Starwood Hotels and Resorts has opened its first Four Points by Sheraton property in India, near Mumbai, with a second property in Jaipur to follow in October.
Four Points by Sheraton Navi Mumbai, Vashi is located in the business centre of Navi Mumbai, one of the main suburbs to the north of the Maharashtra capital. The 151-room hotel has a health club and swimming pool, with a spa due to open in December, plus a bar, a café and two restaurants.
Sky Grill restaurant specializes in barbecue specialties served al fresco by the pool, while the second restaurant Asia Kitchen serves east Asian cuisine, cooked in an interactive live kitchen. Meeting facilities at the hotel include nine meeting rooms, with the largest measuring 43sqm.
Four Points by Sheraton Jaipur, City Square, located near the city’s commercial hub on MI Road, will open on October 1. The hotel will feature 115 guest rooms, a bar/deli and an all-day dining restaurant plus nearly 369sqm of meeting and function space.
Brian McGuinness, senior vice president of specialty select brands for Starwood Hotels & Resorts said: “In keeping with Four Points by Sheraton’s commitment to providing honest, uncomplicated comfort, these two hotels will offer travellers to and within India a new kind of style combined with spirited ‘can do’ service at an honest value.”
The Four Points by Sheraton brand has 12 hotels in Asia Pacific and nearly 20 under development in China, Cambodia, Taiwan Malaysia, Thailand and India.
Miguel Ko, president of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific said: “Starwood has spent the last two years laying the groundwork for the debut of the Four Points by Sheraton brand in India, and we are thrilled to see our plans come to fruition with the opening and signing of these new hotels. We look forward to continuing to grow this brand in key markets throughout India and Asia Pacific.”
The Starwood group currently operates 21 hotels in India under the brands Luxury Collection, Le Meridien, Westin, Sheraton and now Four Points by Sheraton. Another 15 hotels are due to open in the subcontinent by 2012, across the Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton and Aloft brands.
Report by Sara Turner