Openings: London, New York, China, Phoenix, Florida
On 28 May, the Bulgari Hotel and Residences, London opens in Knightsbridge with 85 rooms and suites.
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On 28 May, the Bulgari Hotel and Residences, London opens in Knightsbridge, in a newly-constructed building just across the road from the Mandarin Oriental and a few steps away from Harvey Nichols and Harrods. The decor of the 85 rooms and suites recalls Bulgari’s silversmith history and jewellery designs. The restaurant, Il Ristorante, serve Italian cuisine and the two-floor spa has a 25m swimming pool hewn from Vicenza stone.
The TriBeCa Blu Hotel opened on 10 May at the intersection of Broadway and Canal Street, one of New York City’s busiest corners. The 70 rooms are pint-sized and the lobby will double as the bar at night, but the hotel’s location -- close to the city’s best shopping, restaurants and nightlife -- is sure to appeal to guests.
On 26 May, the Four Points by Sheraton Suzhou opens with 283 rooms and suites on the shores of Dushu Lake near Suzhou, an ancient city on the Yangtze, less than an hour from Shanghai. The hotel has a gym, spa, pool and large meeting facilities.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort opens 31 May in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, turning the threat of swimming with the fishes into a treat. The supersized resort has 1,984 family suites and standard rooms based on four of Disney’s top animated movies of recent years: Finding Nemo, The Lion King, Cars and The Little Mermaid, plus multiple pools and playgrounds. Everything will be fully open by September 2012.
The Hotel Palomar Phoenix opens 5 June in downtown Phoenix’s Cityscape, a mixed-use shopping and recreational complex. The Arizona hotel has 250 large rooms and suites decorated in playful tones and textures, a third-floor open-air pool area that turns into a lounge at night, and in-room spa services, as well as dog beds and food for the traveller’s canine friends.