InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a
15-year license agreement with Shakir Investment Group for a
new-build Staybridge Suites hotel, scheduled to open in late 2012
in Panama City, Panama.
It will be the first Staybridge Suites property
in Central America, and the second in South America, complementing
a 31-story, 215-guestroom Staybridge Suites in Saő Paulo, Brazil.
Located less than two miles off the Bridge of
the Americas and next to the entrance to the popular Amador
Causeway, the 122-room Staybridge Suites Panama City will be in
close proximity to the Figali Convention Center, the Smithsonian
Institute of Tropical Research and other popular tourist
destinations, fine dining restaurants and beautiful scenery.
“This is the perfect time and
location to build a Staybridge Suites hotel in Panama,” said Jim Anhut, Chief Development Officer, the Americas, IHG. “As the Canal
is being expanded, it is estimated that an influx of families of
expatriated workers will need extended-stay housing in the city. A
Staybridge Suites hotel, with all the amenities it provides long
term guests, is a timely addition to this area.”
13-story property will feature three suite
options (deluxe studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom/two-bath). All
suites include in-room DVD/CD players; functional, well-lit work
stations with ergonomic seating; speaker phones, personal voice
mail and complimentary local phone calls; and fully equipped
Amenities will include complimentary daily breakfast buffet; complimentary guest
laundry and workout facilities; a complimentary 24-hour business
services center; a guest library with books and games; and BridgeMart, the hotel’s 24-hour convenience store stocked with
snacks, sundries, beverages and easy-to-prepare meals.
also includes a fully-equipped fitness center, rooftop swimming
pool, two-story underground parking and meeting space.
Guests will be invited to get comfortable in the
hotel’s Great Room for evening “Sundowner” receptions three days a
week that include complimentary refreshments, light appetizers and
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