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Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts, part of the fast-growing Brussels-based Rezidor SAS Hospitality, has opened its fourth property in Egypt - Radisson SAS Resort, El Quseir. The resort is built in the same architectural aesthetics as the charming old town houses nearby, with 250 luxurious rooms including three suites, all with a private balcony or terrace overlooking the red sea. Guests have a choice of three design styles for the rooms – Safari, Quseiri and Ocean. Pascal Gadet, General Manager, Radisson SAS Resort, El Quseir said: “ The intriguing design and subtle blend of contemporary and ethnic styles give the resort a charming authentic atmosphere, which will appeal to the holidaymaker searching for comfort and tranquillity.” The five-star property has three restaurants, three bars and a poolside bar as well as an outdoor swimming pool, a saltwater lagoon, kids pool, tennis courts, ayurvedic spa and wellness and fitness facilities. It also has a sports and diving club for guests who want to explore the marine life of the red sea and horse stables with a riding track. “With three meeting rooms, totalling 340 square meters, this property also caters for the continuous growing demand of MICE travellers”, added Gadet. El Quseir is one of Egypt’s newest destinations on the red sea, located only 150 kilometres south of Hurghada with daily flights from Cairo.
Fairmont Sells Hawaii Orchid Hotel Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc. has sold the Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii to Westbrook Partners for $250 million. The resort will continue under the same name and will be managed by Fairmont under a long-term management contract, according to the company. Fairmont acquired the property in December 2002 for $140 million. With the completion of this sale, Fairmont will realize a pretax gain of about $109 million. The company said it's considering a number of alternatives for the sale proceeds, which it expects to reinvest in other hotel assets.
Hotel, condos planned for site near Phipps Plaza A Houston developer is planning a mixed-use project on a hot Buckhead corner. The Hanover Co. plans 530 high-rise condominium units and a 250-room hotel adjacent to Phipps Plaza in Buckhead, according to information from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. The project, expected to be completed by 2012, is located on property owned by mall developer and owner Simon Property Group Inc., which owns Phipps Plaza, and will require rezoning for increased density, the application said. The unnamed project lists its address at 3500 Peachtree Road -- the same address as Phipps Plaza -- on its site plan filed with the city of Atlanta. The project also calls for 50,000 square feet of retail space and 8,500 square feet for a restaurant. Calls to Hanover and Simon officials were not immediately returned. The Phipps Plaza project isn't the only proposed development in the area. Pope & Land Enterprises Inc. plans to build at the corner of Peachtree and Peachtree-Dunwoody roads, immediately east of Wieuca Road Baptist Church.
Rosewood To Manage CordeValle In CA Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will assume management of CordeValle beginning Jan. 9, 2006. The luxury resort is located here in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. CordeValle, whose name is derived from the Spanish phrase, "El Corazón del Valle" or "Heart of the Valley," offers a variety of accommodations and features a golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and a spa.
Executives from InterContinental Hotels Group, Continental Development Corporation and Hampshire Properties marked the groundbreaking for the new InterContinental San Francisco on December 5, 2005. The hotel, which is scheduled to open in late 2007, will be a 32-story high rise with 550 guest rooms and one of the largest meetings facilities in San Francisco. The new InterContinental San Francisco will join its sister hotel, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco, in the City by the Bay.
Procaccianti Acquires Kansas City Fairmont The Procaccianti Group has acquired the 366-room Fairmont at the Plaza Hotel here from Maritz Wolff & Co., and plans to rebrand it as an InterContinental, according to local press reports. Neither Procaccianti nor Maritz Wolff would reveal the purchase price. An extensive renovation is planned, which would be completed in 2007. The hotel opened in 1972 as the Alameda Plaza and was managed as a Ritz-Carlton before becoming a Fairmont in 2000.
Rim To Convert CA Wyndham Garden Hotel To Sheraton Rim Hospitality has acquired the 171-room Wyndham Garden Hotel here and plans to eventually convert it to the Sheraton flag. The acquisition comes as the Wyndham brand is undergoing a reevaluation in light of The Blackstone Group's recent sale of the brand and its franchising system to Cendant Hotel Group for $100 million. Rim did not disclose the purchase price or specify when the flag conversion might occur.
Noble House Bolsters Seattle Management Noble House Hotels & Resorts has named Karl Kruger, GM of The Edgewater here, to the position of managing director, Seattle . Kruger will oversee operations at both The Edgewater and University Tower Hotel. Meanwhile, Don Dennis has been named GM of University Tower. Noble House assumed management of University Tower this month, following its acquisition by LaSalle Hotel Properties. The hotel had been part of Best Western International. Kruger has more than 25 years of hospitality experience, the past three with Noble House as Edgewater GM. Prior to joining Noble House, Kruger worked with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Since joining Noble House in 2002, Dennis has served as director of rooms at Hotel Viking in Newport, RI and as interim general manager of The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club in Redondo Beach, CA.
New Luxury Hotel Planned For Norfolk, VA A new Hilton Hotel backed by Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, is expected to open here in 2008. Johnson secured the deal with the City of Norfolk and locally based Fulco Development through his real estate company, RLJ Development LLC. Located on the waterfront in downtown Norfolk, the complex will have 240 hotel rooms; 50 residential condominium units; approximately 70,000 sf of meeting and event space; a signature restaurant; retail space; a lobby café; and lounges. An enclosed garage to accommodate 500 vehicles has also been proposed. Construction is expected to begin in early 2007, with completion anticipated by the spring of 2008. The new Hilton will join Norfolk’s abundant hotel offerings, which currently comprise a total of 52,000 rooms.
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