Kempinski expands in Switzerland

Two Swiss Alps properties set to join luxury hotelier's stable

Kempinski Hotels is adding two Swiss Alps luxury hotels to its portfolio in Engelberg and Frutt.

Kempinski Palace Engelberg – Titlis Swiss Alps, is earmarked to open as the first five-star hotel in Engelberg from spring 2021, while two hotels in Melchsee-Frutt will be managed by Kempinski Hotels starting this winter.

“We are delighted to be adding these two outstanding hotels to the portfolio of our international hotel chain in the future,” said Martin R. Smura, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board of Kempinski Hotels at the signing of the management contract with the owners.

“The elegant Palace Hotel with its long history more than lives up to our brand promise of the highest product and service quality and fits perfectly with other Kempinski flagships, such as Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin. With this jewel, which continues the history of the Swiss Grand Hotels, we are continuing the selective expansion of our company as part of our long-term strategy.”

Palace Engelberg, Prestige Room rendering

Kempinski Palace Engelberg features 129-rooms and -suites, an exceptional range of gastronomy and a spa and wellness area with an infinity pool on the top floor affording a panoramic view over Engelberg. Historical features of the former building dating from 1904 were preserved in close cooperation with the monument conservation authorities.

The hotels on Frutt in the small holiday area of Melchsee-Frutt are located in the middle of Central Switzerland, close to Lucerne. Since 2011 and 2016 respectively guests have been welcomed in the two modern hotel buildings on Lake Melchsee; Frutt Lodge & Spa and the neighbouring Frutt Family Lodge. While the main building scores with a unique spa landscape and offers 63 rooms, one junior suite and three suites in an authentic lodge ambience, the more family-oriented hotel building impresses with alpine cosiness and features 33 rooms, four junior suites and ten suites. An underground passageway provides a comfortable connection between the hotel buildings.

Junior Suite, Frutt Lodge & Spa

“The elegant Palace in Engelberg and the modern and comfortable mountain hotels on Melchsee blend perfectly into the variety of outstanding Kempinski hotels we offer to discerning guests around the globe,” added Amanda Elder, Chief Commercial Officer and Board Member Kempinski Hotels. “With our longstanding expertise in managing deluxe properties, we will definitely be able to contribute to the success of these attractive Swiss mountain destinations and uplift performance with our global sales and marketing network activities.”

These latest additions to the Kempinski collection join Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski St. Moritz in Switzerland.

Lead image: Kempinski Palace Engelberg © Kempinski Hotels (supplied)

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