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Motel One Stuttgart Bad Cannstatt - new room concept

Budget design hotel chain Motel One paves Europe with new properties – Soon ten hotels in Berlin

Munich, Germany – 07 July 2016 – Motel One is still on its road to success: The budget design hotel chain from Munich is developing 19 new properties with a total of 6,100 rooms across Europe. Currently, two large hotels are being built in Berlin; thus Motel One will have ten hotels in the German capital soon. This is what tophotelprojects.com reports.

Motel One Stuttgart Bad Cannstatt - Zimmer

Motel One Stuttgart Bad Cannstatt – new room concept

In the contested hotel market in Berlin the flat-rate strategy of Motel One (from 62 Euro per Night Room) caused a sensation. At the revived prime location in City West between the Zoo Station and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a new hotel tower with 582 rooms and a skybar with panoramic view will open next summer. Just a stone’s throw from the East Berlin Alexanderplatz the largest Motel One hotel with 708 rooms is scheduled to open in autumn of next year.

Motel One is growing in Europe: new hotel construction projects are arising in France, the UK, Spain and Switzerland.

Motel One – new hotels in:
Germany – 12 (4,200 rooms)
Switzerland – 2 (543)
UK – 2 (647)
Spain – 1 (300)
France – 1 (255)
Austria – 1 (60)

Motel One has long been a European hotel chain with locations in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland. In the past year the sales increased by a whopping 26 percent to around 322 million euros. The average occupancy rate of the almost 13,800 rooms in 51 hotels increased slightly to 75 percent – which are dream values in the hospitality industry.

The most recent opening is now the third hotel in Stuttgart: The hotel in Bad Cannstatt offers 141 rooms and is located close to the so-called Stuttgart Beer Festival, which is, beside the Oktoberfest in Munich, one of the biggest festivals in Germany. For the first time the company’s room concept has been expanded to increasingly address business travelers: A new element is the comfortable lounge chair in leather by “Freifrau”, as well as the height-adjustable table from Vitra, which is tailored to the needs of the (business) guest. In addition, the guest can now find a safe for securely storing personal valuables.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts to Grow Portfolio by More Than 40 New Hotels and Resorts across Europe in the Next Five Years

Company Aggressively Expands in Turkey with Opening of The St. Regis Istanbul Marking the Entry of the Luxury St. Regis Brand in the Country – Record Year of Signings Driven by Conversion Deals with Accelerated Growth in 2015

Berlin, Germany – 02 March 2015 – From the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced it is on track to open more than 40 new hotels and resorts across Europe in the next five years, expanding its portfolio by almost 30% with openings in both fast-growing and established markets. Further underlining its long-term growth strategy, Starwood is set to open five new hotels in Turkey this year, including The St. Regis Istanbul which just opened on March 1st.

St. Regis Istanbul - Facade Rendering

St. Regis Istanbul – Facade Rendering

“2014 was a record year of deal signings for Starwood in Europe with consistent, sustainable high-quality portfolio growth in key European markets and sought-after destinations,” said Simon Turner, President of Global Development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “Our growth momentum continues this year with 14 hotels on track to open across Europe and strong owner interest in our nine lifestyle brands, backed by our loyalty program, the collective strength of our global platform and our highly-experienced, local teams.”

2015 opening highlights include:
Five new hotels in Turkey, reaffirming Starwood’s commitment to growth in the country, bringing its portfolio to 15 hotels across seven brands by the end of 2015. Among the openings, is the St. Regis brand launch in Turkey with The St. Regis Istanbul introducing unparalleled luxury and style into the dynamic gateway city. Starwood will also introduce the Four Points by Sheraton brand into the country with two Four Points by Sheraton hotels in Batisehir and in Dudullu, two of Istanbul’s most promising districts. The iconic Sheraton brand will open a hotel in Atasehir, on the Asian side of Istanbul and recently entered the emerging coastal city of Samsun.

Steady growth in Russia with two new Starwood hotels opening in 2015: Sheraton Ufa and a Four Points by Sheraton in Kaluga, marking the entry of the Four Points by Sheraton brand in the country. With six more hotels in the pipeline, Starwood will double its footprint in Russia over the next three years.

