The Abraj Kudai Hotel in Mecca, Saudi-Arabia

Hotels are becoming ever larger – The world’s biggest hotel with 10,000 rooms is built in Mecca

Hamburg, Germany – 17th of August, 2016 – The next record-breaking hotel is built in Mecca: The Abraj Kudai in the Saudi Arabian capital will have about 10,000 rooms, 70 restaurants, 5 landing sites for helicopters in 12 towers with 45 levels. The opening is planned next year. According totophotelprojects.com there are currently 252 new large-scale hotels under construction with more than 500 rooms each.

Abraj Kudai Towers in Mekka

Those are currently the biggest hotels under construction:
Abraj Kudai – Mecca/Saudi-Arabia – 10,000 rooms – opening 2017
Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort – Australia – 7,500 rooms – opening 2019
Resort World – Las Vegas/USA – 6,583 rooms – opening 2019
Bawadi Project – Dubai/UAE – 6,500 rooms – Baufortschritt unklar
Pearl Hotels – Dubrovnik/Croatia – 5.,00 rooms – opening 2020

Previous record holder in the hotel industry (measured in number of rooms):
First World Hotel, Genting Highlands/Malaysia – 7,351 rooms
The Venetian/The Palazzo, Las Vegas/USA – 7,117 rooms
MGM Grand/The Signature, Las Vegas/USA – 6,852 rooms
CityCenter, Las Vegas/USA – 6,790 rooms
Sands Cotai Central, Macau/China – 6,000 rooms

Citizen M Hotel London Tower - Lobby

Tourism in London continues to boom

How will the Brexit affect tourism? London’s hotel industry keeps on booming. The depreciation of the Pound makes hotels, restaurants and shopping cheaper for guests from abroad. It is not yet clear if Britain’s exit will actually lead to losses in Tourism. Therefore, the hospitality industry UK chooses for new investments. According to Tophotelprojects.com there are currently 195 new top hotels planned.

Citizen M Hotel London Tower - Lobby

Citizen M Hotel London Tower – Lobby

A new record value was reached in London’s tourism last year, counting 31.5 million visitors. Therewith, the British capital maintains its position as one of the most visited major cities in the world.

There are currently 69 hotels emerging, only in London. The most recent opening was the Citizen M near the tower. This 370 room hotel is the second one of the smart, Dutch hotel chain, which is deemed as disruptive and targets the contemporary needs of generation Y. Citizen M focuses on newest technology like automatic check-in processes via smartphone or a modern Vitra-design in lobby and rooms. One new feature is the shop concept “Collection M”, which will be tested in the new flagship hotel.

Selected projects in London:

  • Park Plaza London Park Royal – 168 rooms – Opening: August 2016
  • Great Scotland Yard Hotel – 235 rooms – Opening: Early 2017
  • Hard Rock Hotel – 900 rooms – Opening: Autumn 2018
  • Artotel London Hoxton – 350 rooms – Opening: Early 2019
  • Nhow London – 190 rooms – Opening: Late 2018
  • Peninsula London – 190 rooms – Opening: 2021

On 20 July 2016, TOPHOTELPROJECTS starts its “World Tour” (#THPWorldTour) in London. This exclusive event series of expert symposia with matching intentions for hotel planners, operators, selected outfitters and suppliers will monthly lead to Miami, New York City, Dubai, Singapore and Berlin. For more information please visit: www.thpworldtour.com

Motel One Stuttgart Bad Cannstatt - new room concept

Budget design hotel chain Motel One paves Europe with new properties – Soon ten hotels in Berlin

Munich, Germany – 07 July 2016 – Motel One is still on its road to success: The budget design hotel chain from Munich is developing 19 new properties with a total of 6,100 rooms across Europe. Currently, two large hotels are being built in Berlin; thus Motel One will have ten hotels in the German capital soon. This is what tophotelprojects.com reports.

Motel One Stuttgart Bad Cannstatt - Zimmer

Motel One Stuttgart Bad Cannstatt – new room concept

In the contested hotel market in Berlin the flat-rate strategy of Motel One (from 62 Euro per Night Room) caused a sensation. At the revived prime location in City West between the Zoo Station and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a new hotel tower with 582 rooms and a skybar with panoramic view will open next summer. Just a stone’s throw from the East Berlin Alexanderplatz the largest Motel One hotel with 708 rooms is scheduled to open in autumn of next year.

