Hong Kong, February 12th, 2003——————Langham Hotels International Limited (LHI) has today announced that its luxury property here, the Great Eagle Hotel, will be re-named the Langham Hotel Hong Kong with effect from October 1st this year.
This follows last month’s announcement that Great Eagle Hotels International would now be called Langham Hotels International Limited - a name that holding company, Great Eagle Holdings Ltd., feels more accurately reflects the company’s commitment to being at the forefront of the hospitality industry and is more appropriately aligned with its ownership of renowned and prominent hotels. It also sets the benchmark for the group’s future international expansion.
The name is derived from the Langham Hotel, London (known as the Langham Hilton) which Great Eagle purchased in 1996 and subsequently further upgraded.
The Langham Hotel is legendary, its name synonymous with gracious hospitality and fine living for over a hundred years. Opened back in 1865 by the Prince of Wales, The Langham was not only London’s first “grand” hotel, but also the city’s largest building at the time.
Meanwhile, the Great Eagle Hotel, located in the heart of bustling Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, has recently completed an intensive four year, US$35 million facelift, resulting in the creation of Hong Kong’s finest luxury hotel, independent of other major imported brands previously in this market.
Each of the 462 rooms and 25 suites were renovated and equipped with the latest technology, in line with the growing needs of today’s discerning traveller who today can enjoy the hotel’s elegant European style and opulence with a contemporary twist.
Earlier this year, British newspaper, The Sunday Times, ranked the Great Eagle Hong Kong’s “Langham Suites” among the world’s ‘Top 10 High-tech Hotel Rooms’ and cited the rooms for being “one of the few with en-suite, broadband internet access, 37"plasma TV and DVD surround-home theatre.”
The hotel has a number of outstanding restaurants, including the award-winning T’ang. Court Cantonese restaurant and the popular Bostonian, which serves a huge selection of fresh seafood and lobster. There is also a delightful, Mediterranean-style rooftop pool, a fully equipped Health Club and an extensive banqueting facility.
General Manager, Nigel Roberts, welcomes the new Langham name, saying: “The superior reputation this hotel enjoys today is a result of the intensive effort we have put in to create a truly luxurious property over the past four years. The transition to the Langham name provides the ideal platform and additional momentum for us to continue upholding the high standards we have set for ourselves among the growing portfolio of luxury hotels within this group. It also offers us a marvellous opportunity to generate additional awareness and continue to raise the profile of this wonderful hotel.”
Langham Hotels International Limited, the newly renamed hotel subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings, is a dynamic, modern, high quality hospitality ownership and management company which operates a number of luxury hotels and serviced apartment properties in prime locations within Hong Kong, and asset manages the extensive overseas hotel interests of its parent company, the publicly listed Great Eagle Holdings Limited, Hong Kong.
Properties managed and operated by Langham Hotels International Limited in Hong Kong include the luxury Great Eagle Hotel, a new five star property in Mongkok (due to open in first half of 2004), the superior Eaton Hotel, three Eaton House serviced apartment buildings and the Yat Tung Heen Chinese Restaurants
Overseas properties owned by the Group, and asset managed by Langham Hotels International Limited, include the deluxe Langham Hilton in London, UK; the Sheraton Towers Southgate in Melbourne, Australia; Le Meridien Boston in the USA; the Sheraton Auckland Hotel and Towers in New Zealand; and the four Diamond rated Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, Canada.