By Andy Sambidge
Major renovation works begin at Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi; part of regional development plan
Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi has said that it has officially started major renovation works as part of the hotel group's plans to invest more than $200m across the Middle East and Africa.
The hotel's guest accommodation and public spaces will be revamped, with completion slated for the end of this year.
Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi will also transform its existing food and beverage venues as well as introduce signature brand experiences, it said in a statement.
This renovation is part of a larger strategy by Le Méridien and its ownership groups to invest more than $200m in renovating a total of 13 hotels and resorts in the region over the next three years.
Frits van Paasschen, president and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, said: "Since acquiring Le Méridien in 2005, Starwood has reinvigorated the brand and made it relevant to today's traveller.
"Following this extensive renovation, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi will be a flagship hotel for the brand in the Middle East and illustrious of our focused efforts on Le Méridien as we continue to expand its footprint in this important region."
The extensive renovation of Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi will include a complete redesign of the public spaces and all 277 rooms and suites.
The hotel, located on the Abu Dhabi Corniche, will also introduce Le Méridien Hub, which "re-interprets the traditional hotel lobby and offers creative people a place to gather to converse, debate and exchange ideas", the statement added.
"We are thrilled to announce such a significant renovation project, which illustrates the commitment of our owners and the Le Méridien brand to provide guests with an inspiring experience," said Shaun Parsons, general manager, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi.
Parsons added: "We also understand the importance of outstanding food and beverage to our business, especially in the Middle East, which is why we are introducing new culinary offerings at the hotel while at the same time revamping our existing restaurants to engage guests and local residents with exciting and diverse dining experiences."