Hilton new lobby design

Hilton unveils new lobby design

US hotel chain Hilton has unveiled a new lobby design intended for its global hotels and resorts. The new lobby, which is being premiered in the chain’s hotel at McLean Tysons Corner, Virginia, is designed with distinct “zones” for guests and visitors and radically overhauls the brand’s current reception areas. Instead of a desk-oriented approach, [...]

Pullman Lijiang

New hotel opens up China’s ‘wild’ west

Hotel brand Accor opened a new property in the Western Chinese city of Lijiang this month, as travelers seek to widen their experience of the once-unknown country. Accor said that it was opening the Pullman Lijiang Resort & Spa in Yunnan province as China’s “wild west” becomes increasingly popular with experienced Australian travelers, who are [...]

W Hotels Namaste Tower

W Hotels Unveils Plans for the Namaste Tower

W Hotels has just announced plans for the Namaste Tower, a new W Hotel in Mumbai that is due to open July 2015. To follow the long tradition of great Indian architecture, the striking 984-foot-tall building will house 62 floors combined into a hotel, office, and retail space. The design of the tower is actually [...]

sofitel wentworth sydney

Accor setting Chinese, Indian standards

Hotel group Accor has announced that it will implement a range of services designed to cater to the needs of inbound travellers from China and India. The company, which operates hotel brands such as Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, ibis and Motel 6, will begin rolling out its new Optimum Service Standards this year in its Australian [...]

Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai

Jumeirah opens its first hotel in China

Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company, announces the soft opening of its first five-star luxury hotel in China at the Himalayas Centre in Pudong, Shanghai. Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai features 401 contemporary Chinese-style guestrooms, including 62 suites and residences, four restaurants and lounges, a 24-hour fitness centre and indoor swimming pool. The hotel also [...]

Huainan Olympic Park

China plans ping-pong hotel

Sports fans are well catered for by a new hotel design which popped up in China this month — shaped like a ping-pong racket. The wacky design, which will reportedly be built in the city of Huainan, in East China’s Anhui province, is perfectly modelled on an upside down table tennis racket and is designed [...]

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