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Thomas Schmid Takes the Helm at The Dolder Grand in Zurich,
$400 million dollar Transformation Underway
February 6, 2008 (New York, NY) - After closing its doors in July 2004 for an approximate $400 million dollar transformation, The Dolder Grand in Zurich, Switzerland (www.thedoldergrand.com) will re-open in April 2008. Managing Director Thomas Schmid, is at the helm and has been overseeing the legendary curhaus (health spa) property renovation from the start and is eager for The Dolder to debut as a luxury city resort and welcome a new generation to discover the property’s blend of past, present and future.
“Overseeing the rebirth of The Dolder Grand is an extraordinary honor,”
said Schmid. “For more than a century, the hotel has been Zurich’s most
desirable address for world leaders, celebrities and discerning travelers
alike. With its exquisite refurbishment near ready to debut, I am privileged
to have been a part of almost every detail in this landmark renovation
As part of The Dolder Grand’s refurbishment, including the restoration of the main building and addition of a 40,000 square foot spa, along with two new wings – the Spa and Golf wing, Schmid was appointed Managing Director in summer 2006. Since then, he has been responsible for all operations at the 173-room city resort, including managing The Dolder Grand’s four-year renovation – from overseeing construction, to purchasing new furniture for the guest rooms and flatware for the restaurants, to hiring key executive staff – a remarkable feat in the all-too-fluid world of hotel management.
The result will be a sight to behold, with innovations of modern architecture by leading London architects Foster and Partners (www.fosterandpartners.com), new guest rooms – including a quartet of top suites – by United Designers (www.united-designers.com), also of London, and a fresh and inviting new spa concept by international spa consultant Sylvia Sepielli.
Born in Bern, Switzerland in 1965, Schmid graduated from the Lausanne Hotel School in 1991. He held several management positions at hotels in Switzerland and abroad, including at the Montreux Palace in Montreux, Switzerland and the Cipriani in Venice, Italy. Schmid was also Deputy Director of the Grand Hotel in Bad Ragaz, as well as Sales & Marketing Manager at the Baur au Lac in Zurich.
More recently, Schmid spent two years as General Manager of the Tschuggen Grand Hotel in Arosa, Switzerland beginning in 2001 before joining The Dolder Grand as General Manager in the summer of 2003.
Located in a unique position between the pulsating life of Zurich and a naturally green zone, The Dolder Grand, City Resort of Zurich since 1899, enjoys unrivalled views of the city, the lake and the Alps. The hotel features 173 luxurious rooms and suites in the fully restored historic Main Building and in the new Spa and Golf Wings; a 40,000 square foot Spa and first-class cuisine in the two restaurants. Most eye-catching of the banqueting facilities is the great ballroom, topped with its unusual cupola. The hotel also features a pioneering geo-thermal energy concept. The former Dolder Grand Hotel closed for renovation in 2004.
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