Hotel Kempinski Laje de Pedra Perkins&Will São Paulo
Hotel Kempinski Laje de Pedra Perkins&Will São Paulo

Hotel Kempinski Laje de Pedra

Canela (RS), Brazil
The luxury hotel chain Kempinski Hotels' first foray in South America brings an iconic property back to life, renovating and expanding while respecting the ​​culture and original design.

Designed by architect Edgar Albuquerque Graeff, the historic Hotel Laje de Pedra opened in 1978 and was largely responsible for bringing Canela, a small town in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, to the attention of national and international tourists. The hotel became an icon of hospitality and a stage for historic events like the signing of the Mercosur Treaty, which established a South American trade bloc.

Its doors closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the property was subsequently purchased by LPD Canela Empreendimentos e Participações SA, which is expected to invest a sizable amount in the property’s revitalization and generate hundreds of jobs in this small community.

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Hotel Kempinski Laje de Pedra Perkins&Will São Paulo

Located on a verdant ​​28,000-square-meter site, the hotel will be renewed and expanded in a way that honors the region’s culture, history, and natural environment. “Our proposal is to provide guests and visitors with updated spaces that value the historic identity of the hotel and the original design guidelines,” explains architect Douglas Tolaine, design director of our São Paulo studio and the project leader.

“The main challenge was to balance the vision of the future with the history and tradition of Laje de Pedra. This is not simply a hotel project, but the rescue of a destination with a profound cultural impact,” says architect Fernando Vidal, the studio’s managing director.

Hotel Kempinski Laje de Pedra Perkins&Will São Paulo
Hotel Laje de Pedra renovation designed by Perkins&Will.
Hotel Kempinski Laje de Pedra Perkins&Will São Paulo

“I’ve visited Laje de Pedra since I was a child. This magnificent hotel introduced the Serra Gaúcha, which was a regional tourist destination at the time, to the rest of Brazil. We will transform it into the best leisure hotel in the country: luxurious, but with personality and identity. We want to promote an immersive experience in the culture, art, interior design, and architecture of Rio Grande do Sul,” says manager José Paim, partner at LPD Canela.

Hotel Kempinski Laje de Pedra Perkins&Will São Paulo
Perkins&Will designs Kempinski's first hotel in South America
What makes it cool

The renovation will prepare Laje de Pedra to become integrated with the luxury hotel chain Kempinski Hotels and will place Canela on the international high-end tourism itinerary. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Kempinski Hotels operates 79 five-star hotels in 34 countries.

Hotel Kempinski Laje de Pedra Perkins&Will São Paulo
Hotel Kempinski Laje de Pedra Perkins&Will São Paulo

Among the amenities will be a new theater with 350 seats, which will function as a cinema and a 2,500-square-meter convention center. The complex will also have 366 apartments of varying sizes.

Hotel Kempinski Laje de Pedra Perkins&Will São Paulo
The renovated hotel is expected to reopen in 2024.
Hotel Kempinski Laje de Pedra Perkins&Will São Paulo

The new Kempinski Laje de Pedra Hotel & Residences will also feature a covered plaza for entertainment activities, four restaurants, five bars, a complete spa with an indoor lap pool, an infinity pool, a children’s area, and an exclusive rooftop bar with a stunning view of the Quilombo Valley.

Hotel Kempinski Laje de Pedra Perkins&Will São Paulo
The renovation will prepare Laje de Pedra to become integrated with the luxury hotel chain Kempinski Hotels and will place Canela on the international high-end tourism itinerary.

Project Team

Douglas Tolaine
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Douglas Tolaine
Fernando Vidal
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Fernando Vidal