Boustead serves up old-world charm
GEORGE TOWN: The opening of Boustead Resorts and Hotel Sdn Bhd's newest offering in George Town by the first quarter of 2014 is set to offer business travellers a taste of old-world charm.
The RM60 million Royale Bintang Hotel, which will be located in the city's financial district and overlooking the port area, promises to offer guests shades of British colonial heritage.
"Afternoon teas in a tea lounge, a cigar bar and other amenities will be among our features.
"We are also making substantial investments to ensure a stable and speedy internet connectivity," its general manager Andrew Lim told Business Times recently.
He said the opening of the new property will see the creation of 180 jobs and the hotel will cater mainly to corporate clients, including technology giants operating in the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone and banks with offices within walking distance of the 180-room hotel at Weld Quay.
Construction work on the hotel, then tagged at RM140 million, hit a snag in November 2008, when its owners were informed by the Penang government that the project had contravened height restrictions for buildings in the Unesco heritage zone (the hotel is sited within the core heritage zone).
The Penang government, in its nomination dossier to Unesco when seeking for George Town to be listed, had stated that it would limit the height of development projects in the heritage zone to five storeys, or 18 metres.
Boustead had originally planned for a 12- storey hotel but scaled the height down to five storeys.
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