By Andy Sambidge
Hotel giant to launch its Westin and Le Meridien brands in Manama with direct link to MAF's Bahrain City Centre
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide on Monday said it has signed an agreement with Majid Al Futtaim Properties to launch its Westin and Le Méridien brands in Bahrain.
Scheduled to debut in early July, The Westin Bahrain City Centre and Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre will be located in the heart of Manama.
Combined, the two hotels will add 460 rooms to Starwood’s portfolio in Bahrain, the hotel giant said in a statement.
Both hotels are directly linked to Bahrain City Centre, which is the country’s main shopping and entertainment destination and is owned by Majid Al Futtaim Properties. Bahrain City Centre is home to 350 international branded retail outlets, 50 dining outlets, a temperature-controlled water park, VOX Cinemas and a bowling centre.
“Following last year’s successful conversion and opening of Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates, we are delighted to strengthen our relationship with Majid Al Futtaim Properties as we debut our Westin and Le Méridien brands in Bahrain,” said Michael Wale, president, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East.
“We have a long presence in the country, dating back to 1981 when we opened the Sheraton Bahrain Hotel. We look forward to expanding our footprint here with the launch of these two distinct lifestyle brands later this year.”
George Kostas, CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Properties, added: “We are very pleased with today’s announcement and welcome the addition of these two new brands to our portfolio. We believe they will add significant value to our offering in Bahrain and will further strengthen the position of our 11 hotels across the region.”
The Westin Bahrain City Centre will feature 200 rooms, including six executive suites and a Presidential Suite, while the Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre will offer 260 rooms, including 18 executive suites and a Presidential Suite.
Starwood operates nearly 50 hotels and resorts across the Middle East under eight of the company’s nine brands including The Luxury Collection, St. Regis, Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, Le Méridien, Four Points by Sheraton and Aloft.
The company has plans to further expand its portfolio in the region with a pipeline of over 35 hotels due to open by 2017.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.