Monthly Archives: October 2016

Now AlRayyan Hotel Doha in Qatar Jons Curio Collection

Curio – A Collection by Hilton announced today the opening of AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton, the brand’s first property in the Middle East to join the global portfolio of more than 30 distinctive hotels. Curio – A Collection by Hilton hotels and resorts cater to travellers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences and AlRayyan Hotel Doha joins two other Hilton (NYSE:HLT) properties in the city.

“Doha, characterised as a destination offering inspiration, progress and adventure, has firmly placed itself as a city to watch with its growing array of leisure and sporting events, cultural attractions and art scene,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton. “AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton exemplifies these attributes, with its distinctive character, prime location and opulent, luxurious design perfectly suited to guests who delight in unique and memorable hotels.”

Located in the upscale neighbourhood of Al Rayyan, and directly connected to the Mall of Qatar, the AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton offers a choice of 201 elegant guest rooms and suites featuring timeless decor along with floor-to-ceiling windows, oversized bathrooms and walk-in rain showers. The stylish and spacious Presidential Suite boasts two bedrooms, large living and dining areas, walk-in closet and a full-sized hammam in the marble bathroom. The chic, one-of-a-kind hotel is just steps from Al-Rayyan Sports Club, and a short drive from Qatar National Convention Centre, Sheikh Faisal Museum and Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club.

AlRayyan Hotel Doha offers guests an elevated dining experience, with onsite options catering to all palates. The hotel’s rooftop restaurant, Muy Vivo, provides delectable Latin American cuisine with an Argentinian flair from its lively open kitchen, with both indoor and outdoor seating. All-day dining venue Mezzo, located on the ground floor with direct connection to the Mall of Qatar, offers a blend of Italian, Arabic and International dishes. For guests in a hurry, Mezzo’s ‘Grab and Go’ counter is the perfect option to savour a quick bite. Guests can enjoy delicate pastries and high tea at the hotel’s chic lobby lounge, Moda Lounge. In addition, guests can choose to dine in the refreshing pool bar and have access to 24-hour room service.

AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton offers an array of refreshing activities with three outdoor swimming pools, 24-hour gym, male and female wellness areas each featuring a sauna, Jacuzzi, hammam and jetted showers, as well as an onsite ladies’ beauty lounge and children’s play area.

The hotel also caters to small meetings and alluring, large-scale weddings and events alike, with five state-of-the-art meetings rooms and a 300 square-metre ballroom with private entrance.

“For travellers desiring elegance and style during their hotel stay, AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton offers the perfect blend between authentic experiences, sophisticated accommodations and renowned Middle Eastern hospitality,” said Luca Crocco, general manager. “We look forward to welcoming residents, travellers and all guests seeking to discover something distinct at our one-of-a-kind property in Doha.”

AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton participates in Hilton HHonors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 13 distinct hotel brands. Hilton HHonors members who book directly with Hilton save time and money and gain instant access to the benefits they care about most, including an exclusive member rate at more than 4,800 hotels worldwide and instant benefits such as free Wi-Fi, the ability to earn and redeem Points for free nights, as well as access through the Hilton HHonors mobile app to digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key. To celebrate the hotel’s opening, Hilton HHonors members will earn an additional 1,000 Hilton HHonors Points per night from January 9, 2017 through May 31, 2017, when booking directly with Hilton.

AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton is located at Mall of Qatar, Al Rayyan – Doha, Qatar. P.O. Box 23325.

Now Aloft Taipei Beitou Hotel Opens in Taiwan

Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) announced the opening of Aloft Taipei Beitou Hotel, the second Aloft in Taipei, which brings a modern twist to the century-old hot spring destination of Beitou. Featuring vibrant design and innovative technology, the 292-room hotel is just steps from a multitude of hot springs, and a quick 5-minute stroll to two Metro stations, enabling easy access to Taipei’s downtown area and attractions.

“We are proud to debut Aloft Taipei Beitou, the second Aloft hotel in Taiwan, redefining the traditional hotel experience and strengthening the Aloft brand’s presence in the dynamic Taiwanese market,” said Stephen Ho, Chief Executive Officer, Greater China, Marriott International. “Taiwan draws both business and leisure travelers, and we look forward to bringing the Aloft brand’s tech-forward, vibrant experience and a modern style that is different by design to Beitou.”

The striking interior décor of Aloft Taipei Beitou is inspired by Aloft’s passion for music and technology, and blending in with Beitou’s natural landscape. Both guestrooms and public areas showcase the creations of local artists, integrating elements indigenous to Beitou and customized specifically for Aloft Taipei Beitou. The modern, loft-inspired rooms and suites are equipped with SPG Keyless, the industry’s first truly mobile check-in system where guests can utilize their mobile phones as room keys. All rooms feature the brand’s signature offerings, such as the ultra-comfortable plush bed, a walk-in shower, custom amenities by Bliss® Spa, fast & free WiFi, and a 43″ LCD TVs linked to a Plug & Play connectivity panel.

Aloft Taipei Beitou features a variety of dining and social spaces for guests to mix and mingle. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Nook, serves scrumptious buffet-style breakfast and a vibrant selection of a la carte dishes and specialty items. Nook also boasts a pet-friendly terrace offering water bowls and a special menu for guests’ furry friends. For those on the go, Re:fuelSM by Aloft, Aloft’s signature 24/7 grab and go venue, provides light meals, mix-and-match munchies, healthy bites, beverages and more.

