New hotels: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Avani Metropolis Auckland Residences, and more

The latest hotel openings and announcements made this week.

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
Touted as the first new-build five-star hotel Sydney has seen in more than a decade, the property offers 590 guestrooms including 35 suites. All of its maritime-inspired rooms come furnished with the Sofitel MyBed, double shower heads, and soaking tubs, and boast floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Darling Harbour or the city. Facilities include three bars, a restaurant, 20m-long infinity pool, gym, as well as nine flexible meeting spaces which include a 450-pax Magnifique Ballroom.

Avani Metropolis Auckland Residences
Located on Kitchener Street and overlooking Auckland’s Albert Park is Avani Hotels & Resorts’ newest residence offering. The property boasts 65 apartments available in one- and two-bedroom configurations, some of which come with balconies. Each residence comes furnished with an open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining room, laundry facilities, and high-tech appliances. Guests will also have access to Avani’s signature ‘Forget Me Not’ amenities, a service designed to provide essentials – such as yoga mats and international power adaptors – should they be left at home. On-site amenities include a 22m-long heated indoor swimming pool & jacuzzi, sauna, and gym.

Casa Meridian Residence
The Ascott Limited has opened its first serviced residence in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Standing on Diamond Island (Koh Pich), the property offers 75 fully-furnished residences on the top 13 floors of the 34-storey integrated development. Apartments range from studios to three-bedroom for six, and all come with fully-equipped kitchens. Facilities on the property include an infinity swimming pool, children’s wading pool, jacuzzi, indoor playroom, yoga room, sauna and gym. There are also conference rooms, meeting spaces and serviced offices for rental.

Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa
Renaissance Hotels has opened the 258-key Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa in the coastal town’s Na Jomtien district. There are four room categories available, including Pool Villas and Family Suites. Recreational facilities abound – two outdoor swimming pools, a kid’s pool, kid’s club, a 24-hour fitness centre, and a spa. Other amenities include five F&B options, as well as seven meeting spaces; the largest of which can accommodate 500 pax.

Moxy opens two doors in Japan
Marriott International added two Moxy hotels in Japan. The 205-room Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho is located in the urban Kinshicho district, while the 155-room Moxy Osaka Honmachi (pictured above) is located near to the Honmachi Station. Bedrooms feature folding workspace desks and chairs, flatscreen TVs, USB ports, motion sensor lighting, walk-in rain showers, and fast and free Wi-Fi. There are no front desks; instead guests access their bedrooms via keyless entry with the Marriott Mobile App or check in with a crew member at the bar. Aside from a 24/7 self-service grab-and-go (aka Moxy Pickups) and a noodle station, both properties will also sport highly-social communal areas complete with foosball tables and board games, and will hold events from trivia nights to beer pong competitions.

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