Hot hotel openings: The best of 2020

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In this week’s special edition of hot hotel openings, we look forward to the year ahead and visit some of the latest and most anticipated properties from around the world.

Hilton Garden Inn Silverstone (UK)

Hilton Garden Inn Silverstone
Hilton Garden Inn Silverstone

Hilton is due to make its debut at the UK’s premier motor racing venue and has signed a management agreement with Bricks Capital Ltd to open Hilton Garden Inn Silverstone.

The 197 guest room hotel, which is due to open in 2020, will include a rooftop terrace and offer race-day hospitality experiences for all the major sporting events held at the venue. The hotel will enhance the circuit’s offering outside of the race calendar and have direct access, via a cross-circuit footbridge, to The Silverstone Wing Conference Centre – Silverstone’s iconic event venue, with 12,500 square metres of flexible space for up to 3,000 people.

Canopy by Hilton London City (UK)

Canopy by Hilton London City

The new Canopy by Hilton London City will be situated in the vibrant neighbourhood of Aldgate. Guests will be able to access two contrasting parts of the capital; the stylish, clean-cut City of London, as well as the East End, a neighbourhood bursting with bijous boutiques and London’s best nightlife. The hotel’s interior design will draw on the legacy of its historical surroundings and the melting pot of cultures in the area.

The restaurant will serve healthy and locally inspired dishes, while its atmospheric rooftop bar will offer unbeatable views and evening tastings of local craft beer and wine.

Nobu Hotel Barcelona (Spain)

Nobu Hotel Barcelona
Nobu Hotel Barcelona

Sexy, cool, fun and vibrant, Nobu Hotel Barcelona brings with it the city’s very first Nobu Restaurant, a sophisticated gym and spa, the unique dining concept Kozara and its panoramic terrace.

Barcelona’s hottest new opening includes a Nobu Restaurant and Bar; a sky-high dining destination situated on the 23rd floor. A place sure to delight and astound, the iconic restaurant’s dishes including Black Miso Cod are on the menu, along with some new influences from Spain. Also unique to the hotel is the eclectic lobby dining spot, Kozara, which serves masterfully executed Japanese inspired Catalan tapas, paired with cocktails using the largest selection of sakes and whiskeys in town.

Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois (France)

Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois
Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois

Following more than EUR 10 million in investments, a historic five-star hotel is reborn as a Four Seasons experience.

Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois, Megève, A Four Seasons Hotel, a cosy 41-room hotel located in the enchanting community of Megève, France, offers an exceptional opportunity to enjoy Alpine ambience with easy access to the valley’s numerous leisure activities.

With three unique buildings to choose from, guests may enjoy a stay that suits their personal style, whether in the classic luxury and refined atmosphere of Chalet Noémie, the bohemian chic of Chalet Alice, or the more traditional Chalet Eve.

Hilton Garden Inn Faroe Islands (Denmark)

Hilton Garden Inn Faroe Islands
Hilton Garden Inn Faroe Islands

Hilton is poised to become the first international hotel brand to operate in the Faroe Islands, following a franchise agreement with P/F Hotel Atlantic, a subsidiary of the National Airline, Atlantic Airways. The Hilton Garden Inn Faroe Islands is currently under construction and is set to open in the capital city, Torshavn, in the second half of 2020.

The hotel is located within walking distance of the harbour, the centre of Torshavn and near the national stadium, arena and conference centre – a prime destination for leisure travellers and the Islands’ growing business travel sector. Boasting uninterrupted sea views, Hilton Garden Inn Faroe Islands will be an ideal setting for those seeking extraordinary experiences and unique food and beverage offerings.

HUALUXE + EVEN Hotel Nanjing Yangtze River (China)

HUALUXE + EVEN Hotel Nanjing Yangtze River
HUALUXE + EVEN Hotel Nanjing Yangtze River

HUALUXE is the first international luxury hotel brand from IHG tailored for Chinese guests, underpinned by internationally renowned consistency.

HUALUXE Beijing Xinan will be a design-forward hotel located near the capital of Jiangsu, which boasts a rich and impressive historical heritage, and is one of the cleanest and best-looking cities in China.

Meanwhile, just across the way from HUALUXE, the first EVEN hotel in Greater China, EVEN Hotel Nanjing Yangtze River, is to open with 172 rooms with 16 suites.

Crowne Plaza Adelaide (Australia)

Crowne Plaza Adelaide
Crowne Plaza Adelaide

The 2020 opening of Crowne Plaza Adelaide marks the return of the brand into Adelaide.

