Accor expands Japan offering with 22 hotels

Accor expands Japan offering with 22 hotels
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    Accor is doubling its portfolio in Japan by opening 22 hotels and over 6,000 rooms. The additions will mean it has 46 properties in the country.

    The hotels, comprising twelve Grand Mercure and ten Mercure hotels, range in location from the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido to the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa and are located close to local  gems such as Cape Zanpa in Okinawa, Asuka village in Nara, Shiroi Koibito Park in Hokkaido and Senri Beach in Wakayama.

    Each hotel offers a range of guestrooms, restaurants, and wellness facilities such as onsen (hot springs), saunas and swimming pools, with select hotels also offering stunning views of the local landscape.

    Grand Mercure Hotels & Resorts, a premium brand of Accor, offers an immersive experience that celebrates national culture and stimulates the senses. Each hotel is unique and authentically reflects its destination by embracing the local way of life, infusing age-old traditions with modern flair. Grand Mercure makes its debut in Japan offering “Proudly Local” premium hotels, inspiring guests to experience their destination through local celebrations and multisensory experiences crafted by local hosts.

    Mercure Hotels & Resorts, is positioned within the midscale segment and focuses on unveiling the local neighbourhood treasures surrounding each address. Inspired by Mercury, the Roman god of travellers.

    Accor is proud to unveil the following 22 properties in Japan:

    Grand Mercure Sapporo Odori Park

    Grand Mercure Nasu Highlands Resort & Spa

    Grand Mercure Yatsugatake Resort & Spa

    Grand Mercure Minamiboso Resort & Spa

    Grand Mercure Lake Hamana Resort & Spa

    Grand Mercure Ise-shima Resort & Spa

    Grand Mercure Lake Biwa Resort & Spa

    Grand Mercure Nara Kashihara

    Grand Mercure Wakayama Minabe Resort & Spa

    Grand Mercure Awaji Island Resort & Spa

    Grand Mercure Beppu Bay Resort & Spa

    Grand Mercure Okinawa Cape Zanpa Resort

    Mercure Miyagi Zao Resort & Spa

    Mercure Urabandai Resort & Spa

    Mercure Nagano Matsushiro Resort & Spa

    Mercure Toyama Tonami Resort & Spa

    Mercure Wakayama Kushimoto Resort & Spa

    Mercure Kyoto Miyazu Resort & Spa

    Mercure Tottori Daisen Resort & Spa

    Mercure Kochi Tosa Resort & Spa

    Mercure Fukuoka Munakata Resort & Spa

    Mercure Saga Karatsu Resort

    Notable properties include Grand Mercure Okinawa Cape Zanpa Resort and Grand Mercure Wakayama Minabe Resort & Spa.

    Grand Mercure Okinawa Cape Zanpa Resort is a modern hotel located on Zanpa Beach in Okinawa. Boasting splendid ocean views, this resort-style hotel combines modern amenities with traditional Okinawan hospitality. Its strategic location allows guests to enjoy the beauty of the coastline, enjoy a variety of recreational activities such as water sports, or simply relax on the beach. The hotel has one of the largest pool areas in Okinawa, with a river pool, an adults-only pool, water slides, and a children’s pool area. The hotel offers a variety of accommodations with 465 spacious guest rooms and suites, dining options, a large public bath, and event space, making it an ideal destination for leisure travellers and those looking to relax in a quiet seaside setting.

    Surrounded by the scenic beauty of southern Wakayama Prefecture and located in Wakayama Minabe, Grand Mercure Wakayama Minabe Resort & Spa offers a sophisticated retreat that blends contemporary elegance with a serene environment. Surrounded by a beautiful coastline, the hotel offers a sophisticated getaway for travellers seeking comfort amidst natural beauty. Accommodations at Grand Mercure Wakayama Minabe Resort & Spa are the epitome of modern comfort with 323 spacious rooms and suites that are equipped with modern amenities and offer charming sea views, creating an atmosphere of relaxation and luxury. Guests can enjoy the diverse flavours of the buffet restaurant, where outstanding chefs use local ingredients to create exquisite dishes and showcase Wakayama’s rich culinary traditions.

    “As Japan continues to welcome back international travel and experiences a steady recovery of the tourism industry, we are excited to add these great hotels to our portfolio and in doing so we are doubling our group’s presence in Japan. As the desire to connect with local culture and nature is increasingly in demand amongst travellers today, we offer our loyal guests just that; a range of local experiences offered in charming coastal towns and amongst nature. Popular destinations such as Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto will always remain in high demand, however if you want to truly immerse yourself in the authentic culture of a country, sometimes you need to escape the big cities and head off the beaten path,” said Garth Simmons, chief operating officer, premium, midscale and economy division for Accor in Asia.

    Prior to the addition of these new hotels, Accor was operating 24 hotels (5,741 keys) in Japan, under eight brands: MGallery; Pullman; Swissôtel; Mercure; Novotel; ibis; ibis Styles and ibis budget. I

    n addition to the 22 Grand Mercure and Mercure hotels joining Accor’s network on 1 April 2024, there are two more properties currently in the group’s pipeline.

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