Starwood Hotels & Resorts has expanded its presence in Egypt with the new Le Méridien Cairo Airport hotel. It’s the first new build Le Méridien hotel to open in Egypt since the brand was acquired by Starwood, offering a new gateway to Cairo.
Starwood currently operates 10 hotels in Egypt under its Sheraton and Le Méridien brands, including Le Méridien Héliopolis, Le Méridien Pyramids and Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino in the capital city, as well as Le Méridien Dahab in South Sinai and Sheraton Soma Bay Resort at the Red Sea. Starwood will also introduce two new luxury brands into the capital with The St. Regis Cairo in 2015 and W Cairo in 2016.
February saw Starwood Hotels & Resorts announce the opening of the new Le Méridien Cairo Airport, expanding the company’s presence in the Egyptian capital. Located inside the airport’s Terminal 3 and owned by Airotel Co., this is the first new build Le Méridien to open in Egypt since the brand was acquired by Starwood in 2005. With this opening, Starwood continues its growth throughout Egypt where it currently operates 10 hotels and is the largest market for the company in Africa.
Set to become a vibrant social hub, Le Méridien Cairo Airport is the first and only hotel that is situated inside Cairo International Airport. The hotel offers direct access to Terminal 3 via an air bridge on the third floor, providing guests and travellers with easy access to its modern and lively environment. The hotel is minutes from the other terminals, shops and car parks via the new monorail link.
Spanning across seven floors, Le Méridien Cairo Airport features 349 guest rooms and suites, including a presidential suite. Designed for guests’ ultimate comfort with a timeless and chic setting, the guest rooms and suites feature the signature Le Méridien BedÒ and modern amenities including complimentary Internet access.
An ideal meeting point, especially for business travellers, Le Méridien Cairo Airport offers extensive conference and function spaces equipped with the latest technology – including a main ballroom that can accommodate up to 400 people, six conference rooms and a business centre. The hotel also features the new Le Méridien Hub experience, which re-interprets the traditional lobby into a social gathering place for creative people to converse, debate and exchange, providing guests with a creative atmosphere where contemporary, curated artwork sets the environment.
Dining and drinking venues at Le Méridien include an all-day dining restaurant, EVOO; two specialty restaurants where Lebanese cuisine is served at Mezzeh and an eclectic selection of Asian dishes at Indochine; as well as Longitude Coffee Bar, Latitude Bar and Live Sports Bar, which are ideal for travellers making a stopover at the airport. Guests staying in Le Méridien club rooms have exclusive access to a dedicated club lounge where they may enjoy light refreshments.
Leisure facilities at Le Méridien Cairo Airport also include a fitness centre, a swimming pool with poolside cabanas for lounging amid lush surrounds, a travel retail shop, and Mohamed Al Sagheer Salon – a leading beauty salon group in Cairo.
Le Méridien, the Paris-born hotel brand currently represented by nearly 100 properties in more than 40 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in November 2005. With more than 80 of its properties located in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific, Le Méridien provided a strong international complement to Starwood’s then primarily North American holdings at the time of purchase. Since then, Le Méridien has gone through a brand re-launch, which included a large scale hotels product consolidation, as well as a redefining of its brand strategy. Through creation of the LM100 artist community, Le Méridien has transformed numerous guest touch points, thus bringing unique, interactive and curated experiences to its guests. Plans call for dynamic expansion of Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts within the next five years, concentrating on markets in Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Le Méridien recently opened new hotels in Bali, Atlanta, Dallas, Istanbul, Oran (Algeria), Arlington (Virginia, USA), and Coimbatore (India), and will open in the next 12 months in Chicago, Zhengzhou (China), Mahabaleshwar (India), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Qingdao (China), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Tampa (Florida, USA) and Columbus (Ohio, USA).
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