Ramada Colombo soon to unveil dazzling new lobby

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

Ramada Colombo is embarking on a dazzling renovation of its lobby as yet another phase of its complete product overhaul with a total investment outlay of Rs. 900 million. As with the renovated rooms launched in November last year, the concept and design of the lobby will epitomise smart-luxury and excite the new age traveller for whom business and leisure converge. A member of the Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest and most diverse hotel chain with over 7,500 properties worldwide, Ramada Colombo is geared to take on the changing landscape of tourism in the island. Before long, guests walk into a vivid lobby with a wall of glass that opens out to the main road, offering a splendid view of the Galle Face Green beyond. The lobby’s ceiling will extend to twice its existing height giving the entire area an enlivening sense of space. Artful minimalist design is complemented with splashes of colour. Chairman Fahmy Cader said: “Ramada’s location gives us a distinct attraction. We open out to stretch of the city that has now been gloriously beautified.” He added that the new concept is created to make one appreciate both the hotel’s own designas well as the cityscape of Colombo. An existing charming element of the lobby that will be retained is its grand staircase leading up to the banquet hall; this staircase will now be showcased in all its grandeur by opening out to the lobby. Ramada Colombo’s strong vision of offering smart luxury is evident in services that will be included as part of the lobby renovation. Director Operations M. Shanthikumar said: “As a four star hotel located in close proximity to the central business district of the city our new lobby will include a state of the art Business Centre offering not only superior technology solutions, but a private meeting room as well.” Ramada also announced the launch of its new patisserie. Stemming from the lobby area itself and stretching out toward the road, this patisserie will offer an expertly thought out, trendy dining experience with new cuisine concepts including easy on-the-go-food for busy executives. Together with the lobby and new patisserie, the hotel is also revamping its poolside for a whole new alfresco dining experience. The new experience will begin as guests come in through a well-designed second entrance with a garden area of striking new landscape. The poolside and garden will be ideal for outdoor banqueting. The hotel looks forward to catering to cocktail parties and intimate dinners in this alluring open air setting. Currently, the most crucial aspect of the lobby renovation with structural changes is underway. In the best interest of guests, the hotel is closed at present but will open for all stay and dining services as usual on 1 August. The hotels Sales and Banquets offices are open even at present to cater to any guest inquiries. Opening in October 2014, this four-star hotel’s dazzling smart-luxury lobby with its new food and beverage outlet will clearly breathe a fresh wave of life to the city’s stay and dining options.