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Taj Hotels to launch five new hotel projects Chennai, Dec 17 (UNI) Taj Business Hotels is going to launch five more new hotel projects in Chennai, Vijayawada, Coimbatore, Mumbai and Bangalore, shortly. Taj Business Hotels Chief Operating Officer Ms Jyoti Narang said already three hotels each at Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai were functioning. She said renovation and upgradation of existing hotels at a cost of Rs 100 crore were on for the last two years and during the first six months of this year, they had spent about Rs 50 crore. She said in the first phase of renovation, the understanding was used to create a contemporary new room design. These new rooms incorporated innovations such as hard flooring, wall mounted plasma televisions with DVD and surround sound systems, task lighting, shower stall instead of a bathtub, a massage shower head and many others. This room template had been rolled out in their hotels at Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Visakhapatnam and Chandigarh and the process would continue. In phase two, banqueting facilities at Taj President, Mumbai and Taj Residency at Bangalore were also renovated, she said, adding that changes in these hotels incorporated a more contemporary ambience, inbuilt technology and computer controlled 'smart-light' systems.
Tiburon’s Only Dedicated Meeting Space and Full Service Hotel Slated to open in March 2006 after undergoing a $5.5 million reinvention by parent company Larkspur Hospitality, The Lodge at Tiburon features Tiburon’s first and only luxury full-service high tech executive meeting center, offering 5,000-square-feet of flexible conference and event space for 10 to 200 guests. The sophisticated boutique hotel, on the doorstep of world-class activities and a short distance from the ferry to San Francisco, presents memorable event spaces - like a rooftop terrace with fireplace and a pool deck with cabanas and a firepit - providing a unique backdrop for weddings and private events, and the utmost in comfort and exceptional service. The Lodge at Tiburon offers state-of-the-art meeting facilities and amenities such as complimentary high-speed Internet connections in all guest rooms and wireless connections in public areas. Additionally, each meeting room is installed with complete professional video, audio, lighting, Internet and networking systems that disappear for social functions. California's relaxed elegance and early Arts & Crafts style set the tone for the décor and architecture, with every meeting room featuring natural lighting with floor to ceiling windows, direct access to landscaped terraces, a courtyard with water features, an outdoor patio for pre-function receptions and interiors in warm, muted earth tones
Cheung Kong (Holdings) has signed an $81 million deal to lease up to 500 rooms for a year in its mammoth Hunghom hotel project in Hong Kong to Sincere International Travel Service, one of Hong Kong's biggest inbound travel agencies. The lease involves the twin harbourfront Horizon and Harbourview Horizon hotels, due to open in the second quarter of next year, with 3,642 rooms at an average room rate of between HK$400 and HK$850. Cheung Kong is also in talks with other potential leasing partners, including its Nasdaq-listed online travel unit Priceline.com. "The location of our hotel project [near Hunghom train station] allows us to capitalise on the growing number of tourists, especially mainland visitors," executive director Justin Chiu Kwok-hung said. Mr Chiu said the company would keep the hotel project for long-term investment, rejecting an earlier report in the press that it might put individual hotel rooms up for sale. Harbourfront Horizon has 1,662 rooms in five 22-storey towers, while Harbourview Horizon comprises 1,980 rooms in three 38-storey blocks. The rooms range from 640 to 1,513 square feet. Both hotels have yet to receive occupation permits.
Hilton Hotel in Portland, Ore., sold Hilton Hotels Corp. has sold its 782-room Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in Oregon for $83.8 million. The property was sold to CHIEF Portland Hotel LLC on behalf of an institutional investor, Hilton said Friday. Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC advised the purchaser on the transaction. The hotel will continue to operate as a Hilton branded property and will be managed by Hilton Hotels Corporation under a long-term management agreement.
