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Marriott announces new five-star hotel in Cambodia

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388-room hotel will feature all-day dining, rooftop bar, spa, ballroom and more

Marriott International is lining up a new luxury hotel in Sihanoukville, in the south west of Cambodia.

The Le Meridien will boast 388 rooms, along with an all-day dining/open kitchen concept restaurant, along with a speciality restaurant and a rooftop bar with views of the ocean. Guests will also be able to enjoy a fitness centre, wellness spa, and an ocean-front beach club with infinity pools, restaurant and bar. Meanwhile, meeting rooms and a ballroom accommodating 400 will cater for corporate visitors.

A MEGA HOTEL & LUXURY RESIDENCE COMPLEX

Cambodian real estate firm Grand Lion Group has been signed by Marriott to manage and operate the hotel, which forms part of the $200 million Gold Coast at Shihanoukville, a mega hotel and luxury residence complex called the Lyon D’Or. Some 58 stories high, all 888 units of this tower will enjoy panoramic sea views of the Gulf of Thailand, plus a rooftop infinity pool, sky lounge, fitness centre, spa, recreation and multi-purpose rooms. Residents and their guests will also enjoy the facilities and services at Le Meridien.

TANDEM ARCHITECTS 2001 & JKY CONCEPT

The project will be designed by the award-winning Bangkok-based Tandem Architects 2001 and interior design firm JKY Concept. In addition, a collaboration with a world-renowned Italian luxury interior furnishings house is being lined up.

The opening date is scheduled for January 2022, with , following the opening of Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort in January this year – the group’s first hotel in Cambodia.

“With the increasing growth in visitation to Cambodia, the time is ripe for us to introduce a global hospitality brand in Sihanoukville,” said the Grand Lion Group’s chairman and CEO Lundy Nath. “The region’s unspoilt beaches, pristine waters and laid-back ambience will appeal to international visitors in search of a relaxing coastal getaway.

“Gold Coast at Sihanoukville will complement the Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap and the nearby Angkor Archaeological Park by providing an extended stay for guests to explore another dimension of Cambodia. This mega project aims to be among the first to open a new chapter in luxury beach destination experiences in Sihanoukville.”

Rome welcomes back Le Méridien Brand

Marriott announce ‘momentous move’ as they relaunch Le Meridien brand in Melbourne

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Hot on the heels of Marriot’s giant global expansion – which Hotel Designs revealed would expand their luxury footprint with 40 new hotels in 2018 – the group have revealed their latest project in Melbourne.

Marriott have been re-energising their Le Meridien offshoot with openings in China, US, Italy and South Korea, and the latest will be in Melbourne.

Le Meridien Melbourne will take over a property that previously served as the Melbourne Palace Theatre. The historic building will be given an extensive face-lift, but won’t end up feeling all that modern, as the interior style will be mid-Century.

“Light hearted yet sophisticated” 

Global Brand Leader Brian Povinelli called the style “light-hearted yet sophisticated”.

“We are delighted to re-introduce the brand – born in Paris during an era of glamorous travel – to global guests and locals alike”, he said.

The hotel will open in 2020 in downtown Melbourne, in the heart of the city’s creative district, surrounded by art galleries and boutique galleries, cafes, restaurants and shops.

“A momentous move for Marriott International”

Rome welcomes back Le Méridien Brand

Richard Crawford, senior development director for Australia, said: “The arrival of Le Meridien brand into Australia is a momentous move for Marriott International.”

“It comes at a perfect time. Alongside Melbourne’s growing demand from domestic travellers, new international direct routes from the United States, Asia-Pacific and South America are driving continued growth in international visitation.”

Le Meridien Melbourne will have 235 rooms, two bars, a restaurant and a heated swimming pool.

One of the strings of the Marriott International Bow, there are almost 150 Le Meridien properties in 40 territories.

Editor’s note: the images used in this article are from other Le Meridien properties.

Le Meridien Seoul

Le Meridien debuts in South Korea with Seoul property

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Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, today marked a milestone with the grand opening of Le Méridien Seoul, the brand’s first hotel in Korea.

Following a meticulous, multimillion-dollar transformation, Le Méridien Seoul debuts at the centre of the Gangnam district with a stunning contemporary art collection, distinct approach to design and bold ‘Destination Unlocked’ positioning.

Le Méridien Seoul draws inspiration from both the brand – born in Paris during an era of glamorous travel – and the juxtaposition between the traditional and modern aesthetic of Korean design.

Designed by award-winning architectural and interior design firm David Collins Studio, the hotel is at once grand and residential. With 336 thoughtfully-designed guestrooms and suites, the interiors layer natural materials, textiles and rich patterns.

Its architecture boasts a reimagined colonnade that connects the public spaces of the hotel and anchors a bold atrium accentuated by a geometric grid pattern – connoting the iconic, mid-century French department store Le Bon Marché in Paris.

