Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait Re-Opens after a KD15 million Renovation

07 Oct 2013

The hotel is set to re-claim its position as an iconic meeting point in the city

Carlson Rezidor, one of the ten largest hotel groups worldwide, announces the re-opening of the Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait in September, 2013, after a three year renovation period. The property holds particular significance, both within the company history - as the first Radisson Blu hotel outside of Scandinavia, and as an iconic meeting place for the capital city.

Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of The Rezidor Hotel Group, commented, “The re-opening of the Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait signifies the launch of a new chapter of history for the property, which opened in 1980 with my predecessor, Kurt Ritter, as General Manager. From this property, Kurt grew the Radisson Blu brand across the Middle East, Europe and Africa, and made Rezidor the internationally successful company that it is today, with a remaining passion for business development in the Middle East.”

The newly-improved Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait underwent KD 15 million of investment, which has transformed the property, both structurally and decoratively. The hotel now offers a five-star modernized interior, with the introduction of Sky Lounge – a glass-encased rooftop facility with panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf, exclusively reserved for Business Class and Suite guests. Sky Lounge will offer refreshments served either inside or on the outside terrace throughout the day, as well as business facilities (free WIFI access, computer work stations with printer, and complementary reading materials).

191 guest rooms including six Junior Suites, 16 Executive Suites, six Deluxe Suites, one Admiral Suite, and one Presidential Suite – all of which deliver Radisson Blu signature services such as complementary high-speed internet access and high-end in-room facilities as standard. The décor of the guest rooms and suites will alternate between three distinctive styles; ‘Naturally Cool’; a modern design comprising of a soft blue and neutral colour palette, ‘And Relax’; a calming and soothing environment using carved wooden accents, and ‘NY Mansion House’; based on a traditional but sophisticated uptown mansion house. Of particular note, the Presidential Suite has been extended and upgraded, and now features an extra 55sqm of space, and the installation of floor-to-ceiling windows in both the living room and bedroom, to allow guests to enjoy the stunning views of the ocean.

The hotel’s food and beverage options have also undergone improvements; Eedam Café & Gourmet Shop will now include Starbucks® Coffee products on the menu, all to be enjoyed on comfortable sofas and in an extended seating area – complete with WiFi connection and easy-access power points, ideal for business customers. Continuing to serve authentic Asian cuisine, Peacock Restaurant has also been enhanced, through the use of wood, glass and cloth decorations, along with paintings and framed Chinese artifacts.

Finally, Dasman Ballroom is an additional facility which has been developed for events and meetings, with 360sqm of space that can accommodate 200 persons at capacity, or be reconfigured into a variety of configurations. Dasman Ballroom is fully equipped with modern audio-visual and communications equipment, three adjacent meeting rooms, and a pre-function area, as well as separate lobby entrance for car access. As a Radisson Blu hotel, Dasman Ballroom also offers the “Experience Meetings” concept for meetings and events; which promises to deliver high-end products and services, including the main three core components: Brain Box, Brain Food and free internet.

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For further information please contact:

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Elaine Nettleton, Manager PR & Communications MENA
Tel: +971 50 457 9556
Elaine.Nettleton@carlsonrezidor.com

The Portsmouth Group
Lydia Parkinson / Ahmed Aduib
Tel: +971 4 369 3575
Lydia.parkinson@theportsmouthgroup.com / ahmed.aduib@theportsmouthgroup.com

About the Rezidor Hotel Group

The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the most dynamic hotel companies in the world and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. The group features a portfolio of more than 430 hotels in operation and under development with more than 95,000 rooms in more than 70 countries.

Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), along with the Club Carlson loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Under a worldwide licence agreement with the iconic Italian fashion house Missoni Rezidor operates and develops the lifestyle brand Hotel Missoni. Following a strategic alliance agreement with Regent Hotels & Resorts Rezidor also develops and operates new Regent properties in EMEA. Rezidor has an industry-leading Responsible Business Programme and was awarded one the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the US think tank Ethisphere.

In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Carlson, a privately held global hospitality and travel company, based in Minneapolis (USA), is the majority shareholder.

The corporate support office of The Rezidor Hotel Group is based in Brussels, Belgium.

For more information, visit www.rezidor.com