Profits up at The Claridges Hotels, as renovations pay dividend

Profits up at The Claridges Hotels, as renovations pay dividend

Despite the ongoing global recession and slower than expected recovery in some sectors, The Claridges Hotels & Resorts has reported significant growth in its top line for the third quarter.

In the three months to December 2009 the group saw total revenue increase by over 12 per cent when compared to the same period of 2008, while revenue per available room (RevPAR) was up by 15 per cent.

The positive financial results top a successful 2009 for the Indian group, which also scooped two top gongs at the World Travel Awards in London.

The Claridges Surajkund

At a gala ceremony in London, The Claridges Surajkund was recognised as India’s Leading Green Hotel, following its soft launch in May 2009.

A first of its kind luxury business hotel in Delhi, the property blends the best of an exclusive business hotel with a luxury resort. Imbued with the inherent grace and warmth of The Claridges lineage, the hotel combines minimalist décor, unrivalled refinements and hi-design details with up-to-date technologies and the most advanced and sophisticated environment friendly features.

The hotel offers 150 elegantly designed rooms & suites amidst fabulous landscaping and sylvan surroundings, and achieved a 65 per cent occupancy rate in the last quarter of 2009.

Come April 2010, the Hotel will launch Dhaba, the signature Indian restaurant of The Claridges Hotels & Resorts; rated a ‘must visit’ restaurant, by several reputed Indian & international food guides.

The Claridges, New Delhi

A second World Travel Award was presented to The Claridges, New Delhi following its selection as the Leading Luxury Hotel in India.

The flagship hotel of the group, the property underwent a $1.6 million refurbishment in 2009, with the of guest rooms and suites renovated over a six month period.

Commenting on the refurbishment Claridges president, Peter Leitgeb, said: “The refurbishment was a part of the phased repositioning exercise of The Claridges, New Delhi which began a year back.

“Taking it forward we refurbished the rooms & suites, aimed at delighting our guests with a charming boutique hospitality experience,” he added.

Claridges Nabha Residence

Following the success of the New Delhi project, The Claridges Nabha Residence in Mussoorie is scheduled to go for an extensive renovation and upgradation this year.

With the work on mock up rooms currently in progress, the new look hotel will be ready to welcome guests in September 2010.