The new-build hotel is opening inside Frome Central Tower One, which when completed will be the city’s tallest building, situated in the heart of the City’s dynamic East End precinct. The property will offer 326 rooms with check-in on level 10 and a sprawling terrace with pool and bar overlooking the city.

One&Only Desaru Coast (Malaysia)

One&Only Desaru Coast
One&Only Desaru Coast

Nestled on the south-eastern shoreline of Malaysia, between lush rainforests and the South China Sea, One&Only Desaru Coast is a tropical retreat that embodies the essence of her location, known as the ‘village of palms’. Spread across 128 acres of unspoilt wild flora and flanked by a secluded coastline of pristine golden sands, the first One&Only resort in Asia will begin welcoming guests on 23 March 2020.

Designed by Kerry Hill Architects, One&Only Desaru Coast celebrates the destination’s architectural heritage with a modern interpretation of the traditional Malaysian ‘kampung’ or village. Each self-contained suite is perfectly framed by nature, offering exceptional levels of privacy and generous space to relax or entertain.

Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit (Thailand)

Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit
Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit

Singapore’s distinguished Carlton hotel, at last, arrives in Thailand. From early 2020, Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit will reveal what visitors to the Lion City have long known: for outstanding accommodation and superb dining it has to be Carlton.

Travellers have known for decades that at Carlton’s two Singapore properties are not only excellent accommodation but also some of the best dining in all of Southeast Asia. So, the question has always been, will Carlton come to Bangkok?

The answer stands in the heart of Sukhumvit Road between soi 27 and 29 at a striking, curvilinear 34-story building: Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit.

Banyan Tree Krabi (Thailand)

Banyan Tree Krabi
Banyan Tree Krabi

Singapore-based Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd, one of Asia’s foremost luxury hotel groups, has announced plans to open a new resort in Krabi in the second quarter of 2020.

Currently under development in a serene location on Tubkaek Beach, a scenic 45-minute drive from Krabi Airport, Banyan Tree Krabi fronts powdery white sands and the shallow-shelved coast of the Andaman Sea.

The new Thai resort will offer 72 pool suites and villas, among them seven 2-bedroom options and one three-bedroom villa. Facilities include all-day dining, a ballroom, a wedding chapel, a beach club, a kids’ club, and a fitness centre. In keeping with Banyan Tree’s holistic branding, the resort will also host a rainforest-themed spa.

Capella Bangkok (Thailand)

Capella Bangkok
Capella Bangkok

Set to open Q1 of 2020, Capella Bangkok is a new luxury retreat, nestled on the east bank of the legendary “River of Kings”.

The 101-key property is the group’s first urban hotel in Thailand and is located within close proximity to the Chao Phraya and Charoenkrung neighbourhoods. The first hotel on the riverbank in two decades, Capella’s opening marks the start of an exciting moment for the rapidly re-emerging riverside neighbourhood.

Capella Bangkok’s unprecedented 350-metre riverside setting means each villa and suite will enjoy unobstructed views of the river.

Ancient Hue (Vietnam)

Ancient Hue

When people refer to a room being “fit for a king”, they are usually talking figuratively. Not so in the case of Ancient Hue, a luxury boutique complex of authentic nha ruong (garden homes) about to be unveiled in Hue, Vietnam’s former royal capital.

The five ancient royal houses at the resort were originally used as dwellings for members of the extended imperial families: relatives of the emperors who used to preside over the nation. Beautifully restored by skilled Vietnamese artisans, the garden homes feature an exquisite fusion of traditional charm and contemporary luxury.

Fusion Suites Vung Tau (Vietnam)

Fusion Suites Vung Tau
Fusion Suites Vung Tau

Fusion’s newest hotel, Fusion Suites Vung Tau, is set to open in January in southern Vietnam’s popular coastal playground.

The new 21-storey property features 171 well-appointed suites and apartments, a multitude of dining options, a spa, yoga studio, and a rooftop infinity pool. The property offers views of the ocean and complements the setting with playful interiors dressed in sea green, ocean blue, and a wide range of ocean-inspired hues in between. The same sense of whimsy informs the building’s complex facade with pastel-coloured glass panels that zig-zag upwards.

Located in the heart of Vung Tau, the hotel is just a short trip by boat or road from Ho Chi Minh City.

We’re rounding up the latest hotel openings every Friday — click here to see the full list. 

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