Hotel 'Lav' - Opening by End of September 2006

SPLIT, 26.7.2006.

The reconstructed, now five-star hotel 'Lav', under the new name 'Le Meridien Grand Hotel Lav' in Podstrana near Split, will open its doors by the end of September, according to the hotel manager John Wood.

The construction activities demanded the investment of EUR 65 million. The hotel, which will be operating under the brand of the group 'Le Meridien', will remain open throughout the whole year, employing around 500 workers, most of them former employees of the 'old' Lav. The first 200 workers are expected to return to work by the beginning of September in order to prepare everything for the arrival of the first guests towards the end of the same month.

In the end the hotel will count 382 rooms within four divided, inter-connected objects, accompanied by a rich infrastructure. The guests will also be provided with a large two-storey parking lot, containing a tennis court on its roof. For the further development of congress tourism, the renovated hotel will be offering a large congress center with the capacity of hosting 2500 persons.

Due to the Homeland War, the hotel was completely devastated in the 90-ties and five years ago it was sold to the Split construction company 'Eurodom' for the sum of EUR 5 million. In time, half of the property was purchased by the Australian emigrant Slavko Bošnjak who founded the new company Grand Hotel Lav, which became part of the international hotel chain ‘Le Meridien’.