Avia Collinder, Business Reporter
Hotelier Kevin Hendrickson is currently upgrading three Kingston hotel properties: Jamaica Pegasus, Knutsford Court and Courtleigh Hotel & Suites.
Nicola Madden-Greig, group director of marketing and sales and spokesperson for the properties, says the renovations aim to modernise the properties as well as appeal to a more diversified market.
The project cost was not disclosed.
The refurbishment of rooms, the two-bedroom townhouses, main hotel restaurant and pool deck have already been tackled at the 143-room Knutsford Court Hotel. The next project will be refurbishment of 21 junior suites to be finished by mid-2014.
"With the reconfiguration of our bedrooms, we have been able to attract more group business," said Madden-Greig, who notes that Knutsford Court's average occupancy level is 70 per cent.
Repairs at the Jamaica Pegasus, a 40-year-old property, started three months ago in July. The job includes the relocation and modernisation of the 24-Seven café and upgrading the lobby area and restrooms.
The property will also get a new bar and lounge, to be called 'Blend', for additional meetings, said Madden-Greig.
The hotel's main restaurant was also expanded, and its pool deck upgraded, while work is ongoing on the Talk of the Town suite, which includes the addition of restrooms. The hotel gym has also been upgraded and relocated to the first floor, with the addition of a yoga/aerobics room.
The second phase of the Pegasus project will tackle the ballroom and bedrooms, to be finalised sometime in 2015.
"The call for this extensive renovation project was due to the demands of the market that were foreseen upon acquisition," said the marketing manager.
Kevin Hendrickson acquired the hotel for US$11 million from the UDC in 2010 through his company Quivin Holdings Limited. Another of his companies, Surrey Hotel Management Limited, was later created to manage the Pegasus under contract.
The 300-room property is currently averaging occupancy of 50-60 per cent, Madden-Greig said.
The 128-room Courtleigh also had its rooms upgraded and the lobby refurbished.
"These renovations are in keeping with the Courtleigh being one of Kingston's premier boutique hotels. We are in the process of installing hurricane-proof/sound-proof windows and have already completed three floors," said the marketing manager.
The targeted completion date is mid-2014.
"The overall effort is geared at enhancing the guest experience and building an even more loyal customer base," she said, adding that occupancy is running at 80 per cent.
The hotel comprises 88 rooms and 40 suites.