Good Things (Like Hotels) Come in Twos

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The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa
A suite at the recently-opened Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa.

We know, we know…the quote says “threes.” But once you read up on the wealth of hotels that are opening and reopening—all in twos—you’ll see what we mean.

From Toronto to Shanghai
Did you know that the first Four Seasons hotel was built in Toronto more than 50 years ago? It’s true, and now 86 properties and 35 countries later, the company is returning to its “hometown” with the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, set to open this October.

The property features 259 guestrooms including 42 suites that offer interactive tablets, high-speed WiFi, marble bathrooms and TVs hidden inside mirrors. The property’s two-story Four Seasons Spa will feature 17 guestrooms, a full-service salon, relaxation pool, whirlpool, fitness center and yoga studio. On-property dining will be available at Cafe Boulud and bar, offering contemporary Mediterranean-inspired cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Also opening late this summer is the Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai, which will offer 187 guestrooms in the heart of the city’s financial center, with shopping, dining, nightlife, museums and attractions all within easy distance. Drawing inspiration from its surroundings, the Four Seasons Hotel Pudong,Shanghai will feature contemporary interiors with decor inspired by the Art Deco movement of the 1920s and ’30s.

The property will also offer FLARE Spa, 24-hour fitness center, 59-ft. lap pool and Camelia restaurant, with all-day service featuring French and Japanese cuisine. Reservations are currently being accepted for dates beginning in September, with rates starting at $472.

For more information, call (800) 819-5053 or visit fourseasons.com.

From Okinawa to Montreal
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company presents another Canada-Asia duo, with a simultaneous opening/reopening on either side of the globe.

A golfer’s, water-lover’s or peace-seeker’s paradise, The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa has recently opened in it’s first location on this Japanese island. The property’s 97 guestrooms and two suites all offer balconies or terraces and panoramic views overlooking the emerald East China Sea or the manicured golf courses of Kise Country Club.

The property is decorated to make guests feel welcome in Japanese style, with red clay roof tiles, holy water ponds and ‘Shurijo’ face motifs. Dining options include the fine dining Italian restaurant Chura-Nuhji, the Teppan-yaji restaurant Kise, and the all-day waterside restaurant Gusuku, which offers outdoor deck seating. A short distance from the main property is The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA, which features four treatment rooms, four dry treatment rooms, outdoor massage cabanas, the Heat Experience, nail studio, relaxation room, indoor pool and fitness center. Rates start at $602.

Meanwhile in North America, The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal has reopened after a $200 million restoration. The transformation restored decorative and historical features that date back to the hotel’s earliest days when it was opened in 1912. Now with its newly restored facade, upgraded public spaces and redesigned guestrooms, the company says “The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal is the most prestigious address in Montreal.”

The property offers 98 rooms and 31 suites, plus a 4,700-sq.-ft. Royal Suite, the largest hotel suite in the city. Amenities here include outdoor gardens, gym, indoor saltwater pool and chef Daniel Boulud’s Maison Boulud restaurant, with 130-seat dining room, 46-seat indoor greenhouse and outdoor terrace on Sherbrooke Street. Rates start at $425.

For more information, call (800) 542-8680 or visit ritzcarlton.com.

From England to Mexico
Hotel Indigo
, the upscale hotel brand of InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG), is just finishing up on its latest project that will open two new properties with the new Hotel Indigo Newcastle in England and the brand’s first Mexico location, Hotel Indigo Veracruz Boca Del Rio.

Hotel Indigo Newcastle can be found within Newcastle’s historical city center, which offers excellent shopping and dining opportunities, plus nearby sporting and theater locations. Amenities include a fitness center and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse. Each guestroom offers LCD TV, rainfall shower, complimentary WiFi and a selection of complimentary items from the mini bar. Rates start at $154.

And in Mexico, Hotel Indigo Veracruz Boca del Rio will feature indoor and outdoor pools, gym, 24-hour room service, La Bamba Bistro and guestrooms that offer all of the creature comforts Hotel Indigo is known for. With a location just steps from the boardwalk, guests can easily explore the beach city of Boca del Rio and all of its shopping, museums and folklore. Hotel Indigo Veracruz Boca del Rio is accepting bookings for arrival dates of Aug. 17 and beyond, with rates starting at $100.

These openings increase Hotel Indigo’s current offerings to 44 hotels, but the company has another 53 in planning stages for major capital cities including New York City, St. Petersburg, Madrid, Hamburg, and in China. For more information, call (877) 270-1392 or visit hotelindigo.com.