Hospitality company Next Story Group will soon expand into two Asia-Pacific countries with upcoming openings planned for Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
The Next Hotel Colombo will open in November 2019, marking the first Next-branded hotel outside of Australia.
Located within the 47-storey mixed-use development called the Colombo City Centre, the hotel will offer 164 guestrooms and suites over the 10th to 17th floors. There will also be sleep pods for guests who arrive early or require a late check out. Recreational facilities on the ninth floor include an outdoor pool, yoga room and gym. There will also be a speciality restaurant on the same floor, complete with a show kitchen.
Next Hotel Colombo will also be the group’s first hotel to feature Kafnu as part of its offerings, where guests can utilise the 750m2 Kafnu Colombo, which will offer shared workspaces, meeting rooms and a lounge.
The group will also mark its entry into Vietnam in the first half of this year with the Kafnu Ho Chi Minh City. Housed in an eight-storey building close to Districts 1 and 2, the hotel will have eight hotel rooms, and boast a variety of workspace options, six meeting rooms and a multi-screen event space that can accommodate up to 150 guests.
A virtual fitness studio will offer members more than 1,500 classes to choose from, while F&B options will include Soy, a modern Asian restaurant, and Habitat Cocktail Bar, which features live music.
Since Kafnu’s launch in 2017, the brand has expanded its network to four operational properties. Conceptualised as an urban village for the new generation of creators, Kafnu comprises a shared workspace, hospitality, and a social community.
In Australia, Next Story Group just opened Kafnu Alexandria on March 1, 2019. Kafnu Alexandria is located next to The Grounds of Alexandria, within one of Sydney’s thriving creative and industrial hubs, and only five minutes from Sydney Airport.