The hotel business center is not what it used to be.
Gone are the days of the big separate room, often windowless, with a line of computers and printers. Instead, hotels across the price spectrum are increasingly shrinking their business centers or transforming them from quiet work spaces to lounge and meeting areas.
Marriott International (NYSE:MAR) has opened its first hotel in Siberia, the 208-room Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk City Center. Centrally located within walking distance of the Kirov Square, Angara River and the historic Drama Theatre, the hotel is perfectly situated to explore the sights of Eastern Siberia. Irkutsk, located along the Trans-Siberian Railway, is also 70km in distance from the UNESCO world heritage site of Lake Baikal – the world’s largest fresh water lake.
Marriott International is further cementing its position as a leader in the hospitality sector in China with the signing of its 100th hotel – the 345-room JW Marriott Hotel Shenyang.
Marriott International, which currently operates 56 hotels in China representing The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance, Courtyard and Marriott Executive Apartments brands, has a pipeline of confirmed projects totaling 44 hotels across it brand portfolio.
Marriott International, Inc. has opened the first Residence Inn branded property in the United Kingdom, the 107-room Residence Inn Edinburgh. The hotel, operated by Marriott International under a management agreement with Gladedale Ventures Limited, is centrally located in the Scottish capital’s new Quartermile development, the city’s most exciting new address.
Accor, Courcouronnes, France, is offering a new prototype guestroom for its midscale Novotel brand featuring cutting-edge motion-sensing technology hardware.Called Room 3120, its now available for guests at Novotel Vaugirard Montparnass. The guestroom features a minimalist interior coupled with a large, flatscreen HDTV and Xbox 360 game console and Kinect sensor, which allows users to interact with the console without a controller. It also has a Sensorit digital mirror, which allows guests to check news content on the screen without touch or a controller. The new guestroom prototype was designed in partnership with the Microsoft Corp. and the architectural firm Naço, Paris."We wanted to reinvent the hotel room experience by harmoniously melding design and new digital technologies," explains Grégoire Champetier Global Chief Marketing Officer. "It's crucial to take our customers' changing habits and expectations into account. In particular, this mean…
Shangri-La Asia Limited announced today the development of a new hotel in Yingkou, a coastal city located in the north-western portion of the Liaodong Peninsula in Liaoning Province, China. The new hotel will open in 2015 and join the group’s growing portfolio of north-eastern China properties in Changchun, Dalian, Harbin and Shenyang bringing the total number of hotels in the region to eight in the next few years.
The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide, announces the very first Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Italy: This November, the Grand Hotel Milan Malpensa will be transformed into the Park Inn by Radisson Milan Malpensa. The 138 rooms-property is 10 minutes from Milan Malpensa Airport (a convenient shuttle bus is available), and has excellent access to nearby businesses and Milan's exhibition centers.
The Rezidor Group president and CEO Kurt Ritter weclomed guests to the launch party of the the 52-storey hotel before they proceeded upstairs to the three-tier Icho Restaurant, Bar & Lounge overlooking Dubai's skyline.
For photos of the the opening event and a first look at the new hotel, click here.
DoubleTree by Hilton has announced the conversion and official opening of the 465-room DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree in Pittsburgh, Pa., now the largest Pittsburgh-area hotel currently available to travelers within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. The property team, designers, builders, owners and investors celebrated the hotel's new name and new direction during a brand dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony this week; while showcasing the features of an upcoming $16 million renovation, design and renderings with local civic and business leaders and invited guests. Located minutes from downtown Pittsburgh and area attractions, renovation is expected to be complete by the end of 2012
--Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the largest U.S.-based global management company, today announced that, effective December 1, 2011, Jim Abrahamson, Interstate’s president and chief operating officer, will transition to chief executive officer and current CEO and Chairman Thomas F. Hewitt will remain as chairman, as previously announced earlier this year.
Rezidor, a rapidly expanding global hotel company, has announced plans for a new hotel, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Belgrade. The property, which features 236 rooms, is already under construction and will welcome the first guests in Q4 2013. It is Rezidor's first hotel in Serbia and the hotel group is now present in 64 countries across Europe, Middle East and Africa.