Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced its commitment to its Le Méridien hotels in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region through a renovation strategy. Le Méridien and its ownership groups will invest more than $200 million in the renovations of 13 hotels and resorts in the MEA region over the next three years.
Le Méridien recently announced 10 new hotel openings over the next year. The 13 Le Méridien hotels and resorts completing or currently undergoing renovations include: Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort (Fujairah, United Arab Emirates); Le Méridien Al Khobar (Saudi Arabia); Le Méridien Dubai; Le Méridien Heliopolis (Cairo, Egypt); Le Méridien Ile Maurice (Pointe Aux Piments, Mauritius); Le Méridien Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); and Le Méridien Makkah (Saudi Arabia).
Other properties include: Le Méridien Mandji (Port Gentil, Gabon); Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (Dubai); Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa (Cairo, Egypt); Le Méridien Re-Ndama (Libreville, Gabon); Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi; and Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa (Dubai).
Additionally, Le Méridien will this year add a new hotel in Egypt, where the brand currently operates four properties. Le Méridien Cairo Airport will open in September at Terminal 3, and it will be the only hotel with direct access to Cairo International Airport terminals. Le Méridien Cairo Airport will feature 350 guestrooms, a 24-hour restaurant, specialty restaurant, coffee bar, lobby bar, lounge, fitness center, and swimming pool. The hotel will have approximately 8,072 square feet of meeting space, including a business center, ballroom and six meeting rooms, for a variety of business functions.
Many of these renovated hotels along with Le Méridien Cairo Airport will integrate the Le Méridien Hub experience into existing public spaces, re-interpreting the traditional lobby into a social gathering place. Le Méridien Hub further builds on the brand's arrival experience consisting of four elements: large-scale artwork in high impact areas; the sensory experience, illustrated through Le Méridien signature scent, sound and use of light; UNLOCK ARTTM program featuring LM100 TM artist designed key card collections; and a 24-hour soundtrack.