Where to Stay: new hotels in Malaysia, HK and South Korea

Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade

Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade

Location: Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, a short walk away from the city’s entertainment district
Grade: Four-star
Keys: 213
Facilities: All-day restaurant Chorak, Lobby Lounge, rooftop pool bar, fitness centre
Meeting space: Three rooms with floor to ceiling windows for up to 60 guests
They say: “We are very excited with the launch of our first Mercure brand in Kuala Lumpur, with itsdistinct personality” – Garth Simmons, COO, AccorHotels Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore
We say: Good location choice from Sime Darby Property Berhad for its target market: the SME business community and holiday makers
Opening: Already open

AVANI Busan Hotel


Location: East Busan Tourism Complex
Grade: Upscale
Keys: 400 plus 136 branded residences
Facilities: All-day dining restaurant, rooftop specialty bar, Korean style bathhouse, gym and pool
Meeting space: Event space and meeting rooms
They say: “We are excited to announce our first property in South Korea in the dynamic city of Busan, which is the perfect fit for our upscale AVANI brand. We see a lot of opportunity as an inbound market.”
We say: Strong move with a new-build hotel for Minor Hotels’ first property in South Korea
Opening: 2019

SLEEEP Hong Kong

SLEEEP, Hong Kong

Location: Queens Road Central, Sheung Wan
Grade: Budget / capsule
Keys: 8
Facilities: N/A
They say: “With our new hospitality concept we hope to offer a sanctuary for people to relax and recharge. It’s a breathing space within a suffocating environment.” – Jun Rivers, founder
We say: Interesting concept with good marketing: the experience is centered on the patent-pending relaxation capsule, the SLPer
Opening: Taking bookings

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