Kempinski Hotels in Germany Undergo Renovation


Two Kempinski flagship properties, the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg and the Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin, will be undergoing renovation in the coming months.

The Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg, which will celebrate its centenary next year, will start extensive renovation works of all its rooms, suites, corridors and lifts throughout the hotel's main building in early 2009. The project is expected to be finished within a year. The hotel will stay open during the renovation period, closing off half of the hotel at a time to ensure undisturbed stays for their guests.

The renovation of the rooms is the second step of a three-step renovation plan for an estimated sum of approximately $28 million (the first step was the restoration of the historical façade of the “White Castle” at the shores of the Alster Lake; the third step will be the demolition and rebuilding of its annex, which was added in the 1960s to accommodate airline crews). Plans include increasing the number of rooms to 350 in addition to 12 exclusive residences. Additionally, a spacious spa and fitness area and underground parking will be added. The hotel will be completely renovated by 2011.

The Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin, historically the first Kempinski Hotel, is currently undergoing a revamp of its listed "tower." Approximately $7 million will be invested in the conversion of this 11-story part of the property. The plans include a redesign of the guest rooms and corridors, the fitting of soundproof and insulation glazing as well as electrical and sanitary installations. The new six-bedroom flagship suite of the hotel will be designed by interior designer Peter Rudolf and will have two reception rooms, a board meeting room and fully equipped kitchen.