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Twenty14 Holdings and Accor partner to open Pullman in Dubai

22 February | Hotel openings

UAE-based hospitality company Twenty14 Holdings has collaborated with French hospitality group Accor to open a new Pullman in Dubai, Business Bay.

The new hotel, named the Pullman Downtown Dubai, comprises 353 rooms and suites, a ballroom, two meeting rooms, a private boardroom, a club lounge, a spa, fitness facilities with sauna and steam rooms, a squash court, a lop pool, a children’s pool and outdoor Jacuzzi.

It offers views of the Dubai Canal, the Dubai Skyline and the iconic Burj Khalifa, and is situated near the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition centre.

Twenty14 Holdings managing director Adeeb Ahamed said: “We are pleased to partner with Accor and be part of their strong footprint and network in the region.

“Pullman is aligned with our expectations and vision as an asset owning company, and with Accor’s loyalty programme and management expertise, we are confident that guests at our property will get to experience the best of global hospitality.”

The company has made an investment of more than $750m in assets across the Middle East, Europe, the UK and India, including Great Scotland Yard Hotel, London, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh’s The Caledonian, and Port Muziris, Kochi, Kerala (Marriott’s first Tribute Portfolio Hotel in South Asia).

Additionally, Accor and Twenty14 Holdings are also working together to develop the dining offering at the hotel.

Recently, Qatar-based Katara Hospitality has partnered with Accor to launch Maison Delano brand in Paris.

To be located in the 8th Arrondissement in an 18th century mansion at 4 Rue d’Anjou, the new Maison Delano hotel will feature 56 rooms and suites, a restaurant and a bar in the mansion’s historical courtyard.

22 February | Hotel openings

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts debuts in Jaipur, India

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts debuts in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, in India, with the opening of The Leela Palace Jaipur.

The new hotel, located amidst serene surroundings near Amber fort on the Delhi-Jaipur highway, has been branded following extensive refurbishment and enhancements in the product and service offerings.

It introduces The Leela Palace Programming and signature Palace Service, which is delivered with Indian hospitality to the Pink City.

The Leela Palace Jaipur is located a short distance from historical places of interest, buzzing bazaars brimming with textiles, art and handicrafts and the famous silver and gemstone markets.

It includes 74 Palace Rooms, 16 Palace Suites, 22 Grand Villas, 22 Grand Villas with Terrace, 23 Royal Villas with Countryard, 41 Royal Villas with Plunge Pool, 1 Royal Suite and 1 Maharaja Suite.

The new property, which is in easy driving distance from Delhi, comprises more than 50,000ft2 of indoor and outdoor event space along with a pillarless Grand Ballroom and verdant lawns. It also includes Sukh Mahal-All day dining, Mohan Mahal-Indian Speciality restaurant, swimming pool, gym, and Spa, along with the meandering walkways.

18 February | Hotel openings

Cambria Hotels opens fifth hotel in Washington D.C.

Cambria Hotels, a brand franchised by Choice Hotels International, has opened Cambria Hotel Washington D.C. Capitol Riverfront, a nine-story hotel with 154 rooms.

This is the brand’s fifth property in the greater Washington, D.C. area, with the other hotels located at College Park, Maryland; Rockville, Maryland; Arundel Mills, Maryland; and in D.C. near the Convention Center.

It represents the expansion of the brand into the D.C. and Maryland region.

Situated at 69 Q Street SW, the hotel lies in the centre of the district’s Capitol Riverfront neighbourhood.

It offers views of the Potomac River, besides being conveniently located to several attractions such as the Wharf, the Nationals Park, the Yards Marina, and the new Audi Field soccer stadium.

Choice Hotels upscale brands senior vice president Janis Cannon said: “For Choice Hotels, along with many of our collaborators on this project, this area is our home, so we’re especially proud to continue our expansion in the region and support the community we love with the opening of yet another Cambria hotel.

“Like all Cambria properties, the Cambria Hotel Washington D.C. Capitol Riverfront is designed to ‘wow’ guests with locally inspired touches and stunning design, and built to accommodate the evolving needs of today’s traveller — whether they’re just getting back on the road, wanting to elevate their telework venue, or seeking the perfect staycation spot.”

19 February | Hotel openings

Boho-chic inspired Aloft Tulum hotel opens in Mexico

Aloft Tulum, a boho-chic inspired hotel managed by Highgate in the Mexican city of Tulum, has become operational.

The four-floor hotel features 140 loft-style guest rooms and suites, offers several kinds of spaces for socialization and music including a signature Ático Rooftop Lounge & Bar with an infinity pool.

This property is Marriott International’s first hotel to launch in Tulum.

Aloft Tulum general manager Sergio Parra said: “After much anticipation, we are thrilled to welcome visitors to the Aloft Tulum. It is the perfect choice for travelers and digital nomads who are in search of a more affordable boutique hotel option with luxury touches.

“Not to mention, we are celebrating several firsts including being the first Marriott International property and first internationally branded hotel to enter Tulum.”

The hotel’s lobby features modern furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows and urban art that would be changed seasonally .

The guest rooms have a 10ft high ceiling, plush platform beds and light airy décor that is infused with natural textiles to provide a sense of comfort.

The rooms also have high-speed Wi-Fi, 55-inch LCD televisions, Aloft custom toiletries from Bliss Spa and walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads.

18 February | Deals

Aman teams up with Mori Building for Janu Tokyo hotel in Japan

Mori Building, a Japanese urban landscape developer, has partnered with Aman, an operator of luxury hotels and resorts, in the Toranomon-Azabudai Urban Redevelopment Project, an urban renewal project that is expected to revitalise central Tokyo once completed in 2023.

The two main results of this partnership will be the branded residence Aman Residences, Tokyo and luxury hotel Janu Tokyo, which is Aman’s sister brand.

Janu Tokyo will also represent the debut of the Janu brand in Japan.

Mori Building president and CEO Shingo Tsuji said: “Tokyo must add to its magnetic power if it is to succeed in its competition with the world’s greatest cities. Mori Building is joining hands with Aman, which operates diverse world-class resorts, to provide a world-leading residential environment and hotel unlike anything ever seen in Tokyo, where people will achieve harmony with nature as well as connect with and inspire others through creativity. By realizing this new form of ‘urban wellness,’ Mori Building will enhance Tokyo’s magnetic power.”

Aman and Janu chairman and CEO Vladislav Doronin said: “Launching our first urban Aman Residences in Japan is a milestone moment in the history of Aman and speaks to our brand’s close relationship and symbiosis with this country and its incredibly special culture."

17 February | Deals

Louvre Hotels Group enters technology partnership with Sabre

Louvre Hotels Group, a hotel group in Europe with approximately 1,600 hotels across 54 countries and a subsidiary of Jin Jiang International, has entered a strategic long-term technology partnership with Sabre, a US-based software and technology provider.

Through this new agreement, Louvre will stand to benefit from SynXis Central Reservations, with its connections to almost 900,000 travel agents and nearly 700 online channels throughout the world, including online travel agencies (OTAs) and metasearch engines.

This deal will enable Louvre Hotels Group to follow its ambitious plans to expand its hotel footprint and global distribution reach while improving operational efficiencies.

Louvre Hotels Group CEO Pierre-Frédéric Roulot said: “This partnership with Sabre is a priority to sustain our ambitions, especially in this global context. We constantly develop our network across the world with our brands from 1 star to 5 stars.

"Therefore, we want to deploy innovative distribution strategies with robust technology solutions, to provide cutting edge solutions to our investors and franchises while ensuring technical and operational efficiency for our hotels."

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