The latest hotel openings and announcements made this week.
W Shanghai – The Bund
Positioned between the Suzhou Creek and Huangpu River on Shanghai’s North Bund, the recently-opened W Shanghai – the Bund has 374 guestrooms and suites. Facilities on-site include five F&B venues (includes a speakeasy), a swimming pool, spa, and gym. For meetings and events, there is more than 6,000m2 of space available, such as the Great Room – which boasts a 6.2m-high ceiling – or the 660m2 Mega Room.
Park Hotel Farrer Park
Park Hotel Farrer Park offers 300 guestrooms across five categories, of which all come complete with floor-to-ceiling windows and Appelles Apothecary-branded toiletries. Guests can make use of amenities such as the 24-hour fitness centre and a pool deck, or dine at the Thai restaurant, American-style gastrobar or speciality coffee stand. The 20-storey property is situated above Singapore’s Farrer Park MRT station, within walking distance from City Square Mall and the 24-hour Mustafa Centre.
Alila Hotels and Resorts has opened its second outpost in China, the Alila Yangshuo. Previously a working sugar mill, the Guilin property has now been converted to a resort of 117 rooms, suites and villas. Amenities include the all-day dining Sugar House Restaurant, 1969 Bar with an in-house rum distillery, Spa Alila with five treatment rooms, a gym, library, kids’ club and outdoor swimming pool. There is also an event space for up to 20 guests, and a private pier.
Travelodge has debuted in Thailand with the 164-room Travelodge Pattaya, rebranded from a Premier Inn property. Standing a 10-minute walk from the beach in central Pattaya, rooms come with complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, a flatscreen TV, fridge, and coffee- and tea-making facilities. A second property, the Travelodge Sukhumvit 11, formerly a Premier Inn too, will soon join the brand in 4Q2017. Both properties will each feature a restaurant, swimming pool and gym.
The Junei Hotel
Standing within the grounds of Kyoto’s Imperial Palace Gardens West is the three-storey Junei Hotel. This intimate new-build offers only eight rooms modelled after the traditional Kyoto-style wooden townhouse, with each capable of accommodating up to five guests. Each guestroom is furnished with a tatami-matted space, handcrafted pieces of furniture, a custom-made Shigaraki bathtub, and Serta beds or Kyoto Nishikawa futon mattresses.