Demand for Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel Takes Off

Travel News Asia Wednesday, 4 October 2006

Demand for the newly opened Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel has surged beyond expectations following the successful launch of the new Bangkok airport on 28 September.

Accor Reservation Services (ARS) is receiving 15 bookings an hour for the hotel, showing brisk demand for both October and November. The 612-room hotel was overbooked for three nights starting the evening before Suvarnabhumi International Airport commenced operations.

Rates start from 3,380 baht++ (US$90) per night, with tailor made packages including spa treatments and added extras also planned for the coming weeks.

Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport General Manager Jean Paul Fontenille said he was delighted with the response and it reflected the early success the airport has enjoyed since opening.

The response has been very gratifying and makes us optimistic about the performance of the hotel and public perception of the new airport. As the only official hotel of Suvarnabhumi International Airport, the fact that it has been well received by travellers is very important.

The hotel has been heavily promoted through the recently relaunched Accor Asia Pacific web site and through ARS, and we are very pleased to see so many bookings coming in from Accor channels.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport opened to generally positive reviews, helping fuel Bangkoks growing importance as a primary entry point to the country and Southeast Asia as a whole. Accor believes the hotel will provide an ideal base for visiting business, leisure or transit travelers, as well as being a major new venue for conferences and events.

The Novotel features two square-shaped five-storey buildings, covering 10.5 hectares, with large open atrium areas in the centre of each structure. The two buildings are also joined by another massive glass atrium designed as the hotel lobby, covering 2,800sqm and soaring five-stories in height.

Leisure facilities include a 25-metre swimming pool surrounded by tropical gardens, fitness centre, extensive spa facilities featuring Declor aroma therapy and anti-aging products, beauty salon, shopping arcade and babysitting service.

The Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel caters to Bangkoks growing meeting and event markets with more than 2,400sqm of space including a pillar-less ballroom for up to 800 people and 6 additional meeting rooms.

A direct rail link currently under construction will connect the hotel to existing transport systems, downtown Bangkok and its central business districts by late 2008. The hotel will also be connected to the main terminal by a 300-metre air-conditioned underground walkway due to be completed early 2007, making it just a three minute walk from check out to check in. Until then the hotel offers a free shuttle service to the airport departing at 15 minute intervals.

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