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Le Meridien Seoul slated to open in September 2017

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Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of Le Meridien Seoul, set to be the first Le Meridien property in Korea. Owned by Cheonwon, the hotel with its distinctive European architecture intertwined with mid-century modern design is slated to open in September 2017.

Le Meridien Seoul will feature 336 chic rooms, including 109 club rooms and 29 suites with access to the Club Lounge, offering refreshments throughout the day and exclusive spaces for socialising and working. The prestigious Presidential Suite is bound to become the most stunning in the city with a distinct mix of antique and modern furniture. The hotel is also anchored by the signature Le Méridien Hub, which reinterprets the traditional hotel lobby into a social gathering place built on the brand’s award-winning arrival experience and coffee culture. The fitness facilities and pool area will offer a tranquil respite from the hectic pace of the city, providing a space where guests can relax.

Creative meeting and event spaces at the hotel are all set to cater to exclusive social gatherings and business events featuring the latest technology and an abundance of natural light. The Da Vinci Ballroom, housed in the lower levels of the atrium has the capacity to accommodate up to 500 guests. For further discovery of art, guests may visit M Contemporary Art Center located on the second floor of the hotel.

Located on Bongeunsa-ro, one of Gangnam’s major thoroughfares, Le Meridien Seoul is approximately 60 minutes by a car from Incheon International Airport. The hotel allows for easy access to the COEX Convention and Exhibition Center, as well as the office district in Samsung-dong. It is also a great base for discovering Seoul’s rich culture and history, including UNESCO Heritage treasures and pursuing nightlife.

Rome welcomes back Le Méridien Brand

Rome welcomes back Le Méridien Brand

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Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, has marked a milestone: reintroducing the brand to Italy and reimagining an iconic palace to debut Le Méridien Visconti Rome.

Rome welcomes back Le Méridien BrandFollowing its meticulous renovation and conversion, Le Méridien Visconti Rome, owned and managed by the Toti Group, now boasts custom-designed guestrooms, suites and a transformation of the hotel”s public spaces, including the brand”s signature lobby concept: Le Méridien Hub.

Rome welcomes back Le Méridien BrandLocated in the charming Prati district, ideally situated between the Spanish Steps and the Vatican, Le Méridien Visconti Rome is deceivingly residential with 240 guestrooms and suites – ideal for business, leisure and group travel.

Rome welcomes back Le Méridien BrandLed by ara Design International, the hotel”s redesign is rooted in a classic Italian style with understated, geometrical references to Rome”s fabled treasures, including the Pantheon.

Le Meridien Etoile

New Le Meridien Etoile shines in Paris

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French hotel group Le Méridien has opened its new 4-star hotel in Paris. The French capital itself has been a clear influence on the 1,025 room development, with “etoile” meaning star in French, possibly a reference to Paris’ nickname, The City of Lights.

Following the hotel’s transformation, the property now boasts reimagined guestrooms, suites and the transformation of the hotel’s public spaces, including the legendary Jazz Club Etoile and brand’s signature lobby concept: Le Méridien Hub. Design was by French interior architect Jean-Philippe Nuel.

Following the transformation of Etoile, the property now boasts reimagined guestrooms, suites and the transformation of public spaces

Located in the 17th arrondissement, anchored by Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, the hotel is the largest hotel in central Paris. The redesign of the hotel’s rooms was led by Nuel, while London-based firm Michaelis Boyd restyled all the public areas; both draw inspiration from the brand’s mid-century modern design aesthetic.

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Le Meridien Minhang

Le Meridien expands in Shanghai with Minhang

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Le Meridien has announced the opening of Le Meridien Shanghai, Minhang in the Hongqiao Hub of Shanghai.

The hotel marks the third Le Meridien and the 34th property in the Marriott International’s fast growing portfolio in the city of Shanghai. Through the distinctive Le Meridien lens, which highlights cuisine, culture and art, Le Meridien Shanghai, Minhang presents unexpected and engaging experiences to curious-minded travelers.

Boasting a mid-century modern design approach and tranquil water views, Le Meridien Shanghai, Minhang features 240 luxurious guestrooms and suites. The hotel is anchored by the signature Le Meridien Hub, which reinterprets the traditional hotel lobby into a social gathering place built on the brand’s award-winning arrival experience and coffee culture.

With the capacity to host stimulating meetings and timeless functions, Le Meridien Shanghai, Minhang offers over 2,500 square meters of versatile event spaces, including the Powerlong Ballroom and the Fei Long Hall; the latter marks the highest ballroom in the Minhang District with unimpeded views of Qibao Old Town. The stylish Grab & Go Library on the lobby floor can also be used as casual business meeting areas.

