Raffles Singapore will undergo a major restoration starting in January 2017. The first phase will refurbish the hotel’s Arcade; the second phase—starting in mid-2017—will overhaul the main building, lobby, and some of the suites. During this time, the hotel will stay open. The hotel will close for the final phase, from the end of 2017 until the second quarter of 2018. Technology upgrades will be a major focus. The interiors will be decorated by award-winning designer Alexandra Champalimaud.
Marriott’s Edition brand will open its first Icelandic property in Reykjavik in late 2018. A recent article in the Iceland Monitor describes it as the country’s “first five-star international hotel.” For the 250-room hotel, U.S. real estate firm Carpenter & Company bought a prime piece of real estate next to the Harpa Conference Center and Concert Hall on the harbor waterfront.
Designer Karl Lagerfeld is launching Karl Lagerfeld Hotels & Resorts, created top to bottom in the designer’s graphic esthetic. In addition to hotels, the brand will also encompass residential properties, restaurants and private clubs. We are still waiting to hear where these new hotels will be built, but we’re banking on Paris, bien sur. Stay tuned.