Hotel Updates

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Thursday, 30 June 2016 08:38

Agents on the recent Malaysia Airlines famil to Kuala Lumpur spent two nights at the centrally located Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur and one night at sister property, Parkroyal Serviced Suites, situated a four-minute walk to Bukit Bintang monorail station.

Both have their merits, according to Brad Jacobsen, CWT. ‘The Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur is across the road from the main shopping malls and steps aways from the monorail, which we discovered was three stops from Chinatown, Petaling Street and the Central Market. The hotel offers a great selection of dishes with its breakfast buffet – from local Malay dishes, Indian, egg station and plenty of western choices.

Located on the sixth floor, the outdoor pool is one of the deepest I have come across – going from 1.2 metres to 2.4 metres. The gym and spa are also situated on this level.

‘From my point of view, I found the superior rooms to be a great lead in category. They have a queen bed, with ample space to move around, walkin shower and separate toilet/vanity. The next category, deluxe, comes with either one king or two twin beds and a shower over the bath. The family suites cater for up to four guests and feature an open plan living area and a separate shower plus a bathtub.’

Moving to the Parkroyal Serviced Suites, a comfortable six minute walk away from the Parkroyal KL, the location is more residential, but close to great restaurants and bars. Director of sales, Chrissy Woon, explained that the property was originally built as a residential block, but due to circumstances, was sold and Parkroyal modified the space, but kept the kitchen areas. ‘Each floor only has 10 units, with the smallest room category, a studio suite, measuring 56 square metres. There is a one king or twin beds, walk-in wardrobe, living area with two divans, kitchen, fridge and separate shower/bath.

A guest laundry is located on the third floor, as well as the pool and gym, plus we have a rooftop infinity pool and spa pool with amazing city views,’ says Woon.

Other room categories include one and two bedroom suites through to the executive suite. Disabled rooms are also available.

Dubai hotel opens its doors

Friday, 04 March 2016 13:57

The new ibis One Central hotel, located next to the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, welcomed its first guests this month. The hotel, which is part of the Dubai Trade Centre District, will target a mix of international and regional business, leisure and MICE travelers coming to the UAE. It features 588 guest rooms and is near attractions such as the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Dubai International Financial Centre and Jumeirah Beach. ibis One Central offers a free bus service to the beach and major shopping malls in the city. The property also features free WiFi, gym access and underground parking. There are five fully-equipped meeting rooms to cater for up to 200 people.

St Regis for Shanghai

Friday, 06 November 2015 13:49

Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ St. Regis brand is being introduced to Shanghai. Scheduled for completion in early 2017, The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan will open its doors in the city’s central business district.
The new hotel will join the brand’s growing presence in Greater China, where St. Regis currently operates six properties and has an additional ten in the pipeline—including The St. Regis Macao, which is set to open this December.
The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan will be on West Beijing Road, close to the West Nanjing Road business area in Jingan.
Part of a new mixed-use development, the hotel will offer approximately 480 guestrooms, including 41 suites and 47 residences. All guestrooms will be located from the 29th to 59th floors, with views of the Shanghai skyline.
There will also be several three bedroom luxury St. Regis apartments on the top floors of the building
The new hotel will also have three restaurants and an alfresco bar, wellness facilities including a spa, indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre, as well as approximately 2,000 square meters of event space.

Quest on a quest

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 12:16

The $10 million rebrand of Quest Serviced Apartments to Quest Apartment Hotels is happening across the Quest network of 157 properties in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. It is expected to be completed early next year.

The rebrand includes, but is not limited to, a new modernised logo, updated building signage and contemporary uniforms.

Quest Apartment Hotels New Zealand chief executive officer, Stephen Mansfield, says the rebrand will reflect the needs and preferences of the millennial business traveller.

‘Our average length of guest stay is under two days, so our guests already use and see us as a hotel alternative, not exclusively as an extended stay option.’

Mansfield says it is vital Quest future-proofs the company by meeting the needs of tomorrow’s traveller.

‘“We have just recently completed our regional growth programme and are now focusing back on the key centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. This will allow us to also move to a larger module, up to 65 apartments as opposed to the smaller 40 apartments in the regional areas.

‘New smart televisions and internet-based entertainment systems are standard in new Quest properties, and we have upgraded and refurbished some of our older lobbies into a more contemporary look,’ he says.

Mansfield says newly opened properties, such as Quest Highbrook, Quest Rotorua and Quest Nelson, reflect the company’s new evolved standards, while three properties that fell irretrievably below Quest’s standards have been recently de-branded.



Peppers Docklands protype room reveal

Thursday, 13 August 2015 09:18

Peppers Docklands Melbourne has unveiled its prototype room for its waterfront's first five-star hotel.
On track to open early 2016, the $140 million, 19-level development will feature 87 stylish hotel suites, 186 residential apartments and 11 retail shops.

Mantra Group CEO Bob East says that Peppers Docklands will prove popular both with the domestic and growing inbound tourism markets.
'The Docklands is in need of a sophisticated hotel product to cater to an increasingly selective global market that is looking for quality, location and facilities of a world class calibre. Peppers Docklands has this, and will set a benchmark for future mixed-use developments in Australia.'

Peppers Docklands will be the first Peppers hotel to open in Melbourne for Mantra Group, joining 10 Mantra apartment hotels in Melbourne CBD and the airport.

Room protype                                                               Artist impression of Peppers Docklands Melbourne