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The Business Traveler team has been keeping tabs on hotel developments around the world and captured new hotel openings for our readers over the past 15 months. Throughout the week, will have the list of openings in each region that make up the Top 100 New Business Hotels. To get a complete picture of how we arrived at the Top 100 New Business Hotel openings, see here.

To see the list of new European hotels, click here. Top new hotel openings in the Middle East and Africa are here. The hotels that made the list in North and South America are here.




Located above the Outram Park MRT interchange station, this property from the Asian group was set to open last month and has 285 rooms with free wifi, posturepedic mattresses, and iPhone/iPad docks. There’s a roof garden, gym and 30-metre outdoor pool and spa bath.



W Bangkok

December saw the soft opening of the 407-room W (work will be complete this month), located on North Sathorn Road in the commercial district. The slick, minimalist décor is offset by splashes of neon pink, ultra-violet and Cristal yellow, and there are two restaurants, an outdoor pool and six meeting spaces. 

Sofitel So

Open since February 2012 in the Lumpini Park district, the stylish 238-room Sofitel So is inspired by five natural elements – water, earth, wood, metal and fire. The rooms are designed around the first four – while fire is represented in the aptly named Red Oven restaurant. All rooms offer free wifi, and Apple Mac minis.

Mercure Bangkok Siam

In the heart of the Siam shopping district, this new Accor hotel opened in December. It has 189 rooms with free wifi, plus a restaurant and a bar, an outdoor swimming pool, a gym and meeting room.

Okura Prestige

Japan’s Okura opened this 240-room luxury property last May under its Prestige brand, which aims to be more modern and chic than older Okuras. The 34-floor tower is on the corner of Wireless and Ploenchit roads and offers impressive views. It has an open-air pool, spa and three restaurants.



L’Hotel Elan

Located in Kowloon’s Kwun Tong neighbourhood, L’Hotel E’lan opened in September and is the fourth Hong Kong hotel in L’Hotel Group’s portfolio. The smart property has 254 rooms with iPads, free wifi and complimentary minibars, a 35th-floor al fresco rooftop pool, one eatery and two event spaces.

Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East

Opened in September, the towering five-star Crowne Plaza is on the easterly side of Kowloon Peninsula, in the emerging business district of Tseung Kwan O with an MTR station below. It has 359 rooms (Executive Club ones offer lounge access and free wifi) and four restaurants, including a rooftop Italian.

Rosedale Kowloon

Rosedale’s second Hong Kong hotel opened in July in Tai Kok Tsui on the west side of Kowloon Peninsula close to Olympic MTR station, two stops from Central. The 435 rooms feature free wifi and audio-video facilities, and there is a computer corner and gym.




The world’s largest Sheraton has an astonishing 3,863 rooms within the Sands Cotai Central complex. It also has extensive meeting space – a total of 20,000 sqm, including a pillarless ballroom for 5,000 people theatre-style – as well as a spa with 15 treatment rooms, and three outdoor pools.



Swire Hotels’ second East (the other is in Hong Kong) opened in September in the Chaoyang district, 15 minutes from the airport. All 369 rooms have free wifi and there are club rooms with lounge access on the 24th and 25th floors. Beast (Body by East) features a gym, indoor swimming pool and outdoor splash pool, while Feast (Food by East) is an all-day international restaurant.

Four Seasons

Four Seasons made its Beijing debut in November, in the CBD’s Yansha district. The 313 rooms (starting from 46 sqm) are built around a light-filled atrium, and there is 3,250 sqm of meeting space, a spa, indoor pool with city vistas, an executive lounge, two restaurants and a trio of bars.


Open since February, the Conrad is within walking distance of the CBD. Its 289 rooms feature a palette of cream and gold, and have 46-inch LED TVs, and Chinese tea sets.There is an Executive lounge, three dining outlets, two bars and a spa.


Four Seasons Shanghai Pudong

Located in the gleaming 21st-Century Tower in the middle of the financial district of Pudong, the brand’s second Shanghai property opened in November. It has 187 rooms, 15 suites and two restaurants, as well as a 35th-floor executive lounge and a spa with an indoor infinity pool. 

Twelve at Hengshan

This Starwood Luxury Collection member opened in an art deco-style building on Hengshan Road in the Xuhui district in December. It features 171 rooms with free wifi, a 13-room spa, two restaurants and a fitness centre overlooking the indoor pool and hot tubs.

Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund

The Banyan Tree’s 130 rooms have views of the Huangpu River and marble bathrooms with rainshowers, mirror TVs and round soaking baths. As an “urban resort”, it also has a three-floor spa and a health centre with a yoga studio, as well as a rooftop bar and two high-end eateries. It opened in October.



Four Seasons

Unveiled in July, the Four Seasons’ 302 rooms and 42 suites take up the 74th to 98th floors of the 103-storey IFC Guangzhou building, in Pearl River New City. The lobby is located on the glass-ceilinged 70th floor, while a horizon-edge indoor pool is on the 69th. There are five dining outlets (one on the 100th level) and two bars.

Mandarin Oriental

Connected to the Taikoo Hui shopping and office centre in the Tianhe CBD, the 263-room property opened in January. Starting from 60 sqm, rooms combine “British colonial and traditional Chinese design”. For food, there is Jiang by Chef Fei (Cantonese) and Ebony (grilled fare), along with a cake shop, cocktail bar and tea lounge. A spa and ballroom complete the offering.

Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe

Located in the heart of Tianhe, the Marriott opened last June and has 319 rooms, a 24-hour health centre, a spa, pool, a quartet of eateries (international and Chinese) and nine event venues.



Dorsett Grand

This 556-roomer opened in the Luomashi area in the CBD in September. All rooms have iPod docks and free wifi. There are nine meeting rooms, along with a multi-function hall, a tea lounge, chess house, karaoke facilities, a gym and spa.



Hyatt Regency

Located in the Jiangbei district, the 321-room Hyatt Regency opened in a new mixed-use development in August last year. It has a ballroom, spa, 25-metre pool, gym, two eateries, pastry boutique, tea lounge and bar.



St Regis

The St Regis is in the Luohu district, within 6km of three exhibition centres, and opened in January. In addition to the 24-hour butler service for its 290 rooms, it has five dining and drinking venues, a pool and 11 meeting spaces.


Doubletree by Hilton

This 389-room new-build opened in July and includes 25 suites, two restaurants, a 24-metre pool and spa. The rooms start from 36 sqm and have separate baths and showers, and Crabtree and Evelyn amenities.




Launched in September, IHG’s Indigo Tianjin Haihe is located on Germanic Street in the Hexi district, close to the Hai River. Its 96 cosy rooms feature quirky murals, paintings and photos. Facilities include Blauer Engel beer house, a café, pool and meeting space.




Opened last April, the Kempinski overlooks Yundang Lake and is the tallest building in Fujian Province. It has 460 rooms (Executive rooms and suites have lounge access), plus Yue Fu Cantonese restaurant, Kempi Deli, Paulaner Brauhaus for Bavarian fare, and an all-day diner. There is a large spa and 2,600 sqm of meeting space.



Okura Prestige

Opened in August, the Okura is located in the central Zhongshan district. Its 208 rooms have outsize bathrooms with rainshowers, large tubs and TVs, and there is a health club, rooftop pool and sun terrace, and Chinese and Japanese restaurants.



Keraton at the Plaza

This 140-room Starwood Luxury Collection hotel opened in May 2012 in the commercial Thamrin district. The décor features Batik floral prints and intricate art pieces, and wifi is free. There are two eateries, a spa and pool.


Grand Hyatt
One of the first top-end hotels to open in Malaysia’s capital in a decade, the Grand Hyatt was unveiled last August, a short distance from the Petronas Towers. Its 412 rooms offer sweeping city views, as does the 25-metre rooftop pool. There are three restaurants, a spa, an executive lounge and 3,300 sqm of event space.



Fairmont Makati

Makati City is the fastest-growing cosmopolitan centre in Metro Manila, and December saw the opening of a 280-room Fairmont in a 30-storey tower. It has a pool, spa and gym, along with a ballroom, Café Macaron and Fairmont lounge. A 32-suite Raffles property is co-located in the tower and shares some facilities.



The 434-room hotel opened in November in Yeouido district, which is dubbed Seoul’s Wall Street. It’s one of four towers in the Seoul IFC building, to be completed in 2014. Rooms have Apple Mac mini-computers. 



Park Hyatt

Nestling in Marine City adjacent to Haeundae beach, the 269-room Park Hyatt opened in February in a 33-floor Daniel Libeskind-designed building featuring interiors by Japan’s Super Potato design company. There are two restaurants, a spa and a heated rooftop pool.


Sofitel Mumbai BKC

This lavishly decorated luxury property soft-opened in February 2012 and had its official launch in August. Located in Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai’s new business district, it has 300 rooms with free wifi, four restaurants and a spa.


Shangri-La’s second hotel in India (after Delhi) opened in December in the retail and office development of High Street Phoenix, in Lower Parel. The 390 rooms offer free wifi, and Horizon Club guests can enjoy free breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails. There are four bars and three restaurants.



ITC Grand Chola

A Starwood Luxury Collection hotel, the Grand Chola opened in September in the business district of Guindy, and has 522 rooms, plus 78 serviced residences. Rooms come with iPads to control the lighting, air conditioning and security cameras. There are ten drinking and dining options, three pools, a spa and three gyms.

The Leela Palace

Open since January, the opulent Leela is set on a two-hectare site facing the Bay of Bengal. The hotel has 326 rooms and suites, four restaurants, an ESPA spa, a 25-metre pool and 24-hour butler service in the exclusive Royal Club rooms.

Westin Chennai Velachery

The 215-room Westin opened in February. It has a pool, a spa, a cricket-themed lounge bar, all-day, Pan-Asian and poolside grill restaurants, and 1,170 sqm of function space.

Park Hyatt

Situated next to the governor’s residence, alongside the Guindy Forest Reserve, this 201-room hotel opened in October. A lily pond within a courtyard sits at the heart of the property, which also has a spa with a rooftop infinity pool and two restaurants. Rooms start from 43 sqm.


Vivanta by Taj Gurgaon

Gurgaon is the booming industrial and financial centre 30km south of New Delhi, and the new Vivanta is firmly aimed at business travellers. A 25-minute drive from New Delhi Indira Gandhi International airport, it has 208 rooms, an executive lounge, 960 sqm of function space, a round-the-clock international restaurant and a Thai eatery. It opened in January.

As with any global perspective, there are always unintended omissions.  As we look to continue to develop the developments of hotel expansions, we welcome your input to enhance the list moving forward. Let us know by sending the property of your choice that opened after April 1, 2013, for our updated article on hotel openings.


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