Mercure Grand Hotel Karachi Airport

One of the new five star hotels being added to Karachi, The Mercure Grand Hotel at Karachi Airport will start operations on April 1st 2007, with 120 rooms and 2 suites, with an all day dining restaurant, coffee shop, swimming pool with pool bar. The hotel will add more facilities in the second phase of its operations with an additional 55 superior rooms, all on ground level with balconies and direct garden access, multiple seminar and convention facilities as well as a complete fitness centre.

This is the first venture by Accor group in Pakistan, which currently manages over 750 hotels in 49 countres. The next hotel constructed would be Sofitel Karachi in Clifton which is planned to be opened in late 2009.

Also, Karachi Railways is looking to sell 3 plots in Karachi to investors in the gulf for building five star hotels in Karachi (out of eight plots country-wide).

Looks like we’re finally going to have some more names here, than just PC, Sheraton, Marriot and Crown Plaza.

18 Comments so far

  1. BoZz (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 12:21 pm

    Elaborating on your second last para.

    The city government is offering attractive incentives to foreign investors and paying due attention to the public/private partnership to encourage projects like seven-star hotels, restaurants, etc to be built along the city”s coastline. Besides, it would welcome the prominent international fast-food/shops chains, establishment of food streets.

    A Qatar-based firm had expressed its interest in establishing seven-star hotels in the city which involved about $2 billion investment.

    Referring to the huge investment made for developing Bagh Ibn-i-Qasim into a most modern park of the country, the nazim underlined the need for making the project a profitable venture. In this regard, he stressed on a comprehensive planning under which reputable firms should be invited to set up fast-food outlets and operate boating and other services for public entertainment.

  2. mansoor (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 12:53 pm

    bozz: i completely agree with the fact that every venture should be profitable (or atleast self sustaining) if it is to be viable and have a long future.

    There is great unrest among people here that we are selling off our lands and our economic viability to foreigners, my reply is, what have we done in the past to do it ourselves? Pakistan’s economy has been in the hands of our elite 22 families, and every venture you heard of in the last 10 years was backed by one of them.

    Now, our economy is going to be in the hands of 12 or so sheikhs.. whats the different? The public was working for 22 families first, now we’ll just work for 12 more sheikhs..?

  3. Ali Mohsin (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

    Looking forward to opening of Mercure….

    Mansoor:…..not to give u economic lesson, but significance of foreign investment cannot be denied; investment in construction, for instance, spurs growth in other supporting industries as well like cement, building material, readymix concrete, electrical euqipments, paints, ceramics etc besides employing hundreds… can you deny these very obvious advantages?

    A word for Ibn-Qasim…sincerely hoping for the following:
    1.General public of the city takes responsibility of looking after the park, ensuring maintenance of adequate cleanliness and decency levels in and around the premises,

    2. Political parties (including religous, ethnic, sectarian,(N),(Q), (Ps) etc.) to abstain from chalking on the walls.

    3. Considering presence of some elements in our society, CDGK to ensure proper maintenance of the park. Investing the money won’t ne enuf….otherwise it will go down the drain in matter of time….Similar to what happened with Gulgee’s items at seaview!

    These are just apprehensions…..but its better to be prepared and do something before hand, rather than rue later.

  4. Da-Man (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 7:53 pm

    More foreign investment means more jobs, more business for local suppliers, an international level of quality of service. Just like the high tide, these investments will raise all ships big and small. The local administration is doing an excellant job.

  5. Ahmed (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 8:46 pm

    hey what happened to le meridian i while back i saw some pictures for Le Meridian Is Mercure Le Meridian the same or am I totally confused can someone enlighten me?

  6. momers (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 12:51 am


    I keep hearing about THE 22 families that control Pakistan.

    Might someone want to for once enlist the names of the families? Maybe start a wikipedia entry :-p

    Lets start..

    1. The Saigols/Sehgals…
    2. ?

  7. wasiq (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 2:01 am

    shaarminda naa karein yaar…aaj ne tey kal log appey maan jawein gay…..


  8. wazir niamat ali (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 1:36 pm

    it is great pleasure to you.
    your are going to open a big hotel in karchi pakistan,

    best of luck to you

    Wazir Niamat 0300-2148417

  9. BoZz (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 2:25 pm

    Question is if these hotels will be able to survive?

    If there is no security and safety there will be very limited business. Investment coming in is a short term thing, to be able to sustain and make it profitable is another aspect. We all know what happens in the later part in this country.

    Besides till the Mullahs exist there will be no tourism – bread and butter for the hospitality industry.

  10. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 8:19 pm

    Momers, drop me an email at leemarse at gmail dot com and I will email you a whole list of the 40 richest families controlling most of the industries within Pakistan.

    And then you can yourself do the required entry in Wikipedia.


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  15. Alam Khan (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 11:44 pm

    very Nice this will help to to parmot tourisum

  16. S.M. Mojiz Iqbal (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 11:58 am

    Hotels of internaltional standards at airport is the need of the time and i would like to congratulate you for taking the lead in full filling the long standing requirement of the city of Quadi-e-Azam. It will be very prestigious to have a hotel of your name at the airport. This will bost not only the tourism but also provide many job opportunaties for the citizens to work in a exellent atmosphere.

    We are a service provider company and provide decent transport facilities on regullar basis to decent organizations. We have a fleet of cars, Hi-Roof Vans, Hiace & Coaster and can always be provided to you according to your requirements.

    Looking forward for any service from you.

  17. Fahad (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 1:30 am

    If you guys need any pictures to post on your websites please let me know. Post your email and I will forward you current pictures of the hotel inside and out. I can get them within the coming week.

  18. Alam (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 1:33 am

    Initially this hotel was supposed to open up as Le Meridien but the situation with Starwood Hotels and Resorts became problematic so UIG group pvt limited chose to instead do business with Accor Group/Grand Mercure

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