|16 September, 2019

Sheraton Hotel in Bahrain planning to spend $40mln on renovation

The project is expected to be completed by 2021

A doorman's hat at Sheraton hotel, a brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, is pictured in Warsaw in this February 24, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files

A doorman's hat at Sheraton hotel, a brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, is pictured in Warsaw in this February 24, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files

Reuters/ Kacper Pempel

MANAMA: A landmark five-star hotel in Bahrain has revealed a $40 million plan to renovate the property starting from next month.

Opened in 1981, the 256-room Sheraton Hotel will be completely renovated over the course of two years, the Gulf Daily News has learnt.

A statement yesterday said the entire property including all guest rooms, conference and meetings spaces, recreation facilities and public areas will be redone, which will require the full closure of the hotel.

The renovation is a key milestone for the iconic hotel in Bahrain and the management has reiterated its “commitment towards creating an elevated brand experience for our guests”.

The project is expected to be completed by 2021, it added.

The Gulf News had reported in May that since the $13.6 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 2016, Marriott International was focused on the rejuvenation of Sheraton Hotels as it was one of Starwood’s most important brands.

Quoting Indy Adenaw, vice-president and global brand leader of Sheraton, the report said the aim was to renovate 100 per cent of Sheraton’s hotels globally in the coming years.

Sheraton is one of the largest brands within the combined Marriott International and Starwood portfolio, which in itself became the largest hotel company in the world after their merger in 2016.

Located on Palace Avenue in the capital Manama, the Sheraton Bahrain hotel features food and beverage outlets, a health club with an indoor swimming pool, as well as conference rooms and facilities.

When it opened on December 16, 1981, the hotel boasted the biggest swimming pool in Bahrain with an area of 290 sqm.

In July 1983, Sheraton became the first hotel chain in the Middle East to introduce a computerised hotel reservation system when it opened its Worldwide Reservation Office in Bahrain.

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