2015 Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest global collection of independent luxury hotels, introduces six new properties scheduled to enter the market before the end of the year that will inspire meetings and events planners with stunning settings and memorable programming.
From highly anticipated openings in major metropolises fit for large corporate gatherings to boutique properties in “hidden” destinations that are ideal for intimate retreats, all six hotels and resorts are set to join the ranks of the most desirable event destinations in the world.
Here is a look at the soon-to-open hotels and resorts within the Preferred Hotels & Resorts portfolio that planners should put on their radar:
• Shilla Stay Seodaemun – Seoul, South Korea
Opening May 2015
Shilla Stay, a new brand of Hotel Shilla, will open in the Seodaemun district, known as the heart of Seoul’s culture and business. The hotel’s 319 rooms and public spaces are characterized by modern and simple luxury, giving guests a peaceful environment within the lively city. Other convenient luxuries include a buffet restaurant, a fully-equipped meeting room for small events or gatherings, and a business corner to serve as a central point for productivity for guests between meetings.
• Art Hotel – Denver, Colorado, USA
Opening June 2015
A contemporary hotel rooted in an urban art gallery, Art Hotel is set to be Denver’s newest masterpiece. Each of the 165 guestrooms will inspire visitors with features including floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Rocky Mountains and Denver skyline, hand-selected art pieces, and natural design elements. The property’s 4,100 sq, feet of meeting space – which can accommodate up to 170 people – presents stunning art displays, providing an inventive and creative atmosphere for groups. Located just south of downtown Denver, the hotel is tucked into an area known as the “Wall Street of the West,” with financial and government offices, eight of the cities museums, and other landmarks nearby.
• Palazzo Versace Dubai – Dubai, UAE
Opening July 2015
Located in Dubai’s historic “Culture Village” district, the much-anticipated Palazzo Versace Dubai will be the second hotel to open under the fashion house name. The 215-room hotel will wow guests with rich Italian design elements, Versace-branded amenities, a world-class spa, stellar culinary offerings, and opulent, fully-adaptable meeting and conference spaces with state-of-the-art equipment. From soirees and banquets to breakouts and executive retreats, groups of all sizes and purposes will enjoy truly personalized, impressive event experiences at Palazzo Versace Dubai.
• The Temple House – Chengdu, China
Opening in July 2015
Set in a beautifully restored 100-year-old Chinese courtyard building in the city of Chengdu (better known as the hometown of the beloved panda bear) is the newest offering from Swire Hotels’ The House Collective — The Temple House. The urban destination will epitomize contemporary and simple luxury with earthy tones and a clean design, which perfectly contrast with its surroundings that include the 1,000-year-old- Daci Temple. Offering 100 guestrooms, 42 serviced residences, six meetings rooms, one ballroom, one outdoor event space, an immersive spa, and four dining options, The Temple House is the ideal experiential urban hotel for private meetings and events in one of China’s most increasingly popular destinations.
• The Watergate Hotel – Washington, D.C., USA
Opening Summer 2015
Washington, D.C.’s landmark property The Watergate Hotel is undergoing a legendary revival and will open as a true urban resort later this year. Across 338 guest rooms and public spaces, the hotel will blend luxurious design with its storied past, offering exciting features ranging from the original grand staircase to a brand new rooftop bar overlooking the Capital and Potomac River and a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center. The newly constructed Moretti Grand Ballroom is the highlight of 27,000 sq. feet of flexible meeting and event space, which also includes 10,000 sq. feet of outdoor space, making The Watergate Hotel a staple for events in the Capital city.
• The South Beach – Singapore
Opening Fall 2015
One of Asia’s most anticipated openings of the year, the Philippe Starck-designed The South Beach in Singapore is set to unveil 654 guestrooms including 49 luxury suites, four food and beverage options, an enchanting ballroom, 19 state-of-the-art meeting rooms, and two sky gardens with infinity pools where guests can lounge while admiring the Singapore skyline. The South Beach is linked to Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre via an aero-bridge and conveniently located just minutes away from the Central Business district, shopping, entertainment, and other cultural attractions.
For more information on the above new openings or to review the complete list of Preferred Hotels & Resorts properties equipped for MICE events of all sizes, please visit www.PreferredHotels.com.