As a result of a hotel development strategy driven by sustained organic growth and the acquisition of FRHI Hotels & Resorts, over the past year the Group opened 230 new hotels and acquired 120 new locations - a rate of one new hotel opening every 36 hours - while continuing to diversify its activities.
Beyond record results and the continued expansion of AccorHotels' historical hotel brands, 2016 was notable for the Group's development moving in new strategic directions including:
- The ramp-up of growth in the luxury hotel segment driven by the acquisition of FRHI. This growth was subsequently reinforced in the resort segment, among the most dynamic markets in the industry, through a strategic partnership with Banyan Tree and Rixos for a number of destinations.
- The expansion of our portfolio of lifestyle brands with Mama Shelter, introduction of the new Jo&Joe brand and strategic partnership with 25hours.
- The acceleration in the development of serviced residences for extended stays and branded private residences.
- The consolidation of leadership in the luxury home rentals market resulting from the acquisitions of onefinestay, Squarebreak and Travel Keys, which complements AccorHotels' existing hotel portfolio and offers almost 8,500 luxury homes globally.
- The consolidation of leadership in Brazil with the integration of 26 Brazil Hospitality Group (BHG) hotels.
"In a single year, AccorHotels has opened 38,000 rooms across all segments and acquired 43,000 rooms, which represents a record for the Group. With more than 920 hotels and 172,000 rooms in the pipeline, our aim over the coming months is to consolidate our global presence as well as the leadership position secured by AccorHotels in the luxury, resort, lifestyle and private rental segments. We are also very proud to have announced some iconic hotels this year including the Fairmont Century Plaza Los Angeles (394 rooms and 63 private residences scheduled to open in 2018), the Sofitel Reforma in Mexico (290 rooms scheduled to open in early 2018), the So Kuala Lumpur (213 rooms), the Novotel Dubai Burj Khalifa (261 rooms), and the ibis Styles in Moscow (240 rooms)," said Gaurav Bhushan, Chief Development Officer of AccorHotels.
Key 2016 Hotel Openings
Sofitel Frankfurt Opera (150 rooms)
Designed in the style of the hôtels particuliers (private mansions) of the 17th and 18th centuries, this luxurious palace boasts 150 rooms and suites and epitomizes the French art de vivre.
Santa Teresa Hotel and David Tower Netanya Hotel
(44 and 75 rooms, respectively)
In 2016, MGallery by Sofitel opened hotels in two new countries: Santa Teresa Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and David Tower Netanya Hotel in Israel. The hotel in Rio is located in the bohemian district of Santa Teresa, renowned for its wonderful artistic and musical heritage. In Netanya, the hotel is just a short walk from the oceanfront, overlooking the blue waters and golden beaches of the Israeli Riviera.
Pullman San Francisco Bay (421 rooms)
The Pullman San Francisco Bay is the destination of choice for business travelers and tourists alike, standing on the shores of a tranquil lagoon in the upmarket community of Redwood Shores.
Novotel Bali Benoa Hotel (173 rooms)
A stunning tropical hotel ideal for a family vacation or a romantic getaway, Novotel Bali Benoa boasts three pools, three bars and restaurants, a fitness center and an In Balance Spa.
Mercure Krakow Stare Miasto (198 rooms)
Located in the city center of Krakow, this hotel is fully rooted in its local environment through its original atmosphere mixing history with modernity. The colorful and convivial design is an homage to the Jagiellonian dynasty that reigned in Poland.
ibis One Central Dubai (588 rooms)
Dubai One Central welcomes business travelers and tourists to the heart of the financial and commercial districts, with easy access to the Dubai International Trade and Convention Center, the largest conference center in the region.ibis Styles Budapest City(130 rooms)
The ibis Styles Budapest City is situated on the banks of the Danube in the Hungarian capital. Providing easy access to the city's financial and historical districts, the hotel's design is inspired by cycling, the emblem of the city.
ibis budget Frankfurt City Ost (159 rooms)
Deep sleep, with a dream price: the ibis budget Frankfurt City Ost is located in the heart of Frankfurt's Ostend district, between Ostbahnhof station and the Main river.
