The Magazine of Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait - 2011
Peek into the future... The new face of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait
LETTER FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER
It is my pleasure to present our new Marhaba which will reveal you our hotel’s future look. I have to admit that 2010 was a very busy and exciting year for us. The Radisson Blu Hotel, formerly known as the Kuwait SAS Hotel has served and delivered its high standards to its guests for more than 30 years. We ended 2010 celebrating our 30th anniversary which was followed by closing the hotel’s main building for a million dollar redevelopment project. The hotel many years of existence also welcomed many general managers to the hotel, and the above picture shows all the Radisson Blu Kuwait General Managers team over the past 30 years, who managed to meet again during Rezidor Hotel Group meeting in Sweden. As we are all aware, Kuwait has seen great
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of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait
From left to right: Jan Petter Eilertsen (2006 – 2010) , Heimo Leitgeb (1995 – 2000), Philippe Pellaud (1992 – 1995 and 2010 – present), Andreas Fluckiger (2002 – 2006), Werner Kuendig (1987 – 1990), Gaston Gellens ( 2000 – 2002), Werner Knechtli (1984 – 1987), Abdul Ilah Marafie – Chairman and MD of First Hotels company, Kurt Ritter ( 1980 – 1984).
changes over the past three decades. In order to keep up with Kuwait’s rapid development, increased numbers of competitors entering the market as well as higher expectations of travelers we decided to go through a complete revamp and give our hotel a fresh, modern and sophisticated look.
Part of our property remainsopen.Ourfacilities located outside the main building including the Al Hashemi Ballroom, our six meeting rooms, the Viking Club, Al Boom steak and seafood and Rangoli all day dining restaurants plus our laundry service all remain open and are ready to serve you, our guests at all times.
Please enjoy reading and we are looking forward to welcoming you to our hotel soon, to enjoy our facilities and the main building’s transformation. Best regards Philippe Pellaud General Manager
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New Room Styles “Naturally Cool”
The new lobby combines neutral, contemporary Scandinavian style with lavish and rich Arabic design. The lobby’s marble floors, ceiling chandeliers and glass walls together with modern furnishings will provide a high class comfort and look. Reception area
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“NY Mansion House”
Staying true to the Radisson Blu brand’s standards, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait offers three distinctive styles of décor: Naturally Cool, Relax and NY Mansion House. The hotel will offer 194 rooms, 6 Junior suites, 23 Executive suites and 1 Presidential suite. The rooms will be equipped with facilities and amenities expected of a first class hotel.
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“Naturally Cool” design reflecting
“Naturally Cool” deluxe room Guests will be able choose from any of our 114 deluxe rooms in both styles “Naturally cool” and “And Relax” located on the first and second floor. “Naturally Cool”. The embodiment of Nordic coolness in every sense of the word. A soft blue and neutral colour palette is enlivened by hints of vivid neon and metallic’s, with smooth blonde wood and touch-me textiles. Sleek, clean and modern line feature throughout. The rooms will be equipped with tea coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, mini bar and in-room safe, modern TV sets and free Internet.
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“And Relax” designed to offer
“And Relax” is designed to de-stress and to soothe all the senses, “And Relax” is soft and sensuous. Ultimately chilled-out and intimately inviting, with bright and uplifting shades of raspberry that contrasts against carved wood to enhance the emphasis on calm high-speed will be also available.
“And Relax” deluxe room
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“NY Mansion House”
perfect choice for business travelers
“NY Mansion House” business class room “NY Mansion House”, a strong and indulgent modern update on the traditional, uptown mansion house: richly coloured fabrics inject opulence and erergy; earthly wood tones give depth, while the tactile textured surfaces and faux fur accessories add warmth and individuality. A truly modern twist on the classic and sophisticated NY Mansion house. The Business Class rooms, will be located on the third floor and will be equipped with special amenities and extras including Nespresso machine with assortment of coffees, free high speed internet access, daily newspaper, Lifestyle magazines, breakfast with room service option.