Motel One is growing in Europe: new hotel construction projects are arising in France, the UK, Spain and Switzerland.

Motel One – new hotels in:
Germany – 12 (4,200 rooms)
Switzerland – 2 (543)
UK – 2 (647)
Spain – 1 (300)
France – 1 (255)
Austria – 1 (60)

Motel One has long been a European hotel chain with locations in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland. In the past year the sales increased by a whopping 26 percent to around 322 million euros. The average occupancy rate of the almost 13,800 rooms in 51 hotels increased slightly to 75 percent – which are dream values in the hospitality industry.

The most recent opening is now the third hotel in Stuttgart: The hotel in Bad Cannstatt offers 141 rooms and is located close to the so-called Stuttgart Beer Festival, which is, beside the Oktoberfest in Munich, one of the biggest festivals in Germany. For the first time the company’s room concept has been expanded to increasingly address business travelers: A new element is the comfortable lounge chair in leather by “Freifrau”, as well as the height-adjustable table from Vitra, which is tailored to the needs of the (business) guest. In addition, the guest can now find a safe for securely storing personal valuables.

Luxurious and spacious comfort with fully euqipped kitchens - Serviced apartments of 'The Doorman' in Frankfurt/Germany are waht guests want (Photo: The Doorman)

Investors focus on serviced apartments worldwide – Hybrid class of hiotel industry opens up new market opportunities

Hamburg, Germany – 15 June 2016 – Luxurious and equipped with kitchen & co. – high class serviced apartments such Comfort, residential feel and a little luxury: The success factors of serviced apartments are obvious. Since the (terrific) success of Airbnb with the rental of private apartments, the hybrid hotel class is internationally on the rise. Investors and operators have discovered the fragmented market of boarding properties for themselves. Renowned hotel groups such as Starwood Hotels, Citadines and Adina amplified their portfolio to serviced apartments as tophotelpropjects.com reports.

The Doorman Serviced Apartments Frankfurt am Main

Luxurious and spacious comfort with fully euqipped kitchens – Serviced apartments of ‘The Doorman’ in Frankfurt/Germany are waht guests want (Photo: The Doorman)

With its Element concept – elegant city apartments – Starwood Hotels & Resorts has 40 global projects in the pipeline. The French Citadines group is building currently 24 new properties. Australian Adina Apartments is currently planning six new boarding houses. Europe’s leading hotel group Accor is developing 14 new apartment buildings with Adagio.

The secret of the serviced apartments are excellent concierge services around the clock, such as the new luxury apartment hotel “The Doorman” in Frankfurt. The basic equipment of the apartments includes fully equipped kitchens with modern cooking appliances and luxury furnishings on a high class level. Extensible services on the network should be: cooperation with gyms and wellness and beauty salons, recommendations of selected restaurants and bars in the neighborhood as well as a directory of professional interpreters. Travel services such as limousine services and car rental are understood.

The marketing for serviced apartments opens new ways. The aspiring Novum Hotel Group from Hamburg has a two-way interface to Airbnb in development. In a short term, the groups own serviced apartments in Germany are bookable via their platform at just three percent commission.

Living lobby at new Tru by Hilton hotel concept (Photo/Graphic: Hilton Worldwide)

Futuristic hotel concepts: Living lobby is a must-have – Living, working and enjoying is more important than check-in

Hamburg, Germany – 06 June 2016 – Lame lobbies are out: future hotels will welcome their guests with “living lobbies”. Warm welcome, breakfast, business with high-speed WiFi and enjoying football evenings together in front of the flat – this is the new, or: rediscovered Melting Pot of the smart hospitality industry with potential. TOPHOTELPROJECTS is focusing on these trends as well.

Tru by Hilton Lobby

Living lobby at new Tru by Hilton hotel concept (Photo/Graphic: Hilton Worldwide)

Latest aspirant is still the young hotel brand Tru by Hilton. With “The Hive” the brand will create a new, active encounter zone in the budget design hotels: Relaxed working in shielded areas, entertainment and fun with video games, casual relaxing on lounge furniture and supply of snacks and cool drinks.

Europe’s Hotel Group No. 1, Accor, realized this in a new concept for its Ibis budget hotels: The reception desk is remarkably short, the breakfast buffet for the tightly calculated price / performance ratio abundant, the wireless internet access acceptable and long benches and casual armchairs are urban-modern. “Living Lobby” is staged media-friendly through several large TV screens.

