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Five-star de luxe hotel's `soft launch' in April

S. Anil Radhakrishnan

Hotel to have 150 de luxe rooms, including two Presidential suites

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Lack of adequate hotel rooms in the upper-star category in the city to take care of upmarket tourists and for catering to the guests coming for Meetings, Incentives Conventions and Exhibition (MICE) will be addressed to with the commissioning of the 150-room five- star de luxe hotel at Vazhuthacaud by 2006-end.

The hotel property, coming just opposite the City Police Commissonerate at Thycaud on nearly 0.80 hectares of land, will have 150 five-star de luxe rooms, including two Presidential suites and 12 suites. The hotel will have an area of 20,000 sq.metres.

"The soft launching of the hotel is scheduled for April 2006 and the entire hotel will be thrown open for the guests by the year-end. Only the civil and external works are remaining to be completed," a project consultant official told The Hindu.

The target is to throw open the first floors for the guests along with the soft launch.

Each floor will have 25 rooms with an ordinary five-star room having an area of 270 sq.ft. The ordinary suite will have 540 sq.ft and the Presidental suite an area of 810 sq.ft. The swimming pool, which comes above the lobby level, will have an area of 27,000 sq.ft and a garden. A separate floor will be set apart for Ayurveda and Spa.

Besides all modern facilities as in a five-star de luxe property, the hotel will have its own water treatment and sewerage treatment plants and facility to tap solar energy.

The nine-storeyed building, which is a blend of Kerala and Mughal architecture, will have two basements, one for car parking and the other for various service facilities for the hotel. The car parking in the first basement of the building can accommodate 150 cars.

The property is owned by Dodla International Ltd and D. S. Reddy is the chief promoter of the project. The construction of the property began in January 2004 and it is learnt that over Rs.50 crores is being invested for the hotel project by the group. Although many reputed hotel chains have come forward to run the property, the group which runs a resort in Maldives is learnt to be keen on operating the hotel on their own.

The group had already conveyed the details of the project coming up to the Kerala tourism. A tourism official said the 150 rooms in the upper star category in the proposed hotel will enable the capital to host international events and conferences. Already, the Leela group has acquired the property in Kovalam and has 194 star class rooms.

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