Main Photo: The Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, a Pan Pacific Partner Hotel
Date: December 2019
Location: Northeast Toronto, Canada and Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Name: Westin Prince and Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, a Pan Pacific Partner Hotel
No. of Keys: 409 and 411
Owner Toronto: In January 2019, Atlanta based hotel owner, operator and developer, Hotel Equities, with a portfolio of 140 mostly mid-range hotels, across the USA and Canada, were selected as management firm for the (then three-star Westin Prince), which was undergoing renovations. The owner is the catchy-named 2465855 Ontario Ltd, headed up by Ms Maggie Zhang, VP.
Hotel Equities is headed up by Frederick “Coach” Cerrone.
Buyer – Toronto: The Westin Prince Hotel, a landmark in northeast Toronto on York Mills Road, will soon become Pan Pacific Toronto.
Pan Pacific Toronto will be the fifth hotel for Pan Pacific Hotels Group in North America, joining other hotels in Vancouver, Whistler in British Columbia and Seattle.
The hotel’s evolution started earlier this year, with a $15 million revitalisation for the property’s 409 guestrooms and public spaces.
Originally opened in 1974 as the Prince Hotel Toronto, the property was one of the first and longest-running hotels to be awarded the AAA Four Diamond accreditation in Canada.
“We are delighted to fly the Pan Pacific flag in Toronto,” says Choe Peng Sum, CEO, Pan Pacific Hotels Group. “As an international brand, Pan Pacific will bring to the hotel not only its guests from North America where we have four other hotels, we are also able to reach out to the Asia Pacific feeder markets where we have over 40 properties including Australia and China which are among the top five source markets into Canada.”
In addition to several dining venues, Pan Pacific Toronto will also have 30,000 square feet of meeting spaces including 18 meeting rooms and a ballroom for up to 700 guests. Most of the meeting rooms have windows and natural light. Events are also possible on the greens.
Buyer/Owner Tokyo: Mr Choe Peng Sum, Chief Executive Officer, Pan Pacific Hotels Group, said, “We are proud to partner the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel as a Pan Pacific Partner Hotel as an international presence. Through our loyalty programme Pan Pacific DISCOVERY, the hotel will have access to 15.6 million members worldwide.”
“We have a long-standing relationship with Pan Pacific Hotels Group. Over the years, we have maintained close links to the Group and collaborated on numerous occasions. Now, we are delighted to elevate this partnership to new levels as their first Pan Pacific Partner Hotel. We are excited to be the first property in Japan to join the Pan Pacific DISCOVERY network, and look forward to welcoming DISCOVERY members from the world over to our city,” added Mr Yoshiaki Miyajima, General Manager, Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel Co., Ltd and Managing Executive Officer, Tokyu Hotels Co., Ltd.
Towering at 188 metres, Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, a Pan Pacific Partner Hotel, dominates the skyline of Tokyo’s trendy Shibuya. It offers guestrooms which are unusually spacious in this city. Spread over 40 floors, all 411 rooms open up to unobstructed views of the glittering nightscape and Mount Fuji on clear days.
The hotel is surrounded by the famous Shibuya Crossing, Shibuya train station, Hachiko Memorial Statue and Taito business district. Shopping opportunities abound in Shibuya and adjacent Shinjuku and Ginza, both just one train station away.
Guestrooms are located from the 19th floor, offering spectacular views of the city skyline
A comprehensive suite of wellness facilities, including an indoor heated pool with natural lighting, a large Japanese-style sauna, and modern gym. A beauty salon, nursery and dental clinic ensure that every conceivable need is taken care of. In addition, the hotel houses an art gallery, a lounge offering French pastries and curated Japanese teas overlooking an outdoor garden, a florist and the Noh Theatre, the only hotel theatre in the city which hosts ballet, opera, and noh, the oldest surviving form of Japanese theatre art.
Pan Pacific Hotels Group operates the Pan Pacific and PARKROYAL brands in 29 key cities worldwide. In 2020, the Group will open its luxury flagship Pan Pacific London, its first PARKROYAL hotel in Dalian, China, and PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, which will offer a fresh concept around a “garden in a hotel” after its rebrand
THPT Comment: Great strides for Pan Pacific and makes sense for both hotels.
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