Nobu Hospitality the hotel and restaurant company founded by chef Nobu Matsuhisa, actor Robert De Niro and film producer Meir Teper, has expanded into Poland, following branded hotel growth throughout the CEE region.
The brand's first hotel in the country is slated to open in the first half of 2020 in a new building designed by Polish architectural firm Medusa Group and California-based Studio PCH. The 120-room property also will encompass the existing Hotel Rialto.
The Nobu Hotel Warsaw will be backed by local firm Tacit Investment, which already owns the Rialto property. It brings the brand portfolio to 17 hotels, and the company expects to have 20 worldwide by the end of 2020. Properties are slated to open in Barcelona, Los Cabos and Chicago over the course of 2019. Less than a year ago, the company expected to have 15 operating hotels by 2020.
The first Nobu Hotel opened in 2013 within Caesar's Palace Las Vegas. The opening of the Nobu Hotel City of Dreams Manila a year later followed the brand's launch. After the Nobu Hotel Miami Beach opened in 2016, the brand’s portfolio saw a significant boost in 2017 with the opening of the Nobu Ryokan Malibu, the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch London, the Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay and the Nobu Hotel Epiphany Palo Alto. Nobu opened its second hotel in Spain—the Nobu Hotel Marbella—in late January 2018 with 81 suites within the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa.
Warsaw is rapidly emerging as an in-demand city for global development, particularly for corporate travelers. A year ago, Bloomberg ranked Poland fourth on its list of the most attractive emerging markets, behind only Mexico and Turkey.