New and Renovated: Across the Pond and Beyond

new and renovated

Four new and renovated properties in London, Dubai, Melbourne and Shanghai for your international exploration.

Nobu Hotel London Portman Square

One of the latest additions to the Nobu franchise now adorns a corner of Marlybone Portman Square, offering 249 rooms in the brand’s Japanese-inspired, minimalist aesthetic. An airy, high-ceilinged lobby awash in natural light sets the stage for design throughout the property. It also features a lounge and bar, a year-round terrace and a fitness center—in addition, of course, to a signature Nobu Restaurant. The property will also include a 600-person ballroom to be completed in 2021.

Sheraton Grand Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Sheraton Grand Lobby seating with Cafe’ and bar chairs

This metropolitan hotel is new again after completing the contemporary redesign being rolled out at Sheraton properties worldwide. One new concept for the brand is the “Public Square,” a lobby space designed as a central point of energy and community. Sheraton Grand Dubai has 596 guest rooms, now with flexible workspaces and layered lighting, to foster productivity or relaxation as needed. The hotel features over 10,000 sq. ft. of event space, including a ballroom that accommodates up to 400 guests.

W Melbourne, Australia

The new W down under boasts 294 guest rooms and 29 suites with floor-to-ceiling windows—categorized into Wonderful, Fabulous and Mega, in homage to Aussie newspaper kiosks of the 1960s. Over 8,900 sq. ft. of meeting and event space is tech-enabled to host your gathering. Post-meet, vibe into Melbourne’s cafe culture at Culprit, featuring a vermouth tasting tray and ceiling-high charcuterie display. Then get your workout in at FIT, the property’s super-modern fitness facility, or take a dip at WET, a gold-roofed indoor pool with a poolside bar and DJ booth.

JW Marriott Shanghai Fengxian, China

The 50th Marriott International Hotel to open in Shanghai debuted this month, located on Hangzhou Bay in the suburban district of Fengxian. It has 265 guest rooms in hues of sable and blue, each overlooking either Jinhai Lake or the atrium garden. Three onsite restaurants—with cuisine ranging from Cantonese and Shaghainese delicacies to fresh crustacean dishes—all use produce from the hotel’s own JW Garden. For meetings, there’s a 9,600-square-foot banquet hall as well as several smaller multifunction rooms.

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