Al Habtoory city hotels, comprised of St Regis, Westin and W will no longer be managed by Marriott as of July 31st. This dramatic loss follows the delisting of the St Regis Habtoor Polo Resort and Spa by the same owner a few days ago. Dubai has gone from having 2 St Regis (the most in the world along with Abu Dhabi) to none. It also will not have a W as of July 31st. However, a W and a St Regis are opening on the Palm soon (different owners from the delisted hotels).
The hotels had a combined total of close to 2000 keys (when you include Polo Resort) and represented nearly 33% of SPG’s inventory in the city (lower if you include Marriott hotels). Thus, this is the biggest single shift in inventory in Dubai’s history. The will certainly benefit the nearby Marriott hotels (JW Marquis, La Ville, Sheraton Grand SZR, Renaissance Downtown and Sheraton MoE) the most and raise occupancies of Marriott hotels throughout the city.
This was a long time coming as the owner and the operator did not seem happy with each other and the relationship never really worked. The hotels struggled with occupancy levels throughout their existence. A new operator has not been announced but one can’t imagine which company can fill a colossal number of rooms in an increasingly crowded market better than Marriott.