Designer hotels are big business, and development firm Sociedade de Jogos de Macau (SJM) has already wooed Versace to Macau –
Now Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld will share his design expertise for a new casino hotel set to open in in the Chinese gambling city.
The 270-room Karl Lagerfeld Hotel is expected to be within a 20-storey tower complex in the gambling enclave in southern China and is slated to be ready by 2017. Macau, is the only place in China where gambling is legal, and saw revenues of $38 billion in 2012, which is about six times more than Las Vegas. The result is a rapid influx of hotels and casinos and design-led projects.
The Lisboa Palace complex, which will be home to Lagerfeld’s hotel as well as The Lisboa Palace Hotel and the Palazzo Versace Macau will offer a full range of luxury non-gaming facilities including around 2,000 hotel rooms 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.
“An entire hotel designed by me. It’s the first time for me! I think the idea is great!” said Lagerfeld in a statement.
This is not the first foray into hotels for Lagerfeld, who has previously worked with Sofitel So Singapore, to develop a Karl Lagerfeld designed luxury Suite, the suites at Hôtel de Crillon in Paris and the Hotel Métropole in Monte Carlo where he provided his expertise in the hotel’s revamp and it’s Odyssey Restaurant.