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Fol­low­ing a year and a half of ren­o­va­tion works, Le Gray will be adding 16 units, in­clud­ing 12 suits and four pre­mium rooms, to the ho­tel’s first floor. The prop­erty will then to­tal 103 rooms. The sec­ond phase of works will be ready by mid-jan­uary 2017. It will in­clude a new lobby, a lobby lounge, and a lobby bar fo­cus­ing on late break­fast and af­ter­noon tea, ex­plained Ojeil. Two new en­trances will be added: the first fac­ing Samir Kas­sir Square, will be kept for pedes­tri­ans, and the sec­ond, will be fac­ing the Vir­gin Me­ga­s­tore side. The cur­rent en­trance will be kept for VIPS. Ex­tra seats will be added to Gor­don’s ter­race, in­creas­ing its ca­pac­ity by 40 peo­ple. The third phase will be com­pleted by the end of Jan­uary, adding a ball­room, in ad­di­tion to var­i­ous MICE fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing two con­fer­ence rooms, as well as a mini screen­ing room that could host up to 60 guests. “Our prop­erty will be the first ho­tel in the coun­try to of­fer this fa­cil­ity. It will be very utile to show cor­po­rate movies for ex­am­ple. With these fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices added, we will be able to cater to more busi­ness guests, as well as to big gala din­ners and weddings,” said Ojeil. In­vest­ment in the three phases ex­ceeds USD 10 mil­lion.

Ren­o­vat­ing while re­main­ing op­er­a­tional was very chal­leng­ing, Ojeil said. It re­quired ma­jor com­mu­ni­ca­tion ef­forts, as well as man­age­ment of ser­vice re­cov­ery. This helped main­tain oc­cu­pancy, and re­tain sat­is­fied guests. When it comes to F&B, nov­elty in pack­ages, events and pro­mo­tions have made these eater­ies more vi­brant and ac­tive. Ojeil un­veiled plans to fur­ther in­vest in F&B at a later stage.

Ojeil has been at the helm of the ho­tel for a year now, dur­ing which time the coun­try has faced many ups and downs. “I have aimed to lead with a mo­ti­va­tional ap­proach, to en­hance syn­ergy and en­gage­ment among the team. We want to be the best ho­tel in Le­banon - that is the group’s vi­sion. Team work has a fun­da­men­tal role to play in this re­gard, along­side qual­ity and con­sis­tency," he said.

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