By Staff writer
Hotel is the Qatari hotelier’s 18 operational hotel worldwide
The Peninsula Paris, which is part-owned by Qatar’s Katara Hospitality, has reopened following a four-year restoration.
Around 3,000 workers, master craftsmen and architects worked on the restoration of this Parisian architectural landmark and up to 600 staff are set to be employed when it is fully operational.
The hotel has 200 rooms and suites, six restaurants and bars, expansive terraces – including one on the rooftop with a 360° view of the Paris skyline - luxury boutiques, the Peninsula Spa and private reception rooms.
Jointly owned with The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, The Peninsula Paris is Katara’s 18th operational hotel, with another 10 in the pipeline.
Attending the official opening at the weekend were Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development; Fleur Pellerin, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad; His Excellency Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Chairman of Katara Hospitality; Clement Kwok, CEO of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels and Nicolas Béliard, General Manager of The Peninsula Paris.
Clement Kwok said: “I am excited and proud to announce the latest addition to The Peninsula Hotels’ family, The Peninsula Paris. This will be our tenth Peninsula hotel but only our first hotel in Europe. Together with our partners Katara Hospitality, it has taken four years to design and build this magnificent contemporary hotel, with state-of-the-art facilities, within this beautiful historic building which as a result has been restored to its former glory.”
“We are thrilled to welcome our first guests today. My team and I have watched this project evolve, from a lifeless building to a worksite, and ultimately to the magnificent structure you see before you - we have worked together to give this historic building a new life,” added general manager of The Peninsula Paris, Nicolas Béliard.
Katara Hospitality’s 18 operational properties are in Qatar, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Egypt, Singapore and Thailand. It has another 10 properties under renovation or in development, in seven countries, including Qatar, Switzerland, Italy and Morocco. Its goal is to have 30 properties in its portfolio by 2016, with another 30 by 2030.