Kashmir will soon have its first international branded hotel. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has signed portfolio agreement with Jammu & Kashmir-based Mushtaq Group of Hotels to open seven hotels comprising 817-rooms under the Radisson Blu, Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson brands. The first hotel is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2016 in Srinagar.
At present there are homegrown brands- Taj Hotels and The Lalit Hotels operating in Kashmir. Carlson will be the first international brand to have set foot in the state. Carslon Rezidor Hotel Group will be opening hotels in Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Tanmarg, Sonamarg and Jammu.
The Hotel Explorer team met Thorsten Kirschke, president, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group; Raj Rana, chief executive officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group; KB Kachru, chairman, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and Mushtaq Chaya, chairman, Mushtaq Group of Hotels who were present for the announcement of the partnership. We are excited about these seven properties coming up in Kashmir, a beautiful destination aptly called the ‘Paradise on Earth’.
Here is some more information about these hotels:
Radisson Blu Srinagar is a 225-key new build hotel located in the heart of Srinagar city. The site is well located and is within easy reach of Dal Lake and the city’s main attractions. The hotel is located approximately 3 kilometers from the city centre and 10 kilometers from Srinagar Airport. Radisson Blu Srinagar is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2020.
Radisson Blu Resort Tangmarg is a 150-key new build hotel nestled within a 25-acre site in the Himalayan mountains. The site is just 13 kilometers from Gulmarg, which is widely regarded as one of the top winter sports destinations of the world. Radisson Blu Resort Tangmarg is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Radisson Srinagar is an 89-key conversion located in the heart of Srinagar within 2 kilometers of the main commercial and retail hubs of the city. It is close to golf courses, Dal Lake, Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Center and Asia’s largest tulip garden. Radisson Srinagar is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Radisson Pahalgam Golf View Resort is a 118-key conversion located in Pahalgam, approximately 7,200 feet above sea level. It offers direct access to the picturesque Pahalgam Golf Course. Radisson Pahalgam Golf View Resort is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2018.
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Gulmarg is an 80-key conversion. Gulmarg has been rated amongst the top five ski destinations in Asia by CNN. Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Gulmarg is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2020.
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Jammu is a 55-key conversion located in Gandhi Nagar, an upscale commercial and residential area in the heart of Jammu city. The hotel is close to Jammu Airport and Jammu Railway Station. Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Jammu is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2017.
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Sonamarg is a 100-key new build hotel located close to scenic Himalayan glaciers and trekking routes in Sonamarg. The hotel is accessible by the Srinagar-Ladakh highway. Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Sonamarg is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2018.