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  • Acquisition start: Leonardo Hotels puts new hotel portfolio into operation

    Daniel Fountain
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    The takeover has begun – from the beginning of April, the 20 former hotels of the Queens Moat Houses Holding GmbH Germany, including 15 Holiday Inn Hotels, four Best Western Hotels and one Queens Hotel, were included in the portfolio of the Leonardo Hotels and put into operation. The hotels were acquired as part of Europe’s biggest hotel deal in recent years by the Israeli hotel chain Fattal Hotels Group. The hotels are located in Berlin, Munich, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Wolfsburg, Mannheim, Hanover, Baden-Baden, Aachen, Mönchengladbach and Karlsruhe. The new portfolio includes more than 3,600 rooms, 28 bars, and 29 restaurants, as well as 154 conference rooms with a total area of 9,675 square metres. The hotels perfectly complement the existing portfolio. Daniel Roger, General Manager of Leonardo Hotels Europe, says: »We are delighted to be able to add new locations and additional hotels to our existing destinations. With the acquisition, we are now present in 20 German cities. Thus, we can offer our guests an extended range – in the usual high Leonardo standard«. An extensive investment plan has been defined for the new hotel portfolio and is already being implemented this year.

    Background: With this new portfolio, the Fattal Hotels Group grows to 84 hotels, with more than 16,000 rooms. Of this, 53 hotels and 8,449 rooms are located in Europe (Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Hungary, and Germany) and 31 hotels with 7,600 rooms in Israel. With the acquisition of the QMH Germany portfolio, Fattal Hotels manages 44 hotels in 20 cities in Germany.

    However, this is not enough. »We want to continue to grow and continuously negotiate projects in major European cities,« explains David Fattal, CEO Fattal Hotels/Leonardo Hotels.
    Through these new deals, the opportunity to further develop the exclusive brand »Leonardo Royal« has been created – the former Holiday Inn Düsseldorf City Centre-Königsallee, as well as the former Best Western Queens Hotel Baden-Baden, will be re-branded to Leonardo Royal Hotels. The leading interior designer Andreas Neudahm is responsible for the interior design of many Leonardo projects. He will be in charge of the reconstruction work of all hotels within the scope of the acquisition. It is therefore his special concern to create an individual and premium design style for both future Leonardo Royal Hotels.

    The following 20 hotels of Queens Moat Houses Holding GmbH Germany were included in the Leonardo Hotels portfolio:

    Berlin
    Best Western Queens Hotel Berlin City West will be a Leonardo Hotel Berlin City West

    Düsseldorf
    Holiday Inn Düsseldorf City Centre-Königsallee will be a Leonardo Royal Hotel Düsseldorf Königsallee
    Holiday Inn Düsseldorf will be a Leonardo Hotel Düsseldorf City Center

    Köln
    Holiday Inn Köln – Am Stadtwald will be a Leonardo Hotel Köln – Am Stadtwald
    Holiday Inn Köln-Bonn Airport will be a Leonardo Hotel Köln Airport

    Hamburg
    Best Western Queens Hotel Hamburg will be a Leonardo Hotel Hamburg City Nord

    Heidelberg
    Holiday Inn Heidelberg will be a Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg

    Hannover
    Queens Hotel Hannover will be a Leonardo Hotel Hannover
    Holiday Inn Hannover Airport will be a Leonardo Hotel Hannover Airport

    Baden-Baden
    Best Western Queens Hotel Baden-Baden will be a Leonardo Royal Hotel Baden-Baden

    Aachen
    Holiday Inn Aachen will be a Leonardo Hotel Aachen

    Karlsruhe
    Best Western Queens Hotel Karlsruhe will be a Leonardo Hotel Karlsruhe

    Mannheim
    Holiday Inn Mannheim City Centre will be a Leonardo Hotel Mannheim

    The following hotels will still be running under the brand »Holiday Inn« with the affinity to the Leonardo Hotels:

    Holiday Inn Munich
    Holiday Inn Düsseldorf Airport-Ratingen
    Holiday Inn Frankfurt Airport North
    Holiday Inn Frankfurt City-South Conference Centre
    Holiday Inn Heidelberg-Walldorf
    Holiday Inn Mönchengladbach
    Holiday Inn Wolfsburg City Centre

    Daniel Fountain / 20.04.2013

    Editor, Hotel Designs

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