The latest hotel openings and announcements made this week
Hilton Jinan South Hotel & Residences
The first international hotel in Jinan South, this newly-launched China property features a combined total of 420 rooms – 316 are hotel guestrooms, while the remaining 104 are one-, two- and three-bedroom residences. Recreational facilities include a swimming pool on level 33, along with a 24-hour fitness centre, sauna and steam rooms. There are four F&B options: Open, an all-day dining space; Yuxi, a Chinese restaurant; View, a speciality restaurant; and Ji Lounge, a library-themed bar. The property also offers more than 2,600m2 of meeting space, which includes 10 multifunctional meeting rooms and a 1,000m2 terrace garden.
InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort
The island nation of Maldives will be welcoming its first InterContinental resort on the island of Maamunagau. Located at the southern point of Raa Atoll, the property will have 83 rooms and amenities like an all-day dining restaurant, a kids’ club, club lounge, pool and spa. There will also be a sea sports centre nearby where guests can partake in a wide range of watersports such as snorkelling or jet skiing.
Credit: East Japan Railway Company
Train Hostel Hokutosei
Compartments of a defunct sleeper train will get a new lease of life in the 78-bed Train Hostel Hokutosei, located in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district, come December. The carriages were previously used on the 16-hour Tokyo to Sapporo route, which was stopped in 2015. Each compartment feature four bunk beds and free Wi-Fi. Prices start from 2,500 yen (US$25) a night.
Attitude on Granville
Step back in time in this boutique hotel that offers 81 retro-themed guestrooms reminiscent of scenes from Hong Kong in the 1970s and 1980s. Rooms come in four categories – Urban, Cozy, Elite and Studio Suite – and feature murals of landmarks such as the Clock Tower, while the lobby boasts vintage letterboxes and retro payphones. There are two F&B options: Yum Cha, a contemporary Chinese restaurant that serves up unique-looking dim sum; and Urban Park, a modern European restaurant and bar with an open-air terrace that overlooks Granville Road.