Top 3 new hotels: London, Russia and Japan

C&IT takes a look at three new conference hotels that have opened in the last month.

The Lichtenstein Restaurant at the new Dolina 960 hotel in Sochi
The Lichtenstein Restaurant at the new Dolina 960 hotel in Sochi

Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, Japan

The 134-room Ritz-Carlton launched its fourth Japanese property on February 7 in Kyoto’s city-centre, which is famed for its Zen temples, palaces and gardens. Admirers of Kyoto’s rich cultural history will be reassured that the Ritz-Carlton is a hotel immersed in iconography that is unique to this region of Japan.

Japan’s culinary expertise is showcased at the hotel’s Mizuki restaurant while La Locanda is Ritz-Carlton’s chance to import some Italian cuisine into unfamiliar territory. Furthermore, Pierre Herme Paris, creator of Haute Patisserie, brings his signature desserts to the hotel completing a trio of fine-dining experiences that spans the globe.

A ballroom and three meeting rooms suitable for receptions, exhibitions and seminars make up the hotel’s corporate package.

Dolina 960, Sochi

One of the more happier hotel stories to come out of Russia’s Winter Olympics in Sochi is the opening of Dolina 960, a boutique hotel located – you've guessed it – 960m above sea level. Taking inspiration from the Pop Art movement of the 1950’s, the 48-room hotel includes two event spaces.

The Lobby Lounge welcomes informal meetings among the colourful décor but tempting guests from that warm fireplace is the hotel’s outside terrace. Guests can bask in the view of the Caucasus Mountains steeping above the Black Sea as they sip cocktails some 1,0000m above.

The Dolina 960 opened on February 7, on schedule and in time for the Winter Olympics’ Opening Ceremony.

Hampton by Hilton, London Waterloo

Hampton by Hilton opened its first central London hotel in Waterloo on February 4 following the recent launch of its London Gatwick and Glasgow properties. The Hilton brand is hoping to make a splash on the South Bank with its offer of 297 guestrooms.

Event planners looking to use the hotel's event spaces can choose from one of four meeting spaces, which have the capacity for 12 delegates in a boardroom style. However, guests have the option to combine each room into two larger spaces that can accommodate up to 40 delegates for a theatre-style setting.

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