A bi-weekly round-up of new hotels and hideaways, treks and tours.
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
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
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.