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The Steigenberger Hotel Group Signs Management Contracts for Hotels in Norderney, Germany and Merano, Italy

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May 2005 - Steigenberger is heading south: In Spring 2006 the Frankfurt-based hotel chain will open an exceptional hotel in the South Tyrolean holiday resort and spa town of Meran. On the southern edge of the Alps top designer Matteo Thun has created an imaginative four-star Superior Hotel, designed to suit the needs of wellness, holiday and conference guests alike.

The 139-room Steigenberger Hotel Therme Meran lies right in the heart of this traditional South Tyrolean holiday town, beside the Kurpark and the River Passer. Guests cross a footbridge for the short walk to the Kurpromenade, Tappeinerweg Street and the shops in the town centre.

The new building, in which the spa company Therme Meran AG/Land Südtirol, the local Meran authorities and the Spa administration have invested some 30 million Euros and which is to be managed by Steigenberger Hotels AG, has a very attractive exterior with clear architectonic lines, styled by Berlin architects Baumann and Zillich. Top Italian designer Matteo Thun was responsible for the interior design. Thun uses quality materials such as wood and stone with great panache. The result is a skilful blend of South Tyrolean history, classical elegance, retro design, bold avant-garde and stylised regional artefacts.

The Steigenberger Hotel Therme Meran will cater for holiday and wellness guests as well as conference delegates. The banqueting area has four conference rooms covering a total of 300 square metres and can seat up to 120 people. More facilities are available in the Meran Kurhaus, a Jugendstil building situated on the opposite bank of the Passer.

In the hotel itself there is a Deluxe-Spa that spreads over 1,150 square metres, containing nine beauty treatment cabins, an indoor pool, a whirlpool, a Finnish Sauna, a soft aroma bath, a Turkish steam bath, experience showers, a solarium, a heated outdoor pool and a fitness room. The Steigenberger Hotel Therme Meran has a direct connection through a “bathrobe tunnel” to the Therme Meran spa building, which is also new.

There, the wellness guest will find 25 different pools as well as a spa and a Vitality Centre, with a whole range of applications using local South Tyrolean materials such as grapes, whey, wool and herbs. The complex covers 7.500 square metres.

The cuisine is also a great attraction. In the Steigenberger Hotel Therme Meran guests can enjoy a mix of Mediterranean cuisine with international highlights and traditional Austrian food. Both the smart Buffet Restaurant (208 seats) and the sophisticated Gourmet Restaurant (88 seats) overlook all the lively activity taking place in the Show Kitchen.

The Champagne Bar is the perfect place for an aperitif. Drinks are served in the smart Lobby Bar and in the Zedern Salon on the inner terrace (80 seats). The main spa area offers 160 seats where guests can enjoy their hours of leisure.

Meran is a good jumping off point for walks in the mountains of the South Tyrol, ski trips into the Ortler Ski arena, golfing trips, cycle rides or simply for relaxation. Peter Schuffenhauer, an executive member of the Steigenberger Resort hotel chain says, “A hotel this good in such an attractive location is the perfect addition to the Steigenberger Portfolio. Our guests appreciate the mild climate and the varied opportunities on offer in the South Tyrol.” The hotel, which will be managed by Irene Aster, herself from the South Tyrol, is due to open early in 2006.

The signing of the contract marks the starting point for the Steigenberger SPA Hotel Norderney on this holiday island in the north German region of Ostfriesland. The hotel is due to open its doors early in 2008.

The Steigenberger Hotel Group is heading to the attractive North Sea beaches of the holiday island of Norderney in Ostfriesland. The Steigenberger SPA Hotel Norderney will open there in 2008 as a resort hotel in the historic ‘Conversationshaus’. This building was the main spa hotel of the island from the early 19th Century onwards and was a meeting place for prominent guests from Germany and abroad. It has now been authentically restored and extended to form a hotel complex with inner courtyard, wellness and spa areas and high-quality cuisine. This major remodelling project was carried out by the architectural practice of Beyer & Freitag in Emden.

The Conversationshaus and five-star hotel company Norderney mbH & Co. KG invested around 65 million Euros in the hotel via a special fund. Steigenberger will take on the management of the hotel.

The hotel will have over 171 generously sized rooms and suites and will offer a wide range of activities for holiday, leisure, wellness and conference guests. The ground floor has a premium wellness area with a variety of saunas, steam rooms, ice grottos, a whirlpool and beauty area, all covering an area of around 750 square metres. The top floor, with its incomparable views over dune landscapes and the North Sea coast, has a swimming pool, a panorama sauna, a whirlpool and a terrace for relaxation with its own bistro, all in a space covering a further 1,200 square metres. Moreover, the hotel has its own stretch of beach, which is linked directly to the “Welle” pool house.

The hotel will also be noted for its excellent conference facilities. Eight conference and seminar rooms between 420 and 32 square metres in dimension are available in this historic building. Creature comforts are well catered for by one buffet restaurant, one à la carte restaurant and two bars.

Just 250 metres from the beach in the heart of the resort, founded in 1797 as the first German North Sea spa town, the location of the Steigenberger SPA Hotel Norderney makes it the ideal jumping off point for cycle tours and walks along the 14 kilometres of beaches and through Niedersachsen’s Wattenmeer National Park.

The Steigenberger Hotel Group sees interesting growth potential for tourism in the varied and attractive holiday island of Norderney, that attracts around 300,000 guests and 3.3 million overnight stays per year (10 percent of all overnight stays in the state of Niedersachsen). The quality and variety of the range on offer at the future Steigenberger SPA Hotel Norderney, which is due to open in April 2008, will bring new circles of visitors to this Ostfriesland island.

The Steigenberger Hotel Group currently operates 77 hotels under the brand names Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts and InterCityHotels in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Egypt.

Contact:

Steigenberger Hotels AG
Angelika Heyer
Lyoner Straße 40
60528 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.:  +49/69/6 65 64 422
Mail: angelika.heyer@steigenberger.de

Also See: Steigenberger Hotel Group Completes Reorganization in 2004; Hotel Portfolio Reduced by One in the Past Year to 77 Properties within Two Brands / April 2005
Steigenberger Hotel Group Repositions Company to Focus on Two Brands - Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts and InterCityHotels; Restructures Sales Department / March 2005


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