Novotel opens in Mumbai

International hotel chain Novotel launched Novotel Mumbai at Juhu Beach yesterday. Spread over 2.5 acres on a beach-front site, Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach offers 203 guest rooms and suites: 12 suites, 60 premier rooms and 131 standard rooms.

Designed for the international palette, Novotel Juhu Beach will offer five food and beverage options: The Square, an all day dining restaurant with an open show kitchen, Olio that invites you to a take a culinary journey through the Mediterranean with live cooking stations, Sampan a revival of Mumbai's favourite Oriental restaurant serving the Cantonese, and Sichuan cuisine, Bageecha an al-fresco dining experience featuring Indian tandoori BBQ and Gadda da Vida a sophisticated and graceful lounge offering sunset views of the Arabian Sea.

According to Heinz Egli, general manager, Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach, ''At Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach, we hope to set new standards in the hospitality industry for Mumbai. A business- and leisure-destination, Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach will offer guests the best of both worlds, a technologically astute hotel with varied options in dining and recreation. The experience at Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach will be wholly unique and unforgettable not only for domestic and international travellers but also for Mumbaikars.''

Novotel has long been committed to promoting sustainable development through its active involvement in the Accor Group's Earth Guest program. Today, it reaffirms this position by pledging that all hotels will be committed to the Green Globe environmental program by 2010.

In 2008, the Novotel network includes 393 hotels and resorts, representing a total of more than 71,456 rooms, in 60 countries.