|Rosewood Edinburgh will be housed in the former Royal High School, a historic building on Calton Hill.|
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts announced that it plans to open the Rosewood Edinburgh, the company’s fourth property in Europe, in 2018.
The hotel will be situated on Calton Hill on the site of the former Royal High School, a historic, landmark building within the Scottish capital designed by architect Thomas Hamilton in 1829. According to Rosewood, the neoclassical structure is widely considered to be one of the best examples of Greek revival architecture.
Scottish architect Gareth Hoskins will be responsible for overseeing the restoration of the building, which has been vacant for nearly 50 years. He is well equipped for the challenge; he also did the redevelopment of the National Museum of Scotland. It doesn’t stop there; he will also be designing the extension for the National Galleries of Scotland.
The property will comprise 147 guest rooms and suites that come with panoramic views over Edinburgh (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Amenities will include three restaurants and bars, a Sense spa, fitness center and an indoor swimming pool. For guests looking for event space, the hotel will also have 3,200-square-foot ballroom. Advisors looking to plan a special stay should contact Julian Haddon ([email protected]), regional director of sales and marketing.
Mandarin Oriental is scheduled to move into Beirut in 2018 with the opening of a new luxury hotel and branded residences.
Located in two adjacent buildings in Beirut’s Central District (the heart of Lebanon’s capital), Mandarin Oriental, Beirut will be situated in the south tower with 280 contemporary-style guest rooms and suites and 25 serviced apartments. The north tower will house 103 Residences at Mandarin Oriental. These residences will be perfect for A-listers; we suggest you tell your clients about them now and get them excited.
Singapore-based Kerry Hill will head up the design process. The property will have a bold and elegant style that integrates the different project components of the hotel and the residences, Mandarin Oriental reported. Designs will include the use of local sandstone with shaded private outdoor spaces and colonnades, as well as spacious rooftop terraces.
For dining, Mandarin Oriental, Beirut, will offer an all-day dining restaurant and bar, and a lobby lounge, as well as an extensive club lounge spread across the lower levels of the two towers. A fine dining restaurant and bar will also span across the top of both towers, offering views over the city. Those with large groups will be able to use the meeting spaces, including a 300-seat grand ballroom, a 270-seat junior ballroom and multiple adaptable conference rooms.
Guests will also have access to the Spa at Mandarin Oriental providing rejuvenating and relaxing treatments, along with a fitness center and indoor pool. An additional outdoor pool will be situated at the top of the building, affording spectacular views.
The project is under development by the Olayan Group, a Saudi Arabian multinational group. This is the same group with whom Mandarin Oriental recently jointly acquired The Hotel Ritz, Madrid. Advisors should note that Mandarin has not assigned a specific team to this hotel yet, but Alison Styles ([email protected]), vice president of sales and marketing — Europe, Middle East and Africa can give more information.
|Bentley Lodge Kitzbühel (here and below) can accommodate eight guests at a time, for either a three-day or full-week stay.|
British luxury auto manufacturer Bentley Motors has been switching gears into the hospitality industry recently. After opening luxury suites at St. Regis hotels in New York and Istanbul, Bentley has now debuted Bentley Lodge Kitzbühel.
Located in the Tyrol region in the Central Eastern Alps, the property aims to provide guests with a vacation experience based on the “Bentley lifestyle,” and can accommodate eight guests at a time, for either a three-day or full-week stay. The limited rooms ensure that guests will get plenty of personalized attention from the hosts or “Bentley Boys.”
Those who appreciate the Bentley brand will be happy to learn that the lodge uses the same materials and finishes that are found in the Bentley cars. Fun Fact: The lodge itself dates back to 1919, the same year that Bentley Motors was founded.
Kitzbühel is well known as a playground for winter sports, and guests will also have access to the facilities at the Kitzbühel Country Club, which includes a spa, gym and pools, cigar lounge, private cinema, bars and a fine dining restaurant. Guests will also be able to plan bespoke experiences like fishing, hunting, horseback riding and, of course, skiing. Reservations are managed by the Kitzbühel Country Club, therefore reservations should be made at www.bentleymotorslodge.com.