By Cassandra Mascarenhas
One of Colombo’s most established business hotels, Renuka City Hotel proudly opened its doors to the public following an extensive renovation of their premises, a timely transformation completed in order to meet the demands made by the influx of tourists that are expected in the post-war era.
Located in the heart of Colombo, Renuka has been a traditional favourite amongst business clientele, both local and foreign. The renovation the hotel underwent over a period of three months which cost Rs. 125 million was done in order to capture the newer, younger segment of the market that is now emerging and to meet the changing needs of their diverse clientele.
The renovations have penetrated every part of the hotel including the reception, bathrooms, banquet halls, restaurant and guestrooms — some which have been enlarged and now come fully equipped with the latest amenities, giving guests a completely new experience when they step into the hotel.
The changes to the hotel don’t stop with this refurbishment; the Board of Directors of Renuka City Hotel now plan on embarking on yet another project which is estimated to cost them a further Rs.35 – 50 million by building a four or five storey complex on the land adjoining the current property which currently serves as their car park. The complex which is slated to be completed by August 2011 will include a new infinity pool on the rooftop, a fitness centre, storage facilities and parking for over 60 vehicles.
“We feel that the redesigning of the hotel has come at the perfect juncture in order to meet the expected surge of tourists into the country and in order to support the Government’s commitment to the industry. The Government has responded positively by imposing a strict minimum rate on hotels in the city of Colombo which has in turn forced hotels to concentrate on issues other than price,” said the Joint Managing Director of Renuka City Hotel, Shibani Thambiayah while addressing a media gathering at the hotel yesterday.
She went on to say that the hotel, which was established in the year 1972 and gained popularity amongst foreign visitors has always received a steady flow of customers throughout the decades, many of whom are recurring visitors. Chairman of Renuka City Hotel, Ravi Thambiayah backed this claim and further stated that competition from the five-star hotels in Colombo will not affect Hotel Renuka.
“Europe has been our target market for a long time. However considering the financial difficulties that they have been experiencing, we need to concentrate on areas from which we can get tourists – China is one such potential market and so is India,” expressed the Chairman.
Complementing the renovation was the launch of the hotel’s revamped website which has been upgraded to include comprehensive details on the hotel and its facilities as well as a secure payment gateway to provide guests with greater convenience and ease of making reservations.