Marriott to renovate ex-Meridien hotels

A multi-million pound renovation of former Le Meridien properties Grosvenor House in London and the Shelbourne in Dublin is planned by Marriott International, which took over management of the hotels at the end of January. The renovation will include "enhancements to meeting facilities" according to the chain’s director of sales and marketing, Simon Kerr, who added neither property is to be rebranded until the improvements are completed. "In the case of the Grosvenor this is likely to be three years away," he said. Meanwhile, management of London’s Waldorf Hotel passed to the Hilton Group last month, although decisions are yet to be made about whether conferencing facilities will change. "It is really only the name that has changed at this point, but we would expect more Hilton brands to be incorporated over time, including Hilton’s Meetings Promise, which is one of our key products," commented the chain’s communications manager Maria Myklebust. Four more of Le Meridien’s former UK properties – owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland under a sale and leaseback agreement – are to be operated by Tony Troy, ex-head of Principal Hotels.

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