by Allen J. Sheinman | March 01, 2014
Dutch treat. The 93-room Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam opens this month alongside the Herengracht canal in the heart of the city. The hotel, comprising six adjoining landmark buildings dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, offers a grand ballroom that can host up to 160 people plus four meeting rooms of up to 1,680 square feet.

More Debuts

• In Queens, N.Y., the Crowne Plaza JFK Airport New York City has opened with 330 guest rooms, a 24-hour complimentary business center and an on-site Crowne Meetings Director to help planners make the most of 10 flexible function spaces, including the 1,386-square-foot Wright Brothers room overlooking JFK. Perhaps best of all, the hotel offers a free 24-hour shuttle to the airport.

• The new 97-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Savannah Airport debuts this month in its graceful namesake Georgia city. The property has a 1,500-square-foot fitness center and two meeting rooms measuring 900 and 300 square feet, respectively.

• The 246-room Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane has opened in the heart of this bustling city in Queensland on Australia's eastern coast. The property provides free high-speed Internet access in the lobby, a fully equipped gym, a 24/7 restaurant and about 2,700 square feet of function space.

• Coming from Joie de Vivre Hotels at the end of March is the luxury, boutique 86-room Epiphany Hotel in downtown Palo Alto, Calif., a few blocks from Stanford University. Features of the eight-story property include four rooftop hospitality suites with terraces overlooking the Santa Cruz Mountains and neighboring Los Gatos, innovative meeting spaces by design firm IDEO and a dedicated "technology concierge." The ground floor has an 80-seat indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar.

• In Japan, the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel opens this month with 360 guest rooms and seven meeting rooms spanning a total of 4,452 square feet. The property takes up the 38th through 57th floors of Japan's tallest building, the 60-story Abeno Harukas tower, which also officially opens this month.

• The 170-room JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul has opened as the first LEED Gold-certified hotel in the South Korean capital. Among the features are 10,570 square feet of meeting space (including a grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 750 people), an indoor pool and fitness center, and the JW Spa.