HotelsAccor has rolled out the region's first Mondrian in Seoul, while Hyatt gears up for UrCove's debut in China.

Hotel wrap: New brands still popping up in Asia

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Mondrian Seoul Itaewon
Mondrian Seoul Itaewon

Accor and sbe unveil first Mondrian hotel in Asia

Asia Pacific's first Mondrian hotel has opened in a lifestyle district of South Korean capital Seoul, marking the fifth property worldwide to be launched following Los Angeles, New York, South Beach and Doha.

The partnership between Accor and sbe, Mondrian is a world-leading lifestyle brand, offering innovative design and creative concepts tailored to the local destination, with progressive dining and drinking experiences.

Boasting 296 guestrooms, the hotel features a range of dining and leisure spaces. The outdoor pool features a spacious viewing deck overlooking the city, while Altitude pool bar offers a range of exotic cocktails, mocktails and fine wines with casual bites.

Mondrian also brings Asia’s first Cleo restaurant to the lobby, delivering the brand’s famous blend of Miami vibes and Mediterranean cuisine. Privilege rooftop bar will curate a wide selection of whiskeys and wines, alongside eclectic live performances, while the Rumpus Room and Blind Spot provide more intimate settings for after-work drinks or to relax and chill with the sounds of an in-house DJ.

A 867-square-metre ballroom with integrated LED screen and five stylish meeting rooms provide the perfect backdrop for any celebration or event.

New Mondrian hotels are slated for Bordeaux and Cannes next year, while the Mondrian brand expects to grow its lifestyle hotel portfolio to approximately 15 properties by 2022 with soon-to-be announced Mondrian properties in Australia, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and Vietnam.

UrCove Shanghai Jing’an
UrCove Shanghai Jing’an

Hyatt's first UrCove Hotel now accepting bookings

UrCove, a new hotel brand created under the joint venture of Hyatt and BTG Homeinns Hotels Group – one of China’s largest hospitality groups – has its first property available for reservations on Hyatt.com.

The UrCove brand, which will be largely based in China, is specifically designed to meet Chinese travellers’ preferences and to bolster Hyatt’s representation in the underserved upper-midscale segment in the country.

The first UrCove hotel, UrCove Shanghai Jing’an, is expected to open on October 1, 2020 in the prime location of the Jing’an Temple shopping and business area in Shanghai. The hotel is currently accepting guest reservations via Hyatt channels as well as Homeinns channels.

Members booking through Hyatt channels can earn and redeem points through World of Hyatt while guests booking through Homeinns channels can participate in BTG Homeinns Club, Homeinns Hotels Group’s loyalty programme, according to both joint venture partners.

World of Hyatt is offering members the opportunity to earn 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at UrCove Shanghai Jing’an through December 31, 2020, as part of World of Hyatt’s new hotel member offer.

Best Western Hotel Fino Tokyo Akasaka launches 

Recently opening its doors at 3-7-12, Akasaka in Tokyo is the Best Western Hotel Fino Tokyo Akasaka, which boasts easy access to the city and its attractions with its location near the Akasaka-Mitsuke Tokyo Metro Station.

The 87-room hotel offers amenities including a laundromat, complimentary Wifi and a 24-hour business centre. The Fino Restaurant serves daily breakfast, along with Asian and Western dishes. Each room is fully equipped with contemporary amenities and modern accommodations, such as a refrigerator and a television.

Rates start at 12,240 yen (US$116) per night.

Four Points by Sheraton headed to Phuket's Patong Beach

Phuket will soon see the introduction of the 600-room Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort, with Daryn Hudson appointed as its general manager ahead of its October 1, 2020 opening.

The family-friendly property has three outdoor pools, colourful kids’ rooms, kid’s club, playground, beach club, five restaurants and bars, plus events space for business groups.

Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort has followed Marriott International’s Commitment to Clean certification programme, and is also in the process of achieving the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration certification.

The resort is also going contactless. Instead of the traditional front desk check in, the Marriott Bonvoy App offers a Mobile check-in and even key into rooms. All other in-stay requests and services can be processed via the app as well.

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