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Bigger is always better is the semi-official mantra of Middle East hotels – Dubai, Qatar, Oman, we’re looking at you. But now Saudi Arabia has gone better, with the largest hotel in the world planned for Mecca.
Th Abraj Kudai, currently under construction for a cool $3.5b, will house a whopping 10,000 rooms across 12 – yes, 12 – towers. The blow-out figures don’t end there – there will also be 70 restaurants, “royal floors” (we assume floors reserved for royalty?), rooftop helipads and a convention center. According to Arabian Business, the entire project will have a 1.4 million square meter footprint, and include a shopping mall and car park.
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We will get you a recap of everything that’s happening in Bangkok soon – there is that much going on – but before we do, we’ll make a quick stop and pay attention to what Waldorf Astoria is cooking up in the Thai capital. Why? It will be part of a 60-story tower right on Radjadamri Road, literally next door to where Four Seasons moved out and among a range of other hotels (you can spot them in the rendering after the jump), and there will be the above sky pool on floor 17 overlooking the Royal Bangkok Sports Club and the city, at the switching point between hotel and residences.
If you have $200 million to spend, why not invest it all in a new hotel project over in Hawaii? That’s exactly what one group is doing according to the folks over at Pacific Business News. Pacific Links Hawaii will set up shop on Oahu, taking over the turf formerly home to the Mahaka Hotel & Resort.
You know already that there are so many new hotels heading to Shoreditch, London’s hipster haven (or is that Dalston now?). Only a matter of time then before someone would try and capture that Shoreditch coolness and take it somewhere else: Stratford, for instance.
That is what a just-approved hotel scheme called The Penny Brook wants to achieve: bringing “a flavour of Shoreditch to Stratford” (Stratford East London, rather than Stratford-upon-Avon, btw). We don’t have to tell you what’s next in the press release: “We will seek to appeal to Millennials who embrace the ‘anti-brand’ experience”. Oh, those darn millennials.
Could this be the hotel pool?
It may be time to rename the City of Light the City That Never Sleeps… When It Comes To Hotels. Paris is on fire at the moment, and the latest project to get on the road is the Seine-side Hermitage Plaza, in the La Défense area (Europe’s largest purpose built business district, according to Wikipedia).
There are more superlatives for the project itself – twin glass towers, the tallest multi-purpose building “ever erected in Western Europe” according to the people behind it. To put that into perspective, at 320m high, it’s almost the same height as the Eiffel Tower (they’ve deliberately made it a little shorter, so as not to outshine Monsieur Gustave). And although it’s not especially central, the height means you’ll get sweeping views of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower, too.
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How things have changed! Because not only has a 120-acre “tourism development zone” been approved for the Graceland area, but renderings have now appeared on the Graceland website. Look at the pictures. Watch the video. What do you think?
This is your Friday trivia question: What is Benelux?
Answer: It may sound like a butter-substitute spread, but it’s the abbreviation given to Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, three neighboring countries that aren’t always known for being the life and soul of the party (you might say boring, we would say underrated).
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London is abuzz with thoughts about Lyon today, as Eurostar launches its first direct service between the two cities. Lyon, of course, is France’s gastro hub, and the new route will take four-and-a-half hours door to door.
And as if by magic, our friends at Hôtellerie de Luxe have tipped us off about the forthcoming Intercontinental Lyon. It’ll be parachuting into the aptly named Grand Hôtel-Dieu, one of Lyon’s largest and grandest buildings, a former medieval hospital on the edge of the Rhone river. But you'll have to wait a while -- this is a huge, important project, and the projected opening date is 2018.
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It’s always difficult to choose a favorite Indian Ocean brand, of course, but LUX* Resorts would have to be up there: a small clutch of properties in Mauritius, the Maldives, China and Reunion Island, always beautifully done, but not outrageously expensive.
And now they’re expanding in Reunion Island, signing two new management contracts with owners Asian Prosperous Holding Ltd. Up first is a brand new five star hotel in St Philippe, in the south of Reunion. It’ll have 82 pool villas, and is currently under construction, slated for opening next year.
The Eden Project, an eco garden (but so much more than that) is one of the UK’s biggest tourist attractions. But until now, getting there has been a bit of a faff. There isn’t a huge number of decent hotels in the immediate vicinity, near St Austell in Cornwall, and most of the holiday cottages in the area only rent by the week.
Perhaps this is why the Eden Project has finally stepped into the breach, announcing plans for a 115-room onsite timber-clad hotel.
We may be in ecstasy over the arrival of a Standard London, but the neighbors are not so keen. The Camden New Journal reports that the hotel will be a “blot” on the landscape, according to a rather well known local resident.
Lord Fink, fomer Tory party treasurer, who lives in the glorious conversion of St Pancras, is objecting to the rooftop extension to the
communist-style Brutalist former council offices. It was already ugly, he reckons, and locals were silently hoping it might be demolished; but the plans for the Standard have shocked him:
It took a year from taking the first picture of Hudson London to it quietly disappearing from the Morgans Hotel Group website. Though not a complete surprise given some of the struggles the group had, we did welcome Mondrian at Sea Containers during that time and learned that there would be suites running at £10,000 a night (which would almost seem a steal compared to what we just saw in Paris), before the rumor mill told us Malmaison would be moving into the building on Great Scotland Yard instead.