AC­COM­MO­DA­TION BUZZ

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

The new Shilla Stay Seo­dae­mun in Seoul’s Gang­buk dis­trict, near the city’s fi­nan­cial and re­tail hubs, of­fers 319 rooms over 27 floors de­signed by Ital­ian ar­chi­tect Piero Lis­soni; an open­ing of­fer in­clud­ing free break­fast and Wi-Fi is avail­able un­til the end of the month • Mel­bourne’s Vic­to­ria Ho­tel on Lit­tle Collins Street has com­pleted a makeover of all gue­strooms, in­stalling new fur­ni­ture, bed­ding and bath­rooms, adding fast Wi-Fi and giv­ing the lobby and lounge a new look; early bird bookings (20 days in ad­vance) have rates start­ing from $98 • Sof­i­tel is mov­ing to Ade­laide, an­nounc­ing the first new-build in­ter­na­tional five-star ho­tel to go up in the city in al­most three decades; the $140 mil­lion ho­tel, sched­uled to open in 2018, will have 250 rooms and suites in a 32-storey res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment on Cur­rie Street • From May 8, the French Riviera’s Grand-Ho­tel du Cap-Fer­rat will be man­aged by Four Sea­sons Ho­tels and Re­sorts; the his­toric prop­erty claims panoramic Mediter­ranean views and is linked to the seafront by fu­nic­u­lar; the rooms are cour­tesy Pierre-Yves Ro­chon, who de­signed Four Sea­sons’ Ho­tel Ge­orge V in Paris • Belmond is ex­pand­ing its rail fleet (which in­cludes the Ori­ent-Ex­press and Royal Scots­man), an­nounc­ing a new luxury train will launch in Ire­land in Au­gust next year; reser­va­tions are open for the 40-pas­sen­ger Belmond Grand Hiber­nian, which will op­er­ate two, four and six-night jour­neys.

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