Summer Spotlight: Three New Hotels to Try this Year

Although summer is beginning to wind down, new hotels across the world are gearing up for grand openings. We’ve picked three notable new locations with properties opening this summer. 

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First Curio Collection by Hilton Opens in Hamburg 

This July, Curio Collection, a Hilton Worldwide brand, announced the opening of its first-ever European hotel in Hamburg, Germany. Originally built in 1910, the Reichshof Hamburg hotel is located in the center of the historic city next to Alster Lake, the Rathaus, shops, restaurants and other iconic attractions. 

The new hotel was designed to mimic the “golden 20s,” an age where Art Deco and glamorous details highlighted the world’s most luxurious hotels. Aside from their elegant design, each guestroom features flat-screen HDTVs, complimentary WiFi, illuminated vanity mirrors, rain showers and views of Hamburg. 

Guests can also enjoy the recently upgraded Slowman, a gourmet restaurant with a European twist. Using organic, best-quality ingredients, the restaurant offers multi-course menus every day of the week. For a more casual experience, the hotel’s Bar 1910 features a wide selection of creative cocktails, while the lobby’s Sushi & Sweets serves afternoon tea, sushi menus and more. 

Best Western Announces New Indonesia Property

Opening this month in Solo is Indonesia’s newest hotel, Best Western Premier Solo Baru. Located in Solo’s tallest building, the new hotel has an outdoor pool, a rooftop cocktail lounge and restaurant and a full-service spa with a workout facility. 

The hotel’s 22nd-floor infinity pool overlooks Solo’s unique skyline, while the nearby Sky Lounge offers poolside lunch and dinner menus. The onsite gym and spa features an aerobics instructor, steam room and high end fitness equipment so guests can stay fit while on vacation. 

Solo Baru is also nearby a range of site seeing attractions, including Kasunanan Palace and the Triwindhu Antique Market, a traditional open air market featuring antiques, crafts, statues, lamps, porcelain objects, toys and other unique valuables. Guests are also urged to visit Semarang, a city located on the coast of Java, and Pandawa, a local village with a mystical past. Trips can be arranged through the hotel’s concierge service. 

New Tourism Agreement Brings Luxury Hotels to Southeast Asia 

A lot has changed in Cambodia and Thailand since the countries signed their “Two Kingdoms, One Destination” tourism agreement on July 12. The new document plans to integrate Cambodia and Thailand’s tourism markets, making it easier for visitors to obtain travelers’ visas. High-end luxury resorts from around the world have already pounced at this newly transformed market.  

Among the new hotels that travelers should expect to see within the next five years is the Japanese chain Hotel Okura, which has recently agreed to manage the new Okura Prestige Phnom Penh. Expected to open in 2019, this 45-story hotel will feature brand new amenities and nearby site seeing along the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. Also opening in 2019 is Shangri-La International Hotel Management’s first-ever Cambodian location, the Shangri-La Hotel in Phnom Penh

Scheduled to open by the end of this year is Rosewood Phnom Penh, a 14-floor luxury resort featuring 148 rooms and suites, 27 residences and a variety of onsite restaurant options, bars and a cantilevered terrace. Located within the Vattanac Capital Tower, the hotel will be within walking distance of the city’s Central Business District, as well as other tourist sites along the Mekong.