Thursday, 10 March 2022

AC Hotel by Marriott Split to Open in July, Employ Over 100 Staff

March 10, 2022 - AC Hotel by Marriott Split will open at the beginning of July in Croatia's tallest skyscraper - the Dalmatia Tower!

Split will be enhanced by another hotel this summer, housed in the tallest skyscraper in Croatia! Namely, AC Hotel by Marriott Split will be located in the 135-meter high Westgate building, a skyscraper known as the "Dalmatia Tower," reports Slobodna Dalmacija.

It will be the first Croatian hotel under the brand of one of the most prestigious hotel groups globally, and the opening is planned for the beginning of July.

"We are intensively carrying out works on interior design and furnishing following the high standards of the AC Hotel by Marriott brand. We plan to open the hotel in the first days of July. Since we want to provide top service and experience to guests, staff education and training are already underway, and AC Hotel by Marriott Split will receive its first guests in early July," said the investor Westgate Group.

AC Hotel by Marriott Split will have 214 rooms located on 11 floors, from the 17th to the 27th floor, and thanks to the specific shape of the tower, all rooms will have a sea view.

In addition to five modular conference halls with a total capacity of 300 people, guests will also have at their disposal a spa & wellness center with an indoor pool, a restaurant, bars, and lounge.

"The hotel will employ over 100 staff, and managerial positions have already been filled. For the remaining jobs, advertisements are currently placed on social networks, and will soon be on employment portals and local media, and of course, on the pages of Slobodna Dalmacija," they explained. 

The price per night is unknown, but they point out that it will be formed following the standards of Marriott International and the local market and will vary depending on the desired period of stay.

"We will soon open sales through the online channel and the official website of the hotel when the prices for different periods of stay will be visible to everyone," concluded the Westgate Group.

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Sunday, 27 December 2020

Westgate Group Split: Dalmatia Tower Ready to House First Marriott Hotel in Croatia by End of 2021

December 27, 2020 - Construction on the Westgate Group's Dalmatia Tower in Split, which will house the first Marriott Hotel in Croatia, should be complete by the end of 2021.

Slobodna Dalmacija writes that this year, in the list of the top 50 tallest buildings in Europe, Split's Dalmatia Tower is in 22nd place, standing tall at 135 meters, just two less than Romania's Sky Tower, which ranked higher.

The project, which created a new architectural value in Croatia and enriched Split's urban value, has reached its full height this year. Residents of nearby buildings and those who often drive on Domovinskog rata Street, during the first six months, followed the tireless work of crane operators on the country's highest construction crane and counted the number of floors from week to week until the final 27th floor was erected.

As is already known, Dalmatia Tower is part of the Westgate project consisting of two towers; the first, which has been the seat of the Management Board of Splitska banka since 2016, today OTP banka. Their offices are located on 12 floors while four underground floors are reserved for employee parking spaces. The modular approach to design has enabled users to adapt the office to their own needs and the criteria of a "green building," a pleasant and energy and cost-effective work environment.

Today, four years after the move to "Tower A," the conclusion is that the recognition of the 2017 project was justified when the first prize for the best high-rise business project in Europe arrived in Split - and it won among a few thousand applications from 115 countries.

On that occasion, architect Otto Barić considered it necessary to point out that the recognition itself does not refer exclusively to the architecture of one of the most challenging projects in his rich career but is also related to development skills.

Therefore, investors point out; there is no doubt that apart from the height of Dalmatia Tower, it will also impress with its contents and functionality, which is key to feeling comfortable in any space.

This will soon be confirmed by guests of the first Marriott hotel in Croatia because not only do the hotel rooms offer a fantastic view of Diocletian's city and the sea, but there is also a wellness area, indoor pool, restaurant with terrace, conference rooms and other facilities. 

Courtyard by Marriott - a brand of the world-renowned group Marriott International will be located on the upper floors, from 16 to 27, and with four-stars, will fit perfectly into the tourist offer of Split in the segment that the city lacks the most.

