Young Thais are drawn by the big city lifestyle
A bi-weekly round-up of new hotels and hideaways, treks and tours.
The Conrad New York opens 19 March in Battery Park City, near the World Financial Center, with Hudson River views and 463 rooms. At more than 400sqft, the guest rooms are bigger than some Manhattan apartments and all have a separate office/living area. The public areas, including the hotel’s 14-storey atrium, contain more than 2,000 pieces of art, including specially commissioned pieces from the likes of Sol LeWitt and Richard Nonas.
If you must stay overnight near the John F Kennedy International Airport, the Hilton New York JFK Airport opens 30 March in the borough of Queens, after a $20 million renovation. It’s only a quarter of a mile from the airport, handy for catching those early morning flights, and the 267 rooms and suites have a refreshed look. For families, there is an indoor pool as well as cribs and high chairs available.
The Radisson Blu Chennai City Centre opened 3 March in this Indian city on the Bay of Bengal. With 162 rooms and suites, it is the second Radisson in Chennai and it has extensive conference and meeting space for business travellers and secretarial support in the business centre. There is a spa, Chakra by Thai Sabai, and an outdoor pool.
Le Meridien Istanbul Etiler opened 6 March in a residential area of Istanbul. The 34 storeys are divided into three blocks, and high floors have views of the city skyline and across the Bosphorus. The 259 rooms have a glass wall separating the deep bathtubs from the bedroom.
On 14 March, the Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv opened along the Dnipro River, one of the many new hotels coming to Ukraine and Poland in time for the 2012 European Championships. The palatial Old World-style hotel, with sumptuous dining rooms in gilt and marble and 258 guest rooms decorated with chandeliers and swags of draperies, is in the Podil district near Kiev’s historic sights.