GEORGETOWN, April 2 – Thank you for joining us today for the announcement of the soft-opening of our two brand new stars in Penang, St Giles Wembley and Cititel Express, Penang. Cititel Hotel Management Sdn Bhd (CHM), is an established hotel management company with an inventory of over 4,400 rooms and employee strength of over 2300. lt is known for its collection of centrally located hotels and continues to actively seek opportunities in key Asian cities to build and expand its portfolio, particularly in the three and four-star categories.
CHM is a subsidiary of the renowned IGB Corporation Berhad, a Malaysian property and investment holding company, acknowledged for its excellence in both commercial and residential property development. For our two new properties, the total estimated development cost is approximately RM250million and it took three years for this project to complete. Under this development we have in total 549-rooms – St Giles Wembley offers 415 rooms and Cititel Express, Penang with 234-rooms.
Both our properties are strategically located along Magazine Road and Noordin Street, in the heritage city of George Town. St Giles Wembley houses a pillar-less grand ballroom which can accommodate approximately 1,000 persons, 10 meeting rooms, Wembley Caf6 24-hours dining restaurant, lobby lounge, a salt-water infinity swimming pool, a gymnasium, health centre and tennis court (to be ready Q4,2Ot5), a helipad (the first for a Penang hotel and in the Northern Region), executive lounge and a sky bistro and brasserie (also to be ready Q4, 2015).
There will also be retail shops, restaurants and a food court. A total estimated retai! area space of approximately 40,000 sq ft is under this complex and ample covered car park space sufficient for 500 vehicles catering for both hotels. Adjacent to St Giles Wembley is Cititel Express, Penang offering affordable accommodation most suitable for busy business executives and leisure travellers. The hotel has all the essential amenities for a refreshing experience with great value, within a functional environment with a local identity and service that is friendly, attentive and yet unpretentious.
We have the new Enoshima Japanese Restaurant located here at Cititel Express. Under the St Giles Hotels brand, we have three defined distinct hotel categories – Boutique or Grand, Premier and Classic, whereby St Giles Wembley, Penang is categorised as a Premier Hotel.