Growth momentum in Germany with the launch of the Aloft brand in Stuttgart and Munich this summer, strengthening Starwood’s position in this key European travel market to nearly 30 hotels.

The introduction of the W and Element brands to The Netherlands by year-end with W Amsterdam located in the prestigious Dam square, just steps from the city’s vibrant canal district, and Element Amsterdam, south of the city centre.

Three further additions to the Sheraton brand portfolio in Southern Europe: Entering Romania with the opening of Sheraton Bucharest this fall, a conversion that leverages the brand’s first-mover advantage. The brand will also open the Sheraton Lake Como Hotel, a conversion hotel, overlooking the spectacular Lake Como in Italy, and expand its footprint in Croatia with the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel.

2014 record year for hotel signings in Europe, conversion hotels driving expansion
In 2014 Starwood experienced a record year of deal signings in Europe with almost 60% more signed deals than in the previous year, largely driven by conversion deals. Starwood continues to see increased interest from owners looking to maximize the value of their assets quickly, with many conversion opportunities amidst growing demand coming from the UK, Germany, France and Southern Europe.

Recent conversions such as The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya and Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan, have fuelled growth in Starwood’s luxury brand segment, highlighting development interest for strong brands with global selling power. Another key conversion this year is Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade, which marks the launch of the iconic Sheraton brand in Germany’s capital, one of the most important European travel destinations for business and leisure.

“We see many conversion opportunities across Europe through both managed and franchised deals,” said Bart Carnahan, Senior Vice President Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle East. “Our conversion-friendly approach allows us to deliver value to our partners through a flexible, cost-efficient process that yields almost immediate results and gives them access to world-class delivery systems as well as our SPG loyalty program, differentiated marketing, and much more.”

Franchise deals are a fundamental part of Starwood’s development strategy, driving nearly 50% of signed hotel deals in Europe last year. The pace of franchise deal signings is expected to continue through 2020 with developers seeing the added value Starwood’s brands deliver to their real estate strategies, particularly in mature markets such as the UK, Germany and France.

Starwood’s mid-market brands build on strong growth momentum
Starwood’s three distinct mid-market brands, Aloft, Four Points by Sheraton and Element, are experiencing unprecedented growth momentum globally. In Europe, the company’s mid-market portfolio is poised to exceed 50% of Starwood’s development pipeline with more than 15 new hotel openings expected across the three brands by the end of 2017.

Aloft will more than double its portfolio in Europe with hotels opening in St. Petersburg and London over the next two years, in addition to two hotels in Germany, opening this summer. Four Points by Sheraton, Starwood’s fastest growing brand will also expand in emerging markets with eight openings planned in Turkey and Russia by 2017. The eco-centric Element brand, introduced to Europe with the opening of Element Frankfurt Airport Hotel last year, will debut in Amsterdam before year-end, and become part of an Aloft and Element dual-hotel development in the historic Tobacco Dock section of East London in 2017.

“The record growth experienced in the last five years in the mid-market segment has set the stage for 2015, where we will see a vigorous expansion in mature and emerging markets” said Michael Wale, President Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle East. “The increasing demand for conversion and franchise deals from new and existing partners is a strong reflection of Starwood’s powerful network, loyal customer base and commitment to deliver value for owners.”

InterContinental London Park Lane

IHG signs two InterContinental Hotels in Europe

InterContinental London Park LaneLondon – 18 December 2014 – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the signing of two InterContinental Hotels in two focus markets in Europe. InterContinental Dublin will bring iconic luxury to Ireland, and InterContinental Baku represents the brand’s debut in Azerbaijan.

From 1 January, 2015 InterContinental Dublin will operate under a franchise agreement with Ballsbridge Hotel Limited, an affiliate of London & Regional Properties. It will be located in the former Four Seasons Hotel Dublin, one of Ireland’s top-rated hotels.

Situated in Dublin’s prestigious neighbourhood Ballsbridge, the hotel features 197 guest rooms inclusive of 58 suites, an indoor swimming pool, spa & fitness centre, two restaurants and two bars. It also boasts impressive meeting and event space with two ballrooms totalling more than 15,000 square feet (over 1,400 square meters).

