Best Western opened two properties in Africa this week, marking its entry into Ghana and Nigeria. In Bangkok, Kempinski had its second hotel opening for the month, while Sofitel moved into the Chinese city of Dongguan.
Best Western Premier Accra Airport
Marking Best Western's first hotel in Ghana and the first Best Western Premier in Africa, Accra's newest hotel offers 89 rooms, 24 suites and an on-site restaurant, bar and jazz club. The hotel's centerpiece is its five-storey atrium decorated with African art.
The Best Western Island Beach Hotel
The 142-room Island Beach Hotel is located in the heart of Lagos's financial and business hub on Victoria Island's Bar Beach, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel, Best Western's first in Nigeria, offers an on-site restaurant and cocktail lounge, free wifi and flat-screen televisions in all rooms.
The 303-room luxury Kempinski includes a whisky bar and cigar court, along with a marble lobby that stands 14 meters high and a Thai art collection that includes hundreds of works. A European-style restaurant is currently open and the Sra Bua Thai restaurant is set to open in a few weeks, along with the hotel's spa.
Wyndham Garden Hotel Baronne Plaza
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
The 170-room Baronne Plaza is only one block from New Orlean's buzzing French Quarter, and retains many period features from its construction in 1931 and marble floors and stained-glass skylights in the lobby. Guests can use the on-site gym and eat at either the all-day cafe or the Yokahama Sushi Restaurant.
Sofitel Dongguan Humen Oriental
The 62-story Sofitel "blends French hospitality with Asian grace" in the heart of downtown Dongguan. Guests in its 409 rooms will enjoy a tea and coffee lounge, a poolside bar, Cantonese and Japanese restaurants, tennis courts and an outdoor jacuzzi.