HIL­TON CHECKS IN AND MAR­RIOTT CHECKS OUT AT AL HABTOOR CITY

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Upfront -

IT’S BEEN A BUSY SUM­MER at Al Habtoor City with Habtoor Hos­pi­tal­ity tak­ing over man­age­ment of three Mar­riott branded prop­er­ties, and a fran­chise agree­ment has been signed with Hil­ton Ho­tels, which will pro­vide brand­ing, mar­ket­ing and other ser­vices.

Al Habtoor City now com­prises Habtoor Palace, LXR Ho­tels & Re­sorts (for­merly St. Regis); V Ho­tel, Cu­rio Col­lec­tion by Hil­ton ( W Dubai); and Hil­ton Dubai Al Habtoor City ( Westin Dubai), whose lobby is pic­tured.

In­ter­nal changes in­clude The Polo Bar, World Cut Steak­house and Silk Spa at Habtoor Palace; V Lounge, V Deck and V Gym at V Ho­tel; and The Mar­ket, Ribs & Brews, Elixir Spa & Health Club, Ex­ec­u­tive Lounge and Kids Club at Hil­ton Dubai.

In all, Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional ended four con­tracts this sum­mer with Habtoor Group af­ter it stopped manag­ing the St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Re­sort and Club in July. Mar­riott’s with­drawal from Al Habtoor City was a “mu­tual de­ci­sion reached am­i­ca­bly be­tween the par­ties”.

Fredrik Reinisch takes up the reins as Com­plex GM from Habtoor Grand Re­sort in Dubai Marina. Hil­ton was widely ex­pected to step in given Al Habtoor’s own­er­ship of Wal­dorf As­to­ria Dubai Palm Jumeirah.

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