COLONIAL landmark the Majestic Hotel on Kuala Lumpur's historical strip, opposite the old Moorish-style railway station, has reopened.
Occupying grounds of more than a hectare on Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, formerly Victory Avenue, the original and restored five-storey Majestic Wing contains the suites, Colonial Cafe, the Bar and Tea Lounge for afternoon tea.
The building is linked by a glassed and airconditioned walkway to a 15-storey tower with 288 rooms and suites.
In a separate building, the spa has seven treatment rooms and a swimming pool. A second building, the Smokehouse, contains a grooming and cigar room, a private dining area with chef on call and a card room.
The hotel is close to Sentral Station for the onward 28-minute express rail journey to Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
The Golden Triangle and city centre are 10 minutes by car.
The National Museum, National Mosque, Islamic Arts Museum, Lake Gardens, and Bird and Butterfly Parks are all close by.
Rooms cost from 638 ringgit ($199) a night.
Taste of hydro history
THE Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath in the Blue Mountains is set for a return to days of gaiety with a $55 million restoration of the site starting in 2013.
Opened in 1904 and host to Australia's first prime minister, Sir Edmund Barton, and opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, the hotel will be renovated in a two-stage project that will include the casino building and the ballroom. The largest public space, the new Mark Foy Pavilion, named after its retail baron founder, will house a provedore stocking regional food and wine and an exhibition space. The Boiler House, open to the public for the first time, will include a gallery, bistro, and Terrace Restaurant overlooking the Majestic Point lookout.
The second stage — two new accommodation wings with 140 deluxe suites and a spa — is due to open at the end of 2014.
New digs in Tokyo
TOKYO'S Asakusa district, the place for Kabuki theatre during the Edo Period (the 1600-1800s) and an entertainment hub in the 20th century, has new digs with the opening of the Gate Hotel Kaminarimon.
Floor-to-ceiling windows allow views to Tokyo Skytree, the highest freestanding broadcasting tower in the world.
The Kaminarimon (Thunder) Gate, with sculptures of Shinto deities and a four-metre lantern, is a short walk away.
Rooms cost from 16,360 yen ($189) a night.
Beach luxury in Thailand
THE Holiday Inn has hung out its shingle at Krabi Ao Nang Beach in Thailand.
The beachfront resort set among landscaped gardens has 55 rooms, including two penthouse suites.
There's a day spa, gym and swim-up bar, while a 133-room extension in 2013 will include "kids' suites" that have bunks and toy boxes.
The resort is a 30-minute drive from Krabi International Airport.
Rooms cost from 4012 baht ($124) a night.
Upgrading at the Langham
MELBOURNE Langham has accommodation for guests in search of a longer stay or more room.
The Apartment on the 10th floor has a living and dining room area, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, kitchen and separate laundry. Interconnecting rooms can expand the accommodation to a maximum of four bedrooms and four bathrooms.
The Apartment costs from $1000 a night.
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