InterContinental Hotels have opened a landmark property in New York’s Time Square. The firm says that along with being the largest new-build hotel to open in the city since 2002, the 607-room InterContinental is also one of the most environmentally responsible hotels in the city. It will be the largest new hotel in the city to receive the LEED green building certification from the US Green Building Council.
Langham Hotels are also opening another hotel in an equally strategic location in China- Beijing Capital airport. Marketed as the first lifestyle airport hotel in Beijing, the new property is located next to the airport’s third terminal building and has 372 stylish rooms.
Hilton have also just opened a luxury hotel in Beijing airport, so this is evidently a trend to watch. Martin Rinck, Area President Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide, explained the purpose of the new hotel: “Hilton Beijing Capital Airport is a dynamic property that will become a top gateway to China, with international travellers staying overnight after long-haul flights before connecting to their final destinations. The hotel will host leisure guests and business travellers from top companies who want the convenience of Terminal 3 and Hilton standards for events, business, dining and guest services."
Siam Kempinski opened a hotel in Bangkok, adding to the city’s already extensive range of hospitality options, and showing that luxury hoteliers still feel it is worthwhile investing in established destinations. It is the group’s 64th hotel worldwide.
We’ve heard of celebrities, with no design background, supposedly designing shoes, bags or other small-scale luxury goods, but Dubai-based luxury developer, Zabeel Properties, have taken the principle a step further as they unveil details of a new landmark hotel and leisure development for Dubai to be designed by LA-based architecture firm, GRAFT, whose team of design consultants for the project will include the Hollywood actor, Brad Pitt.
Following a three year restoration project, the Fairmont Peace Hotel, which first opened in 1929 has re-launched in Shanghai. Hirsch Bedener Associates worked closely with a team of designers to re-create a sense of Art Deco grandeur.