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July 31, 2014

Upcoming Luxury Hotels: Where CEOs Will Be Staying Next Year




It's been a busy month for five-star hotel development, with a wide range of projects announced to open later this year and well into 2016. Just three weeks ago, we looked at some notable upcoming properties. Since then, other opening dates have been announced and new details revealed by developers. Here are a few top-tier hotels for high-end events...

Dubai

The Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach is scheduled to open on November 1, is now taking reservations for arrivals beginning December 1.

Look for balconies off each of the 237 guests rooms and suites – some so large that they can accommodate both a daybed and a dining table – offer panoramic views of either the sea or the city skyline, including the Burj Khalifa

Three suites on the Resort’s topmost fifth floor include the two 5,900-square-foot Presidential Suites, each with its own media room, private gym and panoramic sea views from the terrace; and the Royal Suite, which covers 6,458 square feet and has a spa, gym, butler’s room and a grand living room with its own piano—perfect for entertaining.

Business travelers will be able to use 12,900 square feet of event space that can accommodate high-tech meetings to high-end galas.  Outdoor events can take place on the ballroom terrace and beachfront lawns, while the Dana Ballroom is a good indoor option for up to 360 seated guests, as well as four smaller rooms accommodating 12 to 100. A separate arrival area takes guests directly to the function rooms without having to go through the main lobby, and all rooms open to the Resort’s gardens and pools. The hotel also offers easy access to Dubai's business hubs.

 

Paris

 

In Paris, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée on avenue Montaigne is set to reopen on August 1 at 7 am. 

The palace hotel, known as a favorite hang-out for the fashion set, closed last fall for an expansion project. Having purchased several adjacent buildings, including a townhouse at 29 avenue Montaigne and another on Clément Marot, the Dorchester Collection added six new guest rooms, eight new suites designed by Marie-José Pommereau, a ballroom and event spaces. 

Hôtel Plaza Athénée Ballroom

The Salon Haute Couture is the largest of the six meeting rooms: It will cover 1,614 square feet and can accommodate 200 for a reception, 130 for a banquet or 160 seated theater-style. 

Berlin

After two years of restoration, autumn 2014 will see the return of Hotel Zoo, which was built in 1891 as a private residence for an affluent family and converted to a hotel in 1911. Fun fact: For two decades, the hotel hosted VIPs (think Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren) during the annual Berlin International Film Festival. 

The townhouse hotel will use the original home's brick walls, high ceiling and large windows. The property's 145 rooms and suites will all be individually designed. The rooftop offers top views across the city.

No word on event space yet, but this seems to be a prime spot for CEOs looking for a bit of old-school Berlin style combined with Hollywood Glamor. 

Bahamas

Baha Mar is an upcoming mega resort on Nassau, The Bahamas that will have a beachfront casino, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course... 2,200 hotel rooms spread across four major hotel brands, including Rosewood, SLS, Hyatt, and The Baha Mar Casino & Hotel. The resort is slated to open in December.

The resort's convention facilities will be managed by Grand Hyatt and are slated to cover 200,000 square feet, the largest in The Bahamas.

Rosewood at Baha Mar

Rosewood at Baha Mar has British Colonial style architecture and decorated with Bahamian artwork. There will be 200 guest rooms, and even the smallest room category (Deluxe) is a spacious, residential-style apartment (485 to 585 square feet) with furnished outdoor balconies. 

 

Washington, D.C.

 

As we noted last week, construction has officially begun on the upcoming Trump International Hotel, The Old Post Office, Washington, D.C., set to open in 2016, will have a total of 36,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including the 13,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, reportedly the largest among D.C. luxury hotels. 

The rooms will reportedly be larger than many of the new micro-unit apartments being designed and built in the city (expect an average of 600 square feet). Two presidential suites located in the former offices of the Postmaster General will be much larger, at 3,500 and 5,000 feet.

 

Zanzibar

 

Opening at the end of 2014, the Park Hyatt Zanzibar is directly on the beach, facing the Indian Ocean. There will be 67 rooms including 11 suites, decorated in a contemporary style with local accents. The Park Deluxe rooms overlook the ocean, while the suites come equipped with balconies for taking in the views. All rooms have separate tubs and rainshowers in the bathrooms.

Park Hyatt Zanzibar

Facilities run the gamut from an Anantara spa and fitness center to an infinity pool facing the beach. The dining concept, Zamani Residence, was built as a “family residence” where guests can dine in a number of difference places—from the library-bar to the outdoor terrace of the main dining room. 

The hotel will have more than 1,700 square feet of meeting and event facilities that are good picks for board meetings and small, intimate social occasions and state functions.


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