Throughout 2010, Fairmont will open seven distinctive new hotels in growing markets around the globe. While most are newly developed properties, Fairmont will also throw open the doors at two of the world’s most celebrated addresses: The Savoy in London and the Peace Hotel in Shanghai.
The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel - paying homage to its original Edwardian and Art Deco design, The Savoy will once again lay claim to its long-standing status as London’s premier social destination when it unveils the culmination of a nearly two-year, £100 million restoration program. A top to bottom endeavor encompassing the entire building, including 268 guest rooms and suites, the courtyard and famed American Bar, the public areas and guestrooms, the extensive restoration includes a luxurious new Royal Suite and the complete remodel of the legendary River Restaurant. The famous Savoy Grill will return under the operations of Gordon Ramsay Holdings. New additions include The Beaufort Bar, an opulent new venue for champagne and cocktails and the Savoy Tea Shop, a charming patisserie and take-away café, offering an array of the Savoy’s own blend of fine teas and gourmet treats. Within the Thames Foyer, the re-introduction of a stunning winter garden gazebo beneath an ornate glass dome will provide the perfect spot for afternoon tea. Opening Q2/Q3 2010.
Fairmont Peace Hotel is the new name for the newly restored Peace Hotel, a Shanghai landmark for over a century. Situated on the Bund, the 12-story, 269-room property enjoys a premier downtown location, facing the Pudong area over the Hangpu River. Once the height of international glamour, the new hotel will resurrect the much-loved Jazz Bar, a Shanghai institution since the 1930s. The 9th floor will also host the famed Peace Hall, where the property’s iconic sprung-wooden dance floor still evokes memories of old Shanghai cabarets and gala parties. Opening Q2 2010.
Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel in Saudi Arabia, will be the focal point of the iconic Abraj Al Bait Complex, which includes seven towers and is adjacent to the Masjid al Haram, the holiest site in Islam. The 858-room hotel will offer Fairmont Gold, the brand’s exclusive lifestyle product offering, numerous dining outlets and conference facilities. The 76-storey hotel tower, at 577 meters (1893 ft.) high, will be among the world’s tallest and features a 40-meter (130 ft.) clock, more than five times larger than Big Ben in London, which will announce daily prayers to the Muslim world. A Lunar Observation Center and an Islamic Museum will add to the fascination of this one-of-a-kind property. Opening Q3 2010.
Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver will open the doors to a 377-room luxury hotel with 175 residential condos. Perched on the edge of the ocean, the hotel will have an unrivalled location adjacent to the Vancouver Conference Center expansion and will provide spectacular views of Stanley Park, the Burrard Inlet, the North Shore Mountains and the city of Vancouver. A Willow Stream Spa and Fitness Center and Fairmont Gold, will make this property a favorite for business and pleasure. Opening Q1 2010.
Fairmont Pittsburgh offers 185 rooms and suites at the heart of Pittsburgh’s newest cultural district. The hotel has breathtaking views of PNC Park and the Pittsburgh skyline on one side and Mount Washington and the historic downtown on the other. Located in Three PNC Plaza-a mixed-use building complex intended for certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System(TM)-the hotel will combine the finest luxury accommodations and state-of-the-art facilities with responsible tourism. From the theater, entertainment and financial districts, to shopping, sightseeing, and world-class sports facilities, Fairmont Pittsburgh is the ideal ‘home base’ for visitors of this famous town. Opening Q1 2010.
Fairmont Beijing is a modern wonder amid ancient dynasties. The hotel is home to 222 rooms, including Fairmont Gold. Fairmont Beijing is conveniently located near the city’s major cultural, shopping and business areas, including The Forbidden City, the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties. With its signature rose-gold glass curtain façade and exceptionally crafted architecture, meeting spaces mix state-of-the-art technology with the traditional style of old Beijing ‘courtyard’ culture. For the ultimate in relaxation a visit to the three-level, 2,000 square meter Willow Stream Spa, provides the ideal sky-high level rejuvenation experience. Currently in soft-opening phase; progressively opening Q1 2010.
Fairmont Zimbali Resort sits along South Africa’s sublime east coast, nestled between a forest reserve and a shimmering sea. The resort’s exquisite natural beauty is dotted with pockets of urban flair and enhanced by the rich Zulu heritage of the KwaZulu-Natal province. 154 rooms offer scintillating views of the Indian Ocean, oversized verandas, and elegant decor of stone, wood and earth tones inspired by the area’s breathtaking natural surroundings. Part cultural wonderland, the region boasts thousand-year-old battlefields and renowned eco-parks; part natural playground, it offers unique game-viewing and safari opportunities. Opening Q2 2010.