Ritz-Carlton opens three hotels in one day
Firm launches properties in Montreal, Okinawa, plus Bulgari in London
Ritz-Carlton made history this week, opening three properties on the same day on May 28 – Ritz-Carlton branded hotels in Montreal, Canada and Okinawa, Japan, and the first Bulgari hotel in London, England.
The Okinawa property marked Ritz-Carlton’s first luxury resort in the country, which features 97 guestrooms, as well as The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA.
There is a focus on F&B, with restaurants including Chura-Nuhji, an Italian fine-dining restaurant, Kise, a Teppan-yaki restaurant featuring local seafood and renowned Okinawan beef, and Gusuku, an all-day waterside dining experience that serves Japanese, Okinawan and international dishes on its outdoor deck.
Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring our first true luxury resort hotel to Japan to complement our city hotels in Tokyo and Osaka.”
He added: “We have no doubt that Okinawa has the potential to be a resort island of true international appeal, attracting visitors from all over the world, whether they are visiting the island for business or pleasure. It really is a hidden gem and the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa helps to put this destination on the map for discerning luxury travellers.”
On the same day, Ritz-Carlton Montreal reopened, after a US $200 million restoration project delivered by Quebec-based architecture firm Provencher Roy + Associés. The hotel now features 98 rooms and 31 suites, including the largest hotel suite in Montreal – the 4,700 square feet Royal Suite. It also includes 10,000 square feet of meeting space, and a restaurant by acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud.
Gérald Tremblay, mayor of Montreal, said: “The Ritz-Carlton is reclaiming its rightful place here in Montreal and among the guests who stay there. Since it opened in 1912, the hotel has been one of the most elegant addresses in our city and the jewel of the storied Golden Square Mile, close to high-end boutiques, galleries and museums. Our city has changed a great deal—for the better. The reopening of The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal makes a notable contribution to what makes our city different.”
The property in London was the first in the UK for the Bulgari Hotels & Resorts brand, located in Knightsbridge and managed by The Ritz Carlton Company. I
t includes 78 guest rooms and seven Bulgari suites, as well as one restaurant, cinema, spa, indoor pool and ballroom. There are two other Bulgari hotels – Milan, which opened in 2004, and Bali, which opened in 2006.