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CONTRIBUTED - From left: Dianne Edwards, president of JAMPRO; Evan Williams, architect; Edmund Bartlett, minister of tourism; and Joseph Bogdanovich, prominent investor.

Kingston's newest hotel almost complete

Kingston's new newest hotel, the 'R', is in its final stages of construction and is on track for opening in late summer 2017. The announcement came at a topping-out reception for the hotel on Wednesday, March 15, on the building's top floor.

Located on Renfrew Road in the New Kingston business district, the boutique Business Extended-Stay Hotel, which goes up eight floors, is the result of a partnership between noted architect Evan Williams and prominent investor, Joseph Bogdanovich.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, while delivering keynote remarks, noted that Kingston's current room count is short and is in need of more high-quality rooms. "Thankfully, the need for more hotel rooms is gradually being met with your 32 high-end rooms and eight two-bedroom apartments being added to the room stock. We recently had the Courtyard by Marriott in New Kingston adding some 129 rooms. The soon-to be reopened former Wyndham New Kingston will bring back some 303 rooms, and Sandals Resorts International's (SRI) 220-room AC Hotel by Marriott is slated to open for business Winter 2019."

The 'R' is the first designated corporate rental building to be developed within the New Kingston area. Both Williams and Bogdanovich are quick to point out that the hotel will offer high levels of personal service, with varied business facilities offered, all incorporated into a luxurious setting. It will afford the business traveller voice, video, and teleconferencing systems, integrated messaging wireless internet; IP video surveillance; and access control systems. The hotel will also include a roof-top restaurant and bar, a swimming lap pool, gift shops, a gymnasium, an art gallery, and an underground car park.

FULFILLING A DEMAND

In noting the uniqueness of the hotel, Williams stated: "In conceptualising this project, I was responding to a clear and unfulfilled demand for a hotel like the R in New Kingston, one that was specifically designed to provide the comforts, conveniences, and luxuries required by travelling business executives. It overwhelms me with pleasure that this project has reached the landmark topping-out stage, and I am excited that very soon, all will be able to share in my vision".

Bogdanovich added that "having personally had a need for the types of services the Renfrew Hotel will offer, it was an obvious investment for me. Jamaica is on a path to growth and economic development, which will bring an influx of international business people to the capital. By providing the luxury services they need, the Renfrew Hotel will help to ensure they will always want to return to Kingston".

The hotel is to announce special discount rates in coming weeks as it readies for opening. 

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