Mercure debuts in holy city

Mercure has made its debut in the holy city of Dwarka with the opening of Mercure Dwarka. Strategically located in the Devbhumi Dwarka district of Gujarat, the hotel is a short drive from the Dwarkadhish temple, popularly known as Jagat Mandir, and is conveniently located a five minute drive from the railway station, an hour’s drive from Porbandar Airport and a little over two hours from the Jamnagar Airport. The opening of Mercure Dwarka marks AccorHotels’ fourth property in the land of legends, Gujarat.

Featuring 99 well-appointed guest rooms, including one suite, the hotel offers contemporary comfort. Each guest room features spacious interiors and modern design; the rooms are equipped with in-room amenities and high speed Wi-Fi access. Fitness enthusiasts can also work out at the state-of-the-art fitness centre. Bringing local culture to life, the rooms are designed with Lord Krishna frames connecting guests with the divinity of the city.

The hotel is also home to Makhan, an all-day dining restaurant that offers a wide selection of quintessential local delicacies and an array of local and international cuisines. For small meetings and events, the hotel features a modern meeting room that can accommodate up to 40 guests.

A special inaugural rate of INR 4,999 plus GST per room night is on offer in August. Complimentary daily drop-off and pick-up is available from Dwarkadhish Temple on a shared basis.

Kota debut for Country Inn & Suites

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Kota has made its debut in Kota, Rajasthan. The hotel is the first international brand to have a presence in the city. Strategically located, Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Kota offers 85 rooms and suites close to corporate zones and educational service institutes, making it the perfect stay for both business and family guests.

The hotel offers amenities including free high speed Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast, minibar, coffee and tea making facilities, satellite TV, in-room dining and wellness and recreation facilities such as a rooftop swimming pool, spa, steam room and health club. A choice of F&B outlets such as Mosaic, the all-day dining restaurant, features a spirited mix of local and international delicacies. FLAVI, an Indian specialty, pure vegetarian restaurant presents Awadhi, Chetinnad, Punjabi, Kashmiri, Gujarati, Bengali and Rajasthani dishes in exquisite new ways. The Unwind Lobby Bar, serves a wide selection of cocktails, wines, single malt whisky, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks in an elegant and modern setting. On the terrace, poolside bar, Splash, offers slow-roasted, aromatic barbeque innovations paired with a collection of liquor blends.

Ideal for meetings and events, the hotel features an expansive 20,000 square feet outdoor garden and flexible banquet hall as well as meeting space of over 10,200 square feet, complete with state-of-the-art audiovisual facilities.



Rebrand for Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace

The 30-year old Surya Palace, the iconic hotel in the city of Vadodara in Gujarat, has been rebranded to Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace.  Strategically located close to Vadodara’s business district and corporate hubs, the hotel is the first Grand Mercure to launch in the state of Gujarat. Featuring 146 guest rooms including five suites, an all-day dining restaurant, a delicatessen, an outdoor pool, fitness and wellness centre, the hotel is a two minute drive from the railway station and ten minutes from the airport.

Each guest room features modern design aesthetics, in-room amenities and Wi-Fi access. The hotel is also home to one of the city’s largest pillarless events space spanning over 19,000 square feet, with six meeting rooms. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Champaner-Pavagarh is a 50 minute drive away from the hotel. The property is AccorHotels’ 48th hotel in the country and highlights their growing network in the region.

Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu opens in Nepal

Marriott International has debuted in Nepal with the opening of Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu. Located in Thamel, a popular area for tourists in the capital’s central commercial district, the 115-room property is close to attractions such as the Narayanhiti Palace Museum, Garden of Dreams and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Amenities in the hotel include an all-day dining restaurant, a bar and lobby lounge, a fitness centre and two meeting rooms.

The brand’s presence in South Asia is marked by four hotels in India – Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru Rajajinagar, Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru Outer Ring Road, Fairfield by Marriott Lucknow and Fairfield by Marriott Belagavi.

Holiday Inn opens close to Kolkata Airport

InterContinental Hotels Group has introduced its first Holiday Inn hotel in Kolkata, Holiday Inn Kolkata Airport, with the opening of the 137-room hotel in partnership with Jain Group. The total number of Holiday Inn hotels has gone up to 11 in India. Holiday Inn Kolkata Airport is five kilometres away from Kolkata International Airport, the nearest five–star hotel in the city, and in close proximity to business parks, special economic zones and information technology hubs of Kolkata in Rajarhat, New Town and Salt Lake Sector-V area.

