The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong unveils new Entertainment Suite

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has unveiled the hotel’s new Entertainment Suite. The 2,250-square foot suite designed by Joyce Wang is dedicated to extravagant entertaining with cutting edge technology installed, whether that be a wedding proposal, baby shower, sophisticated bachelor party, a memorable anniversary party or live streaming of key events. In the living area, audiovisuals include: B&O BeoLab sound system, a concealed 160-inch (13ft x 11.5ft) TV screen with a 5000 lumens laser projector, a range of the latest virtual reality and Play Station gaming equipment, a reconditioned [...]

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SO Sofitel Auckland to open in 2018

SO Sofitel Auckland is set to open in early 2018 in the redeveloped Reserve Bank building, to become the first SO Sofitel in the Pacific region.  Located on Customs Street in the heart of Auckland’s CBD, it will have 130 rooms with a bold avante garde design and views across the Waitemata Harbour. Club rooms all have balconies and access to Club Signature, which has its own al fresco terrace and bar. The rooftop Hi-SO bar will complement the French restaurant and will offer an extensive menu of champagne, wine [...]

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Thomas Cook opens second hotel in Greece – Casa Cook Kos

Casa Cook Kos, the second of Thomas Cook‘s new range of lifestyle hotels opened in Greece, on the island of Kos. Building on the brand’s launch with Casa Cook Rhodes in 2016, the new hotel debuts the first Casa Cook Spa and the first Beach Club with a culinary concept developed together with award-winning chef and restaurateur Ettore Botrini. Located in Marmari on Kos, the 100-room hotel is custom-built on a beach and has been designed like a village with ‘spaces for private retreat and social areas that foster a [...]

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Aleph Hotel opens in Rome (Curio Collection by Hilton)

The Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, has returned after property-wide renovations. Located in the city’s former banking headquarters, just a short walk from the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, the historic hotel radiates Roman allure along with new contemporary elements. Housing 88 guestrooms, including 14 suites and junior suites, all accommodations boast modern Italian furniture, high ceilings, marble floors, and walk-in showers. Public amenities include the rooftop pool as well as a wellness spa, fitness center, and indoor pool. The rooftop concept Sky Blu Restaurant, the Bountiful Buffet, the [...]

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The Ritz-Carlton Chicago unveils $100 million renovation

After 18 months and $100 million, the “new” The Ritz-Carlton Chicago unveils a spectacular transformation.  The lobby bar, once tucked away in a corner as if it were an afterthought, has been elevated to a focal point. It’s now a glowing beacon of copper, marble and geometric-shaped overhead lighting reminiscent of modern Italian design from the ’30s and ’40s. The brand new Torali Italian – Steak restaurant, which launched last week with a soft opening will officially launch Aug. 3. The 434-room hotel has gone through a series of “soft” refreshes since opening in 1975. [...]

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