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New hotels to look out for in 2019

We take a look at a range of new hotels set to open their doors in 2019, both in Singapore and across the Asia-Pacific region

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As we recently mentioned in our 2018 round up article, last year didn’t feature many new hotel openings in Singapore. We basically saw the Six Senses Duxton (check our review), The Capitol Kempinski and the Six Senses Maxwell open their doors to Lion City visitors last year.

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Singapore

2019 promises to be much more interesting, though the nature of hotel construction schedules means many of these openings will actually be properties originally due to launch in the last year or two, which are simply running behind schedule.

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Probably the most anticipated opening in Singapore this year is actually a re-opening, following a renovation of close to 18 months. A Singapore institution, Raffles was designated a national monument by the NHB in the late 1980s. Continuously used as a hotel since 1887, it is the oldest surviving establishment of its kind on the island.

Raffles’ former 103 rooms and suites will become 115 in the newly opened hotel, with a brand new design which promises it will still nod to the classic colonial features of the building and its 14ft-high ceilings.

Quirks we love
The Long Bar, where the national cocktail the Singapore Sling was invented by Ngiam Tong Boon, has already been returned to its original location and re-opened. The hotel will also feature 10 new or refreshed bars and restaurants, including BBR by Alain Ducasse in the Bar & Billiard Room, which will once again serve a weekend Sunday Brunch.
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This brand new 16-floor property will offer 304 rooms close to Chinatown and walking distance from Club Street.
Quirks we love
Technology is the focus here, with everything from reservations and check in through to housekeeping requests and laundry collection able to be controlled through an app, or via a Chatbot.

Many rooms will also feature kitchenettes, for the convenience of an apartment feel during longer stays. There’s also a rooftop pool.

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Golf is the name of the game here, with this brand new hotel located inside the Laguna National Golf and Country Club, close to Changi Airport. Indeed it’s set to be the first Singapore hotel featuring direct golf club access.
Quirks we love
Dusit is known for traditional Thai style, and golf resorts don’t always scream modern, so we were a little taken aback to find a building resembling a brand new airport terminal proposed for this project.

Golf may not be everyones game, but the massive outdoor pool, bars, extensive dining options, tennis courts and Dusit’s signature Devarana Spa should keep everyone happy here.

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Singapore’s second YOTEL property is set to open in the JEWEL Changi Airport during Q2 2019. The capsule hotel promises free Wi-Fi, a 24 hour gym and direct access to Changi’s three main terminals. It is only the second airport hotel located in the public areas.
Quirks we love
Access to good food and drink is often the biggest challenge when staying in these ‘capsule’ hotels. That’s not an issue here, the JEWEL project is set to feature over 300 retail and dining facilities with everything from Norwegian fast food to an A&W already confirmed.

Alternatively covered walkways link the facility to the public areas of T1, T2 and T3, with even more food choices. You can even wander across to the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport and dine in one of the restaurants there.

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The Sentosa trio

Far East Hospitality, a subsidiary of the giant Far East Organisation, is already known for a number of hotels in Singapore such as the Oasia Downtown and the Village Hotel Bugis.

The company has an ambitious project in Sentosa opening this year, with three brand new hotels in the same development located located along Artillery Avenue in the Palawan area of the island.

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The Village Hotel, Outpost Hotel and Barracks Hotel form part of the same development along Sentosa’s Artillery Road. (Image: Far East Hospitality)
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Designed for families, this mid-tier price range hotel includes 2-bed family rooms with two bathrooms. There are a total of four swimming pools including an Amazonian Riverine lazy river.
Quirks we love
Sorry, this one’s included with the other two in the project purely for the sake of completeness. A 606-room family hotel including an adventure pool and a lazy river only fills us with dread!
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An adults and couples oriented property, the more stylish black-and-white themed Outpost Hotel will feature 193 rooms, each with customised amenities including a Nespresso machine.
Quirks we love
The rooftop pool on the 7th floor is exclusive to hotel guests.
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A heritage building dating back to 1904, when it was built as a military outpost by the British, a meticulous restoration is promised to bring us The Barracks Hotel later this year.
Quirks we love
Details are still thin, but at just 40 rooms this hotel sounds the perfect size for us. The conserved colonial building is a definite plus. Rooms and suites on the ground floor have direct access to the main pool.
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The Village Hotel and the Outpost Hotel will have a “soft launch” (that’s when something isn’t really finished, but you open it anyway) in February 2019, followed by a formal opening in April 2019.

The Barracks Hotel will take bookings from Q2 2019 for opening in Q3 2019.

A Holiday Inn Express at Serangoon is also due to open in Singapore during Q1 2019.

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Elsewhere in Asia-Pacific

As regular travellers across the region, there are a number of other properties set to open this year that caught our eye, and may well interest you too.

Bangkok

Hyatt Regency Bangkok Opening: Opened 21 Dec 2018