BY BRYCE GUERRERO
Construction for Guam’s newest hotel is about 90% complete due to material delays, according to General Manager Dean Huntsman.
“The industrial disputes on the mainland have affected shipping schedules resulting in some delays in getting construction materials to the island,” he said.
Approximately half of the hotel’s room inventory will be open in May when Dusit Thani Guam holds its soft opening. The hotel will have a total of 419 rooms.
“Public areas, such as the main lobby and swimming pool, will be open as well as Aqua, our all-day dining outlet,” Huntsman told the Journal. “The remaining dining and entertainment venues, spa, Dusit Club Lounge and banquet facilities will open in a phased approach leading up to the hotel opening.”
The hotel will boast six dining and entertainment venues that offer both traditional and modern cuisines. Aqua will feature buffets for every meal as well as cooking stations and all-day à la carte options.
True to the hotel’s roots, it will offer a contemporary Thai restaurant, Soi, that Huntsman said will bring “world-renowned Thai street food with a modern twist to your plate.”
Alfredo’s Tuscan Steakhouse, a Northern Italian steakhouse, will offer house-cured steaks, hand-crafted pasta and a wine selection.
Other dining options on the property will include Tasi Grill, featuring seafood and local barbeque and poolside fare; Dusit Gourmet, a casual café serving deli-style sandwiches, pastries and coffee and tea; and The Lobby Lounge, serving specialty cocktails with a view of Tumon Bay.
The hotel has hired approximately 30 employees out of the remaining 350 positions. Dusit Thani’s human resources department is sorting through the applications of more than 3,500 individuals after a job fair held Feb. 7 at the University of Guam Calvo Field House, and hundreds more submitted to Dusit Thani’s pre-opening office.
“We met some really great people at our job fair in February and look forward to bringing these individuals on board,” Huntsman said. “We have been recruiting for an attitude and are looking for those who want to be part of something big as we drive the level of service and quality forward. Dusit is a company very focused on training. We want to find dynamic people who will be trained to represent the Dusit brand and to deliver at the highest level of service expected of an international, five-star luxury hotel,” Huntsman said.
The Dusit Thani Guam will house the island’s first convention center boasting 12,000 square feet of space, which is already attracting interest for bookings.
“We have received a number of inquiries from international organizations as well as interest from Japanese and Korean corporations. We are already contracting for various events toward the end of the year and into next year,” Huntsman said. “We believe the convention center on Guam provides a more affordable option for the [meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions] market that currently travels all the way to Hawaii.”
According to Huntsman, the hotel is Guam’s tallest structure standing at 30 floors. It has six villa suites that have private terraces with plunge pools and spa rooms.
Dusit will also have the largest spa on island, encompassing 10,000 square feet with 10 treatment rooms, a hydro-jet massage and an onsen. Huntsman added that the hotel will be the only one on island to offer the “high-tech hospitality” of fiber optic networks to give guests “highly reliable, high-speed and high bandwidth connectivity during their stay.”
Standing 30 stories high, the Dusit Thani Guam is now Guam’s tallest structure. The new 419-room hotel will hold a soft opening in May.
Photo courtesy of Dusit Thani Guam
Tiers to progress
Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc., the court-appointed receiver for the Ordot Dump closure, has taken steps to begin Phase II of the dump’s closure, as viewable in this March 17 photo taken from the road to LeoPalace Resort. According to a quarterly report submitted to the District Court of Guam on March 5, as of February, the project has been at least one month behind due to bad weather. To date, the contractor has completed the east half of the leachate perimeter collection system and has covered a majority of the east half. The construction of the sewer system, allowing leachate to be sent to the Hagåtña wastewater treatment plant, was completed Jan. 30. So far in the second phase, the contractor has relocated and consolidated Phase II waste, has made progress on installing storm water controls and has initiated the covering of the west half and the installation of the western leachate collection system.
Photo by Jackie Hanson