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The New Radisson Blu
Sky Lounge Terrace
Hotel Main Entrance
The executive lounge, located on a rooftop will provide amazing, panoramic view of the Arabian Gulf.
Sky Lounge Interior
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FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT
FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT
Al Bustan –
all day dinning restaurant
Al Bustan Garden and Viking Club Entrance
The reopening of the hotel’s main building will also reveal new faces of the well known and recognized restaurants – Al Bustan and Peacock. The all day dining Al Bustan restaurant will serve international cuisine, both buffet-style and a la carte. The modern furniture, contemporary design and glass walls overlooking a terrace will make it a relaxing and enjoyable place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The Peacock fine-dining and award winning restaurant is currently closed for a total revamp however after reopening will continue to offer the finest cuisine from mainland to coastal China. The dedicated service and exceptional finishing touches turn the fine dining into unforgettable experience.
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inviting and comfortable
Meeting Room 1
Meeting Room 2 & 3
Ballroom and The Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait can host anything from a brief meeting for 10 to a lavish event for 1,000 people. The crown jewel of the hotel’s event facilities will always remain Al Hashemi Grand Ballroom located inside a wooden ship, however we will be delighted to showcase our brand new 360sq. meter Ballroom, with 3 adjacent meeting rooms. The Ballroom will be able to accommodate up to 200 persons, will be equipped with a modern audio visual equipment. Its partition will enable to divide it into three smaller areas and additional three adjacent rooms located next to it will give more flexibility with set up arrangements.
Meeting Room 4 & 5
the pre function area
20 M Length and width
Floor area m2
17 x 11 20 x 17 20 x 8.5 20 x 8.5
187 340 170 170
375 180 180
165 75 75
65 30 30
45 22 22
200 80 80
200 80 80
200 50 50
5.8 x 5.3
8.4 x 5.7 4.2x 5.7 4.2 x 5.7 9.6 x 8.7 4.8 x 8.7 4.8 x 8.7
47 24 24 80.5 40 40
NEW BALLROOM The Ballroom Foyer Grand Ballroom Ballroom 1 Ballroom 2 Meeting Rooms Room 1- Board room Room 2 & 3 Room 2 Room 3 Room 4 & 5 Room 4 Room 5
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350 150 150
The Pre Function Area
14 75 35 35 50 22 22
16 8 8 28 14 14
20 10 10 22 10 10
20 10 10 20 10 10
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Peacock the service hero 2010
one of the top Middle East restaurants
The Peacock - Chinese restaurant is the overall winner in Kuwait of the Service Hero Award 2010. The Peacock Chinese restaurant at the Radisson Blu Hotel is the overall winner in Kuwait of the Service Hero Award 2010 We are proud to announce that its Peacock restaurant won first place, in the fine dining restaurants category of the Service Hero2010 Kuwait awards – a prestigious referendum powered by consumers in Kuwait. Peacock was the chosen winner from 27 different competitors. Also our Al Boom – steak and seafood restaurant was amongst the short listed (top 3) nominees. Peacock was also proudly announced as the Country Wide Winner amongst the winners in all the 15 different categories beating heavyweight companies like Mercedes cars, Lexus cars, Wataniya Airways & Ikea. The awards ceremony was held on 09 January 2011 in Kuwait. Service Hero adheres to ESOMAR principles (the European Society of Opinion and Market Research). The 2010 award attracted 8,743 votes based on 6 key service dimensions: behavior, location, speed, product quality, reliability, and value to price.
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“We are also proud to announce that Al Boom Steak and Seafood restaurant came 45th in the Esquire Magazine ranking of the top 50 restaurants in the Middle East. Al Boom was also the only Kuwaiti restaurant to be listed.”
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Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait
on Social Media
“Social media platforms such as Facebook, Linkedin, Flickr and Twitter are regularly updated with images and information showing the hotel’s renovation progress.”
