Check in! – latest hotel highlights from across EMEA

The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of some of the latest hotel news from across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

  • Marriott expands its Luxury Collection with opening of Hôtel de Berri in Paris
  • Hilton Prague Old Town provides new refreshed look for arrivals in the Czech capital
  • Hotels continue profitability struggle across MENA markets
  • HBA London brings ‘charm and a sense of place’ to Zagreb’s Amadria Park Capital
  • Marriott’s Autograph Collection of independent hotels welcomes Hotel Elephant Weimar to its portfolio
  • New Toulouse airport hotel is opened
  • Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport opens capsule hotel

Marriott expands its Luxury Collection with opening of Hôtel de Berri in Paris
Marriott’s Luxury Collection is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts that offer “unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories”. The portfolio has been expanded with the opening of Hôtel de Berri, located on Rue de Berri, one of the most sought-after addresses in Paris that has been home to aristocrats, royals and prominent leaders in French society since the 19th century. Owned by the Dokhan family, Hôtel de Berri offers “eclectic, bold and refined designs devoted to the Parisian way of life,” says Marriott and features 75 guestrooms, including 35 suites, as well as Italian restaurant Le Schiap and cocktail bar Le Bizazz.


Hilton Prague Old Town provides new refreshed look for arrivals in the Czech capital
The centrally located Hilton Prague Old Town in the Czech Republic capital, Prague, has confirmed the completion of its multi-million dollar renovation, including 303 refurbished guest rooms and 1,200 square metre conference and meeting floor. The newly renovated spaces “include modern amenities whilst the interiors work seamlessly with the hotel’s elegant art deco design, befitting its location in the beautiful Old Town area of Prague,” says Hilton.


Hotels continue profitability struggle across MENA markets
Waning revenues and rising costs continue to dilute profit per room at hotels across the Middle East and North Africa, as GOPPAR in the region has slid by almost 40% over the last three years, according to the latest HotStats data tracking full-service hotel performance. Bucking the month-to-month downward trend, however, GOPPAR in Oct-2018 (USD77.16) was 104% higher than the previous month, but still an -8.1% year-over-year decline. Hotels in the region have now recorded year-on-year declines in profit in seven of the last 10 months. The decline in Oct-2018 was led by a -3.8% drop in RevPAR, the by-product of a -5.2% decline in average room rate. Further declines were also recorded across non-rooms departments, including food & beverage, down -3.7% on a per-available-room basis. TRevPAR for the month declined -4% to USD205.09.


HBA London brings ‘charm and a sense of place’ to Zagreb’s Amadria Park Capital
Working in collaboration with project developers, Ugo Group, Zagreb, HBA London says the new Amadria Park Capital in the centre of Croatia’s capital city, is a property “full of residential charm and sense of place”. The hospitality design specialist has worked on converting a heritage property dating back to 1923, which was previously a bank, into a boutique hotel. The new hotel is located on the important thoroughfare of Jurisiceva Street close to Jelacic Square in Zagreb.


Marriott’s Autograph Collection of independent hotels welcomes Hotel Elephant Weimar to its portfolio
Following an extensive renovation, Hotel Elephant Weimer has joined Marriott’s portfolio of four Autograph Collection independent hotels in Germany. Located in the Weimer’s historical market square, the hotel has been a cultural hub for more than three centuries, known for its classic Art Deco and Bauhaus features. Over a nine month period, the boutique hotel’s 99 guest rooms have been redesigned “to capture the spirit of the property’s artistic and architectural heritage,” says Marriott.


New Toulouse airport hotel is opened
After two years of renovation work, Toulouse-Blagnac Airport has unveiled the final phase of the major transformation project. This has included the construction of a new 4-star hotel run by the NH Hotels group, connected to Hall A of the terminal. The 148-room hotel opened on 01-Dec-2018 and alongside supporting the accommodation needs of airport passengers, has meetings and conference rooms for business demand.


Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport opens capsule hotel
Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport has confirmed the opening of Aerosleep capsule hotel in the terminal. The hotel offers 13 individual capsules, each accommodating a king size bed and with complimentary WiFi access. A promotional rate of RUB190 rubles (less than USD3) is being offered per hour stay.