Starwood Hotels and Resorts will spend over $200 million renovating 13 Le Meridien hotels in Africa and the Middle East over the next three years.
Brian Povinelli, global brand leader for Le Meridien and Westin hotels says, "Since acquiring Le Meridien in 2005, Starwood and its hotel ownership groups have made a tremendous effort to enhance and create a consistent portfolio around the world.”
The 13 Le Meridien hotels and resorts completing or currently undergoing renovations include:
- Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort (Fujairah, United Arab Emirates)
- Le Meridien Al Khobar (Saudi Arabia)
- Le Meridien Dubai
- Le Meridien Heliopolis (Cairo, Egypt)
- Le Meridien Ile Maurice (Pointe Aux Piments, Mauritius)
- Le Meridien Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
- Le Meridien Makkah (Saudi Arabia)
- Le Meridien Mandji (Port Gentil, Gabon)
- Le Meridien Mina Seyahi (Dubai)
- Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel and Spa (Cairo, Egypt)
- Le Meridien Re-Ndama (Libreville, Gabon)
- Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi
- Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa (Dubai)
These renovations will focus on the Le Meridien Hub approach to public spaces, which attempt to give the lobby a more sociable, cafe culture feel. This includes a 24-hour soundtrack and the installation of artwork, and can be seen already at the brand’s Barcelona, Brussels, Oran and Istanbul properties.
Le Meridien Istanbul
Starwood will open a further ten Le Meridien hotels over the next year (see online news January 27), including Le Meridien Cairo Airport, in September 2013. Located at Terminal 3, this will become the only hotel with direct terminal access at Cairo International.
The 350-room hotel will have a 24-hour restaurant, coffee bar, lobby bar, lounge, fitness centre, and swimming pool. There will also be around 750 square metres of meeting space, including a business centre, ballroom, and six meeting rooms.
For more information visit starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien.
Report by Scott Carey