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Rocco Forte Hotels Appoints Franck Arnold as General Manager
of The Balmoral in Edinburgh, Scotland

July 2011 - Rocco Forte Hotels has announced the appointment of Franck Arnold as general manager of The Balmoral in Edinburgh. Mr. Arnold, who will start in August, takes over from Ivan Artolli who was recently promoted to director of operations for the group’s properties in the UK, Belgium and Eastern Europe.

With more than 14 years in the luxury hospitality industry, Mr. Arnold brings with him a wealth of experience. He joins The Balmoral from The Jefferson Hotel in Washington DC, where as managing director, he oversaw an extensive renovation of the property.

Prior to taking up his post in Washington, Arnold, who hails from Strasbourg in France, was hotel manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Previously, he held several posts at Intercontinental Hotel & Resorts’ in England, Greece, Belgium, Spain and the USA.

On appointing his successor in Edinburgh, Ivan Artolli comments: “In Franck, we have a seasoned hotelier who brings with him a blend of luxury hospitality expertise and operational experience. I am confident that under his guidance, The Balmoral will continue to prosper as Edinburgh’s leading five-star hotel. ”

In his new role, Franck Arnold will oversee all aspects of the iconic Edinburgh hotel. He will be responsible for its day to day operations; the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant number one; Hadrian’s and Palm Court; The Bollinger Bar and its meetings & events’ facilities.

Fluent in English, Spanish and French, Arnold graduated from the Hotel School of Strasbourg and holds a master’s degree from I.M.H.I. Cornell Essec in Paris and an MBA from Henley Management College in the UK.

The Balmoral
Part of Rocco Forte Hotels since 1997, The Balmoral is a luxury hotel in the true sense of the word. The 188-bedroom hotel with its majestic clock tower is located at 1 Princes Street in the centre of Edinburgh. The Balmoral boasts Scotland’s only Bollinger Bar; Michelin-starred “number one” restaurant, presided over by Executive Chef, Jeff Bland; a luxurious spa and ten function rooms accommodating up to 450 people, nearly all of which enjoy fantastic views of Edinburgh Castle.

Rocco Forte Hotels
Rocco Forte Hotels is a family of 12 individual hotels and resorts. Each property has a unique style, reflecting its nationality and location, but all share Rocco Forte Hotels’ trademark attention to detail, high quality and immaculate service.

Established by Sir Rocco Forte in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; The Lowry Hotel, Manchester; Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg; Hotel Amigo, Brussels; Brown’s Hotel, London; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Augustine Hotel, Prague; Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily. Future openings: Abu Dhabi 2011; Jeddah 2013; Marrakech 2014; Cairo 2014; Luxor 2014.

Emily Hottensen
Susan Magrino Agency
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New York, NY  10010
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