Where to Stay: New hotels in Vancouver, the Maldives, Budapest and Kota Kinabalu

Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver

Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver
Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver

Location: In a new twisted tower on West Georgia Street, in Vancouver’s CBD
Grade: Luxury
Keys: 147 suites
Facilities: Chinese fine-dining restaurant, champagne lounge, Ivanka Trump spa, pool with Drai’s poolside lounge, 24-hour in-room dining
Meeting space: More than 11,000m² of function space divided into a variety of usable spaces
They say: “[The hotel] introduces an unprecedented level of refined residences… making this more than a place to live, but a place to live the life”
We say: Politics aside, this highly impressive property is set to become a new landmark in the city
Opening: Already open

Kandima Maldives

Kandima Maldives
Kandima Maldives

Location: Dhaalu Atoll in the southern Maldives
Grade: Upscale
Keys: 274 studios and villas
Facilities: Ten F&B outlets, spa, art studio, pool, kids’ club, water sports
Meeting space: Unspecified
They say: “Priced at four-star level, the resort is anything but ordinary and will definitely be a refreshing change to Maldives”
We say: With 24-hour room use and RFID bracelets for guests, this is a modern take on the traditional Maldivian all-inclusive concept
Opening: February 2017

W Budapest

Budapest's Andrassy Avenue
Budapest’s Andrassy Avenue

Location: In the renovated Drechsler Palace on Andrassy Avenue (pictured), central Budapest
Grade: Luxury
Keys: 162
Facilities: Restaurant, bar, “W Living Room” lobby area, spa, fitness centre, swimming pool
Meeting space: Three event spaces, including “Great Room” for larger celebrations
They say: “W Hotels’ bold and vibrant take on luxury continues to expand into some of the most exciting destinations”
We say: It will be interesting how the designers combine the modernity of the W brand with the classical grandeur of the Drechsler Palace, which is set in a UNESCO-listed area
Opening: 2020

Crowne Plaza Kota Kinabalu Waterfront

The new Crowne Plaza will open in 2021
The new Crowne Plaza will open in 2021

Location: Part of a new waterfront development in downtown Kota Kinabalu, 10 minutes from airport
Grade: Upscale
Keys: 367
Facilities: Rooftop bar and restaurant, outdoor pool, spa, 24-hour fitness centre
Meeting space: Eight meeting spaces, including a large 600-pax ballroom
They say: “Crowne Plaza Kota Kinabalu Waterfront is poised for success and will be a popular choice amongst both business and leisure travellers”
We say: Corporate-focused hotel to launch at a time when business in booming in KK
Opening: 2021

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