seoul adds 294 guestrooms to the South Korean capital. Guests can enjoy amenities such as free and fast Wi-Fi throughout their stay, use of the business centre and laundry stations, and a 24-hour fitness room. There is also a Free Express Start Breakfast at the brand’s Great Room, or a Grab & Go option available. The property is on the main junction of Hongdae above the new AK Mall, and a 30-minute drive from Gimpo International Airport or a 50 minute drive (one hour by Airport Subway) from Incheon International Airport.