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A British Icon Restored and More Global Hotel Upgrades and Openings

Raffles London OWO Grand Staircase


W Macau Studio City
W Macau – Studio City 

In Macau’s Cotai Strip lies the newly opened W Macau – Studio City, a new hotel integrated into Melco Resorts & Entertainment’s Studio City. The 557-room hotel connects guests to the vibrant culture of Macau through its design, food and beverage venues and unique guest programming and is the newest international location of W Hotels, a subsidiary of Marriott Bonvoy’s global portfolio of 31 hotel brands.

Designed by British architecture and design firm Zaha Hadid Architects, W Macau – Studio City takes inspiration from the glamour of 1950s Hollywood, with rich detailing, geometries and contemporary representations of Macau’s unique East-meets-West culture and history. 

The W Macau – Studio City offers 6,400 square feet of meeting and event space across seven customizable rooms, with the largest room able to accommodate up to 130 guests. The event spaces are all fully equipped with audio-visual equipment, open kitchen and beverage station and the latest in meeting technology. 

England - An Iconic Building Restored 

The OWO 

For the first time since its construction in 1906, Britain’s iconic Old War Office will open its doors to the public as The OWO, a new destination featuring restaurants, bars and 120 guest rooms and suites. Raffles London at The OWO marks the first U.K. location for Raffles Hotels & Resorts and will also offer signature dining experiences by chef Mauro Colagreco and an extensive spa in partnership with Guerlain and Pillar.  

Over the past eight years, the Old War Office has been thoughtfully restored to its former glory by the family-run Hinduja Group. The hotel and its 120 rooms and suites were the vision of famed designer, the late Thierry Despont, who transformed landmark buildings such as the Statue of Liberty. From hand-laid mosaic floors to oak paneling and a two-story marble staircase and chandelier, extensive care has been taken to preserve the Old War Office’s fascinating history, while also providing a welcoming atmosphere to guests. 

The Raffles London at The OWO will feature a variety of historic meeting and event spaces including the Whitehall Ballroom, able to hold up to 600 attendees and extensive prefunction and meeting spaces, named Morse and Code respectively. The OWO also offers a variety of restaurants and dining options including Café Lapérouse, Paper Moon, Langosteria and a rooftop restaurant with panoramic views across St. James’s Park, The Mall and Buckingham Palace.


Situated in the Westland district of Munich, one of Germany’s most vibrant cities and cultural melting pots, the Munich Marriott Hotel City West offers a unique meeting site. The 398-room hotel features four dining concepts, a roof terrace, state-of-the-art gym and 20 new meeting and events spaces. 

Munich Marriott Hotel City West Lobby
Munich Marriott Hotel City West Lobby

The Munich Marriott Hotel City West has over 26,000 square feet of meeting and event space spread out over two floors of the hotel. The nearly 10,000-square-foot grand ballroom is one of the largest ballrooms in Munich and can be divided and configured in a variety of ways to suit a variety of events. The ballroom features 30 suspension points, four rotating screens and an approximately 19x13 feet hydraulic lifting stage for high-profile presentations and performances. 

Another highlight of the property is the rooftop terrace, boasting panoramic views over the city of Munich and the Bavarian Alps. With space to host up to 400 attendees and state-of-the-art event equipment, the terrace allows for video streaming and includes open kitchens in many of the event rooms.


The opening of Aloft Singapore Novena marks the largest Aloft hotel in the world, with 781 rooms. The hotel is in one of Singapore’s most vibrant and energetic districts offering an eclectic mix of local cuisines, culture and entertainment. The hotel is also centrally located, with only a 10-minute drive separating it from Singapore’s Central Business District and landmarks like the Singapore Botanic Garden and Orchard Road. 

Aloft Singapore Novena sports two towers with guest rooms including 55-inch televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi access and ample in-room USB charging ports. The hotel also features a pool and 24-hour indoor and outdoor gym. The property boasts five state-of-the-art meeting spaces, each complete with cutting-edge audio-visual technology and an LED video wall. The hotel also features an outdoor event lawn for extra meeting space. 

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