PORT MORESBY HOTEL PLANS $12 MILLION UPGRADE

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New ‘premier suites’ planned at Ela Beach Hotel

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Aug. 11, 2008) - Neglected Port Moresby beachfront will get a major lift starting next month with the construction of a PGK30 million [US$12 million] high-cost accommodation wing.

The once favored Ela Beach area will see heavy equipment moving in as Coral Sea Hotels begins ground work on Ela Beach Suites, a four-level extension to the Ela Beach Hotel.

It will contain 33 premier suites plus nine "king" suites.

Tenders for construction closed this month. It is expected the building will cost more than PGK30 million and will be completed in the first quarter of 2010.

The new wing will be constructed on the block of land between the existing hotel and adjoining Haus Ruth, the women’s refuge. The building has been designed to conform back to the hillside.

"Each suite will be larger than any hotel room previously available in town and has been designed to maximize its view of Ela Beach," Coral Sea Hotels general manager Warren Daniels said.

"The building is designed in a way that it will be possible to add a further two or three levels of accommodation, if and when required in the future."

Apart from being larger than standard rooms, each premier suite will feature individual electronic guest safes, 32" flat-screen LCD televisions with 90-channel cable TV, along with a DVD player, wireless internet, a desk and a dining table, a full-sized lounge and queen-sized bed, plus a balcony with an outdoor table and chairs.

The king suites will offer guests all the facilities of the premier suites along with a kitchenette and also feature extra-large balconies that are ideal for entertaining -- each with its own six seater spa and panoramic view of the ocean.

The building will feature a central glassed atrium overlooking Ela Beach, which offers guests a lap-pool on the third floor, as well as a large, fully equipped gymnasium. The second level will feature a quiet air-conditioned library and the first level will have an outdoor grass-hut and gardens, where guests can unwind in the evenings, or have a relaxing massage.

The ground floor will have a lift lobby plus a business centre with extensive secretarial services and a formal Italian style garden at the rear of the building. The architect has been Frameworks Architects. Electrical and service works will be carried out by M & E Partnership with engineering works by Stocks & Partners, both of Port Moresby.

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