Date: March 2018
Location: Muscat, Oman
Name: Kempinski Hotel Muscat – five star
No. of Keys: 310 plus 1,100 Sq. Mtr. ballroom accommodating 700 people, 11 other function rooms, 10 restaurants and bars, a Resense health club and spa and 6 metres of coastline. Next door is the Kempinski Residences with 77 serviced apartments.
Developer: The Omani Hospitality Company, ultimately the Sultanate of Oman
Operator: Kempinski Hotels….designed by Woods Bagot, Kempinski Hotel Muscat aims to be a modern interpretation of Muscat and the Sultanate of Oman.
Kempinski claim to be the oldest luxury hotel group, with 120 years history, starting in Geneva, Switzerland in 1897.
They now (2018) have 76 hotels across the world (31 countries), with a mix of owned and franchised ownership. The company is led by Markus Semer, CEO.
Kempinki is a founder member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), a marketing initiative.
The design of the lobby originates from the nature of lilies in a pond, and is inspired by the Al Alam Palace, the ceremonial palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos.
The prominent location of the ballroom – wherein the Muscat Ballroom is situated – establishes a strong first impression, with an architectural design inspired by Arabic lanterns, illuminated in the evening to reinforce the hotel as a landmark in the Al Mouj community.
The Kempinski Hotel Muscat is in the Al Mouj community. In this waterfront community, guests will have access to retail and dining facilities at Boulevard, with a 400-dock marina as well as a signature PGA-standard 18-hole links-style course at Al Mouj Golf, minutes away from the airport.
THPT Comment: The hotel was due to open in 2015, but opened three years later….we suspect well worth the wait.
First Seen: International Meetings Review