Just under a month ago, the prestigious British edition of The Times & The Sunday Times declared Croatia among the top three international destinations in the "Best Country award 2020" category, positioned just behind Italy and New Zealand. It's no surprise that the Brits value the diversity of natural beauty and a rich tourist offer the most.

Official Eurostat data on tourism trends for the past season confirmed Croatia's leading position in the Mediterranean, which confirms the stable position that Croatian tourism enjoys internationally and an additional encouragement for the Marriott Group's business in Split.

The hotel's location in a busy, dynamic part of the city, only fifteen minutes by foot to Diocletian's Palace and twenty minutes by car to Split airport, makes it an ideal choice for accommodation for business reasons or a relaxing holiday.

Modern but warm interior design will certainly be an additional lure, and as a "green building," there will be rational water consumption and reduced CO2 emissions, which makes living conditions in interiors more comfortable. With the international energy certificate LEED, all users are guaranteed a healthy and stimulating work environment and a pleasant, relaxing holiday, somewhere between the sea and the sky.

After Dalmatia Tower's exterior construction was completed and the glass facade was almost completely set, we have to wonder: "When will it be finished?".

"If everything goes according to plan, at the end of 2021," said the Westgate Group.

"Although the reinforced concrete construction of the tower is the most visible part of the work for the public, the most complex part of the project related to the installations and the interior is in front of us. Installation and construction-craft works are in progress, and the project is financed by the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development," they added, and finally concluded:

"Unpredictable is the real name by which we can call 2020, which we are slowly leaving behind, so we are cautiously predicting what the next one might bring. However, as the works on Dalmatia Tower were not stopped during the lockdown but continued with respect to epidemiological measures, we believe that the remaining part of the work on the Split tower will go according to plan. That New Year's wish could come true for us!"

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Westgate Tower B in Split: A Look at the Future Marriott Hotel and Croatia's Tallest Building

August 27, 2019 - The new Westgate Tower B in Split, which will eventually house the Marriott hotel and stand as Croatia's tallest building, should be completed by 2020. 

After the works were temporarily suspended, the construction of the Westgate Tower B in Split continues with full steam. Currently, the workers have covered up to the 23rd floor, and are working on the structure of the 24th floor. This skyscraper, which should be called "Dalmatia", will have 27 floors in total that reach 115 meters above sea level. This will make it the tallest building in Croatia, reports Dalmacija Danas.

While the adjoining, smaller tower became home to OTP Bank, its taller brother will host the first Marriott hotel in Croatia, featuring a total of 200 luxury rooms. This hotel will be located between the 16th and 26th floors, and on the top floor, there will be a “Sky bar” with the most magnificent views of Split and its surroundings. It will be the fifth hotel from this luxury hotel chain in Croatia, though it will be the first "Courtyard by Marriott" in Croatia which is recognized worldwide as an ideal accommodation for business travel.

According to reliable sources, the concrete part of the works will be completed in a month and a half to two months, and the new skyscraper will open in 2020. The installation of glass panels in the lower part of the tower has already begun, and it’s slowing beginning to look similar to the neighboring structure. 

Recall, at a recent public auction, a large plot of land that used to house the failed Mils Split dairy in the area was bought by Ivan Miloloža, owner of the real estate company “Jedina nekretnina”, and speculation has already begun on what will be built on that land.

Either way, the Westgate Towers have significantly altered the skyline in this part of Split. What the view will be once the taller tower is completed remains to be seen. 

For now, enjoy the progress of the new complex in a series of photos by Split photographer Goran Leš.

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Monday, 3 December 2018

First Marriott in Croatia to Open Doors in Split Before 2020

After the construction of the tallest skyscraper in Croatia came to a halt, works on the unfinished northern tower of the Westgate project in Split should be revived. 

Monday, 22 October 2018

First Marriott Hotel in Croatia Delayed, Set to Open in Split in 2020

The latest on the 'Dalmatia Tower', which is expected to house Croatia's first Marriott hotel.  

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Westgate Tower Split: Norwegian Company Looking to Open 500 New Jobs

The new Westgate Tower will see its completion in 2019.