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Birmingham's former Regions Financial Corp. headquarters will become a Marriott Renaissance hotel. The hotel's developers, Harbert Realty Services and Concord Hospitality Enterprises, announced Monday the selection of the four-diamond hotel brand for the 255-room, $52 million project. The only other Renaissance hotel operated by Marriott in the Birmingham area is at Hoover's Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa. Harbert announced the downtown hotel project in April and said the hotel will employ a total of 135 people, with an annual payroll of $2.8 million. Construction is slated to begin in 2008, once all Regions employees have been dispersed to other locations. Source: Birmingham Business Journal
Jury's fittings to be auctioned. More than 2,300 items from the 400-room Jurys Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin which has been sold to developer Seán Dunne will be auctioned in August. Bedroom furnishings, the contents of the bar, restaurant and lounge will all go under the hammer. Also up for sale will be engineering and gym equipment. Mark Flynn of Pro Auction said: "This is the biggest auction sale of an entire hotel in Europe and a wonderful opportunity to acquire quality furnishings, particularly for a smaller hotel chain that aspires to Jurys Ballsbridge standards." The auction takes place at Jurys Ballsbridge Hotel, Pembroke Road, Dublin, at 11am on August 17th.A €5 catalogue charge is payable on entry to the auction rooms, with proceeds being given to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin. Source: The Irish Times
Jumeirah Group’s iconic Beetham Tower project is approved for Number One Blackfriars Road. The Beetham Organisation was granted planning permission by Southwark Council on Wednesday, with a vote of six to one in favour across all parties, to develop an iconic hotel tower on London's Southbank, which will be managed by Jumeirah, the fast growing Dubai-based luxury hotel group and member of Dubai Holding. The Jumeirah Hotel at Beetham Tower will feature 261 rooms and suites, several restaurants and bars, a spectacular ballroom and a variety of meeting spaces plus a state of the art spa, health and leisure facility. The hotel will be part of a mixed-use development, situated within a slender 175-metre high, 52-storey glass tower at Number One Blackfriars Road, adjacent to Blackfriars Bridge. Designed by Award-Winning Ian Simpson Architects, the tower will house 64 luxurious apartments and penthouses set above the hotel as well as a collection of cafes, restaurants and shops, which will wrap around the base of the tower. There will also be a two-storey rooftop deck, which will sit higher than the London Eye boasting panoramic views over London’s skyline. The Beetham Organisation, who have created a series of iconic towers in major cities across the UK, are responsible for developing this landmark project, which is set to open in 2011 and is expected to be a major attraction for visitors to the 2012 Olympics.
The 357-room Inn of Chicago, the landmark Ohio Street property a half-block from Michigan Avenue’s famed Magnificent Mile, has been reborn following a comprehensive, $6-million interior renovation designed to blend the classic 1928 property with contemporary, boutique-hotel elegance and re-establish it as one of the city’s premier business and leisure destinations. The redesigned hotel, now named the Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile, reopened as an independent property following the discontinuation of its more than 20-year affiliation with Best Western International, Inc., in June. Purchased in February 2006 by IOC Hotel, LLC, a joint venture between Oxford Lodging Advisory & Investment Group, LLC, of San Francisco (OLAIG), and Longwing Real Estate Ventures, LLC, a member of the Dubai Investment Group, the hotel embarked on a six-month, property-wide renovation in December 2006. Source: businesswire.com
Wotif.com (www.wotif.com), the specialist in discounted last-minute accommodation, named The Twin Towers Hotel, Davis Bangkok, Ambassador Bangkok Hotel, Prince Palace Hotel and Royal President as their top 5 selling hotels in Bangkok for 2006/07. As the hotels who sold the most rooms through the popular accommodation site over the past twelve months they were announced at the third annual Wotif.com Customer Preferred Choice Awards - a cocktail event held at BarSu, the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok last night. Of the hotels who have listed on Wotif.com within the past 12 months, Emerald Hotel Bangkok was announced as the Star Performer, having made the most sales per month on average since they started selling rooms through the site.
Kingdom Hotel buys $137 mln Seychelles hotel project. Dubai-based hotel investment firm Kingdom Hotel Investments said on Monday it had acquired a luxury resort hotel and residence development work on the island of Pranslin, Seychelles. The total development cost of the resort will be around $137 million, it said in a statement. Source: Reuters
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