Let’s hope things are still on track for the London and Istanbul openings
[Main photo: Shangri-La. Detail: Hotelling]
Wiped off the map. Gone but not forgotten.
Sometimes, with all these hotel openings, we forget there’s that small matter of wavering economies. But today we’ve been brought back to reality with a jolt, with the news from a tipster that the Shangri-La Vienna will never open.
The hotel has already been removed from the Shangri-La website, as if it never existed. Very secret agent.
It was originally down to open in 2009 and Shangri-La had bought up an entire city block on the 19th century Ringstraße in order to turn it into a 207 room hotel. But things haven’t gone to plan, because, according to our tipster:
Shangri-La has terminated the management contract with immediate effect due to poor construction quality
Shoddy work in precise Austria? Wow. Also, that’s a pretty major step to take – things must really have been dire.
The move has left about 70 pre-opening staff laid off (saddies). And there’s no word yet on what will become of the property instead.