W Hotels opens first property in Melbourne

Australia: Marking the second hotel in Australia for the brand, W Hotels has opened in Melbourne at 408 Flinders Lane. Architecture and interior design firm Hachem drew inspiration from the vignettes of Melbourne’s streetscapes. Features include an art installation by local painter and digital artist Run Kitchin of Australian flora


Shiva Hotels secures £230 million refinancing for Marylebone project

UK: Shiva Hotels has secured a £230 million development financing package from Cale Street Investments and Crosstree Real Estate Partners to fund the construction of its 199-key luxury lifestyle hotel in Marylebone, London. Agreed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the transaction represents one of the largest recent development facilities for a


Rosewood Hotels appointed to manage St. Barth’s retreat

Caribbean: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts welcomes Le Guanahani to its collection, which is set to open in spring 2021. The property has been closed since 2017 due to the effects of hurricanes Irma and Maria. When it reopens, it will be renamed Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth. It marks the


International Women’s Day: FAUCHON Hospitality, the epitome of female luxury

In celebration of International Women’s Day, BHN spoke to Jacques-Olivier Chauvin, president and CEO of FAUCHON Hospitality, about how the FAUCHON L’Hôtel brand was created and designed in sync with the needs of women. FAUCHON is a 130-year-old, family-owned company established in France in 1886. With its roots in luxury


10 Mondrian hotels to open by 2021

Worldwide: The Mondrian brand is to expand in Europe, with sbe announcing its first ever location in Asia with a property in Seoul. The arrival of Mondrian in Asia follows a recently completed $19 million renovation of the brand’s flagship LA location, as well as an announcement that Mondrian Polanco


Fattal Group to restore Tel Aviv’s first luxury hotel

Israel: The Palatin Hotel, has been acquired by Israeli group Fattal Hotels ltd., with an intention of restoring the building to its original purpose The iconic pink building, built in 1926, had been converted from the city’s first luxury hotel to an office building in 1942, following the Great Arab


HotelREZ acquires Best Loved Hotels

UK: Representation company HotelREZ has acquired Best Loved Hotels from the Great British Hotel Company Ltd. for an undisclosed sum. HotelREZ describes the move as a milestone in its continued global expansion and move into the luxury soft brand sector. Best Loved Hotels was founded in 1993, and offers consumers


CitizenM ‘affordable luxury’ hotel arrives in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia: Travellers from around the world can now stay at the citizenM Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang hotel in Malaysia, which opened its doors on 1 June. CitizenM’s latest affordable luxury hotel in the Malaysian capital is the brand’s third venture into the Asian market (after the opening of Taipei North


Dream Hotel Group to open second Unscripted Hotels property

US: Dream Hotel Group has announced plans to open the second US location of its new lifestyle brand Unscripted Hotels in New York’s Catskill Mountains in early 2020. Centrally located within the new Shops at White Lake complex in Bethel, New York, Unscripted Catskills marks the company’s first ground-up build using modular