Best new hotel openings of 2013

C&IT selects the top conference hotel openings of 2013 from across the globe.

St Regis Abu Dhabi - one of the top conference hotel openings of 2013
St Regis Abu Dhabi - one of the top conference hotel openings of 2013

January

January saw the opening of the Hotel Nikol’skaya Kempinski in Moscow. Set in a complex of historical buildings the hotel has 211 rooms and three restaurants, as well as three meeting rooms and a boardroom.

February

The 13-storey Amari Doha in Qatar opened in February, complete with 120 rooms, spas, saunas and a Turkish bath, as well as four meeting rooms and the option of tailor-made menus, which include ‘brain food’.

March

Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco and Spa opened in Uruguay in March. As well as 116 modern rooms, a spa and three meeting rooms, the largest of which seats 224, the hotel also has a large casino for post-dinner entertainments, including a VIP area for high-end players.

April

Vivanta by Taj opened on the outskirts of Delhi in India with 189 rooms and a Presidential Suite. It also has a banqueting hall for up to 600 people and three restaurants, as well as a spa. The hotel is just 15 minutes drive from Delhi’s international airport.

May

Xenia, in London, opened a 99-room boutique hotel on Cromwell Road in May, near to famous visitor attractions such as the Natural History Museum. The hotel has two bars, a restaurant serving healthy Italian food and a herb garden, as well as a function room for up to 70 people.

June

Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa opened in Kuwait in June. The beachfront hotel, near Kuwait City’s business district, has more than 400 rooms, including 12 villas, and six restaurants.

July/August

Following a two-year renovation, art-deco-styled Prince de Galles hotel reopened in Paris. The hotel, which first opened in 1928, has 115 rooms, a meeting room for 70 guests and a signature restaurant.

September

The St Regis Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, has more than 280 rooms and 40 suites, including the world’s highest suspended Presidential Suite, which has its own private entrance, spa and movie theatre.

October

The Fellah Hotel in Marrakech, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, has 69 rooms and space for a meeting of up to 200 people. Guests can also hold meetings in traditional tents inside the hotel’s extensive grounds.

November

W Verbier, in Switzerland, has opened its first alpine retreat, located just steps away from the ski slopes.  Its 123 contemporary-styled rooms feature a fireplace and private balcony and there are three event spaces in the hotel.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
Cost savings are damaging to business traveller wellbeing, report finds

Cost savings are damaging to business traveller wellbeing, report finds

Research by Capita Travel & Events suggests many organisations are still failing to limit the impact of regular travel on employee health.

How to get the most out of your keynote speakers

How to get the most out of your keynote speakers

From pre-event videos to research papers, keynotes can provide all kinds of content, says DMA Partners' Philip Martin.

What to expect at IMEX America

What to expect at IMEX America

A sneak preview before the events world descends on the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas from 10-12 September.

Brisbane to host international ear, nose and throat congress

Brisbane to host international ear, nose and throat congress

The Asia Oceania ORL-HNS Congress will return to Australia for the first time in 40 years, attracting 1,500 clinicians and surgeons.

ILEA gets new president and board

ILEA gets new president and board

The International Live Events Association welcomes a new leadership team and sets out goals for 2019-20.

5 questions every venue-booker must ask

5 questions every venue-booker must ask

Founder and CEO of ExecSpace shares the questions you should ask before committing to a venue for your event.

Switzerland and the best hotels of Bern

Switzerland and the best hotels of Bern

The Swiss city of Bern and its wider province have some beautiful places to unwind after a day of meetings.

3 ways events are upgrading with the times

3 ways events are upgrading with the times

From transforming art galleries to reinventing the seminar, Pico's creative director has some tips.

'Female parity had to be brought into the events industry because it did not exist'

'Female parity had to be brought into the events industry because it did not exist'

Fast Forward 15 founder says female mentorship schemes are designed to help women, not to block men.

London to host major robotics and AI conference

London to host major robotics and AI conference

International robotics and automation congress will come to the UK in 2023, welcoming 4,000 AI experts.

LATEST JOBS