ACCORHOTELS has opened its first property in Mongolia, the vividly coloured Ibis Styles Ulaanbaatar Polaris, offering 95 rooms in the city’s Khan Uul district. ANDAZ SINGAPORE opened last month, marking Southeast Asia’s first Andaz-branded hotel, and the first new Hyatt property to open in Singapore since 1971. DORSETT SHANGHAI has inducted a new robot, V Jr, into its guest services team, which provides guests with information on the hotel and nearby attractions. HARD ROCK INTERNATIONAL has opened its first hotel in mainland China, the Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen, where guests can rent musical instruments and equipment during their stay. INTERCONTINENTAL HANOI LANDMARK72 has taken the mantle of tallest hotel in the city following its recent opening. The hotel is located on the 62nd to 71st floors of the Landmark72 integrated complex. MANTRA GROUP, one of Australia’s largest small- to medium-sized hotel operators, looks set to join Accorhotels next year following an acquisition agreement signed by the two hotel companies. THE ATHENEE HOTEL, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok has opened following its full renovation and rebrand from the former Plaza Athenee Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Hotel. It is located in the grounds of Princess Valaya Alongkorn’s former royal residence. W SUZHOU recently opened its doors to guests, combining a mix of funky and traditional style.