Where to Stay: New hotels in Melbourne, St Petersburg, Marbella and more

Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands (pictured above)

Location: Part of the Marina Tower complex on Pearl River Road, in Melbourne’s Docklands area
Grade: Midscale
Keys: 273
Facilities: Restaurant, bar, 25-metre outdoor heated swimming pool, 24-hour fitness centre, spa, steam room
Meeting space: Five function rooms with space for up to 450 guests
They say: “Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands will bring stylish design and modern comfort at an affordable price to Australia’s most cultural and creative city”
We say: Architecturally impressive, this property belies its midscale status with a range of upscale amenities. Good choice for leisure travellers, and proximity to exhibition centre should also be a strong selling point
Opening: Already open

Hilton Saint Petersburg ExpoForum
Hilton Saint Petersburg ExpoForum

Hilton Saint Petersburg ExpoForum

Location: Part of the ExpoForum MICE complex in the southern part of the Russian city
Grade: Upper-upscale
Keys: 169
Facilities: Two restaurants, bar, two-level spa, indoor swimming pool, 24-hour fitness centre
Meeting space: Eight function rooms and one ballroom for up to 550 guests, plus large pre-function area. Attached to ExpoForum complex which hosts 400 events per year
They say: “Business and leisure guests alike can experience the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage city, outstanding architecture, and long summer… while enjoying unparalleled access to one of the world’s largest exhibition centres”
We say: Clearly designed for the MICE market, this hotel is set away from the city’s main tourist areas. Will complement Hilton’s existing Hampton Inn property at the ExpoForum
Opening: Already open

ibis Styles Makassar Sam Ratulangi
ibis Styles Makassar Sam Ratulangi

ibis Styles Makassar Sam Ratulangi

Location: In the centre of Makassar, the largest city on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi
Grade: Economy
Keys: 117
Facilities: Restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, gym, spa
Meeting space: Four meeting rooms for up to 180 delegates
They say: “ibis Styles Makassar Sam Ratulangi offers a strong proposition for both leisure and business travellers with its generous all-inclusive room package offering an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, broadband internet, plus a host of little extras”
We say: Downtown location and good selection of amenities for its price point should make this hotel popular with travellers on a budget
Opening: Already open


W Marbella

Location: On the beach at Playa Real de Zaragoza, a short drive from downtown Marbella on Spain’s Costa del Sol
Grade: Luxury
Keys: 200, plus 100 apartments and villas
Facilities: Restaurant, bar, spa, beauty salon, fitness centre, two swimming pools, beach club
Meeting space: Five meeting rooms and covered outdoor terrace
They say: “We believe that the W brand is the perfect fit for this landmark location and look forward to seeing W Marbella emerge as the most sought after and admired resort in Spain”
We say: W Hotels should be a good fit for this market, which is fashionable and upmarket. The beach club (which is opening earlier than the hotel in 2018) will no doubt become a popular social spot
Opening: 2021

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