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    Weekly briefing: international hotel arrivals – we have ‘lift-off’!

    Editor Hamish Kilburn here to deliver your first weekly briefing of the year, featuring all the hottest hotel stories of the week. This round-up includes a look at this year’s VIP international arrivals, a rather ‘dandy’ hotel review and even a pre-flight check into what a hotel in space will look like…

    If, by any chance, you needed reassuring about the state of the international hotel scene, then all you have to do is take a glance at the below; stories that we have published this week in order to inject some positivity into the industry we love the serve. From London’s latest hotel opening in Mayfair to Q1 and Q2’s hottest arrivals, we have started 2021 by looking into the future to capture how the international hotel design arena is preparing to welcome back modern travellers.

    With even more juicy stories and exclusive features waiting in the wings (to be published next week), here are your top stories from the last few days…

    The Hot list: most anticipated hotel for 2021 (Q1 & Q2)

    Render of infinity pool in Maldives

    Image credit: LXR

    Concussed from 2020, we are kicking off the year with positivity; shining its editorial spotlight on the hotel openings that will take hospitality worldwide to new heights. In our first of two series we take a look at Q1 & Q2’s VIP arrivals.

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    Sneak peek: inside SLS Cancun, a “barefoot-chic tropical” hotel

    Lounge inside SLS Hotels

    Image credit: SLS Hotels

    Having designed a myriad of hotels around the world, Piero Lissoni brought his iconic design magic to Cancun to bring to life sbe’s vision of a “barefoot-chic tropical” hotel. SLS Cancun, which opens in early February, is a perfectly timed arrival as the SLS brand is one at the centre of the Ennismore and Accor merge to become the largest and fastest growing global player.

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    Checking in to The Mayfair Townhouse, London’s ‘dandiest’ hotel

    Mayfair Townhouse hotel peacock entrance

    Image credit: Iconic Luxury Hotels

    Following what must have been the most dramatic build-up to any opening in 2020, The Mayfair Townhouse, which is made up of 15 Georgian townhouses (seven of which are Grade II listed buildings), has officially arrived in London.

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    Project watch: the ‘shimmering’ Dorsett Gold Coast takes shape

    Render of sophisticated guestroom inside hotel

    Credit: Destination Gold Coast Consortium

    Currently on the boards, but preparing to take the Gold Coast to new heights of luxury, the golden-glazed windows of what will be Dorsett Gold Coast at The Star Gold Coast are being installed. And as construction of the building that will shelter the 313-key hotel has reached the 24th storey out of a total of 53 storeys, the new development is beginning to make a statement.

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    “Ground control to Major Tom” – plans for a hotel in space on track for a 2024 launch

    Collage of Axiom space station - hotel in space

    250 miles above the earth in the wilderness of space, with cabins designed by the world-renowned Philippe Starck – think ‘nest-like comfort’ – the Axiom space station is the brainchild of former NASA chiefs.

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    IHG to launch a landmark duel-branded hotel in Nottingham

    Render of Hotel Indigo Nottingham

    Hotel Indigo Nottingham/IHG

    IHG has signed terms with development group Conygar to bring two of its world-renowned brands, Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites, to Nottingham. With both architecture and design led by Jestico + Whiles, we’re being told to expect something stunning as the building that will shelter the two brands becomes the city’s first of its size in nearly two decades.

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    Main image credit: W Hotels/Marriott International

    Hamish Kilburn / 08.01.2021

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