Munich/Dubai – March 3rd, 2014 - Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement which will see it rebrand a 389-key hotel within Munich Airport under its flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand. The property is the only hotel with a direct link to the main terminal building and is the latest addition to the company’s expanding portfolio of hotels at European transport hubs. Now opened is the 265-room Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort, formerly known as Al Hamra Fort & Beach Resort, following an extensive two-year refurbishment.
Under the new agreement, Hilton will manage the upper upscale hotel at Munich airport – currently a Kempinski hotel – on behalf of owners Allresto Flughafen München Hotel und Gaststätten GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Flughafen München GmbH, from January 2015. The hotel, which is currently operating as Kempinski Munich Airport Hotel, will undergo a significant renovation and a further 160 rooms will be added to the existing building in 2017. Once the rebrand is complete, the hotel will be known as Hilton Munich Airport, and offer substantial meetings and conference spaces, alongside a Fit & Fly spa area and a range of exciting food & beverage options.
Rob Palleschi, global head of Hilton Hotels & Resorts said, “Munich is one of Europe’s busiest airports, with almost 40 million passengers using the airport each year. Hilton pioneered the airport hotel concept, opening the San Francisco Airport Hilton in 1963, and today, we are proud to carry on Conrad Hilton’s legacy by opening airport hotels that not only serve business travelers with outstanding business and meeting facilities, but also leisure guests with elevated design and sophisticated amenities. We look forward to welcoming Hilton Munich Airport as one of more than 50 airport properties now operating worldwide and the 13th Hilton brand hotel in Germany.”
The current hotel includes 389 guest rooms, including 43 suites, divided across two five-storey wings.The hotel’s modern design incorporates a striking glass façade and large scale indoor lobby area. Guests at Hilton Munich Airport will benefit from a relaxing spa facility, featuring a luxurious 17-metre swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam bath, fitness area, seven treatment rooms and a pool bar.
Dr. Michael Kerkloh, President and CEO of Flughafen München GmbH said: “After an extensive review of all bids, we have chosen the most attractive option and are now looking forward to our partnership with Hilton Worldwide. The commitment of this renowned hotel group, with its long and successful track record of operating numerous hotels at airports all over the world, ensures that the high standard of hospitality at Munich Airport will be upheld in the long term.”
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide said, “This agreement paves the way for a Hilton Worldwide hotel at each of Europe’s seven busiest passenger airports, testament to the wide reaching appeal of our brands. Munich is host to a number of international trade shows, including Bauma, BAU, ISPO and Expo Real, in addition to Oktoberfest, all of which attract large numbers of business and leisure travelers to the city and contribute to a diverse demand mix. We are looking forward to welcoming guests to the Hilton Munich Airport in 2015.”
Hilton Worldwide has successfully introduced more than 20 hotels at European airports. On completion of this rebrand it will boast a presence at the top seven busiest airports in Europe by passenger number, all operating under its upscale and focused service brands. 2015 will also mark the opening of the brand new Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands, a comprehensive redevelopment which is currently under construction and will allow guests direct access to the international terminal building.
Hilton Munich Airport will be the 17th hotel in Germany operating as a Hilton Worldwide hotel, and will join the award-winning dual branded Hilton Frankfurt Airport and Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport, which opened to guests in 2011. Other Hilton properties in Munich include Hilton Munich City and Hilton Munich Park, which recently underwent a major refurbishment programme. View more news about Hilton Hotels & Resorts openings and a development map at http://news.hilton.com/openings.
Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort
Hilton Worldwide Opens Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort – Newly Renovated Property Opens Its Doors In The Prestigious Ras Al Khaimah Al Hamra District
Hilton Worldwide announced the official opening of the 265-room Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort, formerly known as Al Hamra Fort & Beach Resort, following an extensive two-year refurbishment.
With direct access to an 18-hole championship golf course and with stunning views of the Arabian Gulf and nearby Hajar Mountains, Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort features an inspired mix of 181 villas and suites, 75 deluxe guest rooms and nine luxurious suites. Regarded as a landmark hotel in the prestigious Al Hamra district of Ras Al Khaimah, the comprehensive conversion of the property has thoughtgully preserved the unique identity of the buildings, originally designed to reflect the ancient Arabic forts which still speckle the local landscape.
Rob Palleschi, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts said: “The striking fortress-style design and iconic status of the original hotel helped shape our conversion plans. We have carefully maintained the distinctive character of the property and successfully combined those traditional qualities with the modern hallmark attributes of Hilton Worldwide’s flagship brand. Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort is now a world-class hotel and a welcome addition to the Hilton Hotels & Resorts global portfolio.”
Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort features a wealth of quality amenities including two temperature controlled pools, a children’s club, spa treatment rooms and a 500-metre private beach. In addition to golf, active guests can enjoy a game of tennis, select from a wide range of water sports or opt for a work out in the hotel’s on-site fitness centre. A comprehensive menu of eight dining and entertainment options will feature a wide range of international delicacies and regional specialties as well as specialist favourites, such as the upcoming Mai Tai bar, with its Polynesian inspired cuisines and Club Malibu, offering an exclusive club vibe with live DJ.
With an adjoining newly revamped 800-capacity convention centre boasting state-of-the-art amenities and a one-stop professional advice shop, Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort is destined to become a leading choice for planners seeking the very best in facilities and service for conferences, meetings and events.
Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa said: “Hilton Worldwide has enjoyed a presence in Ras Al Khaimah for over 12 years and that longevity with the Emirate and the close relationship we enjoy with the owners of Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort, has served us well in establishing a strong and growing portfolio. Today’s opening introduces our sixth hotel to Ras Al Khaimah and will provide impetus and choice to international travellers, MICE visitors and local weekend guests to visit this increasingly popular destination.”
Ras Al Khaimah is the most northern Emirate in the UAE and a land of contrast with red sandy desert, lush green plains, interspersed with creeks and lagoons, and beautiful mountains, the highest of which often has snowfall in winter. Only 45 minutes’ drive from Dubai International Airport, the largest airport in the Middle East with more than 260 global routes, the Emirate’s diverse landscape and exceptional offering is on course to attract growing numbers of visitors during 2014.
Welcoming today’s announcement, Erwin van der Veen, resort manager, Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort said: “Hilton Hotels & Resorts is the company’s flagship brand, famous around the world for its stylish attributes and consistently high brand standards. I am delighted our unique hotel will now join this prestigious global portfolio as we look forward to welcoming guests to this beautiful region of Ras Al Khaimah.”