Portugal’s First Crowne Plaza | The area of Vilamoura, on the Algarve, has been chosen as the home of Portugal’s first Crowne Plaza hotel. The 327-room Crowne Plaza Vilamoura is the result of a franchise agreement between InterContinental Hotels Group and Portuguese real estate company Grupo Marope, which bought the property in 2006 and operated it as the Vilamoura Beach Hotel. The hotel, which is currently being rebuilt, is to open under the Crowne Plaza banner in January 2010.
A Recipe For Perfection | What do you get when you mix together a chef and the founder of a hotel company? A boutique hotel of course! The co-founder of Hotel du Vin Robin Hutson and Michelin-starred chef Alex Aitken have cooked up a plan to open a £30 million hotel in the village of Lyndhurst, in the New Forest, England. The 30-room hotel is scheduled to open in October of this year and it marks Mr Hutson’s return to the UK hotel industry after the sale of the Hotel du Vin chain in 2004.
A Hilton To Reside In Qatar | Hilton Hotels Corporation is to bring its extended stay product to the city of Doha, in Qatar. The US hotel company has signed a management agreement with New Doha Hotels Company for the 288-unit Hilton Doha Residence. The hotel is expected to open in the second quarter of 2012, adjacent to Hilton’s first resident in Doha the 324-room Hilton Doha, which is scheduled to open at the beginning of 2010.
Park Hyatt Says Hello To Saudi Arabia And Hilton Opens A New Garden Inn | Hyatt Hotels & Resorts recently opened it first property in Saudi Arabia. The 142-room Park Hyatt Jeddah – Marina Club and Spa opened on the coast of the Red Sea, in the city of Jeddah, in the south of the country. Another newcomer in Saudi Arabia is Hilton Hotels Corporation’s Garden Inn brand. The 180-room Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya opened this week in the country’s capital Riyadh. This hotel brings Hilton’s portfolio in Saudi Arabia up to five.
A Four Points By Sheraton For Mauritius | Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Four Points by Sheraton brand made its debut in Africa this week. The 108-room Four Points by Sheraton Cybercity opened on the island of Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean. This is Starwood’s third hotel on the island alongside the 198-room Le Meridien Ile Maurice and the 193-room Grand Mauritian Resort & Spa, Mauritius.