Category Archives: Housekeeping

Grand Suites announced for Venice Simplon-Orient-Express


Belmond announces three new private ‘Grand Suites’ aboard the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express launching in March 2018. Creating new levels of luxury accommodation aboard the historic train; each suite features private bathrooms with showers, double beds and a living area, offering the ultimate in style and comfort. Named after the romantic cities to which the train travel, Paris, Venice and Istanbul; interior designs of each cabin reflect the spirit of each city whilst staying true to the original 1920s art-deco design. Timeless Elegance The elegant new suites transport guests back to the golden era of travel, when travel by train pioneered the way for travelers to cross international borders. Authentic interior designs evoke the nostalgia and glamour of a bygone era which is complemented with spacious interiors and ensuite bathrooms. “This is a one of a kind restoration project; we are going to completely transform the individual classic cabins into three exceptional suites. This is such an exciting project and one where for we can offer guests spacious accommodation with private bathrooms and showers. The designs are sensitive to the original history of the carriages and each cabin is inspired by the city it represents.” Comments Gary Franklin, Managing Director, Trains & Cruises. Legendary Design The unique design project is undertaken by London based Wimberly Interiors; “It was extremely important when developing the design concept, that we embraced the unique story and history of the brand. To capture the epitome of classic luxury travel that the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express exudes, we focused on moments within each city, inspiring visual cues and the overall Belmond guest experience. It was an exciting challenge to use this inspiration to recreate the essence of art deco …

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Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries launches World Food India Website


The Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) marked the beginning of its global food processing event – World Food India with the launch of exclusive website for the upcoming event. World Food India will be the largest gathering of investors, manufacturers, producers, food processors, policy makers, and organizations from the global food ecosystem. World Food India is being held in New Delhi from 3rd to 5th November 2017. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is the National event partner. World Food India website,, is designed to provide quick and easy access to essential information to visitors, pertaining to World Food India. Visitors and interested corporates can register through the website for the participation in the event. Additionally, World Food India website offers specifics such the exhibition details, event agenda, investment opportunities in food processing sector in India, among others. World Food India aims to provide opportunities for both investment and trade in the food processing sector for leading Indian and International companies. Encompassing the entire food spectrum from production to consumption, World Food India is looking at creating a better sourcing environment, thereby enabling higher returns for farmers, creating employment, and fostering entrepreneurship. World Food India will provide a platform to showcase offerings and services along the food value chain which includes production, processing, packaging, technology, equipment, storage, logistics or retail. One of the key attraction of the event would be the Food Street which would showcase food delicacies of various states of India and as well as international cuisine. Please visit the website for detailed information:

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RK Sarovar Portico, Srinagar launches Premium Room Category

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Hotel RK Sarovar Portico, Srinagar has launched their Premium Room category. Total 18 Premium category rooms are introduced in the property starting at Rs. 10,500/-. Each room has contemporary Kashmiri interior with modern feel. With area of approx. 240sq ft. each room has wider space than normal rooms. Located on higher floors these rooms are meant for family travellers. Facility that includes personalized check-in and checkout, on availability and modern design with wooden texture flooring, oversized mirrors, bed, large wardrobe and work desk, with high-speed Internet access & minibar. All the rooms have vanity bathroom with separate shower cubicle and rain shower. Premium rooms come with complimentary local newspaper, wifi, tea, coffee, amenities and mineral water bottle & on demand iron and iron board. “We have tried to design these rooms where in the guest can have the best scenic view from their room. Being a Mid Segment Hotel we have kept the tariff of these rooms quite affordable so that families can enjoy their stay to the utmost level” says Saddam Zaroo, M.D. Hotel RK Sarovar Portico, Srinagar.

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Pullman unveils its first hotel in Japan

Pullman Tokyo facade

Pullman Tokyo Tamachi is being developed as part of the MSB Tamachi mixed-used complex and will open for the fall of 2018. Featuring 143 rooms, the contemporary designed hotel successfully connects the international style of Pullman with a delicate touch of Japanese art and culture. This business and leisure hotel includes meeting facilities and unique dining concepts. The hotel is directly connected to the JR Tamachi Station east exit and a three-minute walk from the Toei Subway Mita Line. From the hotel to the Haneda International Airport is about 30 mins by public transport and just one stop from JR Shinagawa station to Osaka and Kyoto via bullet train. “Japan keeps attracting more and more international travelers, with historically high growth rate recorded in the beginning of 2017,” said Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer for Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia, AccorHotels. “The increasing inbound market, especially from Korea and other Asian countries (China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam) is on a continuous positive trend which will be amplified as the country will benefit from the worldwide attention with the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympic Games.” Pullman Hotels & Resorts, AccorHotels’ new generation of upscale hotels, is a cosmopolitan brand that offers hyper-connected travelers a seamless experience that combines contemporary design and energizing culinary concepts. “The opening of Pullman Tokyo Tamachi marks an exciting step in developing more upscale and luxury hotels in Japan to meet the growing demand of cosmopolitan travelers who appreciate innovative design and wellness in the travel scene. The global nomad is Pullman’s representation of the new generation of travelers and business leaders who fully and naturally blend work and leisure,” said Eric D’Ignazio, Vice President Japan, AccorHotels. In Japan …

