Radisson inks deals for Europe, Caribbean hotels

The Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence Aruba is scheduled to open next spring. Photo credit: Radisson Hotel Group

Radisson Hotel Group has several new deals for properties in Aruba, Romania, Vienna and Portugal, all scheduled to open within the next four years, adding 1,139 guestrooms to the company's portfolio.

Aruba

Beachside Development Company N.V. and Radisson Hotel Group have signed a deal to open the newly constructed Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence Aruba next spring.

Ken Greene, president, Americas, Radisson Hotel Group, said the signing “exemplifies our commitment to executing our five-year strategic plan by growing the Radisson Blu brand in key destinations across the Americas.”

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The hotel will have 208 suites with full kitchens and in-room washers and dryers. Public spaces will include a spa, two outdoor pools, a children’s pool, a covered outdoor yoga space, a fitness center and six retail shops. Dining options will include a steakhouse and a poolside restaurant serving local Caribbean cuisine. For meetings and events, the hotel will have two meeting rooms covering nearly 4,000 square feet that can accommodate up to 160 persons.

Europe

The fourth Blu property in Romania, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cluj-Napoca, based in the regional capital of Transylvania is slated to open in spring 2021 with 149 guestrooms, a restaurant and a fitness room. Event space will include conference rooms and a 350 square meter ballroom for up to 300 guests.

The city of Cluj-Napoca is growing in popularity as a leisure and business destination, attracting more than 600,000 visitors each year. The hotel will be 9 kilometers from Cluj-Napoca International Airport.

Radisson Hospitality AB, meanwhile, has signed three new hotels for its Red brand as part of a franchise partnership with Vienna-based developer and operator Value One Hotel Operations. The deal will bring the brand to Portugal with the 290-room Radisson Red Lisbon Olaias and the 278-room Radisson Red Porto—both set to open in 2021—and will add a second Radisson Red in Vienna. The 214-room property, as yet unnamed, is set to open in 2023 as part of a high-rise complex and will follow the upcoming Radisson Red Vienna, due to open in 2021 in the city's Leopoldstadt area. 

“Having the Radisson Red brand coming to Portugal for the first time is proof that our country is really positioning itself as a prime investment location in tourism, and will help us retain the world’s number-one place in [World Economic Forum]’s Tourism Infrastructure ranking,” said Ana Mendes Godinho, the Portuguese Secretary of State for Tourism.

The agreement with Value One Hotel Operations takes the Radisson Red portfolio to 23 properties and more than 4,500 rooms open or under development. Based in Austria, Value One Hotel Operations is a joint venture of Value One holding’s hospitality arm and German institutional real estate investment manager Arbireo Capital’s subsidiary Arbireo Hospitality.

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