The Shangri-La Bengaluru hotel opened last week in the Indian city also known as Bangalore. Joining Shangri-La's Eros Hotel New Delhi, this is the company's second property in the country, with a third, also in Bangalore, due to open sometime next year. Known more for its IT industry than for its tourist attractions (though there are quite a few), burgeoning Bangalore is India's third-largest city, and has seen Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott and Hilton hotels opening over the past two years. The new 397-room hotel is currently offering an introductory rate of 9,500 rupees (HK$1,110) per night, which includes a 3,000-rupee dining and spa credit. Dragonair flies direct to Bangalore daily.
Just the ticket The French online train-booking service Capitaine Train has become so popular with English-speaking tourists that it has just been renamed Captain Train. Launched a few years ago by three young entrepreneurs to bypass state-owned railways operator SNCF's much-maligned internet booking system, captaintrain.com now sells tickets for several rail companies for trips all over Europe. Train buffs seem to rate it more highly than other international ticketing agents, such as Rail Europe, as it automatically offers the cheapest seats and charges no fees. You'll have to register to start making reservations, but that takes less than a minute.
Target market The New World Wuhan Hotel, in Hubei province, is offering archers, and anyone else who fancies a go with a bow and arrow, a new "Right on Target" room package, which includes one hour of professional coaching and practice per day at the neighbouring Archery Club. Rates start from 677 yuan (HK$820) per night for a Superior Room. For further details and reservations, visit wuhan.newworldhotels.com.
Deal of the week If you'll be out and about for most of the day and evening, then a tiny room at the Smile Hotel Asakusa isn't such a bad choice from HK$3,760 for two nights with Swire Travel's new Tokyo package. Slightly more spacious and better-located accommodation is available at the Hotel Gracery Shinjuku (from HK$4,360) and the B Roppongi (from HK$4,470). Further upmarket, the Conrad and Grand Hyatt are offered from HK$6,020 and HK$6,590, respectively. These prices, which will be valid until December 18 and are quoted per person, twin share, include economy-class flights with Cathay Pacific or Dragonair and daily breakfast at selected properties. For a longer list of hotels and reservations, go to www.swiretravel.com.