Marriott’s buzzy Moxy economy brand has opened its first property – at Milan’s Malpensa airport Terminal 2. The 162 guest rooms have sound-reducing walls, 42in flat- screen TVs and free wi-fi. A special opening rate of €55 (about £43) is available to October 31. moxy-hotels.marriott.com .
*Dubai’s gloriously OTT Burj Al Arab hotel marks its 15th birthday with a Best of the Burj package that includes a Rolls-Royce Phantom pick-up, a luxurious suite, a six-course dinner in the signature Al Mahara restaurant and a spa experience – all yours for £1,000 a room. jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/burj-al-arab .
*Hotel Indigo will open in Paris’s Opera district at the end of the month. The boutique property from InterContinental Hotels Group will have 57 rooms and a Tartare(s) Restaurant specialising in raw food including meat, fish, cheese, vegetables and fruit. Rooms start at £232 a night. ihg.com/hotelindigo .
*Northern Ireland’s Hastings Hotels group is creating edible herb gardens at all six of its hotels featuring rhubarb beds and Chilean guava bushes. The latest addition is on the roof of the iconic Europa Hotel in Belfast. hastingshotels.com
British Airways travellers can now hold their flight for up to 72 hours from £5.
If they want to go ahead, the deposit is refunded and the ticket can be bought. A spokesman said: “There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing a great flight price but not being able to book it – then finding there are no seats left or the price has changed.
“Now customers can hold their seats and be sure that’s all they’ll pay, up to three days later.” The carrier is also offering business class passengers free upgrades to first on selected flights.
The deal applies to one leg of their journey and includes use of the First lounges, a concierge service and dedicated check-in. Outbound travel must be completed by December 31, and inbound by January 7. ba.com .
*National Express is enhancing its service to Heathrow from South West England and Wales with more than 100,000 extra seats per year, including from Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Bristol, Swindon and Bath. Fares start from £5 one way.