Ice­land’s most lux­u­ri­ous ho­tel to open next to Harpa

Nýtt hótel við Hörpu

Ice­land’s most lux­u­ri­ous ho­tel to open next to Harpa

A con­tract has been by the City of Reyk­javik with US real es­tate firm Car­pen­ter&Com­pany to raise a 250 room five star ho­tel in the empty build­ing ground next to Harpa Con­cert Hall and Con­fer­ence Cen­tre. Car­pen­ter works with ho­tel chains such as Mar­riott, Four Sea­sons, Regis, Hy­att and Star­wood.  This was an­nounced at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day at Harpa by Mayor Dagur B.Eg­gerts­son, Richard L.Fried­man, man­ager of Car­pen­ter&Com­pany and Höskul­dur H.Ólaf­s­son, di­rec­tor of Ar­ion bank who will be or­gan­is­ing the fi­nanc­ing for the pro­ject.

The ho­tel will be equipped with re­cep­tion and meet­ing rooms, sev­eral restau­ranta and a health spa and when com­pleted it will be Ice­land’s only five star ho­tel. Mayor Dagur B.Eg­gerts­son said that the de­vel­op­ment of the old har­bour was cru­cial to the city plan­ning, es­pe­cially in mak­ing Reyk­javik an at­trac­tive des­ti­na­tion for con­fer­ences and cul­tural events. He added that Harpa had al­ready proved it­self in that field but that the suc­cess of Harpa needed to be fol­lowed up by com­plet­ing the de­vel­op­ment at the har­bour.

Since Harpa opened in May 2011, there has been a gap­ing hole next to the build­ing which will now fi­nally be filled. Eg­gerts­son added that the de­sign  for the new ho­tel was in the fi­nal stages.

Fried­man said at the press con­fer­ence that he was very ex­cited about the pro­ject and that this was the first pro­ject out­side the US that Car­pen­ter had un­der­taken. “We’re go­ing to build the best ho­tel in Ice­land,” he added. “I’ve been to Ice­land on sev­eral oc­ca­sions and  I love the coun­try. My wife goes to Whole Foods every day to buy Ice­landic prod­ucts like skyr, lamb and salmon. The food here is fan­tas­tic and the peo­ple are fan­tas­tic. It’s one of the most beau­ti­ful har­bours in the world and one of the best cities. I think we will be able to build a great ad­di­tion to this stun­ning build­ing,” he said, re­fer­ring to Harpa.

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