The hotel offers the contemporary business and leisure traveller an inventory of 137 well-appointed rooms and suites. For MICE and corporate guests, the hotel offers 6,076 square feet of meeting and banqueting space, state-of-the-art technology as well as creative catering for their events. The food and beverage outlets include an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty restaurant/ bar and a patisserie. The recreational amenities include a terrace top swimming pool with a stunning view of the cityscape and a well-equipped fitness centre.

Sky’s the limit as resort unveils transparent marquee

A large, completely transparent marquee has been set up permanently at Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort.

Called the Crystal, the unique space opens up opportunities at the resorts for meetings and events.

It is fully air conditioned and can seat up to 250 people banquet style. Its positioning on top of the hotel gives visitors beach views of the resort’s Bel Ombre coast.

Cyrille Carmona, deputy general manager of the resort, said: “Crystal is unique in Mauritius and repositions the Outrigger as a full-on MICE destination for events, incentive meetings, weddings and banquets. With Crystal, the sky is now the limit.”

Meliá makes it three in China

Meliá has opened the Meliá Shanghai Hongqiao, just minutes from Shanghai’s National Exhibition & Convention Centre. The luxury urban hotel is Meliá Hotels International’s third property in China, following Gran Meliá Xian and Meliá Jinan. The 187-room hotel features high ceilings and fabric-lined walls, with marble and walnut wood. The hotel also has a YHI Spa, Meliá’s signature wellness sanctuary. Marko Janssen, general manager of Meliá Shanghai Hongqiao, commented: “Every traveller deserves a truly uplifting experience, one that is bespoke and memorable – this is what we want our guests to feel the moment they walk through the door. Our service will focus on going above and beyond, paying attention to every detail for a personalised experience. Building on the legacy of the Meliá brand, we’re thrilled to bring to life our ethos of Spanish service to distinguish ourselves as the benchmark for hospitality in Shanghai and more widely in China.”

New Novotel opens in Lucknow

Novotel Lucknow Gomti Nagar opened in April in downtown Gomti Nagar with featuring 106 rooms. With easy access to city’s central business, governmental and shopping districts, the hotel is a 30 minutes’ drive from the city airport and 40 minutes from the railway station. The hotel is also in close proximity to Lucknow’s modern business and entertainment hubs like Vibhuti Khand, Singapore Mall and local attractions like Hazratganj, Bara Imambara, Ambedkar Park and British residency. It offers recreational facilities which include a well-equipped fitness centre and a rooftop swimming pool. A meeting room with a capacity of 150 persons is available with wi-fi connectivity. The food and beverage outlets include:

The Square, Novotel’s signature food and beverage offering, is an all-day dining restaurant that offers a wide selection of Indian and international cuisine in the form of buffets, set menus and a la carte selections.

The Bar serves a wide range of cocktails and drinks.

The Rooftop Restaurant, located next to the rooftop infinity swimming pool, serves a wide range of Indian cuisine and grills along with a variety of cocktails, wines and alcoholic beverages at its starlit bar.

The Deli, located at the lobby level, serves up fresh bakes and confectionary products.


Viceroy shares sneak peek of five-star Vietnam hotel

Viceroy Hotel Group has shared a first look at its upcoming Viceroy Da Nang Vietnam, a five-star hotel at the heart of the Cocobay entertainment and hospitality hub set to open in 2020. The hotel will feature more than 700 luxury rooms, eight restaurants and event space including three ballrooms. “This is Viceroy’s first foray into Asia’s most highly-anticipated market, which is being created from the ground up,” said Anton Bawab, regional president of Viceroy Hotel Group. “The mix of culture, nightlife and hospitality that will come to life here will solidify Viceroy Da Nang Vietnam as a must-visit destination.”

Largest ballroom in Hong Kong to be unveiled

The largest ballroom in Hong Kong will be unveiled as part of the opening of the anticipated Kerry Hotel. The five-star resort, set to open its doors late April, is located on Hung Hom Bay with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking Hong Kong’s famous Victoria Harbour. It features 546 rooms and a number of event spaces, including alfresco, that can accommodate 120 (cocktail) or 60 (banquet). The ballroom itself can be divided into four rooms and can hold 100 banquet tables. The Kerry Hotel also boasts a junior ballroom with space for 25 tables, and 17 meeting rooms.