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Lemon Tree to open 8-9 hotels in this fiscal

Rattan Keswani - Deputy MD, Lemon Tree Hotels - Director, Carnation Hotels Pvt. Ltd.

The Lemon Tree Hotel Company is on an expansion spree and will be opening many hotels in various destinations in India very soon. Rattan Keswani, Deputy Managing Director, Lemon Tree Hotels & Director, Carnation Hotels, said, “In the Carnation operating space, we have 8-9 hotels opening in this fiscal year. Since the demonetisation pressure, some of our properties are getting delayed by another three months or four months. We will open Sikkim, Siliguri, Jammu, Corbett, Trivandrum, Coimbatore and we will open one hotel in Sohna Road as well. So, there will be a few properties in managed space. But mid next year, there will be few openings that we will be doing in our owned space. We will have Kolkata and Pune open and even Udaipur could be on cards.”

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Le Méridien Visconti Rome opens


Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts has marked a milestone: reintroducing the brand to Italy and reimagining an iconic palace to debut Le Méridien Visconti Rome. Following its meticulous renovation and conversion, Le Méridien Visconti Rome, owned and managed by the Toti Group, now boasts custom-designed guestrooms, suites and a transformation of the hotel’s public spaces, including the brand’s signature lobby concept: Le Méridien Hub. “After reintroducing the brand’s flagship hotel in Paris last year, Le Méridien continues to bring glamour to travel with the opening of Le Méridien Visconti Rome, showcasing the best of Italian design and our bold Destination Unlocked positioning,” said George Fleck, Vice President, Global Brand Marketing & Management, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts. “With its storied past, the hotel sets the stage for guests to discover the destination – whether you are having a coffee in the brand’s signature Hub surrounded by stunning Italian contemporary art or having an aperitif on the hotel’s rooftop with enchanting views of the city.” Located in the charming Prati district, ideally situated between the Spanish Steps and the Vatican, Le Méridien Visconti Rome is deceivingly residential with 240 guestrooms and suites – ideal for business, leisure and group travel. Led by ara Design International, the hotel’s redesign is rooted in a classic Italian style with understated, geometrical references to Rome’s fabled treasures, including the Pantheon. “Le Méridien brand’s philosophy complements the distinctive traits of Italian culture, art, design and music,” said Marina Toti, CEO, Le Méridien Visconti Rome. “We are proud to be part of Marriott International, and with this magnificent hotel serving as an iconic hotel for Le Méridien, we are confident we will achieve great results and success.” …

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Ascott opens 269-unit Citadines OMR in Chennai

Citadines OMR Chennai India

CapitaLand’s wholly owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has announced the opening of its first Citadines-branded serviced residence in the city – Citadines OMR Chennai. The 269-unit Apart’hotel is located in Sholinganallur and is wholly owned and managed by Ascott. Speaking at the launch, Tony Soh, Ascott’s Chief Corporate Officer and MD for India said: “India will be a key market and a vital part of Ascott’s global expansion to achieve our target of 80,000 apartment units by 2020. India continues to be an attractive destination for foreign direct investment, with a record USD 46 billion being invested in the country in 2016. Foreign tourist arrivals are also on an upturn, as India saw 8.9 million in arrivals in 2016 – a growth of 10.7% from the previous year. India’s fast-growing economy, increasing visitor arrivals and rising affluence present immense opportunities for international hospitality companies like Ascott. With the increase in business activities and tourist arrivals, Ascott foresees a growing demand for premium serviced residences in India. Our strategy for India is to expand in high-growth cities where there is strong demand for international-class serviced residences from expatriates, project teams and business travellers. We will establish more strategic alliances and seek investment opportunities as well as management contracts.” Ajit Koushik, Ascott’s Area General Manager for India said: “With the launch of Citadines OMR Chennai, Ascott now has two operating serviced residences in India. Ascott also has six properties with over 900 units in various stages of development in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Gurgaon and Sri City. We are also seeking opportunities in key business cities including Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.” Citadines OMR Chennai is strategically located along …

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StayWell Hospitality Group launches Leisure Inn Shrey, Jodhpur

