of Brands During September, 2004
|MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Oct. 20, 2004) ---- Carlson Hotels Worldwide today
announced that the company added six new properties to its global portfolio
of brands in the month of September. Three new Radisson Hotels &
Resorts properties opened in the United States and Ireland; two Country
Inns & Suites By Carlson hotels were welcomed in the Southwestern region
of the U.S.; and Regent International Hotels added a new hotel in Germany.
These additions bring Radisson's upscale hotel property total to 436 in
61 countries, while the mid-tier Country Inns & Suites' brand boasts
334 worldwide, and the Regent luxury portfolio contains seven properties
on three continents.
Radisson Hotels & Resorts - North America
Two of the new Radisson hotels are located in the state of Illinois, and both are ideally located and suited to cater to both business and leisure guests alike.
The Radisson Hotel Peoria (formerly a Jumer Hotel) in Illinois recently completed a $3.2 million dollar renovation of all guestrooms and public spaces. The hotel's 168 guestrooms now feature elegant and bright decor, over-stuffed lounge chairs with ottomans, marble-accented bathrooms, large desks and ergonomic executive desk chairs, custom furnishings and complimentary high-speed Internet access. Extra comforts are offered in the hotel's 16 suites, including separate living rooms, bi-level accommodations with spiral staircases, plasma screen televisions and large soaking bathtubs.
The new interior design is carried into the hotel's public spaces, which
are accented with valuable antiques strategically displayed throughout
the property. After viewing the unique art collection on display
using a specially designed "treasure map," guests can retire to Flagstones
Restaurant for hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and homemade pasta entrees.
Ideal for entertaining important business associates or just enjoying a
quiet meal, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
The hotel's meeting space includes more than 5,000 square feet, and features
the very latest in meeting technology.
This new Radisson also features exciting dining options, including the regional cuisine at The Willows-An American Grill, or the sport bar atmosphere of The Scoreboard Neighborhood Pub. In addition, the Radisson Hotel Northbrook is close to area attractions such as the Chicago Botanic Garden, Six Flags Great America, and the Arlington International Racecourse.
Radisson Hotels & Resorts - Europe
Radisson Hotels & Resorts' European partner, Rezidor SAS Hospitality, oversees a new hotel in Ireland, the 120-room Radisson SAS Hotel Belfast. The hotel features two styles of room: cool, calm and chic Nordic or the warm, bold and vibrant urban design. Guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and heated bathroom floors. Suite 7, the hotel's largest one-bedroom penthouse suite, has been lavishly designed and furnished to please the most discerning guests.
Contemporary dining is available at Filini's, a Mediterranean-style restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine. The hotel's restaurant and bar overlooks a spectacular water feature, complete with rock formations and fountains.
Five modern meeting rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology,
including wireless broadband Internet accessibility, and share a spacious
Regent International Hotels -- Europe
The second Regent hotel in Europe, which opened in September, is Rezidor SAS' first Regent hotel in Germany. The Regent Berlin, located in the heart of Berlin, is only a few minutes walk from the city's key commercial, financial, cultural and leisure destinations, such as the Brandenburg Tor, the Reichstag, the State Opera, the Concert Hall and the famous luxury shopping of the Friedrichstrasse.
The hotel features 204 luxurious guestrooms, including 42 of the most spacious and well-appointed suites in Berlin and a unique rooftop presidential suite. Many of the rooms have Juliet balconies providing spectacular views over the historical city. The hotel also offers elegant and discreet meeting and banqueting facilities accommodating up to 150 guests.
More than $3 million will be invested into the hotel, primarily to add an exciting new restaurant and bar by award-winning Chef Yves Mattagne of the Sea Grill in Brussels, one of the world's finest seafood restaurants.
Country Inns & Suites By Carlson North America
The new Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Dallas- Park Central in Texas is located in the heart of the city's business district, yet offers a personal retreat with comforting touches.
To make guests feel at home, all of the hotel's 62 spacious guest rooms and suites are furnished with traditional furnishings, rich woods and elegant floral-patterned fabrics personal, and feature personal care bath items and hairdryers, as well as many modern conveniences like coffee makers, irons and ironing boards and cable television.
The 63 spacious rooms at the Country Inns & Suites By Carlson in Prattville, Ala., are the newest accommodations in the downtown area, and feature the brand's signature traditional architecture and sophisticated residential interior design.
This new hotel offers many amenities often found at higher-priced hotels
such as an indoor heated pool, whirlpool and exercise room, hair dryers
in every room, complimentary high-speed Internet access and dataport hookup
in all rooms.
"I am pleased with the progress that our global development team continues to make," said Sam Winterbottom, executive vice president of development, Carlson Hotels Worldwide, parent organization of Regent International Hotels, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns & Suites and Park Inn. "To remain competitive and profitable, it is essential that we continue to grow our portfolio of hotels in key locations. These new additions reflect our commitment to this business objective, serving our guests in business markets and leisure destinations around the world."
Minneapolis-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide includes five hotel brands, totaling 888 locations in 68 countries. Hotel brands include: Regent International Hotels, one of the most respected brands in the luxury segment of the lodging industry; Radisson Hotels & Resorts®, one of the world's leading upscale hotel companies with more than 436 locations in 61 countries; Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, positioned in the mid-scale segment of the full-service hotel category, has 36 hotels globally and is known for its great value and customer-focused service culture; Country Inns & Suites By Carlson®, one of the fastest growing, mid-tier lodging chains with 333 locations offering excellent value with a warm and comfortable atmosphere; and Park Inn®, with 77 hotels worldwide, is a unique emerging hotel brand offering a relaxed environment in the economy category and is poised for aggressive global growth.
Carlson Hotels Worldwide is one of the major operating groups of Carlson Companies, a global leader in providing corporate solutions and consumer services in the marketing, travel and hospitality industries.
Carlson Hotels Worldwide
Kristi Arndt, 763-212-5626
|Also See:||The Bavarian Themed Jumer's Castle Lodge Gets $3.5 million Renovation and New Name, Radisson of Peoria / September 2004|
|Rezidor SAS Hospitality Takes Over Management of the Four Seasons Hotel in Berlin, Rebrands The Regent Berlin / September 2004|
|Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts Begins Major Wave of Investment in the UK & Ireland Market / Nov 2000|