New room category is part of Hotel Royal Taipei's renovation

Nikko Hotels reopened the 25-year-old, 202-room Hotel Royal Taipei in the Taiwanese capital on Sept. 18, following a renovation and upgrade in amenities. A new Premium Room guest unit category offers more space as well as a separate toilet room and a bathroom with flat-screen TVs. In addition, the Le Cafe restaurant has a new interior design and will serve international buffets. The 12-floor hotel's facilities include meetings and banquet rooms; a rooftop, outdoor pool; a sauna; and a state-of-the-art fitness center. For more, visit  

Anniversary special

The Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China with a one-day National Day accommodations package for Oct. 1. Priced at about $243, the deal includes harborview room accommodations to better view fireworks displays over Victoria Harbor; buffet breakfast for two at Cafe Renaissance; a deluxe seasonal fruit platter and chocolates; and free local calls, daily local newspaper and use of outdoor swimming pool and gym. The rate is valid for both single and double occupancy, on Oct. 1 only, and does not include a 10% service charge. Quote reference code PKGW when booking. Call (011) 852-802-2228 or send an email to [email protected]. For more, see  

New digs amid antiquity

The Mamilla Hotel has opened in central Jerusalem, touting itself as Israel's first "luxury lifestyle" hotel. Within sight of the Old City walls, the Tower of David and Jaffa Gate, the Mamilla, by architect Moshe Safdie and designer Piero Lissoni, boasts 194 rooms and suites; multiple restaurants and bars; the Holistic Well-Being Spa and Gym, to open by year's end; and events and banqueting spaces. The Mamilla is part of Tel Aviv-based Alrov Luxury Hotels Holding, which also owns the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem. Rates start from about $251 per night. See  

Go east for less

Japan's JR East railway company is offering a flexible three-day rail pass priced at about $108 for adults and $54 for kids. Available for purchase until Nov. 20 and valid for travel through Dec. 31, the pass also affords passengers a 50% savings on tickets for the Sado Island Ferry as well as free souvenir gifts at five rail stations in the Niigata Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo. Travel agents can find details at

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