Facade - Leisure Inn Shrey Jodhpur

StayWell Hospitality Group extends its footprint with the opening of the company’s fifth property in the Rajasthan market, the Leisure Inn Shrey in Jodhpur. Rohit Vig, Managing Director for StayWell Hospitality Group in India said that the opening of the new property solidifies the brand’s presence in the region.“We have signed 12 hotels under the Park Regis and Leisure Inn Brands, which will result in the opening of properties in Hyderabad, Goa, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Gurgaon–Sohna Road and Greater Noida,” Mr Vig said. The opening of Leisure Inn Shrey in partnership with Hukam Constructions & Hotels Pvt. Ltd will deliver a roof-top restaurant and conference facilities along with well-appointed rooms and international service standards that the Leisure Inn brand is famous for. Additionally, the hotel will house the famous vegetarian restaurant ‘Grand Chanakya’ which has a sister restaurant under the same name in Jaipur at the Leisure Inn Grand Chanakya. Mr. Shranik Jain, Owner of Hukam Constructions & Hotels Pvt said that the partnership with StayWell Hospitality Group was about aligning with the best possible global partner to enter the hospitality sector for the first time. “Our partnership will deliver premium hospitality expertise and a world-class experience to not only our guests but to the region, it’s an alignment we are extremely proud of as we feel we are in the best possible position for future success,” Mr Jain said. The launch of Leisure Inn Shrey was attended by the officials of StayWell Hospitality Group, Mr. Rohit Vig, Managing Director – India, Ms. Surbhi Vohra, Regional Director of Sales and Owner Mr. Shranik Jain, of Hukam Constructions & Hotels Pvt.

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Home2 Suites by Hilton DuPont opens


Home2 Suites by Hilton has announced its newest property, Home2 Suites by Hilton DuPont. Designed for travellers who want to maintain their normal routine, the hotel features 140 suites and a range of value, tech-focused and eco-conscious amenities. Home2 Suites by Hilton DuPont complements the destination’s diverse attractions including its rich American history, extensive hiking trails and USGA Championship golf courses.”Whether traveling for business or leisure, guests will undoubtedly feel right at home with the hotel’s vibrant décor and spacious suites,” said Christa Harvey, general manager. “Home2 Suites by Hilton DuPont is conveniently located off Interstate 5 and is adjacent to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), the largest military installation in the western United States; making it the perfect choice for travelers either passing through or in need of an extended stay.” Owned by Lexmar Hospitality II, LLC and managed by Kalyan Hospitality, Home2 Suites by Hilton DuPont offers all-suite accommodations with well-equipped kitchens and modular furniture, providing guests the flexibility to customize their suite to their style and preference. The hotel also features complimentary Internet, inviting communal spaces, and trademark Home2 Suites amenities such as Spin2 Cycle, a combined laundry and fitness area, Home2 MKT for grab-and-go items, and the Inspired Table, a complimentary daily breakfast that includes more than 400 potential combinations. Home2 Suites by Hilton DuPont is pet-friendly. Located at 600 Station Drive, Home2 Suites by Hilton DuPont offers guests convenient access to experience DuPont’s rich history, dating back more than 5,000 years. DuPont is home to Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fort Nisqually, the Nisqually Methodist Mission site, the Wilkes Observatory site, a historic Heirloom Orchard, site of the 1904 Buffalo Soldier encampment and the historic DuPont Company town. …

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W Barcelona completes renovation, opens Europe’s first W Sound Suite


W Barcelona has unveiled a multi-million Euro transformation of all 473 guest rooms and suites, along with the addition of Europe’s first W Sound Suite (a music studio and writers room, now available at four W Hotels around the world). The award-winning in-house design team at W Hotels partnered with London-based design studio Bowler James Brindley to reimagine the hotel, inspired by the 24/7 energy and privileged location on the shores of the buzzing Barceloneta. “W Barcelona has been known for its innovative design since it first opened its doors in 2009,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “The completion of this multi-million Euro makeover ensures this beachside escape will continue to lead the market with its forward-thinking decor and unrivaled guest experience.” Since the hotel’s inception it has become one of the most distinctive landmarks along the Barcelona coast. Famed for its iconic sail-shape and unprecedented sea views, W Barcelona continues to disrupt and redefine the Barcelona hospitality scene. Regularly hosting fashion events, product launches and high profile guests, the hotel has made a bold impression on both locals and international jetsetters alike. City and Sea Converge The new room design celebrates both the city and the sea, embracing the unique views afforded by the hotel’s guest rooms. The color palette is derived from the blue hues of the sea, with pops of white, teal and rose gold to accentuate the light and complement the views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The notion of underwater camouflage is displayed in the room’s carpet, which is a playful interpretation of the sea bed seen through the waters of the Mediterranean. In a nod to Barcelona’s celebrated culinary scene, the …

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