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Pillow Talk: The hottest openings, news and experiences in the world of hotels

Tom Mulvihill
Bankside is a hip new hotel opening on London's South Bank

From the most exciting upcoming openings to the latest news, trends and events, keep up to date with our regularly updated guide to all that is hot in the world of hotels.

• This month's best new hotel openings


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Architect Jean Nouvel has orchestrated the restoration of a centuries-old palazzo in Rome, known as “Rhinoceros”, which houses Fondazione Alda Fendi – Esperimenti, a new arts centre. Inside, alongside a gallery and a restaurant with views of the Palatine Hills, sits The Rooms of Rome, a hotel with 24 open-plan apartments. The interiors are listed, so expect original materials such as exposed concrete and marble floors. 

• Rooms from £219; theroomsofrome.com

This month sees the Eternal City welcome a new hotel in the form of The Rooms of Rome, which opens alongside an art gallery and restaurant


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New hotel brand SALT, which opens its first property in Mauritius on Nov 1, aims to “take guests to people – not just places.” This means all members of staff are encouraged to share their own personal recommendations with guests to make their experience more “meaningful”. The design is locally inspired, too, while the menus celebrate all that is seasonal from the hotel’s on-site farm. 

• Rooms from £152; saltresorts.com

Opening in Mauritius on November 1, SALT is a new hotel brand that aims to connect its guests not just with the destination, but with the people who live there


French fancy 

Les Prés d’Eugénie Hotel & Spa near Bordeaux, owned by three-Michelin-star chef Michel Guérard, launched new cookery classes this season. Learn how to prepare traditional French cuisine, pair dishes with wines, make delicious terrines or organise dinner parties. 

• Classes from £219pp; rooms from £236 a night; michelguerard.com

Aspiring chefs can now learn the craft at Les Prés d’Eugénie Hotel & Spa - a three-Michelin-starred restaurant near Bordeaux Credit: YOAN CHEVOJON


Contemporary cool

London’s South Bank is gearing up for yet another fashionable hotel opening this month in the form of Bankside – a strikingly contemporary new hotel with eclectic interiors by film set producer-turned-interiors architect Dayna Lee. In a nod to the neighbourhood’s artistic leanings, the 161 bedrooms and the indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar area will be embellished with bespoke artwork and furniture, and several “white cube” spaces will host exhibitions, meetings and events.

• Rooms £290 (0800 221 222; banksidehotel.com)

London's new Bankside hotel has interiors that have been designed by film set producer-turned-interiors architect Dayna Lee


Fishy business

Palé Hall, the only five-star hotel in North Wales, has launched a series of fishing experiences for beginners and experienced anglers alike. Under the guidance of local ghillie Steve Wood, the hotel now offers coarse fishing on Bala Lake for pike and trout, and fly fishing for brown trout and salmon in the nearby mountain streams.

• Fly fishing £120 per person for a full day; rooms £190 (01678 530285; palehall.co.uk)

Palé Hall in North Wales now offers a range of fishing experiences for beginners and journeymen alike


Street spirit

Many of us are familiar with MoMA in Manhattan – but what about MoSA? The Museum of Street Art is a new venture at the citizenM New York Bowery Hotel on the Lower East Side. A group of well-known graffiti artists have been invited to collaborate at the hotel in an effort to rekindle the original’s urban spirit.

• Rooms £155 (001 12 372 7274; citizenm.com)

The citizenM New York Bowery Hotel now provides a blank canvas for the city's street artists in a new initiative dubbed MoSA


Island luxe

After a year of top-down renovation, Malaysia’s ultra-exclusive Datai Langkawi hotel will reopen on the jungle-clad northern coast of Langkawi island on Sept 29. Its villas and suites have been spruced up in tropical modernist style – and then there’s the addition of the Datai Estate: a huge villa with five bedrooms, two swimming pools, a personal butler and a private chef.

• Rooms £311 (0060 4 9500 500; thedatai.com)

The Datai Langkawi is finally reopening after a year-long renovation


Popping the question?

Hotels offer all sorts of menus nowadays, from meals and pillows to more “out there” suggestions such as goldfish and guitars. Joining the latter category is the new Bubbly Moments offering from the Kempinski Seychelles resort, which presents would-be grooms with a list of planned marriage proposal options, including a romantic dinner on the beach, a mountaintop picnic, and a sunset helicopter ride.

• Moments from £267; rooms £374 (00248 438 6666; kempinski.com/seychelles)

The Kempinski Seychelles resort is now offering a 'marriage menu' of pre-arranged proposals for would-be grooms to choose from


Nobu goes Swiss

Nobu chefs will soon be heading to Zurich to host their 11th pop-up at the Baur au Lac. From Nov 22 to Dec 1, the hotel’s Rive Gauche restaurant will be turned over to Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa’s Japanese-Peruvian cuisine, turning out dishes such as black cod miso and yellowtail sashimi with jalapeños. 

• Omakase menu £126; rooms £672 (0041 44 220 50 20; bauraulac.ch)

For 10 days in late November, the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich will host a Nobu pop-up

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