Kempinski Hotels & Resorts has signed the management contract for an exceptional hotel in the medieval city of Bruges in Belgium. This distinctive development comprises a former convent combined with a historical castle, located in the heart of Bruges’ medieval centre, which has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. The Kempinski Hotel Palace Prinsenhof, just 200 metres from the Market Place with its famous clock tower, is undergoing extensive redevelopment and is due to open in 2005.
The hotel will have approximately 100 rooms and suites, one specialty restaurant, a bar, two lounges, a ballroom, meeting rooms, fitness and wellness centre, as well as a chapel and its own park.
This property will be Kempinski’s first in Belgium and brings to over 50 the total number of properties open or under development. This signing further endorses Kempinski’s commitment to historic landmarks and enhances its portfolio of former regal residences, which already comprises spectacular properties such as the Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski in Istanbul (home to last Ottoman sultan) and the Kempinski Hotel Taschenbergpalais in Dresden (built by August the Strong for his mistress, Countess Cosel). Kempinski Hotels & Resorts’ prestigious portfolio comprises luxurious properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. Each offers superior standards of service combined with a style reflecting the individuality of the property and its location.