of The Pierre New York, a Taj Hotel
Historic Hotel into its 75th Year
NEW YORK, July 1, 2005 -- Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces has named Heiko Kuenstle general manager of The Pierre New York, a Taj Hotel. The Pierre is delighted to welcome back an old friend, as Kuenstle spent four years earlier in his hospitality career at the landmark hotel on New York's Fifth Avenue.
"We are pleased to welcome this famed hotelier to the Taj family," says Raymond Bickson, managing director, The Indian Hotels Company Ltd., which operates Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. "Mr. Kuenstle's familiarity with The Pierre and extensive hospitality background in New York and Europe will extend our success in this luxury market. As we move forward to restore The Pierre to its grande dame status, Mr. Kuenstle will provide a stable foundation for our welcoming staff."
Previously, Kuenstle was general manager at The Lowell Hotel, New York, since June 2001. Under his management, the hotel garnered many recognitions and awards. In 2003, Kuenstle was voted one the "50 Best Hoteliers in the World" by Leaders Magazine.
With nearly 20 years of hotel experience, Kuenstle began his career
in Germany where he apprenticed at the three-star Michelin restaurant Schwarzwald
Stube, oversaw the one-star Michelin restaurant at Moench's Posthotel,
and served as manager of Hotel Domizil before coming to America. He began
at The Pierre New York in 1994 as assistant manager housekeeping and rose
to guest service manager and front office manager before leaving for the
Plaza Athénée, New York where he served as Rooms Division
Established in 1903, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest groups of hotels, comprising 56 hotels in 39 locations across India with an additional 17 international hotels in the Maldives, Mauritius, Malaysia, Seychelles, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Rajput palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. The Taj, a symbol of Indian hospitality, has recently completed the centenary of its landmark hotel, The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Mumbai. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India's premier business house.
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
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