Recap: Hottest hotel openings in November 2020

by | 30 Nov 2020 | Projects

This month’s hotel arrivals take us to extraordinary corners of the globe, from Adelaide’s tallest tower to Mexico’s beautiful Riviera Nayarit coast.

The standout hotel openings from November signify milestones for several of the world’s leading hotel brands. We take a look at five notable debuts.

One&Only Mandarina

The ultra-luxury One&Only Mandarina occupies a peaceful stretch of the Riviera Nayarit coast in Mexico. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and tucked into coastal rainforest, the cliffside resort is a hidden sanctuary of cliff-top villas and eco-designed treehouses, plus destination dining from celebrated chef Enrique Olvera. One&Only’s latest outpost covers 33 hectares of verdant landscape approximately 45 minutes from Punta Mita, and was built around the topography of the land, featuring sustainable design by Rick Joy Architects and Studio Caban.

Altogether, the resort encompasses 105 standalone treehouses and villas, a community of One&Only Private Homes, dining venues including Mexican speciality restaurant Carao by Olvera, the Jetty Beach Club for cocktails and grilled seafood, garden-to-plate restaurant Alma and botanical bar The Treetop. Guests can unwind in the One&Only Spa with Tata Harper skincare, set out on ocean excursions from The Jetty and enjoy outdoors activities like zip-lining and biking, as well as horseback riding from the Mandarina Polo & Equestrian Club.

Crowne Plaza Adelaide

An opening that signifies the brand’s return to the city, Crowne Plaza Adelaide is now welcoming guests into its stylish space within mixed-use development Frome Central Tower One, the Australian city’s tallest building. The hotel is designed to reflect its location in the vibrant East End while also making the most of its far-reaching views. The property encompasses 329 guest rooms and suites, which all come with the US-patented WorkLife Room design integrating unrivalled connectivity for both work and play, and floor-to-ceiling windows give guests sweeping views across Adelaide.

The same connectivity as these rooms runs throughout the rest of the hotel, from the 450 sq m flexible event space to all of the public spaces and restaurants. Level ten is the setting for Adelaide’s highest restaurant, Koomo, offering modern Japanese-inspired cuisine, and the deck bar of Luna 10; the same level also houses a 24-hour gym and showstopper rooftop heated infinity pool with city views.

Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto

The Luxury Collection, part of Marriott International, has opened its new design-led hotel and spa in what was once the private residence of the aristocratic Mitsui family. The 300-year-old main entrance, Kajiimiya Gate, is a reminder of that heritage. This five-star hotel lies in the heart of Kyoto and is the only luxury hotel in the city centre to have its own natural hot spring drawn from thermal waters below ground. The property was created by a team of renowned architects and designers, including Akira Kuryu, Andre Fu, Shunsaku Miyagi and Yohei Akao, to blend tradition with modernity.

The hotel houses 161 guest rooms and suites decorated with natural materials using traditional artisanal skills; the two Onsen Suites come with private gardens and outdoor hot spring baths. In addition to its accommodation, the hotel has two restaurants, a bar and lounge and private dining space. This culinary offering includes signature teppan restaurant Toki, Italian restaurant Forni, The Garden Bar for cocktails and afternoon tea, and Shiki-no-ma for private events. These facilities are topped off by the hotel’s 1,000 sq m Thermal Spring Spa with thermal onsen, treatment rooms and a gym.

Quest Preston

This four-star low-rise property is the third opening for Quest Apartment Hotels in 2020 and the group’s 42nd property in Melbourne. Altogether, it has 79 keys, made up of 35 studio apartments, 32 one-bedroom apartments and 12 two-bedroom apartments. All of this accommodation comes with kitchen and in-room laundry facilities.

Quest Preston also comprises a state-of-the-art gym, conference facilities and 24-hour reception offering local chargeback dining, pantry shopping and valet dry cleaning among other services for business and leisure travellers. By staying at Quest Preston, guests are within easy reach of the Melbourne CBD, just 600 metres from Preston Market and a short distance from Melbourne Polytechnic and LaTrobe University Bundoora.

Voco The Franklin New York

IHG Hotels & Resorts has opened the first Voco hotel in the Americas with the debut of Voco The Franklin New York. This four-star property launched following an extensive renovation of a former hotel that was originally built in 1930. This 50-key property in Manhattan’s Upper East Side boasts rooms that pair historic features with modern amenities integrating elements that promote sustainability.

The property is owned by Flintlock Construction and managed by Aimbridge Hospitality. The Voco brand, which was launched in 2018, takes pride in combining reliability and the comfort and charm of boutique hotels, with the name ‘Voco’ meaning ‘to invite’ and ‘call together’ in Latin. Staying at its latest site places guests near some of the Big Apple’s top attractions, including Central Park, Museum Mile and Madison Avenue.

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