French hotel group Accor plans to debut its first Sofitel Luxury Hotel in India at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), in suburban Mumbai, by the end of December 2011.
The 302-room Sofitel Mumbai will include 49 superior rooms, 182 luxury rooms, 40 club Millesime rooms, 22 prestige suites, eight junior suites and one imperial suite.
India-based realtor Shree Naman Group, which holds a 60% stake in the project, will develop the property. Accor owns the remaining 40% stake in the venture.
In 2006, Accor acquired a 40% stake in Sofitel BKC for $16m out of the total project cost of about Rs4000m ($75m).
Initially, Sofitel will open 144 rooms at BKC as a soft launch and the full range of rooms, including 31 suites, will be available from February 2012.
The opening of the new hotel is expected to increase competition in the central business district of BKC.
Accor will also introduce one more Sofitel hotel in the Mulund district of Mumbai, as well as developing another hotel under its budget Sofitel brand at the same location.
Both hotels, which are expected to be operational in 2015, are on a management contract with Accor.
The company is planning to have seven hotels and 2,000 rooms in India by 2015, with a focus on major cities like Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.
Accor is currently operating in 120 locations across 40 countries, approximately a third of which are owned by the company.