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Absolute Hotel Services signs Two U Hotels in Thailand

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Thailand-based Absolute Hotel Services has signed two new management contracts expanding its U brand in Thailand.

Construction on the U Sathorn Bangkok will begin towards the end of this year, with an aim of opening by third quarter of 2011. The U Inchantree Kanchanaburi is a renovated property that is scheduled to be relaunched in May 2010.

“We are honoured to be taking on management as well as branding of these two properties and we look forward to sharing our values including the unique services concept of U Hotels & Resorts brand. We are, together with SPA+A architecture and interior design team, ready to embark on a renovation programme of U Inchantree Kanchanaburi next month to capture the essence of U Hotel while U Sathorn will be new build with the construction starting by end of this year,” said Jonathan Wigley, CEO of Absolute Hotel Services.

U Sathorn Bangkok is in a quiet area of lower Sathorn. With 78 rooms in low rise buildings set in a courtyard styled surround with large pond and spacious gardens with a swimming pool in the centre. The overall design of the urban resort is strongly influenced from encompassing a Thai feel together the influences of Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa.

The hotel will feature a Brasserie influenced restaurant and a wine bar located adjacent to the swimming pool in the lobby building. Other facilities include The Reading Room, U Spa with four treatment rooms, a large and extensive fitness centre catered to external guests as well as hotel guests.

Conference and meeting facilities are set in a separate building with a covered walkway from the lobby. There is a large function room that can cater up to 250 guests and two meeting rooms for 60 guests each plus one boardroom. In addition, private lawn areas will be created for outdoor events.

U Inchantree Kanchanaburi will be a boutique resort with a river lodge feel located on the north bank of the river close to River Kwai Bridge. The 34 rooms in the two-storey building will be set around a courtyard dominated by an ancient “Inchantree” from which the resort derives its name. Overall design of the resort will be of a rustic style surrounded by landscaped gardens.

A newly added semi open restaurant will be located adjacent to the swimming pool that will have views of the River Kwai together with a sunset terrace lounge suspended over the edge of the river where guests can watch kingfishers darting over the water and trains rumbling over the River Kwai Bridge. There are also meeting rooms for small group meetings plus pre function area. Other services and facilities include free Wi-Fi, a gym, a library with an internet station for guest use.

SPA+A Company have been appointed to work on the architectural and interior designs for both U Sathorn and the restoration of U Inchantree Kanchanaburi.

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