Starting of three 5-star hotels, equipped with 500 rooms this year in Ahmedabad, will double the number of luxury rooms in the city. The that are coming up in second half of this year are; Courtyard by Marriot at Satellite, Cambay Grand at Thaltej and St Laurn on Ashram Road.
One of these three, the 129-room hotel – St Laurn Towers, set up by Pune-based Gujarat business family promoted Suraj group, has already started functioning from 15th of August at Ashram Road near Wadaj bus-stand.
Besides St Laurn Towers, the city at present has five luxury hotels: Pride Hotel(Vastrapur), Le Meridian(Khanpur), Taj Gateway(Airport), Fortune Landmark(Ashram Road) and Inder Residency(Ellisbridge) with 500 rooms.
While Courtyard by Marriot on Satellite road has planned to throw open its 164 room hotel by the first week of October, Neesa Leisure Ltd, a company promoted by former state bureaucrat Sanjay Gupta will start operating its new 180-room hotel Cambay Grand in the last week of September this year near SG Highway.
According to Tulsi Tekwani, Chairman of Hotel and Restaurant Association of Gujarat, there are about 40 star hotels in Ahmedabad that include a number of 4-star and 3-star properties with a capacity of nearly 2,000 rooms. The total number of rooms in star hotels will double to over 4,000 by 2011. There are about 22 star hotel projects in pipeline in Ahmedabad including Crowne Plaza, a project promoted by UK-based hospitality giant Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG). The 230-room 5-star project is expected to come up near Karnavati Club in Shapath-Green-building by end of the next year according to Rajiv Sharma, head (South-West Asia), IHG.
However, there is a word of caution. “If the current occupancy rate has to be sustained, we expect more industrial activity in and around Ahmedabad. Else, more rooms would trigger a price war,” said Jehangir Cama, former chairman of HRAG.