French hospitality major, AccorHotels plans to add to the nine hotels they have in India this year, targeting to offer a total of over 10,000 rooms across its properties in the country. The firm also plans to open a Novotel in Guwahati by this year.
Novotel will make its debut this year in Guwahati with the opening of Novotel Guwahati GS Road. To make it accessible for both business and leisure trips, the hotel will be conveniently situated near the Guwahati-Shillong highway.
The property will be a short drive from the Guwahati International Airport and adjacent to the upcoming SM JDB Mall. For the development and realisation of the project, the Assam-based SM JDB Estate Private Limited will be in charge.
Novotel is a hotel brand from AccorHotels and the brand is known for its spacious, modular guestrooms, commitment to guest well-being, meeting facilities, children’s offerings and attentive service.
“We eagerly look forward to welcoming guests to Novotel Guwahati GS Road. Guwahati is the gateway to the seven sisters in North-East, and over the years, the city has emerged as an important commercial hub, not just within the region but also all of South East Asia,” said Lokesh Sabharwal, Vice President – Development & Special Projects, South Asia, AccorHotels. “With construction in full swing, Novotel Shillong is set to open its doors to guests next year, further expanding and strengthening our presence in the region,” he added.
The Novotel Guwahati GS Road will feature 118 modern and well-appointed rooms and suites, and the guests will enjoy an array of modern facilities, including an all-day dining restaurant, lobby bar, lounge and health club.
The top floors will be the hotel’s main attraction with a rooftop pool and the adjacent bar, creating a new trendy destination to socialise in the city for visitors and locals alike. With four modern and spacious meeting rooms and banquets backed by state-of-the-art infrastructure, the hotel will be the latest address in the city for meetings and events.
Speaking about the upcoming Novotel Guwahati GS Road, SK Jain, Chairman, SM JDB Estate Pvt Ltd & CMD, SM Group, said, “It is indeed a pleasure for us to partner with AccorHotels to introduce the first Novotel in Guwahati. We have used the best of resources available globally to ensure that the people of North-East receive the highest standards of services, which is long overdue and bridge the gaps that exist for a city-centre upscale property.”
The French hospitality firm currently has 46 hotels with a total of over 8,700 rooms in India under 10 brands ranging from luxury to economy spread across 19 cities.
Jean-Michel Cassé, Chief Operating Officer, India and South Asia, AccorHotels stated that the group plans to open up to nine hotels in India this year, taking the total to 55 hotels with over 10,000 rooms.
Out of the new hotels that the company is planning to open this year, the majority will be under Novotel and Ibis brands. “Today, the majority of our hotels are between Novotel and Ibis brands. Around 50 pc of our hotels are under these two brands and rest are in the other eight brands,” Cassé said. With the opening of new hotels, the company will enter new cities such as Lucknow, Guwahati, Nagpur and Coimbatore.
AccorHotels currently has brands like Pullman, Novotel, Ibis, Formule1, Fairmont and Sofitel among others in India. The hospitality major, at present, has 240,000 employees in over 4,100 hotels in 95 countries. It has a portfolio of over 20 brands from luxury to economy.