Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Kingsbury Hotel opens after Rs 2.2 bn overhaul

Heyleys PLC had further invested over Rs one billion to add more rooms and other facilities to the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo. The comprehensively refurbished five star hotel which hosted the first function last month also welcomed their first guest, yesterday.

The hotel which was earlier known as Ceylon Intercontinental after an acquisition by the Heyleys group three years ago went through a complete overhaul of the property with an investment of Rs. 1.2 billion.

“Under the new plan we have further invested a further Rs. one billion and the property would be completed by next March,” said Director Sales and Marketing, Harsha Samaranayake.

He said that they did several changes after the initial planning to the property and has decided to build a new infinity swimming pool, sky bar, restaurant and add more facilities.

He said that currently 57 rooms would be in operation in two floors and every week they would complete more rooms. All rooms would be ready by next month.

The hotel would also offer one of the biggest banquet facilities with the main ball room catering to 550 guests.

The management had also invested over Rs. 7 million to import special furniture and other equipment from Ireland to set up the special Irish pub.

The very first room guest at the Kingsbury received a warm welcome from Mohan Pandithage, Chairman Hayleys, Otto M Stohl, CEO of The Kingsbury and other hotel associates yesterday.

 To recognize this momentous occasion Storm was hosted to morning refreshments and a lunch at the World Cuisine Restaurant by the great Indian Ocean.

The Kingsbury features 229 rooms and suites (each one faces the sea) including The Kingsbury Presidential Suite and the Executive floor with 24 hours butler service, seven food and beverage options and meeting and banqueting facilities.

This regal edifice is positioned to be the best luxury hospitality offering in Colombo. Chairman Hayleys Mohan Pandithage said he was proud to announce that the Kingsbury has indeed brought back good old fashioned hospitality.

“We take immense pride in promising you an exceptional experience at The Kingsbury; a personalized, respectful one with individual attention and the deepest concern for your singular preferences,” said CEO Otto M Stohl.

source - www.dailynews.lk

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