LANGHAM HOTELS INTERNATIONAL SECURES ELEGANT
LANDMARK PROPERTY TO GAIN STRATEGIC FOOTHOLD ON
WEST COAST UNITED STATES
(Hong Kong - November 2007) - Langham Hotels International (LHI) has secured its first property in the Western United States with the purchase of the luxurious heritage hotel - The Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena, California which will be rebranded as The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena on January 8th, 2008.
The hotel, located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, just 9 miles north of Downtown Los Angeles celebrated its 100th anniversary of the original opening this year. It represents Langham Hotels International's sixth new hotel announcement in as many months, marking a doubling of its size globally.
Strategically, The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena signals the group's plans for long-term US investment and expansion in terms of property acquisition and brand awareness for the 140-year-old luxury brand.
"It is a coup for Langham Hotels International to acquire such a luxurious heritage property that fits perfectly with the timeless Langham brand. This latest acquisition represents a tangible development for Langham in the North American market as we are now represented on both coasts," said Dr. KS Lo, Chairman, Langham Hotels International.
"Langham's legendary 140-year hotel heritage and world-class management expertise are the perfect match to the Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena which exudes the quiet glamour and charm of a different century," added Dr. KS Lo.
Langham Hotels International has signalled that it will invest US$25 million into upgrading the hotel's facilities. It will sensitively explore landscaping, upgrading the cottages and ensuring the restaurants and spa remain the finest on the West Coast of the United States.
"We will intelligently build on the heritage of the hotel to gently upgrade and invest US$25 million in the facilities which will be in keeping with the character of the property and the community within which we operate," he said.
Pasadena enjoys a near-perfect climate which has made the city and its environs a popular choice for tourists and makes the 23 acres upon which the Huntington Hotel sits the perfect backdrop from which to indulge in the Californian lifestyle. The hotel also hosts the annual nationally-televised Tournament of the Roses, the Rose Parade and the iconic Rose Bowl college football championship.
About the Hotel
The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena has been a famous Pasadena landmark since 1907. Set in 23 acres of rolling grounds overlooking San Marino, it is the only AAA Five Diamond hotel in Pasadena, and the closest to downtown Los Angeles. It retains its exclusive AAA Five Diamond status for 2008.
The hotel features 380 timelessly elegant rooms and suites, including Cottages sited throughout the grounds. The hotel spa was recognized by Travel & Leisure Magazine as one of the top 10 spas in the continental USA.
Michelin Star Winner
A quartet of award-winning restaurants and bars with their exceptional cuisine and service inspires even the most discerning guest.
The Dining Room features the vaunted Modern American cuisine of Chef de Cuisine Craig Strong who has just earned his first Michelin Star for the restaurant this year - the only hotel restaurant with that designation in 2007-8.
The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena also offers more than 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including three ballrooms, 15 meeting rooms, and three boardrooms. The expansive lawns create unique opportunities for outdoor events.
Langham Hotels International is the subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based Great Eagle Holdings, spearheaded by Dr. KS Lo, who is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Great Eagle Holdings. Spanning four continents, the group currently features 12 properties either open or under construction, with over 5,000 rooms in 11 cities, namely London, Boston, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Auckland, Toronto, Beijing, Chang Chun, Koh Lanta, Shanghai and Pasadena.
Langham has a legendary hotel heritage dating back to 1865 when The Langham in London originally opened as Europe's first Grand Hotel. For over 140 years, this flagship hotel has been at the forefront of sophisticated and gracious hospitality. Today, all Langham Hotels worldwide inherit the same philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses creating a truly unique hotel experience.
Two distinctive brands are managed by Langham Hotels International (LHI) - The Langham and Langham Place. The Langham offers Enchanting Hospitality - a classic, timeless luxury that one will never forget. Langham Place, the younger sibling of The Langham, delivers Stimulating Hospitality that exemplifies inspirations with an individual sense of vitality and flair.
Langham Hotels International manages six luxury properties under The Langham brand across the four continents, namely London, Boston, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Auckland and Pasadena (Jan 2008). LHI will further expand The Langham brand with its first boutique hotel opening in Shanghai in mid-2008. The first Langham Place opened in Hong Kong in 2005, and three new additions are scheduled to open in China - with two in Beijing (2008) and one in Changchun (2009) as well as Langham Place's first resort in Koh Lanta, Krabi, Thailand opening on January 1st 2008.
LHI is wholly owned by Great Eagle Holdings Limited, a publicly listed company (HKSE: 41) which was founded in 1963 and was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972.