Recap: Hottest hotel openings in October 2020
Looking back at an eventful month, we highlight the top five hotels to have made a grand debut this October, including Capella Bangkok, Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour and the niu Bricks in Hamburg.
From a design-led opening in Thailand to a charismatic new hotel in Germany, October saw an array of exciting properties start to welcome guests in. We take a closer look at five notable arrivals.
Now open on the banks of the Thai capital’s Chao Phraya River, this urban resort combines a celebration of the cultural heritage on Bangkok’s historic waterfront with world-class gastronomy and contemporary design. The five-star hotel was master-planned by the lead architects at Hamiltons International, Andy Miller and Richard Scott Wilson (formerly of Foster + Partners), with architectural design by Archetype and interiors from BAMO.
In terms of its gastronomic offering, the hotel is home to restaurant Côte, the first South-East Asian outpost of world-renowned chef Mauro Colagreco, and Phra Nakhorn, an al fresco riverside dining space specialising in authentic Thai recipes. The Capella hotel tower, which is one part of a new luxury hotel and residential development, houses 101 guest rooms, the Auriga spa and an outdoor pool. This is the first Thai property for Capella Hotels & Resorts, making it a real milestone for the group.
Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour
Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour has made its debut following the Crowne Plaza brand’s ten-year hiatus from Sydney’s CBD. This significant arrival is being celebrated as one of the most connected luxury hotels in the city. Located on the corner of Bathhurst and Sussex Street, the newbuild property is a short walk to Darling Harbour, five minutes on foot to Pitt Street Mall and under ten minutes to the International Convention Centre and Barangaroo.
The 152-room hotel spans 13 floors and showcases the contemporary design of A+ Design Group and architecture of Smart Design Studio. Inside, visitors will find a range of business and meeting facilities including a 24-hour business centre, three food and beverage venues, a 24-hour fitness centre and a rooftop heated infinity pool with city views. Guest rooms, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows and cutting-edge in-room technology, come with distinct zones for guests to work, unwind and sleep.
The brand-new niu Bricks hotel sits within Hamburg’s Eppendorf neighbourhood, with a contemporary style and attitude that’s right in keeping with this popular district. Here, the red brickwork seen throughout the area characterises the hotel interiors of designer Anne Striethold who wanted to reference the neighbouring buildings. Expect industrial-style design in the reception, a spacious lounge with leather sofas and flexible pouffes, and eclectically assembled furnishings that create a cosy atmosphere throughout. Meanwhile, stylish plant partitions represent Hamburg’s status as a green lung.
The charms of Eppendorf are on display across the entire 192-room hotel, from the Lounge Lobby to the Bistro and Smart Room, with decorations such as Scandinavian vintage-design cushions and rustic wooden elements like the coffee tables. Trendy background music permeates the space, moreover, and technology including ultra-fast wifi and USB ports is available everywhere.
Hyatt Place Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport
One half of the dual-branded Hyatt Place and Hyatt House property, this newly opened hotel provides a smart stay in Paris Nord 2 International Business Park, close to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport. Exhibiting the architectural design of International d’Architecture and interiors of Julie Fuillet Studio, the 309-room hotel offers the intuitive characteristics that this brand is known for. Spacious guest rooms come with distinct living and sleeping areas, along with practical amenities such as free wifi and 24-hour food offerings.
Within the five-storey development, this hotel shares its conference space, all-day restaurant and bar facilities, gym and large swimming pool with the soon-to-open 121-room Hyatt House Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport, which is to become the area’s first extended-stay accommodation offering. Both properties are managed by Cycas Hospitality, a brand that is on course to open ten hotels across five European countries, while also adding six new brands to its portfolio, between October 2020 and March 2021.
Staybridge Suites Dubai Al-Maktoum Airport
This month, IHG heightened its presence in the Middle East with the launch of Staybridge Suites Dubai Al-Maktoum Airport, an upscale extended-stay 262-suite hotel aimed at business travellers and visitors looking for a home away from home. Providing easy access to the airport, key business districts, attractions such as Dubai Parks and The Outlet Village Mall, and Expo 2020 Dubai, this is a convenient base for business and leisure travellers alike.
Guests can choose between one- and two-bedroom suites and studios combining the contemporary architectural and interior design of RMJM d3 with amenities including workspace, living areas and fully equipped kitchenettes. Complimentary breakfast is available in the hotel’s restaurant and guests are invited three times a week to The Social, a gathering for getting to know fellow residents over drinks and nibbles. An outdoor swimming pool and health club complete the overall lifestyle offering. Guests will also have access to the dining venues of the neighbouring Holiday Inn Dubai World Central, which opens in early 2021.
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