WESTPORT, Conn. -- Movenpick plans to add eight to 10 hotels per
year during the next five years. Several of them will be in the
Middle East including three in Israel.
The 35-property group
announced in December that its first hotel in the Holy Land is
under construction in Jerusalem about half a mile north of the Old
City, on the line that divided Israel's capital prior to the 1967
Six Day War.
The Jerusalem property is expected to open in late 1999 or early
2000, according to a spokeswoman here for the Switzerland-based
chain. Its location places guests within walking distance of
attractions that include the Via Dolorosa, the Western Wall and the
golden Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount.
Even closer will be Ammunition Hill, where visitors can walk
through military trenches built by Jordan before the 1967 war and
see a documentary film about the role the area played during the
period. Near the military site is Mount Scopus, the hill mentioned
in the Bible as overlooking Jerusalem and where the main facilities
of the Hebrew University and Hadassah Hospital are currently
The 244-room hotel will feature a Movenpick Gastronomy
restaurant, offering the light gourmet cuisine in which the chain
specializes; a kosher section will be provided. The property also
will have a specialty restaurant and a lobby bar; a health club; a
rooftop garden and pool for summer use; conference facilities, and
a business center.
The spokeswoman said the hotel will probably draw a lot of
European visitors, who are familiar with the chain, but also
expects to attract a large U.S. clientele.
Movenpick is expected to open properties in the Israeli cities
of Tel Aviv and Ashdod by the turn of the millennium. In the
region, Movenpick said it planned to open hotels in Ajman, United
Arab Emirates, this year, and in 1999, the chain will add
properties in Beirut, Lebanon; Cairo, Egypt; Dubai, United Arab
Emirates, and Aqaba, Jordan. By 2000, it plans to open hotels in
Yitty Beach, Oman; Morocco, and Sousse, Tunisia.
The chain already has properties in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia
and Yemen. Movenpick has hotels in 10 countries in Europe, the
Middle East and Asia.
Movenpick Hotels & Resorts, Phone: (800) 34-HOTEL or (203)
222-9314, Fax: (203) 454-8840