Daily updates are recorded and uploaded on different channel. Other social media platforms such as Facebook, Linkedin, Flickr and Twitter are regularly updated with images and information showing the hotel’s renovation progress, and keep their fans and followers up to date with any upcoming food and beverage, social or sport events and activities.
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AL BOOM STEAK AND SEAFOOD
Rangoli all day dining restaurant
The Rangoli all day dining restaurant serves international dishes. Its unique design and ambience make it an ideal place for a dinner for two, family celebration or business meeting. The restaurant has also private sections so if you wish not to be disturbed or heard by others this place will be a good choice for it. We will be running several promotions and theme night this year, so please stay in touch to be updated from the upcoming events. We are also pleased to announce that we have introduced a take away menu. So now you can make your home a fine dining restaurant where our culinary team will be pleased to prepare for you a tempting range of salads, starters, light snacks, cakes, pastries and freshly baked bread to take away from the Rangoli restaurant or Viking Club.
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Open daily –
onboard the “Al Boom steak and seafood”
Al Boom one of the nominees for the Service Hero 2010 will not stop surprising either regular or new guests. This restaurant located on board of a traditional Arabic Dhow is one of its kind in Kuwait and has been attracting VIP’s, politicians and celebrities for many years now. It is an ideal place to impress loved ones or business partners while indulging in a charcoal-grilled steak or seafood, accompanied by a full salad & Mezzeh bar and finished with a plated desert, Arabic Dates & Coffee served in the Captain Diwaniya. Opulent yet traditional with its gold-leaf décor, the Al Boom restaurant gives a unique legendary vibe to any dinner celebration. We have also added a Starboard café which is located outside on the “star board” – the right side of the Al Boom restaurant. This café terrace serves hot and cold drinks as well as sandwiches and sweets and is an ideal place to be during a sunny afternoon or warm evening.
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The Viking club has been a part of the hotel for last 20 years and is renowned as being a family club. The club offers its guests extensive leisure facilities including two swimming pools, beach area, beach volleyball court, squash courts, fitness center, aerobics studio, table tennis, massage rooms, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath. We have been running squash and volleyball tournaments where winners are selected monthly. We have also introduced new classes including Aikido for Children or Shape&Tone for ladies, which in combination with our current classes provide a reach fitness program for both genders and all age groups.
â€œWe will be organizing the biannual fun run and everybody is more than welcome to participate.â€?
We will be organizing the biannual fun run and everybody is more than welcome to participate. There is always something going on in the Viking Club, so please request one of our flyers and stay up to date with the health and fitness events.
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Al Ghazeer... splendid… peaceful…relaxing You can impress your business partners, surprise your relatives, by taking them for the as Al Ghazeer cruise which can be an ideal place for a family celebration, a gathering of friends or a business get together. Sail the gulf waters; enjoy panoramic view of Kuwait while feasting on a delicious barbeque. Outside catering Our hotel has been providing catering services for various events, of various profiles and number of participants. Our motto “Wherever you are we will be there for you” is our food and beverage team commitment to deliver high class services, match and even exceed our clients expectations.
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Al Hashemi Grand Ballroom and Meeting Rooms
Weddings The Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait has also come up with specially designed wedding packages to meet the taste and expectations of all our clients. After years of experience in this field we understand the importance of this special day in the lives of each young couple and we want to make sure that our Al Hashemi wedding experience will be an unforgettable day for the couple, family and friends. Meetings designed for success Apart from the splendid Al Hashemi Ballroom, we also have six meeting rooms available. Our experienced banquet and conference team together with our chefs will be pleased to assist, organize and cater for your meeting. Our hotel can hold any event from 10 up to 750 participants. Al Hashemiâ€™s unique plush interior incorporating gold plated walls and hand crafted wooden floors creates a perfect setting for both corporate and private events.
3RD FLOOR 2ND FLOOR
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