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IDEAS| Flexibility: The Ultimate Trend in Hospitality Design

by By Lee Simon

These ideas – or others that they inspire – will help you increase the flexibility of your food service facility....

* I once saw a facility designed with mobile half-walls. It as an open room, sub-divided with a series of half-height partitions which, once “released” from their secured position, would pop up on casters and wheel off to a storage room. It was a very clever design.

* All Day Dining restaurants in many resorts have long been a problem. During the breakfast period, a buffet is desired. However, the buffet is out of place and often “abandoned” during the other day-parts. The all too common answer to this dilemma is to shove the buffet in a corner and close it off when not in use. This is a mediocre solution at best. We have developed a design concept for some of our clients that allows the space to convert from a buffet space in the morning to a brasserie style visible kitchen with a community dining table in the evenings.

* Consider using a variety of non-permanent “elements” to divide a space. These may include curtains, furniture, plants, flooring, ceiling details, or other comparable design components to help provide definition within a space.

* What about wall finishes or artwork that actually change from one day-part to the next? It is possible.

* I recently toured a hotel that incorporated semi-enclosed spaces in the corridors outside their meeting space which acted as a warm area for coffee breaks as well as impromptu meetings between colleagues. The space was oval in shape, but open on two sides to the adjacent corridors. Because of the design, this space was extremely versatile.

* I often see private dining rooms that are designed only for a single purpose and, as a result, spend a significant portion of the time empty and unused. An alternative solution would be to create a private dining space that could handle private functions, but seamlessly open up to the adjacent areas and serve as usable space at other times, when not in use for its primary function.

* If you are engaged in a new construction or renovation project, be sure to include utilities (i.e. electrical outlets, water connections, etc.) wherever possible. This will enable you to add temporary stations or permanent expansions throughout the facility.

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EDUCATION| AICTE approves four institutes to conduct foreign programmes

D Purandeswari, Minister of State, Human Resource Development has announced that four institutes have been approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to conduct foreign university programmes in India. These institutes include two IHMs. The announcement was made in the form of a written reply during the Rajya Sabha on March 3, 2008.

The IHMs that have won AICTE approvals are the Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, in collaboration with the University of Hudderfield, United Kingdom; and IIMT Hotel Management College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, in collaboration with Regency Institute of TAFE, Adelaide, Australia.

New Hotels| Sarovar opens Hometel in Hyderabad

Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, in collaboration with Manjeera Group, has launched an economy hotel, Aditya Hometel, in Ameerpet, Hyderabad. The new property will be Sarovar’s second hotel with the holding company.

Anil Madhok, Managing Director, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts says, "Aditya Hometel will meet the escalating demand for quality accommodation in Hyderabad. The Hometel brand is a unique proposition which offers everything that a guest needs, at a price that comes as a pleasant surprise."

No. of rooms in different categories:

Superior Room: 53
Executive Room: 22
Suites: 02
Junior Suites: 11

Restaurant Facilities|

Promenade: 24-hour, 98 cover multi-cuisine restaurant, with central built-in buffet counter for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Also serving a la carte.

Harry's-The Pub:- 60 cover English Pub serving an assortment of liquor, snacks and soft beverages.

Room Service : 24 hours.

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NEWS| Global equity cos invest Rs 38 cr in Sarovar Hotels.

Two global private equity firms, Bessemer Venture Partners Trust (BVP, an affiliate of Bessemer Venture Partners) and New Vernon Private Equity have invested Rs 38 crore in Sarovar Hotels promoted by Ajay Bakaya and Anil Madhok. Sarovar Hotels (whose promoters own the famous Geoffrey's pub, the favourite haunt of Mumbai's stockbrokers and bankers) will invest a total of Rs 200 crore to develop a new budget category, Hometel, across India, (50 in five years) beginning with Bangalore, with Pune, Mumbai, Jaipur and Hyderabad being next on the agenda.

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