Where to Stay: the latest hotels in KL, Nagoya, Colombo and more

Favehotel Tuban
Favehotel Tuban

Favehotel Tuban

Location: On Basuki Rachmad Road in Tuban, the seaport in East Java, three hours’ drive from Surabaya’s Juanda International Airport
Grade: Economy
Keys: 105
Facilities: Coffee shop
Meeting space: Three meeting rooms
They say: “Style, functionality and great value are the keys to a comfortable and pleasing stay at Favehotels”
We say: Favehotel is growing a strong reputation in Indonesia for high-quality affordable accommodation. Free Wi-Fi, in-room tea and coffee and cable TV will attract business travellers on a budget
Opening: Already open

Innside by Meliá Zhengzhou
Innside by Meliá Zhengzhou

Innside by Meliá Zhengzhou

Location: In the Zhengdong New District of Zhengzhou, the capital of China’s Henan province, close to Zhengzhou East Railway Station
Grade: Upscale
Keys: 335
Facilities: Restaurant, bar and 24-hour fitness centre
Meeting space: Unspecified
They say: “Our vision is an exciting one: to create a more authentic experience for today’s “bleisure” travellers, or work trippers”
We say: This is the fourth location for Innside, Melia’s lifestyle brand, in China. Modern design and convenient amenities such as free Wi-Fi should appeal to guests
Opening: Already open

Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

Location: Within the Damansara Heights, midway between Kuala Lumpur and Petalingjaya
Grade: Luxury
Keys: 312
Facilities: Five restaurants and bars, an executive lounge, outdoor pool, fitness centre and a spa with five treatment rooms and a Moroccan hamman
Meeting space: Six meeting rooms, including a 1,100m² ballroom
They say: “The hotel’s interior blends local heritage with a sophisticated feature wall depicting the country’s Wau Bulan… with French art vivre through an Eiffel Tower artwork”
We say: This stylish luxury hotel has excellent facilities, especially for the MICE market, but the location isn’t ideal for leisure breaks in Kuala Lumpur
Opening: Already open

Mercure Dwarka
Mercure Dwarka

Mercure Dwarka

Location: The holy city of Dwarka in India’s Gujarat state, a short drive holy temple of Jagat Mandir
Grade: Midscale
Keys: 99
Facilities: Restaurant, fitness centre and free shuttle service to local temple
Meeting space: One meeting room catering for up to 60 people
They say: “Gujarat is an important market for us as it enjoys the unique positioning of being a business hub with a rich cultural heritage”
We say: As the first international hotel in Dwarka, the Mercure is in a strong position to benefit from the city’s strong pilgrimage traffic
Opening: Already open

Red Planet Nishiki
Red Planet Nishiki

Red Planet Nishiki, Nagoya

Location: In downtown Nagoya, close to the train station and Sakuraten Shrine
Grade: Economy
Keys: 211
Facilities: Social lobby area with free Wi-Fi
Meeting space: Unavailable
They say: “The opening of the third Red Planet hotel in Japan, a market which needs product innovation and quality upgrading in the economy hotel sector, solidifies Red Planet’s position as the largest and fastest-growing pan-Asian value hotel company”
We say: With its strong downtown location, Red Planet’s third budget hotel in Japan will cater for the surging numbers of international visitors to the country
Opening: 1 November 2017

Shangri-La Hotel Colombo
Shangri-La Hotel Colombo

Shangri-La Hotel Colombo

Location: On the Galle Face Green promenade, overlooking the Indian Ocean, 40 minutes’ drive from Colombo airport
Grade: Luxury
Keys: 500, plus 41 serviced apartments
Facilities: Five F&B outlets, daily live entertainment, a spa with nine treatment rooms, 24-hour fitness centre and swimming pool
Meeting space: More than 4,500m² of space including two ballrooms and an outdoor event lawn
They say: “Shangri-La Hotel Colombo will allow travellers who are beginning their Sri Lankan holidays or in town for meetings to experience a mix of Shangri-La’s Asian elegance and a contemporary style”
We say: This will be a major new destination for Colombo, especially enhancing its MICE sector. Likely to be popular with Sri Lanka’s rising number of Chinese business travellers
Opening: December 2017

 

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