Where to Stay: new hotels in Beijing, Jakarta, Yangon and more

Where to Stay: new hotels in Beijing, Jakarta, Yangon and more

Our latest round-up of key Asian hotel openings and developments...

Our latest round-up of key Asian hotel openings and developments...

Hilton Yantai
Hilton Yantai

Hilton Yantai

Location: Within the Shimao Skyscraper, a 323-metre-high building in Yantai, overlooking the Bohai Strait in China’s Shandong province
Grade: Upper-upscale
Keys: 252
Facilities: Four F&B outlets, an executive lounge, fitness centre and indoor pool
Meeting space: More than 1,650m² of meeting space including a 940m² ballroom
They say: “The opening of our second Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Yantai underscores our commitment to providing Hilton’s signature hospitality to guests in the places that matter to them the most”
We say: Sea views from rooms and restaurants should make this a popular spot. If the proposed undersea tunnel (the longest the world) from Yantai to Dalian is ever built, this could become a hugely strategic destination
Opening: Already open

Favehotel Bandara Tangerang
Favehotel Bandara Tangerang

Favehotel Bandara Tangerang

Location: On Jalan Husein Sastranegara, approx. 15 minutes from Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta International Airport.
Grade: Economy
Keys: 164, including suites for families
Facilities: Restaurant
Meeting space: Six meeting rooms and a function hall
They say: “With the increasing number of domestic and international flight routes launching each month in and around Jakarta, the demand for comfortable and convenient accommodation is also on the rise. Favehotel Bandara Tangerang is prepared to cater to these growing needs”
We say: A handy location close to Jakarta’s main airport and Favehotel’s standard amenities, including free high-speed Wi-Fi, should make this popular option for travellers on a budget
Opening: Already open

Pan Pacific Beijing
Pan Pacific Beijing

Pan Pacific Beijing

Location: In the Xicheng district of Beijing, close to Financial Street and not far from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
Grade: Upper-upscale
Keys: 220
Facilities: Indoor pool with retractable roof, 24-hour fitness centre, spa, three restaurants and an 18th floor lounge
Meeting space: Includes a grand ballroom with double-height ceilings
They say: “Surrounded by a bustling commercial district and enthralling historical attractions, Pan Pacific Beijing is the perfect base with which to discover the vivid metropolis”
We say: Pan Pacific’s new flagship hotel in China marks the latest stage of the company’s Asian expansion, following the recent launch in Hanoi and the forthcoming arrival in Yangon
Opening: 20 August 2017

Hotel G Yangon
Hotel G Yangon

Hotel G Yangon

Location: In the Yaw Min Gyi district of Yangon, a short distance south Kandawgyi Lake and the Shwedagon Pagoda
Grade: Upscale
Keys: 85
Facilities: Open plan lobby with Babett restaurant and bar, a 500m² fitness centre and a “G Shop” selling branded goods
Meeting space: Unspecified
They say: “The time is right for the city’s first lifestyle hotel, where like-minded international travellers and local residents can find a trendy space to work, relax, play and collaborate”
We say: The Hotel G brand focuses on design and technology, and this will provide an interesting new option for travellers to Yangon
Opening: 7 September 2017

The signing ceremony for the DoubleTree by Hilton Halong Bay
The signing ceremony for the DoubleTree by Hilton Halong Bay

DoubleTree by Hilton Halong Bay

Location: Halong City in northeast Vietnam, 14km from the port providing boat trips into Halong Bay
Grade: Upscale
Keys: 318
Facilities: Four F&B outlets, a fitness centre, spa and swimming pool
Meeting space: 1,200m² of meeting space including a ballroom
They say: “Not only will DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Halong Bay be a tremendous addition to our portfolio in Vietnam, it will, at the same time, bolster the country’s tourism profile to attract more travellers to the country”
We say: As tourism arrivals to Vietnam continue to soar, destinations like Halong Bay will need more hotel rooms. The DoubleTree isn’t near the UNESCO-listed bay, but should still attract international guests and domestic events
Opening: Q2 2021

The new hotel will be located at Cenang Beach in Langkawi
The new hotel will be located at Cenang Beach in Langkawi

Wanda Realm Resort Langkawi

Location: Part of Tropicana Cenang, a major new development at Cenang Beach in Langkawi, the island off Malaysia’s northwest coast
Grade: Upper-upscale
Keys: 350
Facilities: Restaurants, entertainment and fitness facilities
Meeting space: Available but not yet specified
They say: “The development is expected to bring growth opportunities to both the tourism and property industry at this island”
We say: No doubt this project will boost employment on the island. But one can’t help but question the need for, or impact of, such a large-scale development, which comprises twin 40-storey towers and various other facilities
Opening: 2023

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