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Article - 20/08/2015

Marriott Edition to Open in Reykjavik

Mannvit and T.ark architects have been contracted for the engineering, design and construction management for a Marriott, Reykjavik Edition hotel. The 250-room hotel will be located on the harbor waterfront in the heart of downtown Reykjavik, immediately adjacent to Harpa, the city’s award winning concert and conference hall.

A release issued today by Marriott states the following: "Marriott  International, Inc. together with Ian Schrager and Carpenter&Company announced today that it will open its first hotel in Iceland,The Reykjavik EDITION. EDITION, the first true luxury-­lifestyle brand, combines the personal, intimate, individualized and unique hotel experience that Ian Schrager is known for, with the global reach,operational expertise and scale of Marriott International. Marriott International will manage the hotel under a long-­term agreement.

Speaking at a signing ceremony today in Reykjavik, Sandeep Walia, area vice president for Marriott International,Inc. in Europe,remarked,“Iceland is emerging as one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world for global traveler and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce our EDITION brand to this vibrant country.” 

Richard Friedman, president and chief executive officer of Carpenter & Company, the Boston­‐based owner and developer of the property said,“ this project provides a unique opportunity to bring the first world-class, five-­star hotel to the booming Icelandic market.  We have a long standing history in our company of building highly innovative and successful luxury hotels and we are highly confident that this hotel will be a gamechanger for all parties,” he continued. “The location of this hotel couldn’t be more spectacular – with the hotel working  in conjunction with the city’s well known Harpa center and its location steps away from the vibrant downtown of Reykjavik.”

The project will be financed by Carpenter and a major Icelandic bank plus local equity investors. The project is the result of several years of intensive urban planning lead by the city of Reykjavik."