Pullman Cayo Cayo, Cuba (564 rooms)
The all-inclusive 5-star Pullman Cayo Cayo faces the Caribbean Sea and ideally located in the heart of an ecological park on the island of Cayo Cayo, with a main hotel and The Collection by Pullman, an adults-only section offering 42 junior suites and suites as well as a private Golden Villa. Myriad amenities and amusements, with 600 meters of private white sand beach.
Hotel Openings to Come in 2017...
Victoria House MGallery by Sofitel Hotel, London Leicester Square (86 rooms)
Set within the beautiful Victory House, a heritage site overlooking Leicester Square, the Victoria House Leicester Square is just a stone's throw from the leading theaters, designer boutiques and top restaurants. Opening spring 2017.
Fairmont Austin (1,068 rooms)
With design inspired by the stunning Hill Country landscape around it and views of the State Capital and picturesque Lady Bird Lake, Fairmont Austin will be located in the heart of the city's vibrant Central Business District, with direct access to the Austin Convention Center. Opening August 2017.
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour (590 rooms)
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour will boast understated yet sophisticated luxury, combining French elegance, modern design and spectacular views overlooking the harbor. Opening November 2017.
Raffles Europejski Warsaw (103 rooms)
Raffles will soon make a splash in Warsaw's hotel sector with the opening of the Raffles Europejski at the end of the year. This former great hotel from the Russian empire, destroyed during the Second World War, is a genuine icon to which Raffles will bring its legendary know-how, setting a new standard of luxury travel in Warsaw. Opening late 2017.
Fairmont Costa Canuva (250 rooms)
Part of a new master-planned seaside community on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico, Fairmont Costa Canuva will entice with a wealth of accommodations including Fairmont Gold rooms and Fairmont branded residences, plus the spectacular 13,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa. Opening late 2018.
2017 Notable Renovations
Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia (464 rooms)
Situated in Victoria's sparkling Inner Harbour, Fairmont Empress will celebrate a June 2017 completion of a comprehensive 55 million dollar restoration project that will see the iconic luxury hotel transformed into an elegant must visit destination. Spanning the main lobby and public spaces, restaurant and bar, health club and spa, all guest rooms, and newly expanded Fairmont Gold, the rebirth celebrates both the history and natural beauty of the West Coast, while moving Fairmont Empress into a new era of modern luxury.
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal (950 rooms)
Downtown Montreal's preeminent hotel is undergoing a complete 140 million dollar transformation to reinvent the hotel experience at the world renowned property. Approximately 500 guest rooms will be completed in June 2017, along with the unveiling of additional suites; expanded Fairmont Gold rooms and lounge; inspiring new business hub and meeting space; new signature bar, restaurant and urban market; wellness center and indoor pool; outdoor terrace; and vibrant lobby event space - in time to celebrate the 375th anniversary of Montreal and the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. The remaining 450 rooms will be completed by December 2017.
Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown (413 rooms)
The first phase of the 27 million dollar renovation was unveiled in early 2017. In addition to encompassing the lobby and all guest rooms, including the exclusive Fairmont Gold Floor and Gold Lounge, the heart of the hotel's transformation is its newly unveiled Kennedy Ballroom, quickly becoming one of the most sought-after venues in the nation's Capital. The 2,990-square-foot space is complete with the latest audiovisual technology and elegant décor - perfect for hosting up to 300 guests for weddings and conferences attendees will never forget.
New Openings Scheduled for 2018-2019...
Sofitel Mexico Reforma
Expect the finest Mexican hospitality from Sofitel Mexico Reforma, the brand's first hotel in the heart of Mexico City, featuring restaurants with an international prestige seal, bars in the lobby and on the roof, SoFit & SoSPA, plus Club Millesime meeting and commercial areas. Scheduled to open in late 2018.
Fairmont Century Plaza (394 rooms)
A favorite of U.S. Presidents since 1966, crescent-shaped Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles is undergoing a meticulous renovation, revising the beloved landmark's renowned lobby with a connection to public plazas and fountains with two acres of open space and gardens surrounded by restaurants and retail.
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