13 FEBRUARY 2017
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Marco Polo Hotels has revealed plans to launch its new luxury brand, Niccolo, in its home city of Hong Kong. It will transform the historic Murray Building in the Central district into the company’s new flagship property.
Once it reopens in October, the Niccolo Murray will become the brand’s third property, following the existing Niccolo Chengdu and the new Niccolo Chongqing, scheduled to open in August.
Niccolo Hotels president Jennifer Cronin said: “The Chengdu property is a great success and we are very excited to be able to announce another even more exciting landmark project for Hong Kong.
“The Murray… will certainly establish our Niccolo brand and the excellence it stands for firmly in the minds of international travellers.”
The Murray, built in 1969, was once Hong Kong’s tallest government building. It will now become a 27-storey, 336-room hotel and is being designed by Foster & Partners, the architecture firm that designed Hong Kong International Airport.
Among the hotel’s key features will be a rooftop bar overlooking the city and a series of restaurants. Duncan Palmer, formerly of Mandarin Oriental and Langham Hotels, has been appointed managing director.
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