Guests can also experience the vivacious social scene in the Re:mixSM lounge on the ground floor. The stylish space’s 6-meter-high ceiling is covered with butterfly-wing styled wooden panel lighting to create the illusion of swirling in a valley of butterflies, celebrating Taiwan’s reputation as a kingdom of butterflies. A giant floor-to-ceiling pixel-like RGB LED wall imparts a futuristic look. Additionally, the Aloft brand’s signature W:XYZSM bar serves refreshing cocktails and beverages while offering the brand’s iconic Live At Aloft Hotelsprogramming that showcases live acoustic performances by up-and-coming artists. Guests can further socialize over a game of pool or get a good workout at the well-equipped Re:chargeSM gym, open 24/7.

The property also features three on-site Tactic meeting spaces that are equipped with state-of-the-art A/V equipment and fast and free WiFi. The meeting spaces occupy 176 square meters of versatile, colorful facilities, providing a distinctive style and character for both formal and casual meetings.

Outside the hotel, Beitou awaits exploration. Highlights include Beitou Thermal Valley, Beitou Hot Springs Museum and Sakura Tunnel, which transforms into a pink paradise with the arrival of cherry blossoms in mid-February. Also, guests can shop and eat at Shihlin Night Market, or visit the environmentally friendly architecture – Beitou Library. Aloft Taipei Beitou is 13 kilometers from Taipei Songshan Airport (TSA) and 42 kilometers from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE).

To celebrate the opening, Aloft Taipei Beitou is offering a special package of TWD 3,600, which includes a one night stay in a brand new Aloft guestroom, fast Internet access via wired or WiFi, one complimentary cocktail per stay, double Starpoints for every eligible spending during the stay for SPG members, and late check-out until 2pm. The opening package is effective until March 31, 2017 and subject to a 10% service charge and 5% tax.

Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho Hotel Announced for November Soon

Tokyo-based commercial real estate developer Pacifica Capital K.K. has signed a management contract with Marriott International to open Japan’s first location for Moxy Hotels in November 2017.

The property, to be known as “Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho Hotel”, is a short walk from Kinshicho, one of Tokyo’s busiest train stations and near some of the capital’s major tourist attractions such as Asakusa and Tokyo Sky Tree. It is also within a block of an expressway onramp making the property convenient to Haneda and Narita airports as well as Tokyo Disneyland. The hotel will have 205 rooms ranging 18-28 m2, large, attractive and comfortable food and beverage facilities, a gym and meeting rooms.

Launched in 2014, Moxy is a boutique hotel concept targeted at Millennials using the latest technology and a strong emphasis on fun and useful public areas with comfortable space to eat, drink, work and communicate 24/7. Currently, there are 7 Moxy hotels open in the U.S. and Europe and a strong development pipeline.

In 2016, international visitors to Japan grew by 20% to a record 24 million, more than 80% of which came from Asia. With the Summer Olympics coming to Tokyo in 2020, the Japanese government doubled its 2020 inbound visitor target to 40 million people and experts predict a massive accommodation shortage.

Pacifica’s 100% subsidiary, American Hotel Management K.K. will operate the hotel with key personnel to be seconded by Marriott. “I love the Moxy concept” said Seth Sulkin, President & CEO of Pacifica Capital K.K. “Tokyo desperately needs boutique hotels at an affordable price where people actually enjoy staying. We think Moxy fills a huge gap between basic business hotels with cramped rooms and luxury hotels at prices beyond what most people can afford to pay.”

Property Summary:

Address: 3-4-2 Kotobashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Land area: 1,247.53 m2
Building area: 7,465.68 m2
Completed: April 1988
Structure: two basement levels, 10 floors above ground

Founded in 1995, Pacifica Capital is one of Japan’s leading foreign-capital real estate developers. It has a strong track record in development of hotels, shopping centers and mixed-use properties as well as utility-scale solar plants.

Fairfield by Marriott Belagavi Hotel Now Opens in India

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) marks the start of 2017 with the opening of the fourth Fairfield by Marriott property in Belagavi, the ever expanding commercial hub in Southwest India. As Belagavi continues to grow into a business and leisure destination, there is great demand for high quality, mid-range accommodations in the city.

Fairfield by Marriott is designed for today’s traveller who is looking to be productive on the road while maintaining balance, whether for business or leisure. The property’s modern design and amenities, provides guest with consistent and reliable service at great value.

The Fairfield by Marriott Belagavi features 114 guestrooms, offering luxurious bedding, a flat screen LED TV, an elegant marble bathroom, and a thoughtfully designed work space that provides flexibility for work and relaxation. Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel will keep guests connected at any time, while the outdoor pool and state-of-the-art fitness center will help guests stay on track with fitness goals.

“Kava”, the signature all-day dining experience with an alfresco set-up, serves an authentic mix of Indian and Western cuisine. The “Kava Bar” offers a blended mix of beverages while the “24/7” Market provides a wide variety of food options for guests on the go. The hotel offers a fully equipped fitness centre, 1,000 square meters of event space, with in-built audio visuals facilities makes it an ideal venue for meetings, banquets and social events at any size

Commenting on the launch, Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President of South Asia, Marriott International said: “Fairfield by Marriott offers innovative design at a great value, which combined gives us a huge strategic advantage in many markets across the region. Growing markets such as Belagavi hold tremendous potential for us as we see millions of people entering the middle classes across India. The Fairfield by Marriott product represents great value for transient travelers as the entry price point into the Marriott portfolio”