Meanwhile InterContinental Baku, due to open in 2016, will operate under a franchise agreement with AZ-ORS LLC.  The hotel will be managed by The Ceylan Group – owners and managers of the highly successful InterContinental® Istanbul, Turkey.

The new build hotel will include a total of 105 rooms featuring a number of junior and executive suites and one presidential suite.  InterContinental Baku will be located in the heart of the Azerbaijani capital’s shopping district on BulBul Avenue and Zarifa Aliyeva Street, near the famous seaside promenade Baku Boulevard.

Robert Shepherd, Chief Development Officer, Europe, IHG said: “We are thrilled to have signed two flagship InterContinental hotels in two important markets; and both properties are going to be fantastic additions to our portfolio. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts continues to remain relevant to owners and guests as it expands across Europe, further cementing its position as the largest luxury global hotel brand.”

IHG’s InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has hotels in more than 60 countries worldwide, with local insight that comes from 67 years’ experience. There are currently 178 InterContinental Hotels and Resorts globally and 53 in the pipeline.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Continues Expansion in Croatia with the Signing of New Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel

Scheduled to Open in 2015, Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel Will Mark the Entry of Starwood into the Spectacular Dalmatian Coast

Dubrovnik, Croatia – 16 December 2014 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced that it has signed an agreement with Hoteli Dubrovacka Rivijera d.d. to open a new Sheraton hotel in Dubrovnik, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. Scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2015, Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel will mark Starwood’s entry into Dubrovnik and the company’s fourth hotel in Croatia.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

“We are pleased to expand into our third partnership with HUP Zagreb d.d. in Croatia and look forward to introducing the Sheraton brand into the growing European resort market of Dubrovnik,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “Our expanding footprint in Croatia reflects the country’s continuing prominence as a travel destination, and the growing demand for strong, globally recognized hotel brands along the Adriatic Coast.”

Dubrovnik is a UNESCO heritage-listed city set on the Adriatic Sea at the southern end of Croatia. Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel will be located along what is commonly referred to as the Dubrovnik Riviera, a 20 kilometre stretch of coastline that runs from the old city of Dubrovnik in the north to Cavtat in the south. The Dubrovnik Riviera is the most popular destination along the entire Croatian Adriatic coast, attracting nearly 800,000 tourists per year.

Andelko Leko, CEO of HUP Zagreb commented: “Our longstanding partnership with Starwood, introducing the Westin and Sheraton brands into Zagreb, and now the Sheraton brand into Dubrovnik, has significantly influenced the development of the hotel industry across the country. The recognition of Starwood’s brands alongside HUP Zagreb’s professional team has contributed to making our hotels the center of economic, political, and sporting events in Croatia. We are confident Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera will be no exception.”

The 250-room hotel will feature signature Sheraton experiences, including the all-white Sheraton Sweet SleeperTM beds, the Link@SheratonSM and the Sheraton Fitness by Core® Performance. Guests will be able to enjoy relaxing treatments at the Sheraton Shine Spa, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, as well as a tennis court. Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel will include one of the largest conference facilities along the Croatian Adriatic Coast with approximately 1,000 square metres of meeting space.

“Sheraton continues to be a first-mover into many new markets around the world, paving the way for future growth and the introduction of our other eight lifestyle brands,” added Bart Carnahan, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “This signing enhances our presence in Croatia as we continue to look for opportunities to expand in this important, rapidly growing market.”

Starwood Hotels & Resorts currently operates three hotels in Croatia: Le Meridien Lav in Split, Sheraton Zagreb Hotel and The Westin Zagreb.

Hilton Brussels Grand Place Opens Doors And Begins Redevelopment Journey – Flagship Brand Welcomes Guests

Brussels, Belgium – 18 November 2014 – Hilton Hotels & Resorts today opened its newest hotel, Hilton Brussels Grand Place. The landmark building in the city center of Brussels is now welcoming guests, signaling the start of an exciting era of transformation for the hotel, with significant refurbishments commencing in the coming months.

