Regent Hotels & Resorts

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Regent Hotels & Resorts
Industry Hospitality
Founded 1971
Headquarters Denham, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Key people
Robert Burns,
Georg Rafael,
Adrian Zecha,
Steven Pan,
(Executive Chairman)
Justin Channe
(Managing Director)
Products Hotels, resorts
Owner InterContinental Hotels Group (51%)
Formosa International Hotels Corporation (49%)
A tall wide building with a dark steel-and-glass facade, seen from across a busy, large intersection on an overcast day
Regent Beijing, in 2014

Regent Hotels & Resorts is a luxury hospitality brand currently under InterContinental Hotels Group and Formosa International Hotels Corporation, which operates hotels in Asia and Europe.


The brand was started by hotelier Robert H. Burns as a joint venture with Japan’s Tokyu Group in 1970.

In 1992, the Four Seasons hotel chain acquired the Regent hotel chain. Hotels under development at the time of purchase in Bali, Milan, New York, and Istanbul were subsequently opened as Four Seasons.[1] In 1998, Carlson acquired the Regent name for new hotel developments and created a luxury hotel division while the Four Seasons continued managing existing and new Regent hotels.[2]

In 2002, Carlson agreed with Rezidor SAS to develop the Regent hotel brand in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.[3]

In March 2006, Carlson renamed its Radisson Seven Seas Cruises to Regent Seven Seas Cruises and merged the cruise operation and Regent International Hotels under a common brand.[4]

In 2008, Regent Seven Seas Cruises was sold to Apollo Management, an investment company. Carlson retained ownership of the master Regent brand, along with the operations of Regent Hotels & Resorts around the world.[5]

In 2010, Carlson sold the Regent Hotel business to Formosa International Hotels, the largest listed hotel operator in Taiwan and owner of Grand Formosa Regent Taipei hotel in Taipei, Taiwan, which was opened by Regent’s founders in 1990 as The Regent Taipei.[6][7][8]

Co-founder Robert Burns was appointed Honorary Chairman and Ralf Ohletz president. Ohletz had worked with another Regent co-founder, Adrian Zecha, for 25 years.[1]

In March 2018, the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) announced that it has agreed to buy a 51% majority stake in Regent Hotels for $39 million and hopes to expand the brand's footprints to 40 hotels from the current six hotels.[9]

Existing and pipeline Regent Hotels & Resorts

Regent Berlin
Regent Taipei Lobby
  • Regent Berlin - opened in 1996 as Four Seasons Hotel Berlin, converted to Regent in 2004
  • Regent Porto Montenegro - opened 2014
  • Regent Beijing - opened 2006
  • Regent Taipei - opened 1990
  • Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel - opened 1988 as The Pavilion Inter-Continental Singapore, converted to Regent 1992, leaving 12/31/18[10]
  • Regent Chongqing - opened 2017
  • Regent Phu Quoc - opening 2019
  • Regent Jakarta - opening 2020
  • Regent Hong Kong - returning 2021
  • Regent Kuala Lumpur - opening TBA

Notable former hotels

  • Cerromar Beach Hotel, Puerto Rico - later Hyatt Regency Cerromar Beach Resort, closed since 2003
  • Dorado Beach Hotel, Puerto Rico - later Hyatt Dorado Beach, demolished to build Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve
  • The Regent Palms Turks & Caicos - currently The Palms Turks & Caicos
  • The Regent Shanghai, China - currently The Longemont Shanghai
  • The Regent, Hong Kong - currently InterContinental Hong Kong, to return under the Regent flag in 2021
  • The Regent Bali, Indonesia - later independent, currently Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali
  • The Regent Jakarta, Indonesia - currently Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta
  • The Regent Okinawa, Okinawa, Japan - currently The Naha Terrace
  • The Regent of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - currently Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur
  • The Regent Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - currently Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur
  • The Regent of Manila, Philippines - burned down in 1985
  • Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka - currently independent
  • The President Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand - currently Holiday Inn Bangkok
  • Indra Regent Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand - currently independent, though still using the same name
  • The Regent of Bangkok, Thailand - later Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, currently Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
  • The Regent Phuket Cape Panwa, Thailand - currently Amatara Wellness Resort
  • The Regent of Melbourne, Australia - currently Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
  • The Regent of Sydney, Australia - currently Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
  • The Regent of Auckland - currently Stamford Plaza Auckland
  • The Regent of Fiji - currently The Westin Denarau Island Resort

Terminated Projects

The following property developments were terminated before opening:

  • The Regent Bali, Indonesia - opened 1992 as Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay[12]
  • The Regent New York, New York City - opened 1993 as Four Seasons Hotel New York
  • The Regent Milan, Italy - opened 1993 as Four Seasons Milano[13]
  • The Regent Boston at Battery Wharf - opened 2009 as Fairmont Battery Wharf, currently Battery Wharf Hotel
  • The Regent Kuwait, Kuwait - planned opening 2007, opened 2013 as Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa
  • The Regent Doha, Qatar - planned opening 2013, opened 2016 as The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa
  • The Regent Abu Dhabi, UAE - planned opening 2013, opened 2018 as Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl
  • The Regent Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - planned opening 2015
  • Regent Place Xian, Xi'an, China - planned opening 2017[14]
  • Regent Place Harbin, Harbin, China - planned opening 2017[15]
  • The Regent Suzhou, China - planned opening 2018
  • The Regent Ningbo, China - planned opening 2005,[16] opening 2018 as Hualuxe Hotel Ningbo (managed by InterContinental Hotels Group)
  • The Regent Budapest, Hungary - planned opening 2007, opening 2020 as W Budapest


  1. ^ a b "Regent Hotels & Resorts Returns to Asia: Announces New Global Leadership Team". Hospitality 2010-07-08.
  2. ^ "Carlson Hospitality Worldwide And Four Seasons/Regent To Enter Into An Agreement To Aggressively Grow Regent Brand Globally". Carlson (Press release).
  3. ^ "Rezidor SAS Hospitality". 2006-06-28.
  4. ^ Godwin, Nadine (2006-03-13). "Carlson renames cruise line Regent Seven Seas". Travel Weekly.
  5. ^ "Apollo Management L.P. Acquires Regent Seven Seas Cruises". PR Newswire (Press release).
  6. ^ Black, Sam (2010-04-18). "Carlson selling Regent luxury hotel business". Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal.
  7. ^ Tan, Jason (2010-04-17). "Formosa Hotels acquires 'Regent' business". Taipei Times.
  8. ^ "About The Regent Taipei".
  9. ^ "InterContinental Hotels buys majority stake in Regent Hotels". Reuters. 2018-03-14. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
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External links

  • Official website
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