Monday March 4th, 2013 - 9:36AM
HONG KONG—Pentahotels will open five new hotels in the United Kingdom and one in Prague this year, in addition to the previously announced Pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon, opening this summer.
The additions mark 2013 as the highest growth period in the history of the lifestyle hotel brand.
According to the company, the portfolio will expand by more than 50% from the current 2,925 to 4,409 hotel rooms worldwide. The group currently operates hotels in Germany (11), England (one), Austria (one) and China (two.)
“We are not only expanding our presence in existing locations but also opening up new markets. These new properties significantly accelerate Pentahotels’ strategic growth with the goal of 80 hotels in operation globally by 2020," said Alastair Thomann, managing director/Europe for Pentahotels.
By year's end, Pentahotels will have 22 hotels worldwide, including the seven new hotels with 1,484 rooms in three countries including:
* England: Five hotels with a total 562 rooms will open in Birmingham, Derby, Inverness, Ipswich and Warrington. From March onwards, the hotels will be in conversion and will be integrated as operating hotels in the Pentahotels portfolio by year's end;
• Czech Republic: The first hotel in the republic will open by the end of July in Prague with 227 rooms; and
• Hong Kong: A 695-room hotel will open in East Kowloon this summer.
Pentahotels also will have openings in Guiyang (204 rooms) and Shenyang (384 rooms) in mainland China.