The thoughtfully-designed hotel also offers facilities including a well-equipped fitness centre, indoor swimming pool and Explore Spa. For those on a family vacation.

Le Meridien reintroduces brand to Paris

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From the birthplace of the brand, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts has marked a milestone as its first-ever hotel and celebrated flagship in Paris revealed the completion of its multi-million dollar renovation.

Following the hotel’s transformation, the property now boasts reimagined guestrooms, suites and the transformation of the hotel’s public spaces, including the legendary Jazz Club Etoile and brand’s signature lobby concept: Le Méridien Hub. Design was by interior architect Jean-Philippe Nuel.

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“With a stronger and more globally diverse portfolio than ever before, Le Méridien has hit its stride with guests and locals as well as owners and developers around the world,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts. “We are delighted to have the crown jewel of our brand shining brightly once more in the City of Light, as Le Méridien returns to its roots with distinctive design and bold Destination Unlocked positioning.”

Located in the 17th arrondissement, anchored by Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, the hotel is the largest hotel in central Paris. The redesign of the hotel’s rooms was led by French interior architect Jean-Philippe Nuel, while London-based firm Michaelis Boyd restyled all the public areas; both draw inspiration from the brand’s mid-century modern design aesthetic.

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Parklane Luxury Collection Resort & Spa to open in Limassol, Cyprus

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Work is currently underway on the new Parklane Luxury Collection Resort & Spa which will replace the Le Meridien in Limassol.

Following the demands of Roman Nikitin, the major stakeholder in Emerald Coast Properties (75% owner of the hotel), renovation work on the existing hotel will be from the ground up. The project has been designed by Harrods Design Studio and is estimated to cost €70 million (£58 million), and expects to open its doors to guests towards at the end of 2017.

The hotel is being built on 100.000m² of sea front property, and will consist of 53 suites, each with its own private swimming pool and 222 luxurious rooms.

The hotel will also house a 2000m² conference centre with a ballroom, ten restaurants, and bars, three outdoor swimming pools, one of which will be filled with sea water, a spa with suites for Russian baths, children’s playground with a lake as well as a children’s restaurant.

Parklane Luxury Collection Resort & Spa is a member of the Luxury Collection, of the international chain belonging to Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Marriot International). According to Costas Tseriotis, CEO of L’Union Nationale (Tourism and Sea Resorts) Limited, the hotel will turn to traditional touristic markets such as England, Russia, and the Middle East.

It is also believed that the hotel will benefit from the regular 60 million customers of the Marriot International chain, who receive coupons which they can redeem for holidays among the chains 5,500 hotels around the world.

“Our vision is to create the top luxury tourist resort in Cyprus based on international standards, where guests will love to spend the summer, experience personalised attentive service and enjoy fine gastronomic experiences,” said Tseriotis.

Le Meridien Singapore

Singapore boom continues with Le Meridien Sentosa property

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As hotel development continues in Singapore, Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts has announced its signing for Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa following the renovation and conversion of the hotel. The agreement marks the highly anticipated return of the Le Meridien brand to Singapore after nearly a decade.

“We are excited to welcome Le Meridien back to Singapore with a property that can truly represent the new direction of the brand,” said Stephen Ho, President, Asia Pacific, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. “Le Meridien’s mission is to expose the creative-minded traveler to the most unexpected and engaging experiences, inside and outside the hotel. We are confident that we will be able to offer this distinctively memorable experience at Le Meridien Singapore, Sentosa,” he added.

Designed by DP Architects and Japanese studio Super Potato, Le Meridien Singapore, Sentosa provides a juxtaposition of the old and the new, offering a glimpse of Singapore’s vibrant past and present. The hotel complex comprises a contemporary building and a pair of restored former barracks, which housed Southeast Asia’s first Malay artillery back in 1940.

The hotel features 191 contemporary guestrooms, including suites with Japanese outdoor private Onsen pool, and a duplex penthouse suite with its own rooftop garden and infinity pool. Other facilities include a swimming pool and 243 square meters of versatile function space, with a 198 square meter pillar-less ballroom fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows.

In the upcoming months, the hotel will undergo a renovation to feature two distinct restaurants and the brand’s signature bar. In addition, Le Meridien Singapore, Sentosa will introduce Le Meridien Hub, which reinterprets the traditional hotel lobby into a social gathering place.

“Le Méridien has been experiencing phenomenal growth in the past few years, thanks to its distinctive new positioning as well as a conversion-friendly strategy,” said Rajit Sukumaran, Senior Vice President, Acquisition & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific. “Le Méridien continues to forge a presence in new and established markets worldwide; in 2015 alone, we opened eight hotels in Asia Pacific including the brand’s debuts in exciting destinations such as Thimpu and Paro in Bhutan, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Dhaka in Bangladesh.”