The Royal Savoy Lausanne, a five-star hotel owned by Katara Hospitality, has celebrated the ‘topping out’ of its contemporary new building.
Katara Hospitality CEO and Board member, Mr. Hamad Al Mulla, joined the Katara Hospitality Switzerland team to officially commemorate the completion of the high-rise shell of Royal Savoy Lausanne’s iconic project. The ceremony was also attended by Daniel Brélaz, Mayor of Lausanne, Olivier Français, Head of Real Estate Development in the city, among other officials, dignitaries, contractors, workers and community members from across Lausanne.
Katara Hospitality bought the hotel in 2007 and is returning the property to its former glory. The official re-opening of the iconic Swiss property is planned for June 2015 opening a new chapter in the history of this landmark hotel after four years of redevelopment work.
The hotel’s acquisition has been part of Katara Hospitality’s international expansion strategy, which has seen it invest in properties in Europe and key markets around the world.
Mr. Hamad Abdulla Al-Mulla, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Katara Hospitality, said:
“With the architectural style of a “Grand Chateau”, its international standing and unique design, the Royal Savoy is both a historic building and the pride of the city of Lausanne. In short, this hotel perfectly complements our international portfolio of iconic hotels in that it represents both a rich heritage and a shining future.
“This spectacular Swiss project is an important part of the Katara Hospitality international development plan inspired by our ethos. We are always on the lookout for remarkable establishments which have set industry standards and pushed the boundaries of hospitality to become internationally-recognised benchmarks.”
Constructed in neo-Baroque and Art Nouveau styles, the hotel was beautifully fitted out using the finest materials and quickly became an essential part of Lausanne’s historic heritage.
The hotel will have 196 bedrooms and suites spread between the historic (101) and the new contemporary building (95). The main restaurant can host 120 diners, with the space divided into the main room and an annex, as well as an Orangerie and terrace with space for an extra 100 guests.
The elegant lobby lounge has 60 seats and serves food, beverage and a range of refreshments. The new Sky Terrace on the roof has space for 60 guests, and will be a spectacular addition thanks to the unique 360° panoramic views it provides.
To tempt corporate and business customers, the hotel will provide 1200 m² of banqueting and conference space including five conference rooms, the 280 m² Royal Salon and the largest hotel ball room in Lausanne boasting 574 m² of space.
The wellness spa will fulfill all the desires of the hotel guests and Lausanne residents in pursuit of excellence. Its 1500 m² of space will include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, separate male and female areas, eight treatment rooms, two private spas and a next-generation gym which will be open all day. There will also be a comprehensive offering of cosmetic and massage care treatments.
An exceptional heritage
Opened in 1906, the Royal Savoy Hotel is a prestigious symbol of Lausanne. Its architectural magnificence and tradition of hospitality has always attracted the aristocracy and celebrities. The Royal Family of Spain stayed at the hotel while in exile for many years, and the King of Thailand spent the prime of his youth there. The names of other illustrious figures also appear in the guest book: Queen Fabiola of Belgium (1940 and 1943, 1997), Prince Victor Emanuel of Savoy (1993), Carl Lewis, the Olympic 100 metre and long jump champion (1987), and even the Brazilian football legend, Pelé (1997).
About Katara Hospitality:
Katara Hospitality is a global hotel owner, developer and operator, based in Qatar. With over 40 years’ experience in the industry, Katara Hospitality actively pursues its strategic expansion plans by investing in peerless hotels in Qatar while growing its collection of iconic properties in key international markets. Katara Hospitality has set a target of owning and / or managing 30 hotels by 2016 and 30 more over the following decade. Aiming to become one of the leading hospitality organisations in the world, the company is supporting Qatar’s long term economic vision.
Katara Hospitality currently owns properties spread across three continents in Qatar, Egypt, Morocco, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Singapore and Thailand. While partnering with some of the finest hotel operators, Katara Hospitality also owns its own operator brands: The Bürgenstock Selection and Merweb Hotels.
About Royal Savoy Lausanne:
The Royal Savoy hotel is a part of the “Bürgenstock Selection”. Katara Hospitality Suisse SA is based in Zug and manages all Swiss hotels for Katara Hospitality, Doha. Under the leadership of its Managing Director, Bruno H. Schöpfer, it handles the conceptualisation of hotels and renovates, reconstructs and reopens legendary establishments. In addition to the Royal Savoy Hotel, the company’s portfolio includes the Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne and the Schweizerhof Hotel Bern. The Schweizerhof Hotel was successfully reopened in June 2011, the Royal Savoy Hotel is due to be reopened in June 2015. The Bürgenstock Resort will reopen its doors at the beginning of 2017. The overall level of investment comes in at around a billion Francs.