Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld is the latest fashion designer to share his design expertise for a new casino hotel set to open in Macao. The 270-room Karl Lagerfeld Hotel set at Lisboa Palace will be set in the 20-storey tower complex in the gambling enclave in southern China and is expected to be ready by 2017. “An entire hotel designed by me. It’s the first time for me! I think the idea is great!” said Lagerfeld in a statement. Lagerfeld has previously worked with Sofitel So Singapore, to develop a Karl Lagerfeld designed luxury Suite, the suites at Hôtel de Crillon in Paris or the Hotel Métropole in Monte Carlo where he provided his expertise in the hotel’s revamp and their Odyssey Restaurant.
The announcement comes soon after Lagerfeld’s surprise recreation of a supermarket, with Chanel-branded groceries at a recent Chanel fashion show in Paris. The hotel will be developed by Sociedade de Jogos de Macau (SJM) and Lagerfeld, under his own brand, Karl Lagerfeld Greater China.
Scheduled to open in 2017, the Lisboa Palace complex will offer a full range of non-gaming facilities including around 2,000 hotel rooms from The Lisboa Palace Hotel, Palazzo Versace Macau and Karl Lagerfeld Hotel, a number of Michelin-starred restaurants, a themed retail mall, a wedding pavilion and a multi-purpose theatre for large-scale events. The casino complex will provide up to 700 gaming tables and over 1,200 slot machines.
Macau, is the only place in China where gambling is legal, saw gambling revenues of $38 billion in 2012, about six times more than Las Vegas. This has seen an influx of competing casinos and hotel operators enter the market including Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts International.
Note – The above image is of the Karl Lagerfeld designed Suite at Sofitel So, Singapore
[Via – AP]