Steigenberger Hotel Group announced that it will take over management of the 269-room Conrad Brussels (a Hilton brand) at the beginning of January 2013, and will run it in the future as the Steigenberger Grand Hotel Brussels. An investment programme for the coming years has been agreed with the owner, AG Real Estate, in order to give guests the best possible quality and service, in line with the international Steigenberger standards. This luxury hotel behind a historic façade has 269 guest rooms, including 32 suites and a Royal Suite, plus the restaurant “Café Wiltcher’s” and the “Loui Lounge and Bar”. It has conference facilities for up to 600 people in 16 conference rooms. The hotel also has the city’s largest column-free ballroom with 550 sqm, and there is underneath the hotel a 3,200 sqm fitness center and spa complete with pool operated by Aspria.
More Brussels hotel news: the former Brussels Hilton (another Hilton lost in Brussels) has completed the first phase of an extensive renovation of the property. Now simply named “The Hotel” the top floors have been completely renovated and have been given a surprising new identity. Guests can now fully enjoy all the various types of rooms and suites of the first 107 rooms renovated, The Urban Spa & Fitness, the latest technological gadgets, the Panorama Lounge and eight meeting rooms on the top floors. The new decor is timeless and elegant, combined with unique views over Brussels. This has been the work of the architects’ practice ‘GCA Arquitectes Associats’ from Barcelona. Extensive works have now also commenced on the lower floors, including the reception area, the restaurant, the bar and the lounge. Whilst the works are on-going, The Hotel. will remain fully open for its guests and a temporary restaurant and bar have been made available on the 26th floor.
Quay Grand Suites Sydney has been rebranded to Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, a move Accor says signals a dramatic expansion of its Pullman brand in Australia. Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour is set on the eastern shore of Circular Quay. Its 67 one- and two-bedroom suites all feature balconies, separate lounge and dining rooms and kitchens and offer views either of Sydney Harbour or the Botanical Gardens. Other amenities include Quadrant Restaurant, ECQ Bar and function space. Accor acquired the Pullman name in 1991 and relaunched the brand in 2007. Currently the brand has more than 60 hotels worldwide. Many of the former Australian Mirvac hotels are scheduled to be rebranded to Pullman over the next 12 months.
Trust Hospitality launched Indie Boutique Hotels & Resorts, a lifestyle hotel collection of eight properties in the Americas. Trust Hospitality of Coral Gables, Florida, manages all of the collection’s eight properties and will manage the eight properties it says are in the Indie pipeline. Hotels in the collection are in the upscale to luxury segments and include both beachside resort and city center properties. The sizes of the properties range from under 50 guestrooms to more than 200. The collection includes: Edgewater South Beach and Lord Balfour, both located in Miami Beach, Hotel Mela and The Mave Hotel, both located in New York City, Moonrise Hotel, St. Louis, Alma del Pacifico Beach & Spa Resort, located in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, Casa San Agustin, located in Cartagena, Colombi and The Zank, located in Salvador, Brazil.
The former Fitzgeralds Casino & Hotel has completed its dramatic transformation to become the D Las Vegas, revealing a sleek new style, energetic attitude and fun atmosphere in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. Located beneath the largest video screen in the world on Vegas’ famous Fremont Street Experience, the D sits at the center of four neon blocks of non-stop party action. The property’s complete interior and exterior renovation embraces the upbeat culture of downtown and invites guests to experience the modern amenities, first-class entertainment, fun culinary experiences and unique gaming that abound inside.