by Allen J. Sheinman | February 01, 2015

New in the Loop
The 250-room Virgin Hotel Chicago, a first for the brand in the U.S., has opened in the Windy City. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout, while room service, in-room climate control and more are accessible via mobile app. Among three meeting spaces is the 1,430-square-foot Manor room, which seats up to 108.

More Debuts

 In New York City's Times Square, the 330-room Knickerbocker originally debuted in 1906, a creation of financial mogul John Jacob Astor IV, but was converted to offices 15 years later as business struggled in the wake of Prohibition. Following a total transformation, the stunning beaux-arts property finally reopens to guests this month. Features include a state-of-the-art fitness center; Charlie Parker at The Knick, offering cuisine by the eponymous master chef; and the 7,500-square-foot St. Cloud rooftop bar and terrace. The hotel's 7,800 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, plus a 2,200-square-foot salon, can host up to 250.

 Due to open at press time is the JW Marriott Austin in Texas. The 1,012-room property will feature an Italian restaurant, an eatery serving local Texas cuisine, and a burger bar; an outdoor pool deck and bar; an "extensive" fitness center; and 112,012 square feet of flexible meeting space, including a 30,000-square-foot grand ballroom. The Austin Convention Center is just two blocks away.

 The 335-suite Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta has opened in the southern part of the resort town on Mexico's Pacific coast. The new all-inclusive property offers 1,250 feet of beachfront in its own cloistered cove, a Zen-inspired Vitamar spa, four restaurants, five bars, three pools (including one for adults only) and a fitness club. The resort also has 6,500 square feet of meeting and conference space, including a ballroom and an outdoor garden.

• In Germany, the 389-room Hilton Munich Airport has opened with direct access to terminals and features the Charles Lindbergh restaurant and the Nightflight Bar; a swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam bath and fitness area; and 23,000 square feet of event space divided among a ballroom, 30 meeting rooms and a glass atrium with reception space for up to 1,000 people.

• The 319-room GLAD Hotel Yeouido has opened in Seoul, South Korea, in a brick building designed to evoke the warmth of a traditional South Korean home. The property has a variety of flexible meeting spaces, including a banquet hall seating up to 420 people. Yeouido is a glittering skyscraper-studded island on the Han River in the center of the capital city, sometimes referred to as "Seoul's Manhattan."

• The 108-room Hampton by Hilton Panama has opened in Panama City, 20 minutes from Tocumen International Airport. The 15-story property includes complimentary Wi-Fi, a boardroom, a meeting room, a 24-hour business center, a swimming pool, a lobby restaurant and more.

• In New Mexico, the 105-room Hilton Garden Inn Hotel Gallup has opened with a heated indoor pool, a complimentary business center, the Garden Grille & Bar and 24-hour Pavilian Pantry and more than 3,000 square feet of meeting space. Nearby attractions include the Fox Run Golf Course, the Navajo Nation Museum and the Gallup Cultural Center.