"Even as a teenager I was certain that I would eventually want to work in the hotel industry. Whenever I passed the monumental Hotel Atlantic in my hometown Hamburg I hoped that I would someday be able to work in this time-honored white "castle" on the banks of the Alster. After I finished my schooling in 1998 my childhood dream virtually came true when I got an apprenticeship training position at the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski.
Later on I moved from the Elbe to the Isar in Munich; and since January 2013 I have been living at the Main. As the Director of Sales here in Gravenbruch I am responsible for all sales activities of our property. The hotel's renovation is an exciting challenge: our capacity for events will double to a total of 1,800 square meters and we will get a second big ballroom – that is unique in the region."
Do women have different requirements for hotel rooms than men? They sure do! This is the result of a study by the Cologne International School of Design. While women mention about 30 different items they would like to find in their room for a perfect hotel experience – from attractive cosmetics and big mirrors to a sufficient number of clothes hangers – men have only three demands: WLAN, a good mattress and shaving foam.
Curtain up for the new deluxe rooms at the Kempinski Hotel Gravenbruch: We invited six readers of Mix am Mittwoch to exclusively put the new ambience to the test. What does it feel like to sleep in the new bed? How comfortable is the armchair? Is there sufficient space in the bathroom to store the various cosmetic paraphernalia that men and women tend to travel with?
An eventful year is drawing to a close. A time with many exiting experiences, great guests and one very special event: the successful start of our hotel's refurbishment. We have already spruced up big parts of the property; many more will follow up until 2014.
During the last days of the year we are all set to pamper our guests even more than usual and therefore offer exquisite menus and brunches over the holidays. On New Year's Eve our guest can, for example, enjoy an exclusive six course dinner and see the year out with a glass of champagne in an enchanting ambiance. On the first day of the New Year we will then serve a delicious New Year's breakfast until 2 p.m. so you can recharge your batteries sufficiently.
We did not only renovate and refurbish our premises; we also spruced up our technology. Our colleagues now work on new screens and faster computers, have state-of-the-art printers and use a more recent version of the Microsoft operating system.
The new collaboration with the ENTIRETEC promises quite a few advantages. The successful IT company takes care of the hotel's complete network infrastructure. WLAN continues to be on offer throughout the property but as of now, basic access to the internet is free of charge for our guests.
"Our guests are not the only ones who benefit from the refurbishment of our hotel; we also want to make our staff's working environment as pleasant as possible," says hotel director Stefan Schwind. This is the reason why the offices got a new coat of color, new carpets, lamps and desks. We also upgraded the technical equipment so our colleagues now work on new and faster computers.
The hotel director and his assistant, reservations and reception are back to work at their former but newly renovated office space. Marketing, sales, HR, the rooms division manager and the global sales office as well as housekeeping, controlling and IT moved to completely new premises. Their new offices are partly located in the new wing to the left of the main entrance where former guest rooms were converted into new office space.
New interior design culture finds its way into Kempinski Hotel Gravenbruch Frankfurt.Visible progress is being made in the comprehensive renovation and reconstruction of the Kempinski Hotel Gravenbruch Frankfurt. The refurbishment of the first 66 rooms has been completed, they now have a completely new design. Work on the rooms took just over two months, with all employees of the five-star superior hotel pitching in for the final touches. The new rooms, in the categories of Comfort and Deluxe, are ready to welcome guests.
As of now, our spa area offers an even greater choice for relaxing: Besides a further sauna it now also features a steam room with a starry sky, an infrared cubicle, and also a tepidarium which is a warm room heated to a comfortable 60 degrees with music, light and aromas as well. The perfect spot to enjoy calm and take a break from everyday life. After the body was thoroughly heated up there are lots of choices for cooling down. Our guests can enjoy foot baths, refresh themselves in a plunge pool with ice-cold water, and experience a bit of paradise under our rainforest showers. There are also lots of relaxation beds in the quiet area. The spacious outdoor area adjacent to the sauna zone is also
a great spot for pleasant recreation.
A total of 30 apprentices spent about three months on this exciting challenge. In various task forces and with a total budget of 10,000 Euros they decided the design, furnishings and color scheme, compared and commissioned suppliers, examined materials and ordered furniture.