From the two largest hotels in Bangkok to the Ambassador City Jomtien in Pattaya, these are the best places to stay for group travel in Thailand
Two of Thailand’s biggest and best hotels for group travel are found in Bangkok, but the biggest of all is found on the coast…
The Bazaar Hotel, Bangkok
With 800 rooms and suites, the four star Bazaar Hotel is one of the top accommodation choices for group travel in the Thai capital of Bangkok.
The hotel boasts multiple dining options, a 24-hour supermarket, shops, a fitness centre, a massage centre, a swimming pool, and according to its official website, a water park is on its way!
Nearby attractions include The Thai Bank Museum and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Meanwhile, New Bangkok International Airport is around a 27-minute car ride away.
Ambassador City Jomtien
With 4,219 rooms and suites, the Ambassador City Jomtien in Pattaya is the biggest hotel in Thailand. and one of the biggest hotels in the world, making it an essential destination for group travel. Built in 1987, it benefitted from a 2004 renovation.It’s all about location with this hoteling behemoth: it’s set on the shores of Na Jomtien beach, among 80km of lush property. The action of Pattaya just 15 minutes away.On-site activities include a wide array of outdoor activities, from boating to tennis to water skiing. There’s also a spa, a games room and swimming pools to keep you and your fellow travellers entertained.
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park
Another group travel option in Bangkok, the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park has 1,360 rooms and suites across 37 floors.It was built in 2016, and features a health club, a massage spa and two outdoor pools. There are two bars and five restaurants on-site. Our pick of the latter is the Akira Back Restaurant and Bar, serving contemporary Asian fare from the 37th floor of the hotel, thus offering spectacular views of the city. There’s also the authentic Thai cuisine of Siam Tea Room.
From the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo to the Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk in Fukuoka, all of these group travel hotels have 1,000+ rooms.
Japan’s 20 times smaller than Australia, and yet, it has five times as many inhabitants: 126.8 million call it home. Tourism is also gargantuan here: thus, here are five of the country’s biggest hotels perfect for group travel.
Shinagawa Prince Hotel, Tokyo
With 3,680 rooms and suites across 39 floors, the Shinagawa Prince Hotel is by far the biggest hotel complex in Japan, and one of the biggest in the world. Built in 1992, it benefited from a 2012 renovation.
There are indoor and outdoor pools, a games room, indoor tennis, and 24 karaoke rooms. Then, there are no less than 11 dining options, from Food Court Shinagawa Kitchen for affordable food to go, to the glamorous Dining & Bar Table 9 Tokyo, offering panoramic views of the city.
Shinjuku Washington Hotel, Tokyo
A three star with 1,279 rooms and suites across 35 floors, another great hotelling option for group travel in Tokyo is the Shinjuku Washington Hotel. The standard triple room is great for groups, measuring in at 24.2m squared; the next largest is the superior double room, which is close behind at 20.1m squared.
There’s a health spa offering hot tubs and massages on-site, plus several dining options. Grab some Chinese porridge and boiled dumplings for breakfast at Serari-geihinkan, or the NYC-inspired Manhattan Table, serving Californian and authentic Japanese cuisine.
APA Hotel & Resort, Tokyo Bay
Now to Tokyo Bay, and the APA Hotel & Resort, a skyscraper boasting 1,001 rooms and suites across 50 floors. Last renovated in 2006, the complex has outdoor tennis, two outdoor pools and a children’s pool, plus a games room and a health spa.
Dining options include Anchor Tokyo, the Lobby Lounge and, on the top floor, Teppanyaki yasuma. The top floor is also the location of the gym,
The hotel is 60 minutes from Haneda Airport, and 45 minutes from Narita Airport. Nearby attractions include the ZOZO Marine Stadium, which is five minutes by foot, and Tokyo Disney Resort, which is 16 minutes away by train.
Shin Yokohama Prince, Yokohama
Another skyscraper hotel, the Shin Yokohama Prince in Yokohama has 1,002 rooms and suites across 42 floors. A standard room clocks in at 17m squared, while a suite proves great for group travel, measuring in at approximately 62m squared.
Dining options include the Top of Yokohama Bar Lounge & Banquet for stellar views of the city, plus Buffet Dining Kochel, which has seven live kitchens serving a variety of cuisines.
On-site amenities include a health club, spa and outdoor pool. The famous KOSÉ Shin Yokohama SKATE CENTER is a five-minute walk from the hotel.
Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk, Fukuoka
Last on our list of hotels perfect for group travel in Japan and remaining in Fukuoka, it’s the Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk, which has 1,053 hotels and suites across 35 floors – and all have an ocean view!
There’s a 24-hour fitness centre, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool and a massage service available. Restaurant and dining options such as Tomozuna Sushi Kappo, Kinyohtei Teppanyaki and Clouds Lounge & Bar are located 123m in the air!
Based in Hakata Bay, nearby attractions to the hotel include the 234m-high Fukuoka Tower, Fukuoka City Museum and the Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome, a 38,561-person stadium. The hotel is only 20 minutes from Fukuoka Airport.
This glittering East Coast destination is home to numerous big, buzzing group hotels, including the famous Caesars Atlantic City.
There are countless group hotels to cope with visitor demand in Atlantic City: a tiny town that packs a huge tourist punch with its beachside location and countless casinos.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
With 2,000 rooms and suites across 43 floors, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is one of the largest group hotels in Atlantic City. It offers six types of accommodation, all boasting oodles of space: the Classic Room, the Fire Suite, the Studio Suite, the Opus Suite, the Piatto Suite and finally, at 464 sqm, the Residence.
As an all-round entertainment complex, the Borgata is second to none. The massive casino is home to 3,026 slot machines, while the Borgata Event Center has seen the likes of Aerosmith and Pearl Jam perform. There’s also the Premier Nightclub, the Spa Toccare (boasting a salon and barbershop) and no less than six swimming pools!
Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
The four star Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City has 2,587 rooms and suites spread across 40 floors. There are numerous one and two-bedroom suite options, such as the two-bedroom Penthouse Suite in the Atrium Tower, which has its own Jacuzzi!
There are, naturally, 2,192 slot machines to explore, plus 135 table games and 40 poker tables. But, perhaps one of the complex’s most special and upscale features is the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon and Spa. Elsewhere, there are 4 nightlife options and 13 dining options. Among the latter are Oshi Modern Asian Kitchen and, from the celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsey Steak.
Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City
One of the destination’s more affordable group hotels and only 18 minutes from Atlantic City Airport by car, the three star Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City has 2,074 rooms and suites. The entertainment complex is called The Quarter, boasting an IMAX Theatre, a spa, and numerous dining and shopping options. Patti LaBelle is just one of the star performers booked for 2019.
The Tropicana enjoys a perfect location next to the beach and the famous Boardwalk. Being home to under 40,000 permanent residents, all of Atlantic City’s main attractions – such as the charming Steel Pier, with its throwback carnival rides and games – are within walking distance of the Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City, and all the group hotels in this list.
Caesars Atlantic City
A cousin of one of the world’s largest and most iconic group hotels, Caesars Palace in Vegas (3,976 rooms and suites), Caesars Atlantic City lays claim to a more modest (but still pretty impressive!) 1,156 rooms and suites. There are no less than 27 variations among them!
Again, it’s on the Boardwalk. Gordon Ramsey makes another culinary appearance in the city, with the Gordon Ramsey Pub & Grill, and there are another 10 dining options to choose from. A mini city-within-a-city, there’s also three nightlife options, the Rooftop Pool, the Salon at Caesars and, of course, the sprawling Caesars Casino.
From Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort to the Hyatt Regency Orlando, these huge group hotels offer great accessibility to the theme parks of the city.
Orlando, Florida is one of the most-visited US cities, so of course there are countless giant group hotels to cope with demand – here are 5 of the best.
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
The largest of all of Orlando’s group hotels, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort boasts 2,200 rooms that are perfect for families and groups of all sizes. The suites sleep up to six, complete with kitchenettes that include a microwave and a refrigerator. This budget-friendly three star is of course part of the Universal Orlando complex, meaning all the individual parks are highly accessible. It’s known for the beautiful Cabana Courtyard and Pool, and the Galaxy Bowl bowling alley. It still feels box-fresh after its 2014 opening, with a retro 60s/70s vibe running throughout the resort that’s at once throwback and modern.
Orlando Marriott World Center
Shortly behind Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort in terms of size and scale is the Orlando Marriott World Center, with 2,009 rooms. It’s a four star hotel with no less than seven suite types: all with a sofa bed for additional guests, and many with balcony views of the hotel’s 18-hole golf course and swimming pool (which has two 200-foot waterslides). There’s also a full service spa on site, plus a shuttle service to Walt Disney World available for guests.
