Hilton Colombo to radically transform guest experience with Rs. 1.94 billion room refurbishment
S&T Interiors – a joint venture of the Hayleys Group and S&T Oman, announced the commencement of the Rs 1.94 billion 253 guest room refurbishment project for the Hilton Colombo. The fifteen  month project is expected to be completed in four  phases, with minimal disruption to hotel operations and will be the first major guest-room interior refurbishment since 1984.
Hilton Hotels Corporation is recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company, where in Sri Lanka the Hilton Colombo is known as a pioneer of the hospitality industry. The interior upgrade by equally renowned S&T Interiors is expected to elevate the hotel standards to that of international hospitality standards.
The refurbishment by S&T Interiors will consist of civil, interior fit-out and MEP work for the 253 guest rooms. The renovation is due to be completed by late 2022 and will provide visitors with a completely new and upgraded stay, in-line with the international standards set within the luxury segment of Hilton hotel brand.
Speaking with S&T Interiors, Head of Strategy & Finance – Chinthaka Jayathilaka noted: “We are pleased to have been awarded this refurbishment project. Whilst the main challenges are to ensure the refurb of the 253-guest rooms do not disrupt hotel operations, we are also quite mindful of the volatility of the economy and regulations in place that could disrupt the process. The refurbishment has been commissioned at the right time, as with the current low occupancy rates – allowing for more convenient preparation and work on the property for the future.”
Concluding, Chief Operating Officer, Hotel Developers Lanka (PLC) – Shamahil Mohideen stated: “We are pleased to have partnered with S&T Interiors for the refurbishment of our 253 room inventory at the Hilton Colombo through a competitive bidding process. The renowned interior fit-out contracting company stood out during the competitive bidding process due to their international expertise and global network, in particular their in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Hilton brand, its visual and hotel standards as well as the brand ethos that when executed correctly, can be brought to life through every aspect of the property.”
The company continues to leave an indelible mark of creative, cultured interior finishes that bring to life the perfect balance of international expertise and local craftsmanship. S&T Interiors is in the process of completing renovation and fit-out for landmark properties such as World Trade Center (WTC), The ITC One hotel & Sapphire Residences, and the Waterfront Development by John Keells (Cinnamon Life). The latest milestone projects completed includes the Westin Maldives Resort and Spa – as S&T Interiors Sri Lanka’s first international project; preceded by several high-end domestic projects such as the Mövenpick in Colombo.
S&T Interiors – Sri Lanka’s most exclusive turnkey contracting and interior fit-out company, commenced operations in Sri Lanka in November 2014 as a joint venture between the Hayleys Group and S&T Oman. The company primarily concentrates on hotel and commercial interiors. S&T Interiors Sri Lanka stands as a game changing front runner in interior fit-out contracting services that is rapidly raising the bar in terms of quality, and attention to detail on a commercial scale.
S&T Group has executed over 150 landmark projects in the luxury hospitality sector; with high-end residential and commercial projects including Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Oman; Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, Abu Dhabi; Dubai International Airport Project Concourse 3A; Langham Hotel, London; J W Marriott, Bangalore. The company owns a 250,000 sq.ft. factory which is one of the largest joinery production facilities in Muscat, Oman – equipped with technically advanced production facilities including sophisticated machinery such as CNC machinery and a wide range of ancillary equipment.
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