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by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | June 1, 2015

When global hotel company FRHI Hotels & Resorts swept into New York City this month, it brought along several general managers from two of its luxury brands, Fairmont and Raffles, who hosted a lunch at the well-heeled Le Bernadin restaurant. Sadly, FRHI's Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts was not represented. The two present brands, however, had volumes to report. Here are some highlights.

• The 185-room Raffles Istanbul, which opened in Turkey in September 2014, has already garnered a fistful of awards, including being named to the short list of Best New Hotels by both Fodor's and Condé Nast Traveler. Located in the heart of the new Zorlu Center, the stylish newcomer has its own art concierge to steer clients through the city's exciting art scene, not to mention its own very substantial in-house collection. The menu at the hotel's 30,000-square foot spa, which features garden terraces, includes unique Turkish hamam treatments.

Le Royal Monçeau, Raffles Paris• At the 149-room Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris, whose interiors were fashioned by French designer Philippe Starck following a 2008 demolition party for a prior incarnation, groups have the option to meet in some truly unique function spaces. The very high-tech 99-seat Katara Cinema is ideal for screenings and presentations. For more intimate, social gatherings, groups can opt for the private cigar lounge, Club Vinales, with its dark paneling and private humidors, or the Art Gallery, which features an extensive collection of works by local artists, as well as its own on-site art concierge. Coming soon is the Wine Room, where groups can meet in the wine cellar for a session and follow it up with a private wine tasting hosted by the hotel's head sommelier, and paired with tempting bites from Il Carpaccio, the hotel's one-starred Michelin Italian restaurant. "We are not the typical art hotel that makes you uncomfortable in your surroundings," said Serge Ethuin, general manager. "We want you to embrace what we offer."  

Fairmont Pacific Rim• New to the 377-room Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, Vancouver, which in February of this year was ranked the Best Business Hotel by Condé Nast Traveler, are 40 BMW bicycles and a "bike bellman,"  who will make sure "tires are pumped, seats are at the right height and your helmet is the right fit for you," says general manager Philip Barnes, regional vice president, Pacific Northwest. The hotel, which hosted its first TED conference in 2014, has signed a contract to host the group for the next three years. "Imagine the who's who that will bring into our hotel," says Barnes. "We will have the titans of the technology industry hanging out in the lobby."

Melba tea shop at the Savoy, Fairmont• It has been four years since the 268-room The Savoy, Fairmont, in London reopened following a $300 million renovation that according to news outlets ran wildly over budget. This grand old dame, however, is still sharp as ever. The hotel recently opened Melba, a beautiful new tea shop on the strand, which offers a selection of teas, coffees, pastries and sandwiches. But its bars remain its epicenter, and a mainstay of the British capital's cocktail party scene. Now, the property's Beaufort Bar has begun offering a pop-up cocktail menu, which keep patrons and guests guessing and coming back.