“We’re excited to bring the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand to this increasingly popular – and important – part of Brussels,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide. “Hilton Brussels Grand Palace is an exciting addition to a country with continuing growth that is not only host to millions of tourists and the European Parliament, but also several diverse multinational and governmental institutions.”

The hotel will offer 123 guest rooms, two accessible guest rooms, 34 deluxe rooms, nine family rooms, 29 executive rooms, 20 junior suites, six one bedroom suites and one presidential suite, conference facilities to host up to 200 attendees, an executive lounge, fitness center, restaurant, bar and private dining rooms.  The hotel is centrally located, in close proximity to the Grand Place and the Square Brussels Meeting Center, and well connected with the metro and bus networks, airports and international rail services, which is ideal for both business and leisure guests.

“I am delighted to welcome our first guests to Hilton Brussels Grand Place today. I look forward to the hotel’s journey of rejuvenation, transforming the hotel to become a preeminent and vibrant venue, not only for our guests but also our neighbors and the community,” said Egbert Buursink, general manager, Hilton Brussels Grand Place,

Hilton Brussels Grand Place joins two Hilton Hotels & Resorts in Belgium: Hilton Antwerp Old Town and Hilton Brussels City, with Hampton by Hilton Brussels Louise expected to welcome guests in 2016.

Courtyard by Marriott Expands to Bosnia & Herzegovina

London, UK – 10 July 2014 – Courtyard by Marriott, a Marriott International brand designed especially to address the needs of business travellers, plans to open its first hotel in Bosnia and Herzegovina next year.  The 130-room Courtyard by Marriott Sarajevo is expected to open in mid-2015 and will operate under a franchise agreement with Lake d.o.o. and Interstate Hotels & Resorts.  The hotel will be the second Marriott International property in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the Residence Inn Sarajevo, which will open in early 2015.

Courtyard Sarajevo

Courtyard Sarajevo

Courtyard Sarajevo will feature the brand’s refreshing new European design created to provide business travellers with comfortable and stylish surroundings, integrated technology to promote productivity and 24-hour access to food and drink.  The hotel will offer spacious guestrooms with clean lines, an energising Mediterranean colour palette and contemporary, locally inspired furnishings.  Multiple, accessible outlets and free high-speed internet will make plugging in and working seamless and easy.

Courtyard Sarajevo guest roomThe spacious lobby area will provide free Wi-Fi, flexible seating for working, meeting and socialising and an interactive GoBoard® screen displaying the latest news, weather and local information.  A 24-hour market and Bistro restaurant offer a range of meals, snacks and drinks throughout the day.  A conference room, two meeting rooms and a fitness centre complete the hotel facilities.

Courtyard Sarajevo will be located in the city centre with the restaurants, cafes and shops in the attractive old city just ten minutes walking distance via a pedestrian bridge over the Miljacka River.  A number of embassies and the Sports and Expo Center, “Center Skenderija”, are located nearby making the hotel an ideal base for business travellers.

After recently celebrating its 30th anniversary and now with almost 1000 hotels, Courtyard by Marriott is the 12th largest global hotel brand.  This year saw the high profile and much acclaimed launch of Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott New York Manhattan/Central Park – the tallest hotel in North America.

Marriott International in Europe Announces 27,000 New Rooms and Launches Five Brands in Four Years

Bethesda, Maryland/USA – March 5th, 2014 – Since 2010, Marriott International has opened or signed almost 27,000 new rooms and launched five brands in Europe; Autograph Collection, Edition, AC Hotels by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott and Moxy.  The number of hotels signed annually in Europe has doubled[1] since 2010 and Marriott worldwide had a record growth year in 2013, signing 67,000 rooms.   These positive figures demonstrate the growing strength of Marriott’s portfolio of brands and signify a greater understanding of its product differentiation from economy tier to luxury hotel product.

