Despite the recent pandemic, Indochina Kajima is persisting in its goal of building 20 Wink Hotels across the country. VIR's Mai Dang spoke with Michael Piro, CEO of Wink Hotels about the hotels ambititons.
|Michael Piro, CEO of Wink Hotels |
What makes Wink Hotels different from other hotel chains in Vietnam?
Wink Hotels is a new Vietnamese hospitality brand emerging in Indochina that takes a bold approach to affordable luxury in the region. The brand caters to modern, aspirational travellers, offering high-quality experiences grounded in the local destination.
Wink Hotels has a modern style, full of boldness and steadfast character – reflecting its strong identity and culture, while deeply respecting traditional Vietnamese values. At the same time, we also provide customers with exciting destination experiences and are always connected.
At Wink, out goes the traditional lobby. Instead, the Wink Space is open plan with no reception desk and 24-hour services such as a bar and Grab & Go area. Guests can check in instantly with Wink's automated check-in pods, or can ask the in-the-know front-of-house Wink Guide team to help. Wink is the first hotel in Vietnam to offers STAY24 programme, which guarantees guests a full 24-hour stay regardless of check-in time.
Each of Wink Hotels' rooms is space-smart and chic, fine-tuned for maximum comfort. Guests can start with intuitive in-room controls, a seductive Wink mattress, and power showers, as well as slide into high-quality linens and pillows by Catherine Denoual, and there are locally sourced amenities, an AC, a smart TV, in-room telephone, and safe.
Each room features bold Wink accents, such as the floor-to-ceiling windows and a black-out blind featuring a drawing by local artist Richie Fawcett of the area surrounding the hotel.
What is Wink Hotels' approach to sustainable development?
Wink Hotel Saigon Centre was the first hotel in Vietnam to receive the LEED Gold Version 4 certificate for sustainability thanks to initiatives in location and transportation, water efficiency, and its energy scheme, atmosphere, and innovations.
Each floor features a vending machine, at which guests pay with their topped-up room card, helping Wink to reduce the use of single-use plastics in its room amenities.
Hotel items are provided by partners PLASTICPeople who give a second life to plastic waste. Automated check-ins and outs allow the hotel to reduce the use of paper receipts.
Could you share the development plan of Wink Hotels across Vietnam?
At the current rate of development, Indochina Kajima would complete its goal of building 20 Wink Hotels across the country within the next 5-7 years. After the first Wink Hotel with 237 rooms opened in Ho Chi Minh City early last year, the second hotel is expected to open in November this year in Danang with 243 rooms.
There will be another Wink Hotel expected to welcome visitors next summer in this coastal city. In Hanoi, two hotels will be built on Thuy Khue and Pham Hung streets as well as others in Phu Yen, Can Tho, and Haiphong.
| ||Wink Hotels revolutionises new breed of hotels for travellers |
Wink Hotels is a new Vietnamese hospitality brand emerging in Indochina that takes a bold approach to affordable luxury in the region.
| ||Indochina Kajima holds ground-breaking ceremony for Wink Hotel Can Tho Centre |
Indochina Kajima Development Limited, a joint venture between Indochina Capital, a leading real estate developer in Vietnam, and Kajima Corporation, one of Japan’s largest general contractors and overseas real estate developers, held a ground-breaking ceremony for its latest venture, the Wink Hotel Can Tho Centre, on September 16.
Wink Hotels is the first hotel product of Indochina Kajima, a joint venture between Indochina Capital Corporation, an innovative leader in Vietnam's rapidly growing real estate, financial service, and capital markets, and Kajima Corporation, one of the oldest and largest construction companies in Japan.