What’s New in Hotels for 2013

written by | Posted on December 19th, 2012

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa’s Contemporary presidential suite.

A variety of hotels are opening and making renovations in time for the new year. Here is a sampling of what’s new across the globe.

In California, the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa has completed a $1 million redesign of its presidential suites. The 2,600-sq.-ft. suites are divided into three designs: Andalusian, which has a Mediterranean feel with a sun-inspired palette; Beach House, which was designed to resemble a beach house with a casual feel and ocean artifacts; and Contemporary, which is more sleek with a loft-like feel.

Each suite features a fireplace, wraparound oceanfront balcony, separate dining room, beachfront living areas, full wet bar, over-sized flat-screen TV with DVD players and surround sound systems, and whirlpool tubs with views of the Pacific Ocean.

The Hyatt Regency features the Pacific Waters Spa, a heated pool, surf pros and direct access to the beach. And if guests want to explore the area, attractions like Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are nearby.

Rates for the presidential suites start at $2,750. For more information, visit huntingtonbeach.hyatt.com.

Design Hotels opened its first member property in Malaysia in Penang, called Macalister Mansion. The 8-room hotel is a 100-year-old historic mansion and has five restaurants and bars—the Dining Room, featuring modern French cuisine; the Living Room, a casual space with local cuisine; The Lawn, an outdoor extension to the Living Room with an adjoining bar; Bagan Bar, with nightly live performances and signature drinks; and The Den,which features cigars and whiskey.

The hotel pays homage to Colonel Norman Macalister, the first British governor of the state in the 1800s, and the rooms all reflect different periods in his life, with art created by Southeast Asian artists.

The public spaces and rooms feature commissioned art from local artists and all of the furniture and carpets were handpicked by the owners, who are from the area.

Rooms start at $261 per night. For more information, visit designhotels.com/macalister_mansion.

The boutique hotel La Maison d’Igor has opened in the lakeside town of Morges, between Lausanne and Geneva in Switzerland, in the house where composer Igor Stravinsky lived. The 8-room hotel has restored many of the original features of the property, including  the woodwork, sculptures, chimney and fountain.

The hotel is surrounded by gardens and overlooks Lake Geneva and the Alps. Rates start at $252 for an Ernest’s room. For more information, visit maison-igor.ch/en.

The historic Ain Al Faida Resort in Abu Dhabi is opening on New Year’s Eve after a 5-year closure.

The boutique hotel—with 26 rooms and 57 villas—was built 30 years ago and is expected to be a four-star resort when it opens. It will feature tennis courts, basketball and soccer pitches, and pony rides for children.

“It will very much be a casual, family resort with extensive leisure activities,” says Philippe Harb, corporate director of operations, One to One Hotels and Resorts.

The hotel is located in the oasis city of Al Ain, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“This will be a significant leisure boost for Al Ain’s tourism proposition, which will see increasing demand following the city’s listing as a World Heritage Site,” Harb says. “We will also benefit from our close proximity to the Wadi Adventure waterpark with visitors wanting to spend more time there now being able to stay quite literally over-the-road from the attraction.”

Also nearby are historic sites like the Al Ain Oasis, the Al Ain National Museum, Al Jahili Fort and the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum. For more information, visit onetoonehotels.com.