October Round Up: The Top Hotel News of the Month

Bedugul Bali

Bali will soon be offering a whole slew of new accommodation options.

Another month has flown by and November is nearly upon us. But before moving forward, we look back at what an eventful October it’s been for the hotel industry. From Gangnam fever to a booming Bali, there’s been plenty of hospitality news to pique our interest and keep us pleasantly surprised:

PSY -  Gangnam Style

The popularity of Psy’s “Gangnam Style” has trickled into the hotel industry.

Oppan Gangam Style!
It was bound to happen sooner or later… Inspired by the hit Korean song “Gangnam Style,” the Novotel Seoul Ambassador (located within the district that the song is named after) is offering a special hotel package catering to fans of the quirky rap ditty. Hotel Chatter reports that not only can groupies experience the surroundings where the Gangnam rapper (Psy) grew up in, but they’ll also receive breakfast, free in-room Internet, a half-day city tour, store coupons, and discounts on shows at the Seoul Arts Centre. We’re ready to do the horse-riding dance over ourselves!

The Best of the Best

Hamilton Island

Australia’s Qualia Resort rated a perfect score from the 2012 Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards.

Conde Nast Traveler announced its coveted 2012 Readers Choice Awards this month and the list of top hotels and resorts were just as inspiring as ever. Coming in at first place was Australia’s Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island followed by the Taj Exotica Resort and Spa in the Maldives and New Zealand’s Lodge at Kauri Cliffs. Other hotels to crack the top 10 were located in Italy, South Africa, France and the Dominican Republic.  The renowned travel publication has already begun taking reader reviews for its 2013 edition.

Bali’s Booming
The Jakarta Post has stated that thanks to thriving Bali tourism, the island tourism hub will add 10,466 new hotel rooms by 2014 from a total of 60 construction projects currently underway. That’s a lot of extra accommodation!

W Doha Shines

W Hotel Doha was named the favourite hotel in the first-ever Qatar Choice Awards, an event celebrating the Middle-Eastern country’s lifestyle and leisure industries. The  five-star hotel was also named the Favourite Restaurant for its eatery, The Market. Other hotels to snag honours included the Renaissance Doha (Favourite Newcomer Hotel), Sealine Beach Resort (Favourite Day Ambience and Favourite Private Beachfront), The Four Seasons Doha (Favourite Spa) and Ritz Carlton Doha (Favourite Lounge and Pub).

We’re sure this little guy could fit into a
Travelodge room…

“Can my Shetland pony stay in my room with me?”

In one of the more entertaining hotel tidbits released this month, Travelodge UK released a list of the most bizarre guest requests it receives. Among our favourite are “Could you make the frogs in the pond behind the hotel be quiet?” and “Is it possible for the changing of the guard to change days?” For the full list of wacky requests, read the Telegraph article here.

HotelsCombined Hubbub

Last but not least, we’ve been busy as bees over here at HotelsCombined headquarters. In addition to creating a new Australian-focused Facebook page and Twitter account, launching a new Indonesian app and building up our Pinterest page, we’ve also posted our international 2011-2012 Price Trends Report. Phew!