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The oldest hotel group

luxury in Europe!




Created in 1897, Kempinski is the oldest European luxury hotel group. Kempinski's rich heritage, bespoke service and incredible hospitality are complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Today, Kempinski manages a portfolio of 78 five-star hotels and residences in 34 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the United States. Each reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio includes historic properties, urban lifestyle hotels, exceptional resorts and prestigious residences. Each is imbued with the quality that guests have come to expect from Kempinski, while maintaining the cultural traditions of its destination. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the largest alliance of independent hotel brands in the world.


A success story of more than a century  :

The story begins with the founding in Berlin in 1897 of a group with a very complicated name, the "Hotelbetriebs-Aktiengesellschaft  ". In 1953, this group bought out M. Kempinski & Co, a flourishing company in the wine and restaurant trade, run by Berthold Kempinski, then by his son-in-law Richard Unger. In 1918, a first Kempinski Hotel had already seen the light of day in the German capital, on the site of the current Bristol. Ten years later, M. Kempinski & Co opened the Haus Vaterland restaurant on Potsdamer-Platz, launching a concept of “event gastronomy” unique in Berlin… Then it was war, the Kempinski family had to take refuge in the United States , and restaurants are bombed, but Kempinski's name survives. Back in Berlin in 1951, Berthold's grandchildren opened the first 5* Hotel Kempinski there, which for twenty years enjoyed the status of the only luxury hotel in Berlin. In 1953, therefore, the company was acquired by the group which already ran several fine establishments in the city, and which would henceforth add the name of Kempinski to its own... In 1985, Lufthansa acquired shares in the company to facilitate its international operations , and a year later Kempinski Hotels SA was born, with headquarters  transferred to Geneva. In 2004, the Thailand Crown Property Bureau took over a majority stake in Kempinski AG, allowing it to further expand its portfolio through a global expansion strategy and develop new markets. After 13 years, in February 2017, the two existing shareholders formalized their previous plans to transfer capital between them and the majority shares are now held by the existing Bahraini shareholder while the Thai shareholder now holds a minority. Both shareholders remain committed to Kempinski and its long-term strategy to remain an independent European luxury hotel management group.


Kempinski's presence around the world:  

In Europe: 28 establishments including 8 in Germany (Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt, Berchtesgaden, Munich), 6 in Turkey (Istanbul, Belek, Bodrum), 3 in Russia (Moscow, St Petersburg, Gelendzhik), 3 in Switzerland (St -Moritz, Engelberg), 2 in Austria (Vienna, Kitzbuhel), Italy (Venice), Spain (Marbella), Malta (Island of Gozo), Hungary (Budapest), Lithuania (Vilnius), Croatia (Istria), Bulgaria (Bansko ), Slovakia (High Tatras) and Slovenia (Portoroz).

In the Middle East: 12 establishments including 4 in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman), 3 in Jordan (Amman, Aqaba, Dead Sea), 2 in Qatar (Doha), 1 in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh, Al -Khobar), 1 in Lebanon (Beirut), 1 in Oman (Muscat) and  in Tel Aviv (Israel)


In Africa: 8 establishments, including 3 in Egypt (Cairo, Soma Bay), 2 in Kenya (Nairobi, Masai Mara), 1 in the Seychelles (Mahe), Tanzania, Ghana (Accra) and Djibouti.


In Asia (23 establishments, including 19 in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Harbin, Huizou, Guiyang, Shenzen, Wuxi, etc.), 1 in Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar), Indonesia (Jakarta), Thailand (Bangkok), Myanmar ( Nay Pyi Taw, the new capital).


In America: 3 recent hotels in Cuba (Havana and Cayo Guillermo).




We are learning to navigate in a new environment with the birth of hybrid events that demand unprecedented adaptability and creativity from our teams. Our "meeting" clients must understand that we care about their health and their safety when entering a Kempinski hotel from now on, that's why we were one of the first groups to create a set of measures to prevent risks linked to covid-19 under the name of a concept called  White Glove Services.


Beyond these security measures, we have also adapted our MICE offer to deal with a way of interacting and communicating which will also be fundamentally different during events. So we are investing in our hotels to offer a state-of-the-art video conferencing solution and more "easy and safe" culinary options in the form of high-end bento boxes.


Finally, we do not forget that building a long-term relationship with meeting planners remains more relevant than ever and that is why our latest MICE offer offers a series of rewards such as a higher commission, privileged status to our loyalty system and several added values for any event organized within a Kempinski hotel in 2021 and  beyond


Sullivan Sananikone

European Sales and Marketing Director






Sullivan Sananikone

European Sales and Marketing Director

Phone. +41 22 809 88 43

Mob. + 41 79 274 15 99


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