The Business Travel Magazine April/May 2019

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THE REVIEW

R O O M R E P O R T

QuEEn'S gATE

HoTEl opEnS

undER CuRIo

tHe 100 Queen's Gate Hotel has

MuJI makes

it a hat-trick

in Tokyo

opened in London as part of the

Curio Collection by Hilton.

The historic building has been

transformed over the course of

two years and has 228 rooms

and 11 suites each named after

famous historic Kensington

residents that include Alfred

Hitchcock and Agatha Christie.

The hotel's interior design

reflects the rich history of the

Victorian terrace building, say its

developers, and it houses three

dining establishments: all day

brasserie W/A Kensington;

Botanica, for afternoon teas and

cocktails; and ESQ, a 'discreet

drinking den' inspired by the

travels of former resident

William Alexander.

JaPaneSe lifestyle brand

MUJI has opened its third

hotel, a 79-room property

in Tokyo. The MUJI Hotel

Ginza is its first property in

its native Japan and follows

openings last year in Beijing

and Shenzhen.

Its latest hotel has opened

alongside a new global flagship

MUJI store in the Ginza

district of Japan's capital

and reflects the brand’s

philosophy of “promoting a

pleasant life, minimalist aesthetic

and good design”.

Rooms feature traditional

Japanese textiles, natural

materials and upcycled

products. Unusually, the

hotel says its fixed pricing

structure will remain

consistent throughout the

year to support the group’s

commitment to “fairness and

affordable living”. The hotel

also has a cocktail bar,

restaurant, diner, library and

lounge space for informal

meetings and events.

[ OPENINGS & UPGRADES ]

>> Over 80% of JURYS INN and LEONARD HOTELS UK properties

have now received four-star AA accreditation as the group targets

four-star status across the group >> HYATT HOTELS will add over

2,000 guestrooms across 14 new properties in India over the next

24 months, with a focus on emerging cities within the country >>

MARKET STREET HOTEL, a 98-room property and member of the

Design Hotels Group, is due to open in Edinburgh early this

summer >> LOCKE HOTELS has named three new openings as

part of its expansion plans to add four to six new properties every

year. It has invested £100million in a site in Lisbon and has also

confirmed additions in Berlin and Dalston, London.

£14m

The investment sum raised

by Airbnb rival Plum Guide

The Plum Guide has

raised £14million in a

Series B funding round,

allowing it to expand into

six new cities this April.

The home rentals rival

to Airbnb has already

announced the addition

of six cities in the US this

year, joining London,

Los Angeles, Milan,

New York, Paris and

Rome on the platform

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