Renaissance Hotels announced the addition of nine new properties opening this year in international destinations including Barcelona, Shanghai and the Tuscany region of Italy. The planned expansion will grow Renaissance Hotels’ portfolio of properties to include 160 hotels worldwide.
Openings for the new Renaissance Hotels are scheduled for various times throughout the year and include the following cities: Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Shanghai, Rome, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Huizhou, Shenzhen and Istanbul.
Re-opening this summer, following a complete renovation, is the Il Ciocco Hotel in Barga, Italy, which will officially re-launch as the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa. Located 25 minutes from the city of Lucca, nestled in the heart of the Apennine Mountains, this hotel is appointed with 200 rooms, 14 meeting rooms and over 107,000 square feet of meeting space. Highlights of the hotel include a full-service beauty spa, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness facility and sauna.
Hotel dining options include La Salette, an international fine-dining restaurant, La Veranda, a casual dining restaurant and the American Bar, which serves sandwiches and salads for lunch and dinner. The Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa will join the Renaissance Hotel's existing portfolio of 17 properties throughout Italy.
The Renaissance Barcelona Hotel will celebrate its grand opening on April 26th. The hotel represents the second Renaissance hotel to open in Spain. The hotel features 211 rooms, a 24-hour fitness center and a variety of dining options such as CRU Steak House, CUIT Bar and Lounge and La Terrassa roof top bar and lounge. La Terrassa is located in downtown Barcelona, and the hotel features a business center and eight facilities for meetings and events.
Meanwhile, the sixth Renaissance Hotel in Shanghai, the Renaissance Shanghai Caohejing Hotel, is set to open its doors in the second quarter of 2012. Featuring 383 guest rooms, the hotel is centrally located in the Shanghai Caohejing Hi‐Tech Park district, and is accessible to the Xujiahui and Hongqiao business areas. The hotel features three restaurants, each infused with the local flavors including Wan Li, a modern Cantonese Restaurant and Smoki Moto, an international barbecue restaurant with a Japanese influence. In addition, the hotel has a Club Lounge on the 25th floor with panoramic views of Shanghai, a full-service spa and an indoor swimming pool.
The rooms have such amenities as an LCD TV, iPod docking system, WIFI, in-room safe, hair dryer, bathtub, and separate rain shower room. The hotel also offers 14 meeting rooms and a total of 12,486 square feet of event space, on‐site catering services and dedicated event planners.