New hotels: JW Marriott Nara, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown, and more

TTG Asia's weekly roundup of new hotel openings.

JW Marriott Nara, Japan
The hotel offers 158 guestrooms including 16 suites, alongside amenities such as an Executive Lounge, a 24-hour fitness centre, spa, indoor swimming pool, as well as three F&B options – the all-day dining venue Silk Road Dining, Japanese speciality restaurant Azekura, and Flying Stag lobby lounge and bar. There is also a JW Garden, a plant-filled space where guests can harvest fresh herbs and greens to be incorporated into their menu choices and cocktails at the bar. For meetings and events, a ballroom and four customisable meeting rooms lead off from the main lobby via a Grand Staircase, and collectively offer 640m2 of event space.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown, New Zealand
The Holiday Inn Express brand has made its debut in New Zealand with the launch of Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown. The new-build offers 227 guestrooms and suites, some of which provide views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range. Guests will also have access to a fitness room, sauna, two flexible meeting rooms, self-serve laundry, dry room, onsite parking and a free business centre.

Fraser Suites Akasaka, Japan
The 224-key serviced residence in Tokyo’s CBD offers a range of rooms, from the 32m2 deluxe room to the 60m2 one-bedroom apartments. Outfitted with kitchenettes, rain showers and bathtubs, and state-of-the-art home entertainment systems, the apartments also boast large bay windows that let in natural light and offer unobstructed views of Tokyo’s city skyline, the Tokyo Skytree and Mount Fuji. Facilities include a Japanese-Italian restaurant, 24/7 gym, golf simulator and The Retreat, a conducive space for work and relaxation that comes with massage chairs.

Hotel Elcient Osaka, Japan
The second Hotel Elcient has opened in Sonezaki, Osaka, a 12-minute walk from JR Osaka Station. It offers 253 keys in total, of which 112 are double rooms, with the remaining 141 twin rooms. Facilities include a guest lounge, public bath, and gym.

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