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Marriott International opens two new Dubai properties this month
Marriott International has announced the opening of two new properties in Dubai to kick start the expansion of its growing pipeline across the Middle East and Africa. The two properties carry the company's signature brand, Marriott Hotels, as well as its upscale serviced apartments brand, Marriott Executive Apartments.
Both are situated in close proximity to Dubai's Royal residence, Zabeel Palace, and offer scenic views of the city landscape of Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay and the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa. Conveniently, the Dubai Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf and Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Al Jaddaf are only 10 minutes from each of these locations as well as Dubai International Airport, Dubai Mall and the Gold Souk.
The Dubai Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf is the first Middle East and Africa property to open as per the new brand transformation that Marriott Hotels has been going through globally since last year. This includes not only a new logo which keeps the iconic "M," but also with re-designed lobbies and public spaces known as 'Greatrooms' and the use of a new mobile check-in application.
The Dubai Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf has 352 rooms across eight floors with 192 Deluxe King and 107 Deluxe Double rooms, including 39 Executive Suites, two Zabeel Suites and an exceptional Presidential Suite. The hotel also offers 14 elegant, meeting rooms as well as the Zabeel ballroom, which can accommodate up to a maximum of 540 persons. The property also offers seven distinct restaurants, lounges and bars.
DoubleTree by Hilton Dhahran Opens in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province
Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton has announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Dhahran at the commercial heartland of Al Khobar in Eastern Province, KSA. The 153-room conversion property becomes the first DoubleTree by Hilton branded hotel to open in Saudi Arabia.
Dhahran is one of the older Saudi port cities on the coast of the Arabian Gulf and is home to most of Saudi Arabia's vast oil reserves. Situated in the heart of the business and commercial district close to Al Khobar Corniche, shopping malls and a new hi-tech petrol museum, the hotel is ideally located for business as well as leisure travelers with a wide array of exciting leisure activities, including water sports available nearby at Half Moon Bay.
DoubleTree by Hilton Dhahran features a range of amenities designed for both the business and leisure guest, including a large ballroom, four flexible meeting rooms, a complimentary 24-hour business center, a complimentary 24-hour fitness center and, scheduled later this year, a fully-renovated fitness center, indoor swimming pool and spa area that will include a steam room and sauna.
The hotel has a selection of rooms and suites including 99 king, queen or twin rooms and a selection of 54 one and two-bedroom suites. Guests can choose to dine in one of the hotel's three restaurants: Al Waha, an all-day dining restaurant serving a selection of international cuisine, Rasoi, where they can sample an array of Indian specialties in a fine dining atmosphere, and the Al Maha Café, where they can enjoy a coffee break accompanied by pastry treats.
Le Méridien to transform downtown Indianapolis landmark hotel for November 2014 opening
Starwood Hotels & Resorts have announced that its Le Méridien brand will soon add Indianapolis to its growing North American portfolio. Le Méridien Indianapolis will debut in November 2014 following a $9.5 million renovation of The Historic Canterbury Hotel, a landmark property in the heart of downtown.
The historic Canterbury site, dating back to 1858, was rebuilt in 1928 as a hotel infused with the charms of Canterbury, England. As part of the comprehensive renovation, Le Méridien Indianapolis will feature 100 modern guest rooms, local cuisine in a re-designed restaurant and lounge, an expanded fitness centre and more than 1,750 square-feet of upgraded meeting and event space.
Le Méridien Indianapolis will feature the brand's signature Le Méridien HubTM, which re-interprets the traditional lobby into a social gathering place, and builds on the brand's award-winning arrival experience and coffee culture. Le Méridien arrival consists of four elements: large-scale artwork in high impact areas; the sensory experience, illustrated through Le Méridien signature scent, sound and use of light; UNLOCK ART programme, featuring artist designed key card collections that offer access to Le Méridien affiliated contemporary cultural centers in the city; and a 24-hour curated soundtrack.
