Acquisitions & Hotel Openings

Deutsche Hospitality Plans New 400-Room IntercityHotel Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof S¨¹d Opening Early 2019

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, DE. August 9, 2017 - The new IntercityHotel Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof S¨¹d will open for business by the beginning of 2019. Offering 400 guest rooms, six conference rooms, a bar and a restaurant, it will become the largest hotel to operate under the IntercityHotel brand and will also feature the new interior design concept created by the Italian architect Matteo Thun. The building which will house the hotel is currently under construction as part of a major regeneration scheme for a larger site lying to the South of Frankfurt Main Station, progress on which can be viewed via a special webcam. The IntercityHotel Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof S¨¹d will be located within the direct proximity of a new bus station offering inter-city services and near a newly constructed multi-storey public car park.

¡°This is a special place and time for our company,¡± explains Joachim Marusczyk, Managing Director of IntercityHotel GmbH. ¡°The successful development of our brand began precisely thirty years ago with the founding of IntercityHotel GmbH. The very first IntercityHotel opened at Frankfurt¡¯s main train station. We are proud that we will soon be able to launch our future flagship hotel on this highly attractive site.¡±

The hotel¡¯s central position means that it will provide excellent links to various means of travel such as mainline trains and long distance bus services and will enable easy access to regional and local public transport. Both the Trade Fair Centre and Frankfurt Airport, for example, can be reached by suburban railway in a mere matter of minutes. In combination with the so-called ¡°FreeCityTicket¡±, which entitles guests at IntercityHotels to use local public transport free of charge, this is bound to make the hotel an attractive option for tourists and business travellers alike. Guests will be able to check in and out by using the convenient ¡°Hotelbird¡± mobile app and will also have the option of using their smartphone to open the door to their room.

The hotel will be operated within the scope of a lease agreement. The property owner is CA Immo Deutschland GmbH. Jakob Vowinckel, Head of CA Immo Frankfurt: ¡°Because we already own the IntercityHotel at Berlin Central Station, this project in Frankfurt means that we now have the two largest IntercityHotels in our portfolio. We are delighted to be expanding our cooperation in this way, and wish the General Manager every success in terms of guest numbers.¡±

The position of General Manager will be filled with effect from 1 September 2017. Anton W¨¹stefeld will be guiding the hotel through its pre-opening phase and ensuring a smooth transition to regular operations. Mr. W¨¹stefeld brings 45 years of professional experience to the table. Most recently, he has completed a highly successful stint of many years in charge at the IntercityHotel Frankfurt Airport and thus enjoys excellent connections within the Rhine-Main region.

About Deutsche Hospitality

IntercityHotel is a Deutsche Hospitality brand. It stands for modern superior mid-range hotels centrally located within easy walking distance of railway stations or airports. Guests benefit from a ¡°FreeCityTicket¡±, which enables them to use local public transport free of charge. The portfolio includes over 40 hotels in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Oman and China. Deutsche Hospitality operates two further brands: Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts stands for 60 luxury hotels ¨C from historic and traditional establishments to vibrant city hotels and wellness oases surrounded by nature. Jaz in the City branded hotels reflect metropolitan lifestyle and draw upon the local music and cultural scene ¨C the first Jaz Hotel opened in Amsterdam in 2015.www.deutschehospitality.com/en/www.steigenberger.com/en ©¦www.intercityhotel.com/en ©¦ www.jaz-hotel.com/en

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