RS Radar: Most Anticipated Hotel Openings for March 2014

A new month brings with it news in travel, and often the most anticipated is of the brand new hotel openings. As we kick off the month of March, let’s have a look at the most anticipated hotel openings of the month. From Beijing to Miami, here are the hotels to check out on your next vacation.



Waldorf Astoria Beijing

Today sees the highly anticipated opening of Waldorf Astoria Beijing, expected to be the brand's most contemporary and art-conscious hotel to date.

In downtown Beijing, across from the Peninsula Hotel and within walking distance to the Forbidden City, the Waldorf Astoria is a brand-new building with a quirky bronze exterior.

Inside is just as quirky as the exterior. The hotel’s 176 rooms which come complete with Apple TV setups, ), Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries and Samsung tablets that controls nearly everything inside the room.

The hotel's interiors were done by design firm Yabu Pushelberg incorporating elements of Chinese design. Alongside the intricate rugs, silk-paneled walls and contemporary Chinese, you can also spot the Waldorf Astoria Clock (found in each Waldorf Astoria hotel) which "appears weightless while resting in its glass cabinet, creating the illusion that it is floating, or of 'time being suspended.'"


Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach, Miami

Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach is the latest trendy addition to Miami Beach’s trendy Art Deco district, South Beach famous for its thriving fine arts scene, decadent dining and nightlife, upscale shopping, and pristine white, sandy beaches.

Formerly the Shelborne South Beach hotel, this high-end oceanfront resort hotel is with direct beach access, and within walking distance of the Miami Convention Center, New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet and much more.

While the private beach club allows guests to partake of volleyball and water sport activities, such as jet skiing and parasailing, you can alternatively relax at the hotel’s spa or enjoy the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean views and drink cart services in an poolside air-conditioned cabana offering private mixologist and spa services, among other luxuries.

Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach hotel also offers a treat for the taste buds with Morimoto South Beach serving as this hotel’s crown jewel, featuring cuisine by celebrity chef, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Other delicious onsite options include a beachfront grill with fire pits and spirited activities for all ages.

The hotel's 200 guest rooms and suites offer either city or ocean views, while three town homes and the Penthouse Suite – with 360-degree floor-to-ceiling windows – offer awe-inspiring vistas.



Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach

Another Miami hotel which has been hotly anticipated is the 74-room Metropolitan by COMO which occupies a renovated 1930s building in the city’s Art Deco district. Located on Collins Avenue and 24th Street, the views stretch across the Atlantic to the east or the Intracoastal Waterway to the west, flooding rooms with Miami Beach sunshine.

Opening on 3 March, Metropolitan has direct access to the beach and a private swimming pool. Other amenities include two restaurants – The Traymore, the headline restaurant, showcasing Floridean seafood with an emphasis on fine dining and traditional service, while the poolside restaurant will be more relaxed, with wood-baked pizzas and easygoing pick-up food to enjoy during the day.

The Met Bar will offer premium spirits and Champagnes, while the rooftop COMO Shambhala juice bar will provide a calming space to revitalise with a bespoke juice blend after a workout, beachfront run, or massage.

For those looking for the ultimate relaxation the destination of choice is the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape with its four treatment rooms and a rooftop hydrotherapy pool.

Interiors are by the Italian designer Paola Navone, who preserved the hotel’s Art Deco heritage and contrasted it with an urbane, contemporary spirit in shades of peppermint green and dusky grey with surfaces of cool white marble and shining chrome.


Sheraton Melbourne

Located at the Paris end of the Central Business District, offering easy access to dynamic shopping, nightlife, and sporting venues, including the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), with easy access to the city’s cultural attractions, Sheraton Melbourne is likely to prove a favourite for both business and leisure travellers alike.

The amenities include all-day dining and specialty restaurants, the lobby bar, Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core® Performance, a heated indoor pool and Shine Spa complete with five treatment rooms.

Spanning at least 35 square metres, each of our 174 guest rooms, including 11 Terrace Suites, boast LCD Flat Screen Television, a generous work space, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® beds and High Speed Internet Access.




Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam is set to offer the discerning traveller finest in timeless European elegance and luxury on the grand 17th-century canal, the Herengracht in the heart of Amsterdam.

Set on one of Amsterdam's oldest canals, the Herengracht, in the middle of the city's historic centre, 93-room hotel encompasses six original patrician houses – each of them on UNESCO's World Heritage list – from the 17th and 18th centuries. Each house has exposed beams, sloping ceilings and large picture windows overlooking the canal or courtyard garden.

This unique historical setting of is matched by its unparalleled facilities including stylish fine dining options in partnership with 3-Michelin star restaurant De Librije, Peacock Alley restaurant, the Vault Bar sophisticated conference and event venues and our luxurious Guerlain spa.

For ultimate privacy and luxury opt for 101 sqm/1,087 sq.ft. Van Loon Suite offering stunning views overlooking the city canals of Amsterdam out of its large windows. Van Loon Suite represents the height of luxury and sophistication, with a separate spacious living room and bedroom, and a very large bathroom downstairs that is reachable through a legendary spiral staircase, which offers a private entrance to the spa and pool. All rooms in the van Loon Suite represent the original Neo-Renaissance style of the building with the main interior parts in this Suite date from the period of Jacob van Loon, who was the inspiration for the name of the Suite.



Hotel Bristol, Odessa

This March, Hotel Bristol will open doors from its new and extraordinary location in Odessa, Ukraine. Located within walking distance from Odessa’s stunning sights and renowned venues for opera, ballet, and orchestral performances, Bristol Hotel is the ideal choice for those wishing to explore the city.

For exceptional cuisine look no further than within though as the onsite French restaurant, Le Grand Café Bristol, boasting charming décor and a warm and welcoming environment you can experience traditional Marseilles and Parisian dishes and sample from the extensive wine menu.

Hotel Bristol also offers a Wellness Spa Centre which is located just 700m from the hotel, where you can take a dip in the indoor swimming pool and let your stress melt away in the sauna.

Hotel Bristol also caters for the business guest, with extensive conference and meeting facilities on offer that can accommodate up to 160 delegates.

The 113 elegantly decorated guestrooms are all fitted with the modern day features, with unique themed suites showcasing the design aesthetics of popular designers including Fendi, Missoni, and Ralph Lauren.