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The Royal Savoy Hopes the Hobnobbing Will Continue When it Debuts its New Look in 2015

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February 27, 2014 at 9:33 AM | by | ()

The historic Royal Savoy in Lausanne, Switzerland is in the midst of a dramatic makeover, due to be completed next year. The word is out, and now early images are out, and we are sharing them with you.

The Royal Savoy opened as a hotel in 1906 and was a popular destination for royalty and bigwigs from around the world. It was built during the short-lived but highly artistic Art Nouveau period, and the hotel is both a landmark and a pride of Lausanne. Defined generally by the free-flowing curves and shapes found in nature, Art Nouveau style provides a rare context for contemporary hospitality design. The Royal Savoy has taken on the challenge with a full-out renovation and expansion that will include almost twice the number of guest rooms (196), a wellness center, and quite a new look.

The hotel is one of three properties of the Burgenstock Selection, owned by Qatar-based Katara Hospitality. They have some pretty special properties including one in particular we have all been waiting for – the Peninsula Paris. That being said, we can’t wait to see how they transformed Royal Savoy.

The designer responsible for the restoration of the original hotel and for a new modern wing is London-based MKV Design. These computer-generated images gives us a first look of what is to come.

This is the vision of the hotel’s re-born main lobby which draws inspiration from the curves and shapes of Art Nouveau while maintaining an international modern expression.

The new wing of the hotel will include a 120-seat restaurant with an orangerie and outdoor dining terrace. The restaurant features an open-kitchen concept, soothing colors, and a modern adaptation of the wingback chair.

There will be 95 guest rooms located in the new wing. We like the features of this room -- hardwood floor with a funky patterned area rug, floor to ceiling headboard, and the curved table with a real desk chair.

The new spa and fitness center will include an interconnecting indoor/outdoor pool. Though we have seen few images of the new hotel wing from the exterior, this image reflects a striking modern look that is in contrast to the original architecture.

The Royal Savoy will re-open sometime in 2015. We will, of course, provide updates as they become available.

[Photos: Royal Savoy Lausanne]

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