Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts took over a five-star landmark hotel in Karachi from Sheraton, marking the first property in Pakistan to be managed by the upscale international hospitality company of Swiss heritage. The 407-room hotel, now known as the Mövenpick Hotel Karachi (as shown in the photos below), is based in the city's Club Road location, and a major refurbishment will be carried out later this year to upgrade two guest room floors, all restaurants and the lobby.
With a presence already in Tangier, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will also open two more properties in Morocco. By summer, the company will take over management of a hotel in Casablanca in the heart of the business district's “Wall Street,” close to the Medina. The 184-room Mövenpick Hotel Casablanca enjoys a rooftop pool, spa, three restaurants, six meeting rooms and an urban style. Known as Hotel Casablanca Plaza, the 16-story hotel was completely renovated in 2011 and will see further enhancements to its restaurants and bars.
The company's third Moroccan property will be opened at the end of 2014 on the Avenue Mohammed V in the Hivernage District of Marrakech. Currently under construction, the 374-room Mövenpick Hotel Marrakech will be one of the city's largest conference hotels. When completed, guests will be able to enjoy the largest city center swimming pool in Marrakech, as well as an adjacent 88-outlet upscale retail mall, on-site branded Buddha Bar, Hard Rock Cafe, Kidzo entertainment zone and an ice-skating rink.
Meanwhile, in the summer of this year, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will open its fourth hotel in Turkey, the Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul Golden Horn, a 137-room property overlooking the shores of Istanbul's Golden Horn waterway, 10 minutes from the city's Old Town. The hotel's construction has been carried out in line with the latest international sustainable standards, using recycled materials and energy and water saving technology, while the hotel's interiors are by designer Sinan Kafadar. The design evokes the naval influence of the Golden Horn estuary during the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods.
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has also announced that it is to manage a new hotel in the capital of Mongolia from 2018. The Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Ulaanbaatar with 250 rooms and 124 residences will be based in the upmarket area of Banyanzurh District 2.1 miles from the center of Sukhbaatar Square.
Finally, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts opened a new “hotel within a hotel” at Mövenpick Hotel Cairo Pyramids, near pyramid views of Giza plateau. The new 144-room, four-story hotel extension offers rooms with terraces, some with views of the pyramids and new culinary highlights.
Mövenpick Hotel Karachi