Radisson Blu opens in Bengaluru

Exterior of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront

Radisson Blu Atria opened this month in Karnataka’s capital, Bengaluru. The launch is part of Carlson Rezidor’s ongoing India expansion plan to open 170 properties by 2020.

Raj Rana, the CEO of Carlson Rezidor — South Asia says, “Bengaluru is a progressive market and continues to thrive on high economic activity, an international focal point of India’s growth momentum. The opening of Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru is a testament of our footprint in the region and a reflection of the unique brand identity that we bring to the city.”

Radisson Blu Atria is a short distance from the green Cubbon the city’s business district, and is a 45-minute drive from the city’s Kempegowda International Airport. All 167 rooms and suites are equipped with an LED television, tea/coffee making facilties, a work desk, wifi and a rain shower.

The two dining options on the property are the all-day One Atria Cafe and Tijouri for Indian food. The Whiskey Bar and Tea and Wine Lounge is where one can unwind with drinks.

Radisson Blu Atria has more than 1,250 sqm space for large and small gatherings; these include three meeting rooms, two boardrooms, and a ballroom that can be divided as per requirement. There is also a business centre with a computer, printer and scanner.

Recreational facilities include the swimming pool, spa and gym.

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Radisson Blu Atria opened this month in Karnataka’s capital, Bengaluru. The launch is part of Carlson Rezidor’s ongoing India expansion plan to open 170 properties by 2020.

Raj Rana, the CEO of Carlson Rezidor — South Asia says, “Bengaluru is a progressive market and continues to thrive on high economic activity, an international focal point of India’s growth momentum. The opening of Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru is a testament of our footprint in the region and a reflection of the unique brand identity that we bring to the city.”

Radisson Blu Atria is a short distance from the green Cubbon the city’s business district, and is a 45-minute drive from the city’s Kempegowda International Airport. All 167 rooms and suites are equipped with an LED television, tea/coffee making facilties, a work desk, wifi and a rain shower.

The two dining options on the property are the all-day One Atria Cafe and Tijouri for Indian food. The Whiskey Bar and Tea and Wine Lounge is where one can unwind with drinks.

Radisson Blu Atria has more than 1,250 sqm space for large and small gatherings; these include three meeting rooms, two boardrooms, and a ballroom that can be divided as per requirement. There is also a business centre with a computer, printer and scanner.

Recreational facilities include the swimming pool, spa and gym.

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Radisson Blu opens in Jammu

Radisson Blu Jammu

In the last week of February, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group opened Radisson Blu Jammu in the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

The hotel is a 14-minute drive from Jammu Airport, six minutes from Jammu Tawi Railway Station, and is within proximity to the corporate hub — Bahu Plaza, and industrial estates — Bari Brahmana, Gangyal and Samba.

Raj Rana, CEO – South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group says, “Jammu is a region that enjoys strong domestic leisure demand and is home to some of the most visited destinations in India. Integral to our India growth strategy, [Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group] is expanding in leisure markets and state capitals. With the opening of Radisson Blu Jammu, we will make inroads into the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir.”

Radisson Blu Jammu has 119 rooms and suites with free wifi, minibar, an electronic safe, 43-inch LED television, water bottles, and tea and coffee making facilities. Smoking rooms are available on request.

Amongst its 3,716 sqm of meeting and events space is the 1,393 sqm pillar-less Royal Ballroom that can fit 2,000 guests, a 1,145 sqm lawn, three banquet halls, two boardrooms and one video-conferencing room.

Dining options include BLU Planm the all-day restaurant, local and regional cuisines can be enjoyed at Ambrosia, Brew offers quick bites from sandwiches, confectionery, coffee and tea, and Madiza is the only bar on the property. 

There is also a swimming pool, spa and a gym on the property.

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In the last week of February, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group opened Radisson Blu Jammu in the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

The hotel is a 14-minute drive from Jammu Airport, six minutes from Jammu Tawi Railway Station, and is within proximity to the corporate hub — Bahu Plaza, and industrial estates — Bari Brahmana, Gangyal and Samba.

Raj Rana, CEO – South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group says, “Jammu is a region that enjoys strong domestic leisure demand and is home to some of the most visited destinations in India. Integral to our India growth strategy, [Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group] is expanding in leisure markets and state capitals. With the opening of Radisson Blu Jammu, we will make inroads into the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir.”

Radisson Blu Jammu has 119 rooms and suites with free wifi, minibar, an electronic safe, 43-inch LED television, water bottles, and tea and coffee making facilities. Smoking rooms are available on request.

Amongst its 3,716 sqm of meeting and events space is the 1,393 sqm pillar-less Royal Ballroom that can fit 2,000 guests, a 1,145 sqm lawn, three banquet halls, two boardrooms and one video-conferencing room.

Dining options include BLU Planm the all-day restaurant, local and regional cuisines can be enjoyed at Ambrosia, Brew offers quick bites from sandwiches, confectionery, coffee and tea, and Madiza is the only bar on the property. 

There is also a swimming pool, spa and a gym on the property.

radissonblu.com/en/hotel-jammu

Radisson Blu at Manchester Airport undergoes £10m revamp

A £10 million refurbishment project has begun at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport.

The hotel, which originally opened in 1998, is being completely overhauled in three phases.

The first, and largest, phase is already underway and will be completed this year. It will see the transformation of the hotel’s reception and lobby area, restaurant and bar, 120 business class bedrooms and suites, and the airport’s largest functions and events area, including all 27 meeting rooms.

Radisson Blu Manchester Hotel new lobby

The large-scale project will touch all core elements of the property over the next two years.

The hotel’s restaurant will double in size with three unique zones and boasting panoramic airport views.

