Iconic Swiss property celebrates milestone

Katara Hospitality marks ‘Topping Out’ of Royal Savoy Hotel, Lausanne

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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, 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 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.

Al-Mulla 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.”

Constructed in neo-Baroque and Art Nouveau styles, 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 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.

The hotel will provide 1,200m² of banqueting and conference space including five conference rooms, the 280m² Royal Salon and the largest hotel ball room in Lausanne boasting 574m² of space.

The wellness spa is 1500m² and will include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, separate male and female areas, eight treatment rooms, two private spas and a next-generation gym. 

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