The Hub at Le Méridien Indianapolis will also feature the signature Master Barista, a recently launched initiative to meet the growing demands of coffee lovers at every Le Méridien hotel worldwide. Master Baristas lead coffee-related initiatives at each hotel, serve as a coffee cultural ambassador, and maintain knowledge of current coffee trends within the destination.
Le Méridien Indianapolis is walking distance to the Indiana Convention Center, Indiana Statehouse and the offices of numerous corporations including Eli Lilly, Brightpoint and Wellpoint.
Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa to open April 17
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will open its latest hotel in Tibet, the 289-room Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa on April 17. Designed to reflect Tibetan culture in a contemporary way, the hotel's 289 guestrooms include 10 long stay apartments, some of which offer views of the Potala Palace.
Visitors to Lhasa are advised to acclimate to the high altitude before exploring widely. To refresh and assist guests in doing so, the hotel has built the first oxygen lounge to be found in a hotel in Lhasa.
In addition to the oxygen lounge, a spa, fully equipped gym, an indoor swimming pool, and a complete clinic with professional staff are located onsite.
For destination meetings and events, organisers will find ballrooms and function spaces starting from 81 square metres. The 1,215-square-metre Grand Ballroom is the largest in the city. The eves of the ballroom are inspired by Jokhang Temple, while the ceiling is covered in wallpaper using a gold brush technique. The breakout area at Level 5 leads to the Outdoor Terrace which overlooks Potala Palace and the surrounding mountain range, making it an ideal space for a pre-event cocktail.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will open its first property in Malaysia - the Fairmont Kuala Lumpur is set to debut in 2017.
The 62-story luxury hotel will offer 750 well-appointed guestrooms along with an executive lounge and Fairmont Gold, the luxury brand's hotel within a hotel offering. Fairmont Kuala Lumpur will also feature six dining outlets, as well as 2,787 square meters (30,000 square feet) of meeting and banquet space and recreational facilities including a swimming pool, health club and spa.
Fairmont Kuala Lumpur will be located in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) development, which is home to the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers, the tallest twin buildings in the world. The project will include the hotel and one high-rise office tower, which will be connected via a six-story retail podium.
Fairmont continues to expand its presence in Asia Pacific, with a growing regional portfolio of luxury hotels and many more in development. Guests currently enjoy luxury accommodations at Fairmont Beijing, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Kunshan's Fairmont Yangcheng Lake, Fairmont Nanjing, Fairmont Singapore, Fairmont Makati in Manila and Fairmont Jaipur. The luxury hotel brand is also expanding with new projects set to open in Chengdu (residences 2014/hotel 2015), Jakarta (2015), Bali (2016), Taiyuan (2016), Changsha (2016), and Hangzhou (2017).
Times Square Set to Welcome Newest EDITION
Marriott has announced plans for a second EDITION hotel in New York City. Scheduled to open in 2017 and located in the heart of Times Square, the new hotel will follow the expected 2015 debut of Manhattan's first EDITION property located in the landmark Clock Tower building at 5 Madison Avenue. EDITION is a first class, full service, luxury lifestyle brand within the Marriott International portfolio, conceived in collaboration with legendary hotelier Ian Schrager. Marriott International will manage the hotel under a long-term agreement.
In keeping with the identity of EDITION, Mr. Schrager will lead all creative design and positioning for the hotel, as well as the entertainment programming offered within the property.
Starwood Property Trust, Inc. and iStar Financial Inc. provided to the ownership group an $815 million construction loan for the mixed use project which includes the hotel and retail space. In addition, Starwood Property Trust, Inc. and Starwood Capital Group Global, LLC and its affiliates have an equity interest in the transaction. As additional collateral for the loan, Marriott International has agreed to provide the lenders with the right (upon an uncured event of default under the loan agreement) to require Marriott to purchase the hotel component of the property during the first two years after opening for $314.6 million (i.e., $696,000 per room).
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