Swissotel’s new gym room service

Swiss hotel chain Swissotel chain is to offer fitness equipment in guest rooms in its hotels around the world. The chain announced March 12 that as part of its new ‘Vitality’ program being rolled out this year, guests will have the opportunity to order gym equipment to be set up in their rooms, complete with … Continued

Starwood launches ‘Richest Elite’ traveler benefits

International hotel chain Starwood has unveiled a major revamp of its Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program, targeting elite travelers with a host of new benefits. The chain, which operates Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, Le Meridien and St Regis, says that it’s responding to the global uptick in travel to target the ‘sophisticated’ market, which it … Continued

Fairmont Teams with Abbey Road Studios

Luxury hotel chain Fairmont has partnered with Abbey Road Studios, the iconic recording studio made famous by the Beatles. Guests at the hotel chain will be offered exclusive experiences at Abbey Road, which famously featured on the front of the 1969 Beatles album of the same name. They will be able to enjoy ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experiences … Continued

Hilton opens two properties at Frankfurt airport

Hilton has announced the opening of two new properties in a landmark development at Frankfurt Airport. The hotels are part of the new SQUAIRE building, a huge center built within Frankfurt’s Airport, continental Europe’s second-busiest terminal. Comprising a five-star Hilton and a three-star Hilton Garden Inn, the chain’s new developments offer a total of 583 … Continued

Four Seasons launches 15-minute room service

Four Seasons has announced a new in-room menu designed for travelers who are tight for time. The option guarantees a delivery to the room within 15 min of ordering. The fast food service will be rolled out across all Four Seasons hotels by the end of the year, with each hotel offering a different twist … Continued

Hotel chain invites guests to steal artwork

As research has proved, guests will steal plenty of things from hotels given the chance — but most would draw the line at a piece of art valued in the thousands. One hotel, however, is inviting guests to steal art, in a clever promotion drawn up by Art Series Hotels, an Australian chain, for the … Continued

Fairmont teams up with Le Labo

Luxury hotel chain Fairmont, which operates 60 hotels around the world, has announced a partnership with New York perfumer Le Labo for its in-room amenities. The brand announced Novermber 3 that Le Labo’s Rose 31, a Wallpaper magazine Best Perfume of the Year, would be the base of its amenity kits from this fall. The … Continued

InterContinental confirms new hotel brand next year

InterContinental, the world’s largest hotel firm and the name behind hotel brands such as Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza, is set to launch a new chain next year. In a speech at the firm’s annual conference in Las Vegas, IHG’s America’s boss confirmed to staff that a new hotel brand was on the way. “If … Continued

Waldorf Astoria, Ferragamo team on amenity kits

Luxury hotel chain Waldorf Astoria has announced a partnership with high-end fashion brand Salvatore Ferragamo to produce a new range of guest amenities. The kits, which will be available exclusively from Waldorf Astoria properties, are Salvatore Ferragamo’s first venture into beauty and grooming and are comprised of Eau de Toilette, amenities and bath products. Featuring … Continued

Marriott launches triple property in Doha

International hotel chain Marriott has confirmed the opening of three new hotels in Doha, Qatar. The company debuted its Renaissance, Courtyard and Executive Apartment brands for in Qatar October 4, adding nearly 600 rooms to the capital city in two skyscrapers. The hotels are located in two 48-storey skyscrapers, part of the Doha City Center … Continued

Caesars plans luxury resort in Hainan, China

Casino giant Caesar’s Entertainment has announced the start of construction on its first non-casino luxury resort, in the Chinese holiday destination of Hainan. The Caesars Palace Longmu Bay will be a 5-star resort with 1,000 rooms, a Las Vegas-style attraction which will set a ‘global luxury standard’ in China. The first phase of the project … Continued

Minor Launches New Hotel Brand Avani

Asian hotel operator Minor has launched a new luxury brand to be rolled out across Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and Africa. Avani Hotels & Resorts launched last week and is intended to draw heavily on the Minor’s Asian roots, offering a ‘grounded personality’ and ‘a simple sense of style’ — Avani stems from the … Continued

InterContinental, Hyatt head to Russia

InterContinental has announced ambitious plans to open 100 hotels in Russia by 2020, an expansion of almost ten times the number operating there today. The hotel chain announced September 12 that it aimed to capitalize on growing tourism to the country by significantly adding to the number of hotels it operates, across brands such as … Continued

Aman Resorts for sale

Aman Resorts, the luxury hotel chain, has been put up for sale with a price tag of over $400m, the Sunday Times reports. The chain has been put up for sale by its owner, Indian property company DLF. The company is also seeking to sell its real estate joint venture with the Hilton Group. Aman … Continued