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December 13, 2013

Asia's Top New Hotels for Meetings & Events (VIDEO)

Luxury brands continued to invest in Asia throughout 2013. Here are seven properties that opened their doors this past year, and that have top perks for swank meetings and events...

Anantara Hoi An Resort & Spa, Vietnam

This resort, right on the banks of the Thu Bon River, has  a large multi-purpose function room that can be used for conferences, meetings and seminars, as well as a variety of events. The room’s balcony areas overlook gardens on one side and the historic quarter of Hoi An town on the other. Covering 168 square meters and offering flexible seating options, events held here can host 40 people in a U-shape layout, 110 for a theatre set-up, and up to 140 guests for a cocktail reception. Special packages are available for groups depending on size.

Conrad Beijing

This new hotel has great views of Tuanjie Lake Park, the iconic CCTV Building and Beijing City's skyline. The largest meeting space on site, The Ballroom, covers 5,626 square feet and can accommodate up to 570 people seated theater-style. Good to know: Business travelers can take advantage of the newly approved 72-hour visa-free transit policy, only applicable to certain countries. This is a great perk for short meetings and visits.

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Jing At Shangri-La, West Shanghai

This new Shanghai property has 4,465 square meters of meeting and conference space, including the1,743 square-meter Jing An Grand Ballroom, the largest in West Shanghai. It also has a roof garden (great for looking out over the city) and 1,039 square meters of pre-function space. Smaller events can use a 514-square-meter junior ballroom, and six function rooms offer 659 square meters of space.

VIPs will want to book the Lifestyle Suite, which is a good pick for board meetings, cocktail parties and other exclusive functions. It has a bar and reception area, living room, dining room and courtyard. Good to know: The hotel also offers an in-house simultaneous translation system and provides complimentary Wi-Fi for events. 

Park Hyatt Siam Reap

The first Park Hyatt hotel in Cambodia is situated near the 12th century ruins of Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage.  There are more than 1,000 temples in the area, including Angkor Wat, the world’s largest single religious monument.  The hotel is also close to the Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport, Cambodia’s second largest airport, which provides non-stop services to several major regional markets including Bangkok, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Seoul, Singapore and Vientiane.

Event facilities at the hotel include Gallery One and Two, two private residential-style event spaces and the Gallery Foyer, a lounge area that connects with the Courtyard Garden (a good pick for a small cocktails reception). The hotel has 108 guest rooms and suites, and butler service is available for top-level suites. VIPs and CEOs will want to book The Angkor Suite, Park Hyatt Siem Reap’s presidential suite, which covers 242 square meters and has a private library/living room, a dining room for signature dinners, twin gardens and two bedrooms.

Raffles Makati, Philippines

This hotel is right in the middle of a top Philippine business hub: The City of Makati is one of the 17 cities that make up Metro Manila. Home to a host of foreign Embassies and the Philippine Stock Exchange, Makati is the financial center of the Philippines, an important hub for international affairs. 

Raffles Makati can accommodate larger groups in its 859-square-meter ballroom, which can handle up to 720 guests. Smaller rooms are also available for up to 30 guests. Catering menus can offer both Western and Asian cuisines (good for international events), and an in-house tech team can handle complicated setups.  

Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin, China

This property is one of the newest on the list, opening in mid-October this year. The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin’s 11,302-square-foot ballroom is the largest in the city (it can accommodate nearly 1,000 guests for receptions or seated theater-style) and has direct elevator access to the hotel’s underground parking lot (good for CEOs who want to maintain privacy). Outside its main doors, a foyer and nearby meeting rooms open onto a courtyard for an urban retreat. 

Good to know for last-minute functions: Through December 31, the hotel is offering savings on luxurious full and half-day meetings while earning a bonus 20,000 Ritz-Carlton Rewards points and a complimentary one-night weekend stay

W Guangzhou, China

W Guangzhou has more than 2,000 square meters of event space. Perks include the Sensory Set Up, which includes mood music, original place-cards, candies and signature scents. Nine meeting spaces are available—the largest, aptly called the Great Room, covers nearly 7,000 square feet and can accommodate 800 people seated theater-style. (It can also be divided in two for smaller groups.) Six studios nearby can accommodate up to 36 guests, and can be combined for larger functions. On the fifth floor, the Verve (a glass house) space can be combined with a garden (which has a stage and seating area) for indoor/outdoor events.  

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