Accor grows Novotel’s reach in Thailand; busy 2022 for property openings

18 January, 2022

Accor has debuted its latest flagship property for the midscale Novotel brand popular with both business and leisure travellers with the opening of the Novotel Bangkok Future Park Rangsit. Located in the Future Park Rangsit complex, the property is the 22nd Novotel to open in Thailand.

The newly built hotel is situated within walking distance of the city’s Future Park shopping centre, and close to the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) Red Line service. It features 226 rooms designed “to enhance life balance and offer a sense of well-being and enjoyment for visitors” with a lobby area that serves as a social hub and lively central space open to all at any time of the day.

All 226 rooms and suites are spacious, and offer natural daylight and incorporate locally inspired artwork, earthy tones, and wooden elements across each of the eight configurations, from Deluxe Rooms, Superior Rooms, and Executive Suites. All rooms offer Novotel's signature LIVE N DREAM bed, 55-inch LED TVs, coffee and tea facilities, daybed, and workspace. Guests staying in the Executive Rooms and Suites receive enjoy exclusive access to the property’s Premier Lounge.

More than 300 new Accor hotels and resorts in the pipeline

Accor will add more than 300 new properties to its portfolio with new additions across many existing markets as well as new destinations. London, Doha, and Moscow will welcome multiple new Accor hotels this year, while several Accor brands have sought out exotic, unexpected or new horizons to explore, such as Pangkalan Bun in Indonesia; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Casco Viejo in Panama City.

One of the most anticipated openings of the year will be Raffles London at The OWO. Located at the historic Old War Office – the iconic Whitehall building inhabited by Britain's most famous statesmen and spies, from Winston Churchill to Ian Fleming – is in the final touches of a monumental transformation to create 120 rooms and suites, 85 unique branded residences and 11 destination restaurants and bars.

Supporting demand in growing lifestyle segment

With lifestyle representing one of the fastest growing segments of the global hospitality industry, Accor, through its joint venture with Ennismore, will continue to grow leading lifestyle brands including Mondrian, SLS, The Hoxton, Morgans Originals and Mama Shelter.

Standout openings across this category include the first Mondrian in China, Hong Kong Kowloon, a 324-room property with uninterrupted harbour views; the inaugural Maison Delano Paris in the ultra-chic 8th Arrondissement just steps away from the fabled Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré; TRIBE Phnom Penh Post Office Square which will bring bold design to Cambodia's hotel scene, and Mama Shelter Dubai a larger-than-life Mama that embodies the idea of a resort in the heart of the city with apartments, pools and an outdoor cinema.

Two new Sydney properties planned for 2022

The Accor growth will see the addition in 2022 of two further properties in Sydney, Australia, both set to debut in the coming months. The Porter House Hotel, Sydney – MGallery in the 1870s heritage-listed Porter House will connect to a new 36-storey tower, offering a mix of hotel and residences, pool and fitness centre, two restaurants, a fourth-floor bar with roving art gallery, meeting and private dining facilities and a business centre. Elsewhere, the historic West End Hotel, built in 1929, will reopen as Hotel Morris following an extensive refurbishment. The 82-room hotel will feature a ground floor restaurant and bar on Pitt Street, and a rooftop bar.

The South Pacific growth in 2022 will also include the mid-year opening of the Sebel Wellington Lower Hutt in New Zealand. Overlooking the Hutt River, this apartment-style hotel will feature 60 fully serviced studios and one-bedroom apartments, along with a restaurant and bar called Biscotti.

2022 debut for MGallery in the Philippines and Singapore

Noteworthy new arrivals in 2022 will include the first MGallery properties in the Philippines and Singapore, both due to join the brand around the middle of the year. The MGallery Hotel Collection features boutique hotels, each with its own original design and unique stories to tell.

The Admiral Hotel Manila – MGallery will feature six uniquely themed floors showcasing local culture, festivals, heroes, folk dances, destinations, native objects, and traditional games. The guest rooms and suites are equipped with thoughtful luxuries such as Bose sound bars and APPELLES bath amenities.

The Orchard Hills Residences – MGallery will be residing in the world-renowned Orchard Road shopping district. These 168 serviced residences, designed by Japanese studio, Nikken Sekkei, aim to take guests on personal journeys of self-discovery through immersive spaces, meticulous curation as well as a thoughtful integration of luxury hospitality, healthcare and wellness.

The MGallery collection will also grow in South Korea in 2022 with the Naru Hotel Seoul – MGallery. Located in the Mapo District, this new MGallery hotel will overlook the Han River with views of Yeouido island. The 196-room hotel will offer the brand's signature mix of bespoke mixology and fascinating stories infused with the culture of the neighbourhood.

Strong growth in Southeast Asia for 2022

The MGallery arrivals will be supported by further growth through the portfolio across Southeast Asia through 2022. The Pullman Singapore Orchard, in the heart of the Orchard Road shopping district, will open following a refurbishment as part of a mixed-use development, featuring commercial and retail outlets including the flagship Apple store.

Meanwhile, in Indonesia, the Pullman Lombok Mandalika Beach Resort will open, a five-star resort set on the secluded beach of Kuta Mandalika, offering 257 rooms, suites and villas, dotted with aquamarine pools overlooking the azure Indian Ocean.

Elsewhere across the region 2022 openings are planned to include: Mövenpick Phan Thiet; Grand Mercure Bali Legian Resort (the first Grand Mercure resort in Bali); the 253-room Novotel Phnom Penh Beung Keng Kong; the Mercure Pangkalan Bun (a new destination for Accor); Mercure Miri City Centre in the coastal city of Miri, on the island of Borneo; Mercure Living Putrajaya; Mercure Rayong Lomtalay; Mercure Da Lat Resort, Vietnam; and ibis Styles Bangkok Silom.