InterContinental Hotels Group announced a new all-suites brand, Atwell Suites. The upper-midscale brand is aimed at travelers seeking a memorable experience, differentiated amenities and services somewhere between those offered at extended stay and traditional hotels. IHG calls this traveler the “Opportunity Seeker,” someone who wants to learn and grow as they travel, potentially extending a stay to further explore a destination.
The properties are optimal for stays of four to six nights, with flexibility throughout the property and spaces and programming designed for socialization.
All-studio suites include distinct living and sleeping zones; kitchenettes with refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers and sinks; high-top desks at work areas; oversized vanities; pull-out sofas; and closets accessible from both the guestroom and the bathroom.
Social areas include the lobby, outdoor spaces, huddle areas and private working spaces. Food and beverages are offered as complimentary hot breakfasts and end-of-day small plates and cocktails.
“The Atwell Suites brand is tailor-made to meet the significant demand in the upper-midscale segment for a new all-suites brand. Our newest offer gives owners and guests something different to what’s out there today — a stylish suite with the flex for guests to work, socialize or explore over a four-to-six-night stay. As we focus on accelerating our growth, the brand will further extend our leading position in the mainstream space,” said Keith Barr, CEO, IHG.
The first new hotels begin construction next year, opening in 2021.
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United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
South Korean wellness is all about the jjimjilbang — bathhouses that offer an array of treatments and activities. If you’re only staying in South Korea’s major cities for a short period of time, don’t worry. You can still have an authentic jjimjibang experience. Here are several spots to make it happen.
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