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 Galliard and Frogmore Property Company Limited Partnership Appoints
Park Plaza Hotels Europe to Operate Two New Hotels Being Built
on South Side of River Thames in London
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October 4, 2005 - Park Plaza Hotels Europe today unveiled its plans for two spectacular new deluxe developments due to open in 2008 and 2010. 
 
These striking new hotels are being developed and owned in partnership with Galliard and Frogmore Property Company Limited, both of which have signed long term management agreements with hotel operator Park Plaza Hotels Europe, which will operate the hotels under the internationally recognised Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts brand. 
 
The hotel sites are both located on the south side of the River Thames, the first to open being the deluxe County Hall Park Plaza - in Addington Street, opposite County Hall - just minutes from Waterloo International station and famous London landmarks such as the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. 
 
Architects and designers have been careful to ensure that the available space encapsulates a plethora of facilities such as a relaxing resident’s lounge, café, bar & restaurant, gymnasium as well as meeting rooms.
 
The hotel will boast 395 luxury guestrooms, suites and penthouses of which more than half will have fully equipped kitchens. The individually designed, fully air-conditioned guestrooms and suites will include bespoke furniture, the latest in-room technology, flat screen televisions, wireless Internet connectivity and the rooms on the upper floors of the hotel will afford striking views of the River Thames and stunning city skyline. 
 
The second hotel, opening in 2010, will be one of the largest conference hotels to open in London for several decades - Westminster Bridge Park Plaza – offering more than 930 guestrooms and extensive, impressive conference facilities for up to 1,000 delegates or more.  The hotel will be the largest and most prestigious of the Park Plaza Hotel & Resorts worldwide portfolio.
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Aerial View of Westminster Bridge
The deluxe Westminster Bridge Park Plaza will be located at the end of Westminster Bridge directly opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. The site is currently occupied by one of the last eyesores of London, which is thankfully being demolished to erect this striking 14-storey hotel landmark.  Plans already reveal a truly unique spectacular atrium void with a 14-storey high glazed canopy roof imposing a double-height reception.
 
Westminster Bridge Park Plaza is set to become one of the key players in the London conference scene, offering a wide range of meetings and events facilities including the main ballroom which will be able to seat up to 1,000 delegates for dinner, rivalling the capacity of some of London’s 5-star hotels.  
 
Furthermore the hotel will offer an extensive health spa with gym, indoor swimming pool and fitness area, 2 restaurants, an impressive bar with a stunning vista of the Houses of Parliament, executive business lounges, business centre and retail outlets.
 
All guestrooms will have similar state-of-the-art features as the adjacent County Hall Park Plaza, including the fully equipped kitchens in many of the rooms. 
 
With these two exciting additions to its hotel portfolio, Park Plaza Hotels Europe will operate more than 2,200 guestrooms in central London, making it one of the larger players in that market. 
 
In addition to the recently opened 4-star deluxe Riverbank Park Plaza and the 5-star, all-suite, Plaza on the River – Club and Residence, (both located on the Albert Embankment) Park Plaza Hotels Europe operates the Victoria Park Plaza in Westminster and the Sherlock Holmes Hotel on Baker Street. 
 
Other Park Plaza Hotels in the United Kingdom are located in Belfast, Cardiff, Leeds and Nottingham and the company also operates hotels in key European destinations such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest and Antwerp. 
 
Boris Ivesha, President & CEO of Park Plaza Hotels Europe is delighted to confirm these new exciting projects, once again illustrating the company’s intention to become a leading European operator of high quality, contemporary hotels in key destinations:
 
“County Hall Park Plaza and Westminster Bridge Park Plaza will be stunning additions to our already highly successful network of quality hotels in key destinations.  The two hotels will represent our commitment to continual growth and development here in the UK and we are delighted to be opening these well in time for the London 2012 Olympics.”
 
County Hall Park Plaza and Westminster Bridge Park Plaza are both owned by private investors in partnership with Galliard and Frogmore Property Company Limited. 
 
Park Plaza Hotels Europe is a full-service hotel company providing management, franchise, sales, marketing, reservations, training, procurement, technical, licensing and design services. 

The company is one of the most dynamic in the hotel industry, backed by international investors who recognise the competitive edge and the numerous advantages that a broad-based, global approach to the hospitality industry offers. 

Park Plaza Hotels Europe is the master franchisor of Carlson Hotels Worldwide for the 4-star Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts brand in 55 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  The company also manages the 4-star trendy art’otel brand, the 4-star deluxe Sherlock Holmes Hotel, London and the new 5-star all-suite Plaza on the River – Club and Residence, London.

Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts is part of Carlson Hotels Worldwide, a global hotel industry leader encompassing nearly 900 hotel and resort operations in 68 countries. 

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Contact:

Park Plaza Hotels Europe
Julia Stone
T: +44 20 7034 4815
jstone@parkplazahotels.co.uk
http://www.pphe.com/

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Also See: German Investment Company DIFA Signs Park Plaza Hotels Europe to Operate 167 room Wallstreet Park Plaza - Berlin / March 2005
Justin Lanzkron appointed as Development Manager for Park Plaza Hotels Europe / November 2004

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