Richard Moore, Carlson Rezidor, area vice president UK & Ireland, said: “This is an exciting time for the hotel and we are delighted to be able to put such a considerable amount of investment into this flagship property.

“The level of detail in the design and the thought processes behind the food and drink concept will create a real destination for our guests and the airport community.”

For more information, visit radissonblu.com.

Report by Graham Smith

Club Carlson’s summer offers

Club Carlson members can take advantage of three special offers this summer, including double points, half price room redemptions and free breakfast for stays up until the end of September.

Club Carlson Elite members will earn double Gold Points when booking to stay two or more consecutive nights at a participating Radisson Blu, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Park Inn by Radisson, Park Plaza, Country Inns and Suites at any Club Carlson eligible rate. Quote promotional code CCDOUBLEPOINTS when booking online or by calling the hotel or member services for your next eligible stay.

Members can also book a Standard Award Night for half the Gold Points normally required for standard room redemption. Click here to view the available hotel categories at participating Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson, Park Plaza hotels and quote promotional code 50REDEEM when you make your reservation.

Finally use promotional code FREEBKFT when booking your next stay to receive a free buffet breakfast for up to two people at participating Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson and Park Plaza properties.

These offers are valid for bookings made between now and September 29 on eligible stays starting from August 1 and completed by September 30.

For more information visit clubcarlson.com.

Report by Scott Carey

Radisson “Green” to join Radisson Blu

Hubert Joly, chairman of the board of directors of the Rezidor Hotel Group, and president, CEO and director of Carlson has confirmed that Carlson has plans for a revitalised Radisson “Green” brand to begin a global roll out.

Radisson currently has over 400 hotels globally, of which some 170 are Radisson Blu properties, but with only the newly opened Radisson Blu Chicago representing that brand in the United States (see online news November 3).

Carlson’s intention is for certain US Metro cities such as Minneapolis and Philadelphia to have Radisson Blu properties. Meanwhile the US Radisson properties (referred to internally as Radisson “Green”) will benefit from a US$1.5 billion refurbishment programme.

Mr Joly said that work was ongoing to reposition and refresh the brand, which would then join Radisson Blu on an international roll out, although it’s not clear whether the brand would be referred to as “Radisson Green”, or continue simply as “Radisson”.

Radisson Blu is a very exciting brand that we are making a global brand. I think you will see Radisson Green, with the revitalisation we have started in the US, also has the potential to be an exciting upscale brand.”

Mr Joly said that the branding would recognise the differences between the Radisson Blu properties opened by Rezidor in Europe, Middle East and Africa, many of which are new builds, and the existing US portfolio.

“Radisson Blu is upper upscale, competing with Sofitel, Marriott and Westin. Radisson Green will be upscale and will compete with Crowne Plaza and Doubletree,” he said.

Mr Joly said that the moves were part of an overall rethink, termed by Rezidor its “Route 2015 Strategy”.

“I inherited in a sense this odd situation with the various different versions of Radisson geographically, and what we have been doing is thinking through a coherent global strategy of clear brand positioning across regions with tiered brands.”

Mr Joly said Carlson did not intend to copy other hotel groups, many of which have more than a dozen hotel brands, but said that Radisson Blu and Radisson Green had global scope, as did Park Inn, particularly in emerging countries.

For more information visit radisson.com, radissonblu.com.

Report by Tom Otley

Park Inn rebrands as “Park Inn by Radisson”

Rezidor Hotel Group is to add the Radisson name to its Park Inn brand, with the rebranding due to start in the UK, and due for completion across the portfolio by the end of 2011.

Rezidor recently rebranded its Radisson SAS portfolio of hotels (a legacy of the group’s previous links with Scandinavian Airlines) as Radisson Blu (see online news February 5, 2009), and will now link its Park Inn brand with the Radisson name.

In a statement Rezidor’s president and CEO Kurt Ritter said he was confident the brand endorsement “will further increase the brand awareness for both Park Inn and Radisson”. The rebranding will be a “gentle evolutionary process across Europe, Middle East and Africa”,  with all properties making the transition to the Park Inn by Radisson name by the end of 2011.

For more information visit parkinn.com.

“World’s smallest pop-up hotel” to pop up across London

Visit London and Radisson Edwardian are bringing the “world’s smallest pop-up hotel” to London in a bid to highlight the capital’s main tourist attractions.

Essentially a modified American Airstream trailer, the pint-sized property will open from March 15 for five nights only. Guests staying at the “hotel” will find themselves waking up on the doorstep of a different tourist spot each day beginning with London Zoo.

The London Eye, Alexandra Palace, Covent Garden and the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, are also set to host the jazzed-up caravan before it closes on March 19.

Thanks to Radisson Edwardian, the trailer has been kitted out with all the facilities, amenities and toiletries you’d expect of an up-market bedroom suite. There’ll even be a concierge and check-in desk outside, complete with mini red carpet.

Linda Plant, Radisson Edwardian’s marketing director, said its Bloomsbury property was the inspiration for the design of the 19sqm hotel.

Unfortunately no amount of money can buy a stay in the pint-sized property, as nights will be given to the lucky winners of an online competition.

While Visit London says it has the smallest pop-up hotel in the world, it cannot lay claim to the smallest fixed hotel. That honour, it says, rests with a 56sqm property in Bavaria, Germany.

Visit London will highlight the growing “pop-up” movement, a trend-driven phenomenon in which restaurants and shops literally pop up and disappear overnight, with little or no warning.

For more information and to enter the competition, visit visitlondon.com/popup.

Report by Andrew Gough

Visit London Radisson Edwardian pop-up hotel