Literally alive is the new Steigenberger concept Jaz in the city. The first hotel in Amsterdam is characterized by live performances in restaurant and bar. The shooting success confirms the unusual concept: Shortly after the opening, the occupancy rate was 65 percent, far above target. In a hotel of this new, ground-breaking class you cannot stay in the room, you are looking for connection and inspiration in the lobby and bar.

The spirit of “living lobbies” is being developed further by innovative hotel concepts such as Moxy, element Prizeotel, Citizen M, Mama Shelter. The hotel industry will reinvent itself with smart nonchalance (“Work hard, play hard”). This follows pioneering hosts such as César Ritz, where every guest received a “Grande Entrée” in its Grand Hotels – only now in jeans and without a tie.

Hungary’s tourism still has lots of potential – New Ritz-Carlton in Budapest will be a landmark

Budapest/Hungary, 19th May 2016 – Hungary still has lots of potential in tourism, in the larger cities as well as in traditional holiday areas such as Lake Balaton. During the past five years the spending of visitors increased by more than five billion euros. Although new hotel rooms can be placed on the market very well, the investments are currently restrained. Only six hotels are in the pipeline in Hungary right now, as TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information between clients and contractors in the international hotel industry, announced.

Ritz Carlton Budapest - Lobby

Landmark in Hungary: recently opened Ritz-Carlton Budapest

 

One of the projects will be a new budget brand hotel Meininger in Budapest with 184 rooms; opening is scheduled for spring 2018. At the airport of Budapest a new airport hotel (200 rooms, opening: early 2017) will arise and Carlson Rezidor is investing in a new Park Inn Hotel in Zalakaros in the South of Balaton (236 rooms, opening in spring 2018).

But the potential for new hotels is significantly higher. Analysts at Horwath HTL estimated that Budapest itself will be in the need of more than 1,000 new rooms until 2019. Other forecasts are even higher. The hotel stock in the capital will grow by five to ten percent, they say.

A new hotel landmark is the recently opened Ritz Carlton in Budapest: This luxury hotel with 170 comfortable rooms and 30 elegant suites is located in a historic building in a prime, central location.

The latest super hotels – Every day a new luxury hotel opens somewhere at the globe

Hamburg, Germany – 12 May 2016 – Due to the fast growing tourism industry more and more top hotels are needed. On average two new hotels or resorts of the leading categories opened every day during the first quarter of this year worldwide. This data has been revealed by TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information between clients and contractors in the international hotel industry.

Loisaba Lodge in Kenya

Loisaba Lodge in Kenya

Within the next eight months until the end of the year another 1,500 hotels will celebrate their inauguration. In total far more than 1,800 hotels are put into operation internationally. But the sustained boom pressurizes the large hotel chains: On the one hand, the expansion must proceed faster. Which means even more new locations are obtained in a shorter period. On the other hand new employees for the new jobs are needed and have to be educated and trained constantly. Leading hotel groups must occupy the positions in the lower and middle areas of work new several times a year as the world’s leading job portal “Hospitality Leaders” reported.

Among other, one of the new top hotels and resorts is the Loisaba Lodge in Kenya / Africa. Out of the very comfortable tent village you can watch numerous wild animals – as well as from the luxurious infinity pool. In the high-end luxury hotels the newly opened St. Regis Kuala Lumpur is talking point – with generous walk-in closets in every guestroom and an exquisite gourmet restaurant of a known, Japanese three-star chef. The new Four Seasons Abu Dhabi – exclusively located on an island in the Arabian Gulf – privacy is appreciated:: there are separate exuberantly equipped fitness centers for men and women.

Katamama Hotel Bali

Katamama Hotel Bali

One of the highlights of the global hospitality market also includes the new Grand Hyatt in Rio of Janeiro, a true landmark hotel for the Summer Olympics this year, which features among other amenities three restaurants at a worldwide peak level and a “Leading” Spa. In the Katamama Hotel in Bali, a hideaway with just 58 suites, only exclusive on hand-crafted furniture and conveniences of regional craftsmanship find a place. Furthermore the art-loving guests will be inspired with vegan delicacies and a rich offer of fresh juices. In the Maldives the guest can enjoy the endless Indian Ocean with the largest Infinity Pool at the new Amari Havodda resorts on the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, a holiday hotel with 120 private beach villas and overwater bungalows.