Kempinski welcomes new openings

by Steve Hartridge

A delegation from Kempinski Hotels, including managers and hoteliers from several of its 75 five-star hotels and residences worldwide, took over London’s Quaglino’s restaurant in London to update the trade and media on the latest developments from Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group.

Owned by the Bahraini Royal Family, the Geneva-headquartered hotel group needs to build greater awareness among UK leisure and business travellers and bookers, said Bernold Schroeder, Kempinski’s Chief Operating Officer Europe.

“We are very well known in other European countries and the USA, but want to grow our UK business. For some of our hotels, such as Kempinski Hotel Bahía in Estepona, Spain, the UK already accounts for around 65% of our guests…and the UK is our top-performing market at the San Clemente Palace Kempinski in Venice. Croatia and Dubai are also strong performers out of the UK but our challenge is to raise the profile here of the rest of the portfolio in places like China, Cuba and Kenya.”

The group’s newest addition is The Capitol Kempinski Hotel, which opened in Singapore late last year.

Located in the downtown Cultural District the hotel, with 157 guestrooms and suites, started welcoming guests after years of meticulous restoration efforts.

“Everyone knows the venue because it is attached to the legendary Capitol Theatre,” said Amanda Elder, Chief Commercial Officer for Kempinksi.

“The design stays true to the buildings’ colonial Art Deco and Victorian aesthetics while adding contemporary beauty and elegance to be a true masterpiece.”

Precise lines and geometric shapes are a nod to the Art Deco style of the early 20th century, when Capitol Building was first built, said Elder.

“Travertine limestone columns, high-gloss piano rosewood lacquered finishes and Italian marble floors which show off the opulence characteristic of Victorian designs are the sort of elegant features Kempinski hotels are known for,” she added.

“(The hotel) provides a perfect starting point to explore the city, with entertainment and lifestyle options, as well as art venues, also close by.”

In China, the Kempinski Hotel Hangzhou is set for a July opening. Overlooking the city’s Grand Canal and located near the airport and train station, the hotel is aimed at both leisure and business guests.

“Like many of our hotels, the property blends European flair with local elements, and featres signature restaurants and bars,” said Elder.

Perhaps most ambitious off all its new projects, Dominica Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski is gearing up for a late-year opening on one of the Caribbean’s lesser-know islands. The 160-room guestroom and suite resort is surrounded by Cabrits National Park and is the first on the island to be billed as ‘five-star’.

Located in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean, Dominica with its more than 365 rivers, waterfalls and hot springs is known primarily for its natural beauty and eco-tourism initiative.

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