Pictured: Le Meridien Santa Monica
It's going to be another big year for Starwood, we hear, as Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts is upping its portfolio with 11 new hotels expected to open over the next year. In 2014, Le Méridien is slated to open hotels in destinations around the world from Chicago to Dhaka, Tampa to Bangkok and New Orelans to Thimphu.
Le Méridien Tampa will emerge out of the Historic Federal Courthouse. Located in the heart of the city's arts and entertainments district, the hotel will have 130 guest rooms and suites.
Le Méridien Dhaka (Bangladesh) will open its doors in July, adjacent to the stock exchange. There will be 304 guest rooms.
Also in July, Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center will be in a shopper's paradise, adjacent to Oakbrook Center. The hotel is set to undergo a $20 million transformation prior to its debut. It will have 172 guest rooms and suites, fitness center, ninth floor bar, restaurant and meeting spaces, and a rooftop terrace.
Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa, scheduled for August, will be located along the Bagna-Trad Road, a 30-minute drive from the city center.
Le Méridien Charlotte, also scheduled for August, will be located in Charlotte's uptown business district. It is part of a $20 million renovation, dual-hotel complex project, together with The Sheraton Charlotte Hotel. In addition to a 24-hour fitness center, spa, indoor and outdoor pools and pool bar, and 55,000 square feet of meeting space, Le Le Méridien Charlotte will feature a rooftop bar with views of the skyline.
In September, India will say hello to Le Méridien Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad Road. The hotel will feature 120 guest rooms and suites.
Also in India, Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa will open in October. Surrounded by forests in the Western Ghats, the resort offers guests a relaxing environment. It is 90 minutes from the Pune International Airport.
Le Méridien Indianapolis will debut in November 2014 following a $9.5 million renovation of The Historic Canterbury Hotel, a landmark property in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. As part of the renovation, the hotel will have 99 guest rooms, local cuisine, an expanded fitness center and meeting space.
In the Big Easy, Le Méridien will open a New Orleans hotel in the Winter 2014. The hotel will be within walking distance from the French Quarter and will open after a $29 million renovation. There will be 410 fully renovated guest rooms and bathrooms as well as upgraded fitness center, rooftop pool and more than 10,000 square feet of meeting facilities.
Carrying into next year, Le Méridien is turning heads with the debut of a Bhutan hotel. The Thimphu hotel will open in January with 78 rooms, Latitude Bar and spacious spa.
Finally, Le Méridien Jiaonan resort will open in January in China at the foot of Mount Laoshan.
For more information visit www.lemeridien.com.