JW Marriott Venice Lounge Bar

JW Marriott Venice Lounge Bar

“We are excitedby these record results and the momentum moving into 2014,” commented Amy McPherson, President and Managing Director, Marriott International, Europe.  “The next two years are particularly exciting for Europe as we already have plans to open 38hotels and launch ground-breaking experiences that will surprise and delight our customers and guests. Marriott’s new affordable lifestyle brand, Moxy (launched at ITB Berlin in 2013) is scheduled to open its first hotel in Milan in September, Moxy Milan Malpensa.  We are also on track to open an extraordinaryJW Marriott Resort & Spa in Venice on its own island in February 2015, along with new Marriott hotels in Moscow and Istanbul.  Renovations at Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel and London Marriott Hotel Kensington will showcase our new and innovative future of meetings concept.”

UK & Ireland – Lifestyle Growth
In 2013, London was a strategic focus for Marriott’s lifestyle brands with three major iconic hotel launches throughout the year.  The Autograph Collection, a collection of unique independent hotels, added two London hotels to its portfolio, St Ermins Hotel and Threadneedles, which were followed closely by the much acclaimed London Edition.  These hotels, appealing to both leisure and business guests, joined St Pancras Renaissance Hotel adding to the strong network of lifestyle hotels across the city.  Autograph Collection also opened The Glasshouse in Edinburgh, an extraordinary hotel with an historical church façade against a modern glass construction and also added Powerscourt in Ireland, a palatial hotel in the grounds of a 12th century estate.  In addition, the UK is expected to be one of the key markets for Moxy over the next few years.  Other big news for the UK in 2013 included the launch of Courtyard by Marriott Aberdeen Airport Hotel.  It is the first Courtyard hotel to feature the new European design which aims to promote productivity, with rooms equipped with ample work space, task lighting and multiple power outlets along with free Wi-Fi throughout.

Eastern Europe – Fastest Growing Market
In 2013, Eastern Europe was the fastest growing market for Marriott in Europe and now has 16 hotels scheduled to open by the end of 2015.  Russia and Turkey’s growing economies are stimulating significant investor interest and expansion in Russia is robust with six hotels slated to open in the next two years, including Moscow Marriott Hotel Novy Arbat in May and Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel in June 2014.  In Turkey, two hotels have opened over the last couple of years, the Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel in 2012 and the Renaissance Izmir Hotel in 2013.  The Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli, opening in March 2014, will be a flagship Marriott hotel in the central business district of the city.

Western Europe – Doubling Presence
Over the last few years, Marriott has seen accelerated growth in Western Europe especially in France and Italy.

In France, Marriott has nearly doubled its presence since 2010 with a total of 21 hotels and three more are due to open by 2015.  Marriott has almost tripled its presence in Italy since 2010, growing to 23 hotels by the end of 2013 and will be the location for two major new flagship hotels – JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Venice scheduled for February 2015 and Moxy Milan Malpensa planned for September 2014.

Marriott’s lifestyle brands are also doing well in Western Europe.  The Autograph Collection expects to launch two hotels in Spain, Fontecruz Sevilla in Summer 2014 and Fontecruz Toledo in Autumn 2014.  AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott’s stylish and contemporary urban hotel brand, has been embraced by investors following the successful launch of two AC Hotels in Antibes and Nice. The new AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot should open in June 2014 with a further two in the pipeline.  Increased interest in Marriott’s lifestyle brand Renaissance Hotels, has resulted in two new hotels opening in quick succession, Renaissance Aix en Provence, France in January 2014 and now the Renaissance Paris Hippodrome de St Cloud Hotel, France slated for June 2014.

Central Europe – Growth in Germany
As the fourth largest source market for Marriott International globally, Germany is one of Marriott’s strongest countries in Europe.  It is the location for many of Marriott International’s key innovations including the launch of Marriott Hotels’ future of meetings concept.  Marriott Munich was one of the first hotels to introduce the next generation meeting spaces in October 2013, showcasing stylish design, natural light, flexible seating and wireless technology.  Germany is also the location for several high profile hotel launches in the next few years, including Courtyard by Marriott Cologne at the end of March 2014 and four Moxy hotels planned for the next two years, Moxy Munich and Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof in spring 2015, Frankfurt Gateway Gardens in summer 2015 and Moxy Berlin Airport in autumn 2015.   Another 13 Moxy hotels are expected to be signed in Europe by the end of 2014.