ONSITE: Langham Hotel, Hong Kong to Undergo $22 Million Renovation

The Langham Hotel, Hong Kong is beginning the first phase of the transformation of its 495 guestrooms. Four floors will be renovated this year, converting 158 guest rooms. Travel Agent took a walk through of the property last week with Winny Mui, director of marketing communications for Langham Hotel, Hong Kong. Miu noted that the renovation effort would give the hotel more of a residential ambiance. "We're also looking into adding WiFi to the rooms," said Mui. "But since we're in the city center there are some issues with reception." The $22 million renovation includes a total redesign of room layouts, all new furniture, ornate bathrooms, linens, drapery, artwork and the addition of state-of the-art technology, including 37" plasma TVs and Nortel IP phones. The entire project will span three years. The first phase of the renovation will be completed in October, while the second and third phases will begin in 2008 and 2009.Langham Hotel, Hong Kong is the only member of The Leading Hotels of the World in Hong Kong. "We're relying on a classical level of service at the hotel," says Miu. "Travelers have a different expectation of service when they're visiting Asia-the bar is set high." She also noted that guests from the U.S. make up 30 to 40 percent of the hotel's total guests. The Langham Hotel is located in Kowloon's Tsimshatsui district, directly across the harbor from Central Hong Kong. The hotel is close to the Star Ferry Terminal, three blocks away and about a five-minute walk. Visit [http://hongkong.langhamhotels.com].

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