Fans of W Hotels now have a chance to check out Starwood’s latest boutique brand in London, with the opening of Aloft London Excel. Aloft is intended to recreate the social atmosphere and high design that made W so popular, but at a more sensitive price point. Built next to the ExCeL Conference and Exhibition Centre, the hotel is perfect for business travelers, with large public spaces, fully wired rooms, a restaurant and bar, and spacious, high-ceilinged rooms, and free wifi throughout.
Also open this week is the 360-room Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island, designed as an urban resort hotel to help business travelers make the most of their trip. Saadiyat Island, which is being developed specifically as a cultural and commercial center, is just a few minutes from the main part of the city, but feels a world away, a feeling that the Park Hyatt intends to foster — the LEED Silver-standard property incorporates the outdoors with balconies and terraces for each room, four swimming pools, and a private beachfront, and the spa and restaurants both incorporate traditional Middle Eastern preparations and ingredients.