New Castle To Manage Marx Conference Center New Castle Hotels & Resorts has been named to manage The Marx Hotel & Conference Center here. The Marx offers 280 guestrooms, four luxury suites, a full-service restaurant, 9,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space and a 3,500-square-foot catering hall on the hotel's 20th floor. The hotel's meeting space is equipped with advanced presentation technology, ergonomic furnishings and broadband connectivity, according to New Castle, a third-party management and hotel development company. Guestrooms feature The Marx's signature desk outfitted with task lighting and ergonomic seating, two-line phones with speaker and conference capabilities, complimentary high-speed Internet access and a 27-inch television with 80 channels. Additional guestroom amenities include voicemail, large in-room safes, "designer" personal care products, irons and ironing boards, and in-room coffeemakers with signature coffee.
InterContinental Hotels Group awarded management contract for Fiji's Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva Hotel to be redeveloped and re-branded Crowne Plaza Grand Pacific Suva; New offering to complement neighbouring Holiday Inn Suva - InterContinental Hotels Group has been awarded the management contract for the 'grand old lady of the Pacific', Fiji's Grand Pacific Hotel Suva which, after an extensive redevelopment and expansion programme, will be re-branded Crowne Plaza Grand Pacific Suva. The redevelopment is due to commence next year in a joint venture between Fiji Investment Corporation Limited (FICL) and the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF). In a separate move, the FNPF also purchased Holiday Inn Suva, also managed by InterContinental Hotels Group, as part of the Group's asset divestment across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji in August. Originally opened in 1914 before the beginning of World War 1, The Grand Pacific Hotel exemplifies colonial architecture in the Pacific. The original concrete structure was designed with two floors presiding over a 2.2 hectare site. Upon redevelopment, the hotel will see the addition of two new wings and 90 to 100 rooms, reflecting its former grandeur. The redevelopment will reflect the strong architectural style of the original hotel which was home to royalty, diplomats, celebrities, military commanders and leaders of nations.
W Breaks Ground In Hoboken Local residential developer Applied Development Co. has broken ground here on its first hotel project, a 25-story hotel-condominium tower that will carry Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's W flag. The 225-room hotel will occupy the first 16 stories of the building with 40 condominium residences occupying the top nine stories. New York-based Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, LLC, is responsible for the tower's wedge shaped design. Completion is scheduled for early-2007.In addition to guestrooms, the hotel will include a destination restaurant and lounge, full-service spa, and 11,000-square feet of meeting space.
Emerald Palace Group launches Kempinski Palm Jumeirah Residence and Emerald Palace Kempinski Hotel in Dubai The Emerald Palace Group, a property developer based in Dubai, has announced the launch of The Kempinski Palm Jumeirah Residence and the Emerald Palace Kempinski Hotel, two prestigious high-end projects located at The Palm, Jumeirah in Dubai. Emerald Palace has entered into a strategic partnership with Kempinski Hotels, one of the world’s leading hotel chains, for the two projects. Kempinski will manage both properties for a period of 15 years. “The Kempinski Palm Jumeirah Residence and Emerald Palace Kempinski Hotel will offer residents the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Both projects have been meticulously planned, with extensive attention given to the smallest details to ensure the highest quality standards. The launch of these two projects will be followed by announcements of several more prestigious Emerald Palace projects in the future,” said Wessel Witthuh, Emerald Palace Group. “We were looking to partner with a prestigious hotel group to manage the projects, so that we can be confident that the facilities and services provided to residents will be truly world-class. Kempinski is a world leader in the hotel industry, and brings with them decades of experience in managing luxury hotels and residential projects. Their unique expertise will add considerable value to both The Kempinski Palm Jumeirah Residence and the Emerald Palace Kempinski Hotel,” Witthuh added.
Turnberry To Re-Acquire Florida Resort Turnberry Associates will re-acquire the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club. Turnberry originally built the property, but susequently sold it. The resort will retain its name and continue to be managed by Toronto-based Fairmont Hotels & Resorts under a new long-term management contract. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the year. As part of this new partnership, Turnberry Associates plans to invest significant capital in the property, including a renovation of the existing golf courses as well as a substantial improvement to the resort. In addition, Turnberry is planning additional residential development at the site. In welcoming Turnberry back to the property, Fairmont CEO William Fatt noted the critical role Turnberry's founders had played in the development of the entire Aventura area and said this history would prove valuable in taking the resort to the next level of service and amenities.
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