Kansas City, Missouri, is on a roll. The latest hotel from 21c, the cooler-than-thou museum hotel brand, recently opened in the historic Savoy Hotel and Grill building in the Power & Light District. Like all 21c hotels, the galleries feature curated rotating exhibitions of contemporary art, site-specific installations and cultural events. The 120 contemporary-style rooms and suites have high ceilings, oversized windows, and original art. Native Joe West manages the restaurant, putting his take on classic Americana. Another cutting-edge hotelier group, Aparium, is set to open Crossroads Hotel in the Crossroads Arts District in the former historic Pabst Brewing Co. and Pendergast buildings. The hotel will have 131 guest rooms, ceramic light fixtures handpainted by a local artist, a rooftop bar and three restaurants.
Cathay Pacific has added three new nonstop routes this year, from Dublin, Brussels and Copenhagen to Hong Kong. The airline’s new Airbus A350-900 aircraft, which uses a blend of biofuel in its tanks, is operating the new Dublin flight. Cathay Pacific has 20 of these technologically advanced aircraft on order for delivery over the next four years. The airline will also begin a new nonstop service to Seattle on March 31, 2019, again using the Airbus A350-900.
In partnership with Citysurfing and Caisse des Dépôts, celebrity chef Alain Ducasse is shaking up the Seine River cruise experience. This fall, his new all-electric yacht, Ducasse sur Seine, will begin taking 200 passengers on a series of 90-minute lunch and dinner cruises that will showcase Ducasse’s gastronomic talents and Paris’s sites—the Louvre, Île de la Cité, Île Saint-Louis and the Eiffel Tower. Prices for the French contemporary fare, which is prepared on board using seasonal ingredients, will range from approximately $116 for a three-course lunch without wine pairings to $580 for a five-course dinner with Champagne and wine plus “a special gift to take away.”