A Look at Hotel Projects Abroad: Marriott, Four Seasons, Raffles

INTERNATIONAL REPORT—When it comes to new projects, major hotel brands have numerous irons in the fire. Here’s a look at five of them:

The Douglas and JW Marriott Parq Vancouver

In downtown Vancouver, The Douglas, part of Autograph Collection Hotels, and JW Marriott Parq Vancouver will both open under the roof of a new urban resort—Parq Vancouver—in late October.

Conceptualized by Rob Wells from SixteenFifty Creative Intelligence, and designed by Toronto-born Vincent Celano, The Douglas is named for the original Douglas firs that laid the foundation for Vancouver’s economy.

As guests enter the building, they will see a living green wall. The sixth floor lobby will have an eye-catching front desk: a 25-ft. replica Douglas fir encased in glass that emits a warming glow. The adjacent D/6 Bar & Lounge will offer handcrafted cocktails, a hidden lounge and entry to Parq Vancouver’s outdoor park featuring more than 200 native pines and 15,000 local plants. Accommodations will include 178 rooms and 10 suites, including three two-story lofts on the 16th and 17th floors, all decorated with warm woods and task lighting.

At the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, the guest arrival path will infuse local culture into the entrance experience with a locally inspired art walk, while a direct connection to Parq Vancouver will offer access to gaming and dining. Guestrooms will be outfitted with residential-style comforts including illy espresso makers and internet-connected TVs.

Representing Marriott International’s luxury portfolio, Canada’s newest JW property occupies two towers on the east side of Parq Vancouver. Designed by Toronto based Studio Munge, the hotel will offer 281 guestrooms and 48 luxury suites, including a two-floor villa.

Four Seasons Hotel Makkah

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Jabal Omar Development Company (JODC), a developer in the Middle East, revealed plans for a new Four Seasons hotel in Makkah, Saudi Arabia—also known as Mecca—as part of the Jabal Omar integrated real estate development.

Four Seasons Hotel Makkah will be located adjacent to Al-Masjid Al-Ḥarām (the Grand Mosque) and with direct access and unobstructed views of the Haram. It will be the company’s second location in Saudi Arabia, joining Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre.

Architectural firm Foster + Partners was chosen following an international design competition for this project. The multi-towered building atop a retail podium cascades down toward the Grand Mosque, integrating its public spaces into the Haram. The design allows clear views of the Kaaba from every guestroom and suite, each of which will feature one or more private prayer rooms. In total, there will be approximately 375 guestrooms and suites, plus approximately 90 Four Seasons Private Residences.

Amenities will include three restaurants and lounges, a ballroom and meeting rooms, and a spa and fitness center.

Raffles Europejski Warsaw

The Raffles Europejski Warsaw will open its doors in early 2018, ushering in a new chapter in the property’s history spanning 60 years.

Accommodations will include 106 elegant suites with curated Polish art by Anda Rottenberg and Barbara Piwowarska; a restaurant showcasing Poland’s produce and cuisine; a bar and cigar lounge; a pâtisserie that evokes the hotel’s story; as well as a spa with six treatment rooms.

Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower

Prince Hotels Inc. has opened the Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower in Nagoya, Japan, the country’s third largest city.

The hotel is located on the 31st to 36th floors of Global Gate, a mixed-use complex erected in a redevelopment area south of Nagoya Station. Highlights include 170 guestrooms with views of the city, 110-seat restaurant, 40-seat club lounge, fitness room and business center.

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