New hotels: Mondrian Seoul Itaewon, Red Planet Hiroshima, and more

TTG Asia's weekly roundup of new hotel openings and announcements.

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Mondrian Seoul Itaewon, South Korea
Located in the internationally diverse district of Itaewon, Mondrian Seoul Itaewon marks the fifth property in the Mondrian portfolio, and the first Mondrian hotel in Asia. Developed by Accor and sbe, in partnership with Yojin Construction & Engineering, the property boasts 296 guestrooms, as well as a range of dining and leisure spaces.

The outdoor pool features a viewing deck overlooking the city; while Altitude pool bar offers a range of cocktails, mocktails and fine wines with casual bites. Mondrian also brings Asia’s first Cleo restaurant to the lobby, serving up a blend of Miami vibes and Mediterranean cuisine. Privilege rooftop bar will curate a wide selection of whiskeys and wines, while the Rumpus Room and Blind Spot provide more intimate settings for after-work drinks. A 867m2 ballroom with integrated LED screen and five meeting rooms provide the perfect backdrop for any celebration or event.

Red Planet Hiroshima, Japan
The opening of Red Planet Hiroshima in the city’s Nagarekawa district marks the sixth Red Planet hotel in Japan. The 160-room hotel features the Red Planet brand’s space efficient guestrooms and intuitive technology, such as high-speed Wi-Fi and streaming services on in-room TVs. Red Planet Hiroshima is situated adjacent to Peace Boulevard and just steps from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Shukkeien Garden, and corporate offices, consulates, and government offices of the CBD.

Best Western Hotel Fino Tokyo Akasaka, Japan
Best Western Hotels & Resorts has opened the Best Western Hotel Fino Tokyo Akasaka, featuring 87 guestrooms, including Standard, Superior and Deluxe room options. Hotel amenities include a laundromat, complimentary Wi-Fi and an onsite restaurant serving daily breakfast, alongside Asian and Western dishes. Each room is fully equipped with contemporary amenities and modern accommodations, such as a refrigerator and a television. For business travellers, the hotel offers a 24-hour business centre.

Byron at Byron, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, Australia
Following a multi-million-dollar refresh, Byron at Byron, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, is set to reopen its doors on September 1, 2020. The resort is in the final stages of completing a A$6 million (US$4.3 million) refresh to ensure an ongoing commitment to sustainability.

Phase one will be unveiled on September 1, including a new restaurant offering sustainable and local produce, with 80 per cent of all ingredients sourced within a three-hour drive from Byron. Phase two will include updated guest suites and a new Eléme Day Spa, which will be unveiled in November.

Nestled within 18ha of subtropical rainforest, Byron at Byron’s new look will celebrate the local environment and community. The refreshed guest suites have been aptly named to reflect the resort’s setting, from Rainforest Suite and Treetops Suite, to Rainforest Luxe Suite and Treetops Luxe Suites. The resort will extend its offering to include a two-bedroom Rainforest Luxe Suite and a two-bedroom Treetops Luxe Suite. All suites offer fully-enclosed front and rear verandahs, rainforest showers, freestanding deep soak bathtubs and separate living areas.

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