See here 5 of the 15 hotels that are trend in 2015! In the next articles we will discover the other 10 trend hotels. If you have that possibility, don’t lose opportunities!
1) Gerhard Aicher, Miramar Hotel & Investment Company
Gerhard Aicher, GM of The Mira Hong Kong, will add the latest hotel in the company’s portfolio to his remit in early 2015 as he also takes the helm at Mira Cube. The 50-room property is located in Knutsford Terrace in Tsimshatsui, close to the Mira Hong Kong. Owners Miramar Hotel & Investment Company says Mira Cube will be offering stylish accommodation, state-of-the-art communications technology, convenient location at value driven prices for both business and leisure travellers. Aicher said: “Designed with well-travelled and tech-savvy individuals in mind, Mira Cube’s features and services are streamlined to the convenient minimum which defines 21st century urban lifestyle hotel experience. Mira Cube customers will also enjoy unique offerings and privileges at The Mira Hong Kong’s six award-winning outlets, the MiraSpa which includes our infinity pool and 24-hour gym, as well as have access to a fleet of guest service specialists for meeting, catering and events facilities.”
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2) Ramesh Arora, The Montcalm Luxury Hotels
The man at the helm of one of London’s biggest independent hotel operators will oversee the launch of the group’s most ambitious project to date in 2015. The M by Montcalm in Shoreditch is the first new-build project for the company (its flagship property, the Montcalm Marble Arch was a major renovation project) and is a departure in terms of design and style. The futuristic, angular building is a striking 269-room, 23-storey hotel in London’s “Tech City” which will also feature bars, state-of-the art business facilities with a Club Lounge, a wellness centre and gym, a selection of restaurants, a private members club and a rooftop bar. Arora, who was recently named a Tourism Ambassador for India, is also masterminding a second property in the City of London with an as yet unknown opening date.
3) Matt Balcik, Jumeirah
Balcik has been tasked with overseeing the launch of Jumeirah’s new Venu lifestyle brand. With18 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Balcik has worked in Turkey, Washington DC, Sydney, Aruba, US Virgin Islands, New Orleans and California. Before joining Jumeirah, his most recent position was as general manager of the W Hotel in Istanbul, so he has an in-depth knowledge of the lifestyle sector and its demands. Venu is designed “to appeal to the modern traveller whose expectations revolve around their own lifestyle – clean, contemporary, cool and effortless”. Dubai-based developer Meraas Holding is in discussion with Jumeirah to operate the first Venu hotel on Bluewaters Island in Dubai. After Dubai, Jumeirah aims to bring Venu to Abu Dhabi, London, Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin and Rome, as well as Asia and Africa.
4) Gerald Barad, Triumph Hotels
Among all the big players in Manhattan’s manic hotel market, Triumph Hotels is carving its own niche as an independent owner of small boutique properties of character. Specialising in historic buildings in key locations – it currently operates in the Upper West Side, Theatre District, Midtown, NoMad, Flatiron and TriBeCa. With older buildings comes renovation costs, and Triumph is in the middle of a $50 million renovation programme across its portfolio. 2015 will see the second phase of the makeover of The Evelyn Hotel, formerly The Gershwin. Barad, co-owner of Triumph Hotels, said: “I’m especially excited and actively involved in this restoration project. We’ve uncovered incredible architectural details that we are incorporating into the new design and overall ambiance of the property. Our goal is to present a final product that preserves the rich history of this original New York architectural gem, while incorporating 21st century technology and guest amenities.”
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5) Mark Chambers, Eden Hotel Collection
Chambers is set for a big year at the helm of the Eden Hotel Collection. 2015 will see the completion of a £2 million of the iconic Bovey Castle hotel in Devon, the county which is also home to a much more ambitious project – the £13.5 million Tides Reach in Salcombe. The design of the 51-bedroom hotel is art-deco inspired with curved terraces faced with white render, and tiered green roofs to echo the surrounding landscape. Plans for the £13.5 million project have been submitted plans to South Hams District Council. “We have produced a scheme that pays tribute to the art-deco heritage of the South Hams while providing high quality accommodation that can help extend the tourist season and provide more than 60 full-time jobs,” said Chambers.
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