INNSIDE by Meliá expands into China

INNSIDE by Meliá has opened INNSIDE by Melia Zhengzhou, a brand new hotel located in the Zhengdong New District of Zhengzhou, China. The property marks the official launch of the INNSIDE by Meliá brand in China, a milestone for the group, which recently celebrated 60 years in the hotel industry. The four-star hotel is the fourth Meliá Hotels International property to open in China, following Gran Meliá Xian, Meliá Jinan and Meliá Shanghai Hongqiao. The newly built property is a three-minute walk from the Zhengzhou East Railway Station and has 335 rooms, all with floor-to-ceiling windows. Bernardo Cabot Estarellas, senior vice president of Meliá Hotels International Asia Pacific, said: "Our vision is an exciting one: To create a more authentic experience for today’s bleisure travellers, or Work Trippers. For them, they’ve broken away from the strictly utilitarian business travel of old, transitioning between business and leisure seamlessly; we’re confident the INNSIDE by Melia´ brand in China will enrich the experience for next-gen business travellers."

Historic roots for new Orient Jerusalem

Sitting in a historic site that was once inhabited by the German Templar Society in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, the new Orient Jerusalem offers a combination of old and new. The property, from Israel's leading hotel chain Isrotel, is their first property in the country's capital city. The hotel comprises of 243 guestrooms and suites in its newly constructed central building, as well as a selection of opulent accommodations inside two expertly preserved Templar Buildings from 1882 and 1883. It is 20 minutes from Jerusalem’s prized Old City and is just steps away from HaTachana, the city’s first-ever train station (built in 1892) which has since transformed into a lively district of designer boutiques, trendy cafes, chef-driven restaurants, and unique galleries.

Second Sri Lankan hotel for Shangri-La

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will open its second property in Sri Lanka - the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo - in November. Located at along the Galle Face Green promenade, one of the most exclusive addresses in Colombo, the property will offer uninterrupted Indian Ocean views in most of its 500 guestrooms and suites and 41 serviced apartments. The hotel sits on 10 acres of land that will also soon accommodate an office tower, two residential buildings and a high-end shopping mall, bringing a new level of luxury to the thriving, metropolitan city of Colombo. The hotel is also a 40-minute drive from the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport. Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo joins the group's second Sri Lankan property, Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, which opened in June 2016.

Grass is greener at Barton Grange

Lancashire’s Barton Grange Hotel has spent a further £250k upgrading its facilities, including a newly landscaped garden which is prime for corporate events. The work is on top of a £670k investment over the last three years, which has seen its bedrooms, corridors and main events space - the Barton Suite - all upgraded. It comes as general manager Daniel Rich announces further plans to add a spa treatment service to its current indoor pool and gym. The most recent work has seen the hotel's garden manicured with new shrubs, flowers, paving and lighting to offer an ideal space for events such as al fresco drinks receptions. It can hold up to 200 people for private drinks parties or can act as a venue for a marquee seating 240 people. It follows the refurbishment of the hotel's eight guest rooms in its adjacent Garden House, which is being offered exclusively to groups. The hotel's lounge has also been update, and offers space for up to 30 guests.

Teambuilding goes Under the Bridge

Under The Bridge, the live music and entertainment venue, located at Stamford Bridge, has launched a new interactive teambuilding package for the corporate market. The state-of-the-art underground venue has launched a selection of tailorable experiential golfing packages, alongside Blue Hawk Events, to offer clients a fun new interactive teambuilding experience. There are two golfing options available depending on requirements; an Exo Golf Simulator Booth and a unique contoured and modular Putting Green, which are based inside the venue and can accommodate up to 550 delegates. The golf packages are available as bolt-on experiences to any Day Delegate package or as part of an incentive event at Under The Bridge. Prices are dependent of the package and use of the venue, including any catering additions.

Tewkesbury Park launches new event space

Tewkesbury Park has completed its new events space, The Cotswolds Suite, after a £3 million renovation. The suite has been created specifically for the conference and events market, with its floor-to-ceiling glass façade offering magnificent views across the Cotswolds and the Severn Valley. Accommodating up to 200 guests, it can be subdivided into three equal sections; The Broadway Suite, adjacent to the golf putting green; The Burford Suite, the middle room and The Bibury Suite, adjoining the exclusive-use Berkeley Lounge, Bar and Terrace. The new space is also fully air-conditioned, with all-day designer-range chairs and a video wall. Patrick Jones, general manager, said: "We are thrilled with the results. The hotel has undergone a complete renaissance and has been brought back to the magnificent property it once was. With the addition of the Cotswolds Suite, we are now the perfect events venue. Not only are we a great leisure hotel, with our 18-hole golf course and leisure club, but with the investment that has been poured into our meeting facilities, coupled with our superb location, logistically we are perfect for the corporate user."

Millennium opens new property in Manhattan

ONE UN New York will relaunch as Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza later this month. Located in the heart of the International United Nations Headquarters in New York City, the hotel has a long history of welcoming global pioneers, politicians and diplomats and will continue to deliver impeccable hospitality under Hilton’s operation. The property completed an extensive $68 million (£52m) phased renovation in 2016, which saw the 439 guest rooms and suites, meetings and event spaces, public areas and restaurant upgraded significantly while preserving the character of the original Kevin Roche-designed building. Kwek Leng Beng, chairman of Millennium & Copthorne, Plc., commented: "We are very pleased that our unique property located on the grounds of the United Nations headquarters will be managed by Hilton as Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza. With the availability of premier accommodation and event space in midtown Manhattan, Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza will be an ideal choice for many of the Hilton loyal guests. It is a win-win situation for both Hilton and Millennium Group. We look forward to this expanded relationship with Hilton in North America and internationally."

Three Mile Inn starts £5.6m refurbishment

Work has begun on a multi-million-pound project to transform the Three Mile Inn into a 64-bedroom hotel, bar and restaurant. The operators say it is business as usual as the 18-month, £5.6m development of the Newcastle property gets underway. The development will take place in three main phases, beginning with the construction of a three-story extension, which will ultimately provide additional accommodation for the hotel. Further phases will include the conversion of the existing building from two to three storeys and the creation of conference, function and private dining facilities, a residents’ lounge, café, bar and restaurant. Future plans include a sports themed bar, new gin bar and additional bedrooms at The New Northumbria Hotel, Jesmond, while Market Lane - known as Monkey Bar - at Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, is to be fully refurbished over both floors.

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