THE InterContinental Abu Dhabi has shut its doors for a top-to-toe refurbishment that will last until the end of 2006 at a cost of Dh200 million, with 60 new rooms being added to the hotel’s inventory.
“We are confident that the total transformation will surpass all guests’ expectations once the hotel reopens. This will further enhance the hotels appeal situated in one of the cities premier locations,” says Abdulla Al Romaithi, managing director, National Corporation for Tourism and Hotels, which owns the property. “The renovation keeps in rhythm with the measured sustainable growth in the hospitality sector in Abu Dhabi and will further compliment the world class facilities the emirate already provides for the business and leisure traveler.”
All hotel guest rooms and suites will be refurbished and 60 new rooms will be added, taking the total number of units to 390.
Also being renovated are the Club Lounge, lift lobbies, corridors, swimming pool deck, main reception and public areas, VIP entrance and F&B outlets.
“Apart from an impressive array of new dining options in the outlets, the hotel’s meetings and conference facilities of the Intercontinental Hotel will be second to none, providing a superior venue and environment to fulfill the increasing demand from the MICE sector in Europe and beyond,” says Al Romaithi.
A soft refurbishment of the auditorium and the Al Waha meeting room is planned, as well as back-of-house areas, including the plant rooms and their services, the main kitchen and laundry. Also being renovated are such external areas as the main entrance, external elevations. Car parking facilities are being redesigned and reconstructed.
The project is being managed by American firm Turner Construction International.