Starwood takes over Bahrain hotels from Kempinski
City Centre towers operating under Le Meridien and Westin brands
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has officially taken over a two-tower property which previously housed the Kempinski Grand and Ixir Hotel, reflagging it under the Le Meridien and Westin brands.
The property’s owner, Majid Al Futtaim Properties, earlier this year announced it would end its agreement with Kempinski in order to adopt a two-brand strategy similar to properties in Dubai.
In April, the owner signed an agreement with Starwood to take over the towers under the two brands.
A spokesperson for the complex confirmed to HotelierMiddleEast.com that the handover has been completed, with both hotels now fully operational.
Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre is a 260-room property while The Westin Bahrain City Centre has 200 rooms.
Sherif Darwish has come in as the acting general manager of the complex and the executive leadership team consists of a combination of new faces and people who worked in the property previously.
The Westin Bahrain City Centre has six executive suites and a presidential suite and five dining venues and over 6,500 square feet of event space.
Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre has 18 executive suites and a presidential suite and features three dining venues. It also has over 5,000 square feet of event and meeting space, including a business centre, ballroom and five meeting rooms.
Guests of the two hotels are able to enjoy access to all the facilities and amenities of both hotels.
Both hotels are directly linked to Bahrain City Centre, a shopping and entertainment destination also owned by Majid Al Futtaim Properties. The centre is home to 350 international branded retail outlets, 50 dining outlets, a water park - Wahoo, VOX Cinemas and a bowling centre.