Hyatt Regency Orlando
One of Orlando’s most centrally-located group hotels, the Hyatt Regency Orlando has 1,641 rooms across 32 levels. This actually makes it the second-tallest building in metropolitan Orlando. It almost doubled in size after a massive 2010 renovation. For on-site dining, you could try Floridian food at Urban Tide or perhaps grab a steak at the Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse. For classic American comfort food, head to B-Line Diner. You’ll see groups of business travelers as well as families and groups of friends here, as the hotel is connected to the massive Orange County Convention Center next door, which hosts huge conferences every week.
Grande Lakes Orlando
With 1,584 rooms all boasting opulent luxury, Grande Lakes Orlando – comprised of a JW Marriott and a Ritz Carlton Orlando – is one of the world’s leading luxury group hotels. Take the Royal Suite, covering 3,804 square feet: it has three bedrooms, seven private balconies (with views of the lakes and golf course), a walk-in closet, a dining table for 10 people, a pantry and a personal butler service! Meanwhile, there are no less than 12 dining options to choose from, plus 500 acres of parkland to explore.
Rosen Shingle Creek
Finally on our list of group hotels in Orlando is the four star, 1,501-room Rosen Shingle Creek, which covers 255 acres. Of the rooms, 191 are suites. It has a distinctive style, combining Spanish and 1900s Floridian tones. Be sure to check out the 13,000 square foot Spa at Shingle Creek, the 18-hole golf course, four outdoor swimming pools, two tennis courts, basketball court, volleyball court and nature trails. Indeed, the grounds are steeped in natural beauty, with Shingle Creek acting as the headwater of the stunning Florida Everglades. Indeed, this is the perfect spot for exploring the diverse natural landscapes of the second most popular US state for tourism (behind California) – not to mention the theme parks!
From the Hotel Pennsylvania to the Row NYC, these are the most gigantic hotels in The Big Apple with rooms for groups!
Whether traveling as a family or a business, these NYC hoteling behemoths are used to offering rooms for groups – the largest has 1,931 of them!
New York Hilton Midtown
Our first hotel is so iconic, it’s hosted every US President since John F. Kennedy. New York City’s largest hotel, located within walking distance of Central Park, the Museum of Modern Art and the Rockefeller Center, boasts a mammoth 1,931 rooms. This popular four star can also lay claim to the impressive achievement of having the largest hotel fitness centre in Midtown, clocking in at over 8,000 square feet. For brick oven pizzas and seasonal salads, try the hotel’s resident restaurant Herb N’ Kitchen.
New York Marriott Marquis
With 1,877 rooms for groups, the second largest hotel in New York City is another four star and once again enjoys an amazingly central location, among the bright lights of Times Square. Meanwhile, attractions such as Madame Tussauds and Radio City Music Hall are only a stone’s throw away. The hotel’s glamorous restaurant The View specialises in group dining; serving traditional and modern American cuisine, it is the city’s only revolving restaurant, turning 360 degrees every hour and offering an inimitable view of the city at 48 stories.
Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
Another Times Square icon, the largest Sheraton in the city offers, across 52 stories, 1,781 rooms for groups, couples, solo travelers and more. It also has its own Starbucks coffee station. All rooms boast 37 inch flat screen HDTVs and the exclusively-developed Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed, known for its high cotton count sheets and feather down/hypoallergenic pillows. If you’re organising business travel, you might be interested to hear about the 11,000-square feet of meeting space at lobby level. There’s also the Metropolitan Ballroom, holding up to 2,000 guests. Lastly, the hotel also has its own Starbucks coffee station.
All the 1,700 rooms at this hotel feature mini-refrigerators, flat screen TVs and work stations.
There’s also a full-sized gym, indoor pool, sauna and steam room at Tap Out facility next door. Dine on steak at the hotel’s The Statler Grill, or grab a light bite at the City Perk cafe in the lobby, which is open an impressive 24 hours a day. Nearby attractions include the Empire State Building, Macy’s department store and Madison Square Garden.
Grand Hyatt New York
Among the Grand Hyatt’s 1,311 rooms are 51 suites, ranging in size from 600 to 3,500 feet, perfect for families. As well as rooms for groups, the hotel has over 50 meeting rooms and 55,000 square feet of meeting space. Plus, the business centre, as well as the fitness centre, are open 24 hours a day. Dining options include Manhattan Sky for a buffet breakfast and a la carte lunch and the Commodore Grill for American continental cuisine each evening.
