Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is expanding in Lithuania with two new deals for a Radisson Blu and a Radisson Red.
“The Baltics region has always been an important destination for our group, and its continued growth brings with it new opportunities,” said David Jenkins, VP of business development for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “Our total portfolio in the region currently stands at 13 hotels with over 3,350 rooms.”
Rezidor signed a deal to open the first Radisson Red in the Baltics, Russia & CIS region. The hotel will be in Vilnius city center, next door to the existing Radisson Blu Lietuva hotel and only a short walk from the historical Old Town. The hotel will be part of a new multifunctional complex, currently in development in the Vilnius business district, designed by Daniel Libeskind. The project is developed by Lords LB Asset Management, a leading provider of investment management services in the Baltics.
The Radisson Red Vilnius is expected to have 200 rooms, and is slated to open its doors by early 2020.
“Vilnius is Europe’s largest Baroque Old Town and has been ranked fourth in Europe as a city for fast-growth businesses with a focus on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship,” Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius said in a statement. “Radisson Red will be the first lifestyle hotel in the region that will cater to the rapidly evolving needs of our city.”
“We are proud to sign the very first Radisson Red hotel in the Baltics, Russia & CIS region,” Marius Žemaitis, Lords LB Asset Management fund manager, added. “We believe that Carlson Rezidor can provide a distinctive experience to our customers – especially to the younger generation attracted by a brand like Radisson Red.”
Meanwhile, the Radisson Blu brand—which already operates two hotels in Vilnius and one in Klaipeda—will expand in the region with the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Nida Marina, Lithuania. The hotel will be owned by UAB Marina Nida.
The newly built resort hotel will be on the Curonian Spit—a curved sandy peninsula that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea that was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2010. Located on the waterfront of the Nida marina, the hotel will overlook the Curonian Lagoon in the center of the Curonian Spit.
“The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Nida Marina will be Carlson Rezidor’s fifth hotel in Lithuania and the first five-star hotel on the Curonian Spit,” Elie Younes, EVP & CDO of Carlson Rezidor said.
The 93-guestroom Radisson Blu Hotel at Nida Marina will open in 2019.