By Demola Ojo
Heralding a new era of luxurious hospitality in the heart of Lagos is The George, a boutique hotel which opened recently. This luxurious edifice with an iconic design represents another great option for guests in Lagos.
The George is situated on over three acres of in the exclusive and Lugard Avenue, Ikoyi and is managed by the Mantis Group.
The Mantis Group run a collection of award-winning, privately-owned, five–star properties located around the world. Its specialist areas include boutique hotels, game reserves, ski lodges and yachts. All of the properties managed by The Mantis Group represent the finest of its kind celebrating culture, architecture and authentic experience.
The George is within easy access to Victoria Island, Lekki, Lagos Central Business District (CBD) and the Lagos mainland. It promises to provide exceptional services to its guests who are the large corporations, heads of corporations, diplomats, very senior government officials, senior executives of corporations and high net worth individuals.
‘’As a brand, we are proud to introduce into this market a distinct hotel experience deeply rooted in culture, excellence, dynamism and quality,’’ said Dorcas George, Managing Director of The George. ‘’By investing in an iconic property with a focus on tailored services, positive experiences and rich memories, we aim to bring to Nigerians the world class hotel experiences comparable with the top rated international hotels anywhere in the world.”
With 61 luxury rooms and suites located on five floors, the hotel consists of 26 Classic Rooms, 9 Deluxe Rooms, 12 Studio Rooms, 8 Classic Suites, 2 Deluxe Suites and 4 Penthouse Suites. The building is curvilinear in layout creating an interesting form.
The application of stone cladding, paint and corner glazing on the exterior further enhances the form and the contemporary architectural language. Other facilities provided include a swimming pool, a fully equipped gymnasium, restaurant and bar, as well as conference and meeting rooms to meet the needs of businesses. All conference rooms have complete audio-visual facilities including video conferencing.
‘’The hotel promises to revolutionise guest experience in the Nigeria hospitality industry with an elevated level of service delivery,” commented Guy Johnstone, General Manager of The George. ‘’Our team of passionate, committed and dedicated personnel are true ambassadors of The George brand, they embody our values of excellence, professionalism and quality, they bring to life our commitment to deliver life long memories to our guests,’’Johnstone.
Qatar Airways Threatens to Leave Oneworld over Open Skies Row
Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker has threatened to withdraw his airline from Oneworld if the ongoing open skies row continues. American Airlines, Delta and United are calling on Washington to end the open skies agreement, claiming it is weighted in favour of the Gulf carriers.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Al Baker said the move by American throws Qatar Airways’ membership of the Oneworld alliance into doubt.
He said: “There is no point in us being in Oneworld if an airline [American Airlines] that invited us, hosted us in America to sign the entry to Oneworld, is today going against us.”
Qatar Airways joined the airline alliance less than two years ago.
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Emirates Opens First Airline-owned Lounge in Japan, Closes London Heathrow T3
Emirates has opened its 38th dedicated lounge worldwide in Tokyo Narita’s Terminal 2. The 936 sqm Emirates Lounge at Narita International Airport can seat 174 people and is the first airline-owned lounge in Japan.
Facilities include a fully-equipped business centre, complimentary wifi, food and beverage counter, showers and a prayer room.
The lounge is open from 1720 to 2120 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and from 1800 until 2200 on every other day of the week. Entry is available to Emirates first and business class passengers, and Platinum and Gold members of the Emirates Skywards loyalty programme.
Mohammed H Mattar, divisional senior vice president of Emirates Airport Services, said: “Japan is a very important market for Emirates and the dedicated lounge at Narita demonstrates our ongoing efforts to provide the best airport experience to premium Japanese travellers and our Skywards Platinum and Gold members.”
Meanwhile, the airline has closed its lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 3 for four months so that refurbishment work can be carried out.
Passengers travelling in first and business class with the Gulf carrier have been advised they can access British Airways’ Galleries First and Galleries Club lounges in T3. The Emirates Lounge at London Heathrow shut last week and is scheduled to reopen in October.
Emirates operates five A380s daily out of T3. Each of these has 76 business seats and 14 in first class — a total of 450 premium passengers per day that can now enter the BA lounges, in addition to top tier cardholders in the Emirates Rewards loyalty programme.
An Emirates spokesman said: “We will be overhauling our lounge at London Heathrow to transform the facility into the contemporary, premium service that is more in line with the understated elegance of our new, global lounge style…