The Row NYC has 278 Standard Rooms, 472 Superior, 208 Deluxe City View, 208 Premium City View, plus 4 Executive Suites and 2 Penthouse Suites. That’s a total number of 1,331 rooms, across 28 floors. Each offers 32-inch flat screens with complimentary cable and HBO, plus black out window shades, multi-sense shower heads and towels and toiletries by PURE. The Row NYC is also home to the inspired City Kitchen food market, which sells fare from many of the city’s most buzzed-about restaurants, meaning you can take several bites out of the Big Apple without ever needed to leave the premises.
For hotels perfect for groups of travelers with a focus on cool, look no further than The Hoxton, the Z et al
First on our list of group hotels is this fabulous four star is located, somewhat confusingly, in London’s enduringly cool east London neighborhood of Shoreditch. (The area actually known as Hoxton is five minutes north of here.)
There are plenty of edgy coffee shops, statement restaurants on The Hoxton’s doorstep, but the hotel’s own sprawling reception area, with its plush trendy furniture, is known as a hang out area/work base for arty locals. Meanwhile the Hoxton Grill, with its leather booths and open plan kitchen, always has a buzzy atmosphere.
Known for its chic rooms and good value for money, the hotel has been such a hit since opening in 2006, that other properties have since opened in Paris and Amsterdam, along with a second in London. More are slated for New York City, Chicago and LA.
The Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
The Ace Hotel Group of course originated in Portland, Oregon, also known as the birthplace of the hipster. (Check out the TV show Portlandia). Its Shoreditch outpost is one of its biggest openings in recent years. (It the four star Ace Hotel London Shoreditch is. The glamorous rooftop bar boasts a stellar view of east London.
Like The Hoxton, one of The Ace Hotel London Shoreditch’s most defining characteristics is the gigantic co-working space that greets you on arrival. The fashionable crowd that populate it are typical of the area and the clientele in the strikingly austere rooms upstairs.
Also, be sure to check out the rooftop bar – it boasts one of the best views of East London around.
Nobu Hotel Shoreditch
For the more monied and international hipster, the first London hotel from iconic hospitality brand Nobu (co-founded by Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro no less), opened last year, offers the ultimate in sophisticated cool.
Opened in 2017, it’s an oasis of five star and style that might have felt more natural in well-heeled Mayfair, but in reality contrasts pleasingly with the ramshackle warehouses and graffiti-strewn streets of Shoreditch. The flawless Japanese-influenced decor adds a heavy dose of international flavour, and the cuisine, of course, is world class.
The coolest thing about The Nobu Hotel, though, apart from its location on the quiet Willow Street, is its unforgettably modern architecture: it’s the most visually-stunning of this list of group hotels. Jagged, overhanging floor slabs at one end giving the impression of a rectangular building that’s been snapped in half.
The Z Hotel Shoreditch
Conversely to Nobu’s offering, the Z Hotel Shoreditch is one the most affordable stopovers in the area, and skews towards the younger hipster. Double rooms start at a very reasonable £75, and how’s this for added value: there’s complimentary wine and cheese offered to guests each evening between 5pm and 8pm, and free ice cream after 11pm. Oh, and free Wi-Fi!
While other budget hotels are often literally devoid of style and personality, The Z enjoys a cool, colourful and quirky aesthetic.
The hotel also enjoys an enviable location: the well-connected transport hub that is Old Street station is a short walk away. It’s definitely one of the busiest and nosiest pockets of East London, but you won’t know it at The Z, as every room is expertly soundproofed.
M By Montcalm London Shoreditch Tech City
Finally on our list of group hotels is the M By Montcalm London Shoreditch Tech City. It’s got a pretty grand and futuristic-sounding name, and a pretty grand and futuristic-looking exterior to match.
With its pointed tip, this 18-storey tower built in 2015 seems to jut in impossible directions, playing tricks on the eyes. It’s like something out of a science fiction movie, and is easily the most striking building in the neighborhood, and something of an emblem of East London Tech City geek chic.
It’s techy inside too: guests are checked in with iPads, and in-room tablets can be used to adjust the air con and lighting. There are also 37-inch TVs in the rooms and free, high-speed Wi-Fi. The look and feel is impeccably modern.
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