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Renovation causes no slowdown in business at Sofitel Atrium

Budapest's Sofitel Atrium hotel, owned by France's Accor, had about the same number of guests in the first half of 2005 as in the same period a year earlier, in spite of an ongoing euro 10 million renovation project, István Kovács, the hotel's manager, announced on Sunday. Sofitel Atrium's occupancy rate was around 68% during the period. The renovation, which started in 2004 and will be completed by the end of 2006, is in its first phase. The first phase, to be completed by the beginning of September, involves work in the lobby, the hotel's conference rooms and restaurant, as well as work on the hotel's facade. In the next phase, the hotel's rooms will get a new look and the building's maintenance systems will be modernised, Kovács said. Sofitel Atrium has 351 guest rooms, including 54 luxury rooms, and 11 conference rooms.