Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe, the brand’s flagship Paris hotel, has unveiled its renovation, designed by the Studio Putman in collaboration with architectural agency IGLOO. Designed to look like a Parisian pied-à-terre, the 124-key hotel preserved its Haussmanian façade.
Google Hotel Finder service is now using data from a wide variety of Indian sites such as MakyMyTrip, Agoda, Yatra and HRS.com to power it.
The service that was launched here in February is very straight forward — it asks user to type in the location apart from check-in and check-out dates. Once Google lists the results, the user can sort through them by star rating, user rating, price, location and amenities. The interface is very user friendly and should be able to drive some traffic to the websites that have partnered with Google on it. In an earlier interview with Medianama, Deep Kalra of MakeMyTrip had said that Google’s service was “pretty disruptive”. Google has also integrated Hotel Finder search results into the main search. For example if you type ‘hotel Delhi’ or ‘Book hotel Delhi’ a card with Hotel Finder results are displayed.
The interesting part is that this card carries a ‘sponsored’ tag on top right which means that you’ll have to scroll one whole page down to see non-search results.
By NT Balanarayan
Marriott International plans to open 12 ‘Fairfield by Marriott’ hotels in India in the next two years. The company has opened its first property in Asia-Pacific region in Bangalore.
‘Fairfield by Marriott’ is a mid-end hotel brand targeted at business and leisure travellers.
“Marriott is banking on partnering model in India. Investors locally offer expertise and finance, we in turn bring in best hotel management skills,” said Don Cleary, COO, Marriott International in Asia.
“The company already has few hotels being constructed in major cities in India, which are located in tier II cities such as Lucknow, Amritsar and Katara in north India,” he added.
In addition, the company is also eyeing hotels in Nepal, China, Indonesia, Thailand and Korea.