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The Baccarat Hotel in Rabat Should Dazzle, Inside And Out, When It Opens In 2015

Where: Rabat, Morocco
July 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM | by | ()

Anticipation continues to mount for the debut of Baccarat Hotels. We’ve been tracking the progress of Baccarat Hotel and Residences in New York which should open in December but today, we're checking in on the second Baccarat Hotel to open-- The Baccarat Hotel, Rabat in Morocco, whose completion is simply stated as “opening 2015.”

We’ve found a few renderings of this Baccarat Hotel yet it's hard to fully grasp what Baccarat’s second installation is going to look like. Nevertheless, here's our take and so far, we like what we see.

The new hotel is designed by Paris firm Kilo Architectures who also worked on the Four Seasons Marrakesh. The walls are made of limestone panels, uniquely offset at each floor level. According to the hotel's web site, a traditional, Moroccan lime plaster finish, known as "tadelakt," will give the walls a translucent glow, which we think these renderings attempt to show.

The best way to summarize the hotel’s interiors is in two words—Anouska Hempel. Anouska Hempel Design is known around the world not only for their extremely well appointed hotel interiors but also for styling up retail spaces, yachts, couture, and even landscapes. If you missed staying at Anouska’s Hempel Hotel in London, which is now closed, you can still live the good life at Blakes Hotel London, where her signature suites are a regular in luxury suite photo galleries. Perfect fit for Baccarat, yes?

The interior rendering above, as best as we can detect, features patterned glass partitions, classic modern furnishings, and oh, look at those chandeliers, clearly the focal point. Expect over the top upholstery, finishes, and accessories that only Anouska can pull off. And no doubt, the place will be filled with Baccarat crystal everywhere.

The rendering below has us both excited and perplexed. The dramatic centerpiece is no doubt a chandelier, just not like one we've ever seen before. This is a designer guess, but there might be a skylight above that adds some free illumination to the glistening chandelier. Just a guess, not a bet.

The hotel will offer 135 rooms, all -day dining and a premiere restaurant, B Bar and a poolside bar, tea lounge, spa with Hammam, and chocolate shops - for after the workout.

[Exterior renderings: Kilo Architectures; interior renderings: Anouska Hempel Designs]

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