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Mandarin Oriental to open by Hawaii Convention Centre

A new Mandarin Oriental Honolulu hotel tower will be built alongside the Hawaii Convention Center and Ala Moana, with a completion date set for 2020.

Planned amenities include a rooftop restaurant and bar with outdoor terraces which provide views of Diamond Head, a lobby lounge, all-day dining and extensive banquet and meeting spaces. Situated within Mana’olana Place, a 36-storey tower with gardens and plazas being developed by investment firm Salem Partners, the Mandarin Oriental Honolulu will offer 125 rooms and suites.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will also manage 107 residences at the property, which will be located on the Mana’olana tower’s upper floors.

Brooklyn scene not just for hipsters

The New York borough of Brooklyn is seeing tremendous growth in its hotel and meeting space offering, with more than 29 new hotels currently in the pipeline.

Some of the latest hotels to open include the wellness-oriented Even Hotel and boutique lodging Hotel Indigo Brooklyn in Downtown Brooklyn. Among hotels with expansive meeting spaces set to open this year is 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn Heights. Situated along the panoramic Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront, the new property will feature 194-rooms, a 3,475 ft2 rooftop venue and more than 20,000 ft2 of flexible meeting space.

By 2019, the borough is expected to be home to more than 3,500 hotel rooms.