PENANG: Tune Hotels Sdn Bhd has bought the Prime Plaza building in Burmah Road to be converted into a 303-room no-frills hotel.
Its chief operating officer Andy Song said the purchase of the 10-storey property belonging to MWE Properties Sdn Bhd was finalised three weeks ago.
However, he declined to reveal the quantum of the deal.
“Let’s just say we got it at a reasonable price but we will announce the details later,” Song said when commenting on a report in a Chinese daily that Tune Hotels was negotiating with the building owner to buy over the property.
He added that refurbishment would begin in May.
Song said the building was chosen because of its location.
“The building is centralised and strategically located near Komtar and other popular tourist spots.
“Of course, the main attraction would be the surrounding hawker outlets, especially the New World Park at Swatow Lane,” he said.
Song said the concept would be similar to its first hotel at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman which is scheduled to open this month.
“The room rates start from as low as RM9.90 per night if bookings are made in advance and non-peak times, but the average room rate will be about RM59,” he said.
Tune Hotels founder and director Datuk Tony Fernandes announced last month that it would open at least five no-frills hotels this year.
Besides the flagship hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Fernandes had also identified Kota Kinabalu, Johor Baru, Kuching and Penang as among the major cities where the group’s chain of hotels would be located.
Source : STAR
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