Sonesta International Hotels Corporation is to add seven new hotels for an additional 1,080 rooms worldwide during the first six months of 2010.
By the end of the first half of 2010, Sonesta will have increased its hotel portfolio by almost 50 per cent in 16 months.
In 2009 Sonesta added 760 rooms to the Sonesta Collection, including new hotels in Valledupar, Colombia; Osorno, Concepcion and Calama, Chile; and a new small cruiser on the Nile River. Additional room inventory was also added, including 118 rooms at Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor and 152 rooms at Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino Cairo.
The 127-room Sonesta Hotel Cusco in Cusco, Peru returned to the Sonesta Collection in January and is located on the Avenue El Sol, near Cusco’s handicraft market and close to the train station. It is a 10-minute walk from the main square ― the Plaza de Armas ― and a 10-minute drive from the local airport. Amenities include completely renovated guest rooms, a signature restaurant serving classic Peruvian and international cuisine, a gift shop and meeting space for 100 guests. The hotel is near historic points of interest including Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Tambomachay and the Sun and the Moon Temple.
The Sonesta Hotel Orlando Downtown is located in the heart of Orlando, Florida, just off I-4 and offers spectacular views of Lake Ivanhoe. The hotel, which opened in January, is located in the downtown business district near Orlando’s cultural center and provides easy access to sporting events and Orlando attractions. The hotel offers 341 over-sized, recently renovated guest rooms and suites. It features more than 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space; a rooftop Olympic-style swimming pool and hot tub with views of the Orlando skyline. The hotle also features an on-site fitness center; 24-hour room service; a lobby coffee bar; a lounge; and a three-meals-a-day contemporary restaurant. The hotel is just 14 miles from Orlando International Airport.
Le Royale Sharm El Sheikh, a Sonesta Collection Resort, is a luxury boutique property on the Red Sea in Egypt. This hotel offers 167 over-sized guest rooms and suites with upscale amenities and luxurious finishes; four swimming pools; a fine-dining Italian restaurant and signing privileges at the nearby Sonesta Beach Resort and the Sonesta Club. The grand opening is planned for February.
Sonesta Hotel Barranquilla in Barranquilla, Colombia opens in March. It will feature 126 guest rooms, a business center, a health club and swimming pool, a restaurant and lounge, and 2,600 square feet of meeting space. This hotel offers the convenience of an attached shopping mall featuring 50 restaurants and shops, a large casino and Barranquilla’s largest nightclub.
The 69-room Sonesta Boutique Hotel Rosario in Rosario, Argentina will operate under the Sonesta flag as of April 1. The hotel features guest rooms with first-class amenities; a full-service restaurant; a lobby bar; a bakery; 24-hour room service; concierge service; conference/banquet rooms for 80 guests; and wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. The hotel is located across the street from the Bernardino Rivadavia Cultural Center in Rosario’s Plaza Montenegro, and is walking distance from pedestrian streets, shopping malls and banks. Rosario itself is approximately a 30-minute flight to the northwest of Buenos Aires and is located on the western bank of the massive Rio Paranà, the second-longest river in South America and the eighth-longest in the world.
Sonesta Hotel Cartagena in Cartagena, Colombia has a planned opening date of June, with 126 guest rooms overlooking a private beach. The hotel will feature an international restaurant and a cafe, tennis, a health club, a swimming pool, a business center and conference rooms.
The 124-room Sonesta Chateau Hotel Patagonia Argentina will operate under the Sonesta flag as of June 1. The hotel is located in Ushuaia, Argentina at the so called “end of the world”, 1,490 miles south of Buenos Aires. It features guest rooms with first-class amenities; a full-service restaurant; a lobby bar; 24-hour room service, concierge service; a fitness center; a business center, and meeting space for up to 1,000 guests. The hotel offers winter sports equipment and daily shuttle service into downtown Ushuaia and is located 20 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes (2 miles) from downtown Ushuaia.