Check in! – latest hotel highlights from across EMEA

The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of some of the latest hotel news from across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

  • Rosewood Hotels and Resorts to open Venice property in 2020
  • Radisson boosts its UAE presence as Hilton properties are revamped under the Radisson Blu brand
  • Hilton extends its lifestyle Canopy brand into mainland Europe
  • Icelandair Group initiates sale of Icelandair Hotels
  • Cologne/Bonn Airports selects developer for EUR35 million Moxy Hotel project

Rosewood Hotels and Resorts to open Venice property in 2020
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has confirmed it will open the Rosewood Venice the ultra-luxury brand’s second property in Italy and eighth in Europe. It has been appointed by Italian real estate company Gruppo Barletta to manage a property located in the heart of the bustling Cannaregio neighbourhood and housed within the magnificent fifteenth century Palazzo Dona’ Giovannelli, originally constructed in the mid 1400s. It will feature approximately 50 guestrooms and suites inspired by the palace’s rich history and featuring stunning water views due to its dual canal frontage and its ocation will offer easy access to many of the city’s most legendary landmarks, including the Strada Nova, Piazza San Marco, Basilica di San Marco, and Palazzo Ducale.


Radisson boosts its UAE presence as Hilton properties are revamped under the Radisson Blu brand
Radisson Hotel Group  has signed a partnership with Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) to add two properties in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as it boosts its presence in the Middle East with plans to reach 100 hotels and 20,000 rooms in operation across the region by 2020. The Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Abu Dhabi Corniche and the Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Al Ain will open in Jan-2019 following “extensive upgrade works as part of a full conversion plan”. The properties are currently Hilton branded hotels. The Abu Dhabi property, located on the capital’s prime Corniche Road, will feature 327 rooms and suites, a private beach as well as an extensive dining and entertainment offering. The 202-room Al Ain hotel is situated in one of Al Ain’s many historic properties based in the city centre, just a few minutes journey from the central district.

Hilton extends its lifestyle Canopy brand into mainland Europe
Hilton has opened Canopy by Hilton Zagreb, the first property of its lifestyle Canopy brand in mainland Europe. The 151-room property is located close to the city’s main Glavni Kolodvor railway station, as well as the Branimir Centar shopping centre. Each of the rooms reference the industrial history of the local area, with local artwork and textiles, while the brand’s signature Canopy bedframe has been inspired by Croatia’s national emblem, and the carpets by traditional costumes. This is Hilton’s third property in Croatia following the Doubletree by Hilton Zagreb and Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik.


Icelandair Group initiates sale of Icelandair Hotels
Icelandair Group has reported the formal sales process of Icelandair Hotels and related real estates has been initiated. It is estimated EBITDA of hotel operations will be ISK0.9 billion (EUR6.5 million) in 2018 and according to the budget for 2019, EBITDA of hotel operations will be ISK1.1 billion (EUR8 million). The sale process is expected to be concluded before the end of 1Q2019 and will be managed by Íslandsbanki and HVS London.


Cologne/Bonn Airports selects developer for EUR35 million Moxy Hotel project
Cologne/Bonn Airport has selected Art-Invest Real Estate to design, build and operate a new 250 room Moxy Hotel at Cologne/Bonn Airport terminal 1. The project represents investment of EUR35 million, with works beginning in 2019 and opening scheduled for 2021.