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Kempinski to open first South American property in Brazil

Kempinski Hotels has announced plans for its first property in South America, with the renovation of the Laje de Pedra hotel in the Brazilian resort town of Canela.

Built in 1978 according to plans by Oscar Niemeyer´s disciple Edgar Graeff, the property is situated on a cliff overlooking the Vale do Quilombo Eco Reserve, in Brazil’s southern Serra Gaucha Region.

Salgado Filho Porto Alegre International Airport is situated around 100km from the hotel, with links to destinations including Rio, Sao Paulo and Panama City.

The group plans to transform the property into a hotel residence, with a scheduled opening date of 2024. The Kempinski Laje de Pedra Hotel & Residences will offer a total of 360 residential suites ranging in size from 54 to 290 m2.

Facilities will include international restaurants and bars with terraces as well as a rooftop lounge, 1,000 m2 fitness centre, spa and heated swimming pools.

After being the absolute place to be in the first decades after its opening, the Laje de Pedra has fallen into a slumber, so to speak, in recent times.

The aim is to bring this historic and architectural icon back to life with our commitment to first-class quality combined with timeless European elegance and to position it as a top destination at the highest level.

It is an excellent opportunity for us to tackle the South American market with such an exceptional project.

Bernold Schroeder, CEO ad interim and Chairman of the management board of Kempinski Hotels

Kempinski recently opened its 21st property in China, and currently has a portfolio of 79 hotels across 34 countries, including Cuba and Dominica in the Americas.


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