Regent to Open The Regent South Beach Late Fall 2006

. October 14, 2008

MIAMI, FL, September 28, 2006. In late fall 2006 , The Regent South Beach, Fla., kicks off a series of hotel openings for the luxury hotel brand throughout the U.S., Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Over the next two years, the Regent brand will double its portfolio with the addition of seven new hotels. Regent's existing portfolio encompasses six properties in the cities of Shanghai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Berlin and Zagreb.

In Asia, The Regent Beijing will open in Nov. 2006, becoming the brand's second hotel to open in China in less than a year. Developments in the U.S. will continue in 2007 with the opening of The Regent Bal Harbour, in Fla., and The Regent Boston at Battery Wharf Hotel & Residences.

Future Regent developments in Asia, Europe and the Middle East include properties in Bangkok, Thailand; Beijing and Ningbo, China; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The new development surge has breathed new life into a pioneering luxury hotel brand, legendary for its unparalleled service and standards. The new hotels' services and features will range from personal assistant services, Penthouse Butlers and private elevators for each guest room to celebrity chef restaurants, luxury spas and spacious balconies for all guest rooms.

The Regent South Beach: Celebrity Chef Restaurant, Butler Services and Balconies for All

The 80-suite Regent South Beach, opening late fall 2006, offers upscale travelers the best of both worlds - the cachet and chic-style of South Beach and personalized luxury experiences of Regent Hotels & Resorts.

Inspired by ocean breezes, world-renowned architectural firm, Arquitectonica, has designed The Regent South Beach to embrace South Beach lifestyle. Each of the hotel's 80 oversized guest suites will average approximately 500 square feet and feature approximately 200 square foot balconies.

Celebrity chef Govind Armstrong will debut Table 8 South Beach, sister restaurant to his trendy Table 8 Los Angeles, featuring prime indoor and al fresco dining with an expansive Bar & Lounge. A local high profile retailer and an elite in-residence spa will offer travelers style and relaxation.

Other noteworthy features include: the first-ever hotel personal assistant cell phone service, assisting guests even when they are off property; penthouse-dedicated 24-hour butler service and Mercedes-Benz(R) S550 sedan house cars.

Spanning between Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue at 14th Street, The Regent South Beach is within steps of the Lincoln Road Shops, Miami Beach Convention Center, and Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts, Bass Museum & Cultural Center and the Miami Beach Marina. American Airlines Arena, home to the Miami Heat, Miami International Airport and Bal Harbour Shops are within a twenty-minute drive.

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