Saturday, September 20, 2008

In Mourning - Once Was Marriott

In Mourning - Once Was Marriott

Terrorist attack kills more than 40 people in the Islamabad hotel.

[By Mayank Austen Soofi]

Explosion at Pakistan Marriott hotel kills 40
The Associated Press

Ideally located in the heart of capital, Islamabad Marriott Hotel with its distinguished patronage, plays host to Heads of states, dignitaries, corporate moguls and leisure guests from across the world. A symphony of contemporary decor, IMH reflects the diversity, the grandeur, the style, the hospitality - intensified in an intriguing way. And only here will one experience those sublime moments Islamabad is famous for.

Rooms and Suites
The living embodiment of glamour, Marriot Hotel Islamabad, combines elegance with style to enhance a variety of guest rooms and suites. Introduce yourself to the unique delights, up-to-the-minute amenities, and homely comfort within an ambience of exclusivity. Hospitality and swank décor in deluxe and executive guestrooms make your stay a relishing experience.

Contact Us
Islamabad Marriott Hotel
Agha Khan Road, Shalimar 5,
P.O.Box 1251 Islamabad.
Phone: +92 (51) 111-223344, 2826121
Fax: +92 (51) 2820648, 2825113

The hotel was hit before, too

A letter from Bill Marriott, Chairman & CEO of Marriott International

Islamabad, January 26, 2007

Today we witnessed the cruel hand of terrorism once again. According to Pakistani authorities, our hotel in Islamabad was the target of a lone suicide bomber. The explosion occurred by the loading dock in the afternoon local time.

No guests were hurt but a hotel maintenance worker was hospitalized and sadly, one of the hotel's security guards was killed as he tried to stop the suicide bomber from approaching the hotel. He is a great hero and he represents the true spirit to serve of our associates; to go above and beyond, which he certainly did.

Today, we're doing all we can to assist the hotel in Islamabad and reach out to the family of our security guard, who gave his life.

On September 20, 2008, the seven-storey building of five-star Marriott hotel was completely destroyed in a powerful suicide blast and more than 50 persons were killed and over 200 others were wounded.


Ameer Hamza said...

It is once again that we've seen a truck loaded with explosives (some say it was a car) ramming into the building. Last time it was FIA center in Lahore and more than 50 died that day. This time it is a favorite hotel for foreign visitors as well as local elite. From the photographs and the video it is very clear that nothing of the hotel is left except for the carcass. It is a sad reminder of things going too bad for us.

Rajnish said...

Good Bye Marriot.Very sad farewell to the hotel which was popular and part of Islamabad skyline.

Time we Indians and Pakistani's become active in weeding out terrorists rather than be spectators and bloggers.They are going to get on us soon in Islamabad or Delhi.

आलोक सिंह भदौरिया said...

Dear Mayank any comments on serial bomb blasts in delhi? I hope you felt almost same yet... no posts on that incident.

आलोक सिंह भदौरिया said...

Dear Mayank any comments on Delhi serial blasts?