Rapidly-growing hotel group Rezidor has opened its first Spanish property, the Radisson SAS El Marques Resort and Spa, in Mijas.
The resort is located between Marbella and Malaga and will appeal to leisure travellers with its extensive facilities. There are 105 generously sized suites (some up to 156sqm), with two or three bedrooms, kitchenettes and private balconies. The resort has one indoor and two outdoor pools, a 600sqm spa with a Finnish sauna and Turkish bath and several F&B options.
For business travellers there is a business centre, two meeting rooms and free high-speed internet access.
Rezidor, which operates the brands Radisson SAS Hotel and Resorts, Regent International Hotels, Park Inn, Country Inns and Suites and the life-style hotel Missoni, will be adding a further 20,000 rooms between now and 2009.
Park Inn opened its second Cardiff hotel (and only the second Park Inn in Wales) in May this year and in Glasgow, Rezidor has taken over the established The Langs Hotel to be re-branded as a Park Inn (the first in Scotland). The re-branding will be completed by October. The hotel has 100 rooms, a restaurant and bar and spa and fitness centre and a large meeting room.
A Park Inn Manchester will be coming in Autumn 2009, although it will not be a city centre hotel, located close to the Common Wealth Games Velodrome and one of Manchester's main motorway arteries to the north and east of the country.
In other news, the Radisson SAS Hotel, Edinburgh announced on Tuesday that all meetings taking place on or after July 1st will be certified 100 per cent carbon neutral through partnership with the Carbon Neutral Company. In January this year the Radisson became the first hotel in Scotland to hire a full time member of staff to deal with environmental issues and as a result electricity use is down 10 per cent on last year and waste by 50 per cent.
Report by Felicity Cousins