Park Plaza opens Nuremburg property

Park Plaza Nuremburg

Park Plaza has unveiled its latest German property, with the opening of the 177-room Park Plaza Nuremburg.

The hotel is located opposite the city’s Central Station, and features rooms with free wifi, 48-inch TVs, bespoke Park Plaza beds, mood lighting, and Elemis bathroom amenities.

BA Beef Club steakhouse restaurant offers a mix of Bavarian and US cuts, including the USDA Tomahawk steak, and a porterhouse from Nuremburg butcher Freybeger, and other facilities include the Bavarian American bar, fitness centre, sauna, and 256 sqm of flexible meeting space accommodating up to 70 delegates.

The hotel is currently offering a Welcome to Nuremburg package from €115 per night, including a welcome gift, breakfast, and the Nurnberg Card offering free city transportion and museum entrance.

Park Plaza’s owners PPHE Hotel Group has a strategic partnership with the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, meaning guests can earn and redeem points through the Club Carlson loyalty programme when staying at Park Plaza properties.

PPHE Hotel Group also operates the design-led Art’otel brand. The group currently has four new properties under development in the UK: Park Plaza London Park Royal and Park Plaza London Waterloo (both due to open this year), Art’otel London Hoxton, and Art’otel Battersea Power Station.

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Park Plaza looking for “most well-travelled business man or woman”

Park Plaza County Hall has launched a competition to find “the most well-travelled business man or woman”, with a prize of a two-night stay in one of the hotel’s penthouses.

To enter, travellers need to “upload photographic evidence of their travels” to Park Plaza’s twitter account @parkplazahotels using the hashtag UBT, or alternatively pictures can be emailed to ubt@pphe.com.

“Evidence” can include boarding passes showing date of travel and destination, or a print out of loyalty scheme transactions with similar details.

The competition is open until December 1, and a winner will be announced on December 10. The prize can be taken throughout 2013, excluding New Year’s Eve.

For full terms and conditions visit parkplaza.com/business-hotels.

Club Carlson’s summer offers

Club Carlson members can take advantage of three special offers this summer, including double points, half price room redemptions and free breakfast for stays up until the end of September.

Club Carlson Elite members will earn double Gold Points when booking to stay two or more consecutive nights at a participating Radisson Blu, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Park Inn by Radisson, Park Plaza, Country Inns and Suites at any Club Carlson eligible rate. Quote promotional code CCDOUBLEPOINTS when booking online or by calling the hotel or member services for your next eligible stay.

Members can also book a Standard Award Night for half the Gold Points normally required for standard room redemption. Click here to view the available hotel categories at participating Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson, Park Plaza hotels and quote promotional code 50REDEEM when you make your reservation.

Finally use promotional code FREEBKFT when booking your next stay to receive a free buffet breakfast for up to two people at participating Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson and Park Plaza properties.

These offers are valid for bookings made between now and September 29 on eligible stays starting from August 1 and completed by September 30.

For more information visit clubcarlson.com.

Report by Scott Carey

Park Plaza opens Art’otel Cologne

Today (March 15) sees the launch of the Art’otel Cologne, Park Plaza Hotels’ seventh European property to bear the “lifestyle” brand.

The 218-room new build features large-scale artwork from Korean-born artist “SEO”, the largest of which is 12m wide. Park Plaza said the hotel’s art was its “main attraction”, as well as its location on the banks of the River Rhine and proximity to Cologne city centre.

All guestrooms and suites feature free wifi internet, flat-screen televisions and ensuite bath and showers. Other Hotel facilities include a top-floor sauna, six meeting rooms with space for 100 delegates, plus a river boat which is available for hire.

Boris Ivesha, Park Plaza Hotels’ president and CEO, said Cologne was the first of several new Art’otel openings over the next three years. Art’otels in Marrakech, Amsterdam and London Hoxton are slated to open in 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Art’otel Cologne was originally due to open last year, as was the Marrakech property as previously reported on Business Traveller (see online news September 5). But those dates appear to have slipped slightly with Cologne only just open and Marrakech now down to launch some time this year.

Art’otel’s European portfolio now includes hotels in Dresden, Potsdam, Budapest and Berlin (three properties), as well as Cologne.

For more information visit artotels.com, parkplaza.com.

Report by Andrew Gough

Art’otel to open in Amsterdam

Park Plaza has announced plans to open its first Art’otel in the Dutch capital. It will be the group’s tenth Art’otel-branded hotel, with the opening date set for early 2011.

The hotel will open in the Kadaster building, opposite the city’s Central station. It will have 100 guest rooms, an art café and a ground floor and basement space for showcasing art, and holding cultural and social events.

The hotel will be part of a city regeneration project to redevelop the Kadaster building, which was formerly the head office for shipping company Koninklijke Hollandsche Lloyd, as well as the surrounding area. In recent years, the building has been home the city’s land registry office (Kadaster), which has now relocated.

Boris Ivesha, president and chief executive at Park Plaza Hotels said: “To develop our first Art’otel in Amsterdam is an exciting evolution. With Art’otel Amsterdam, we bring a modern, contemporary and edgy hotel to the city’s accommodation offering, presenting guests who have a passion for art and travel the unique opportunity to literally sleep in an art gallery.”

The hotel group currently has two Park Plaza hotels in Amsterdam – the Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam, also located near the Central station, and Park Plaza Vondelpark Amsterdam, near Leidseplein Square.

Art’otel is Park Plaza Hotels’ lifestyle brand and there are several openings in the pipeline. Cologne and Marrakech will open this year and London is set for its 2012 debut. There are currently five Art’otels in Germany and one in Hungary.

Visit artotels.com, parkplaza.com

Report by Sara Turner

Park Plaza announces Marrakech Art’otel

Park Plaza Hotels is to open an Art’otel-branded
property in the Moroccan city of
Marrakech in 2009.

Located opposite the National Theatre of
Marrakech, on the corner of Avenue Hassan II, the design-led hotel will feature
70 rooms, meeting space, a traditional Moroccan
restaurant, piano bar, roof terrace with swimming pool and onsite parking –
guests will also have access to a fitness centre situated in the adjacent
leisure complex.

The hotel is being developed by Moroccan film director Souheil
Benbarka, and will include an art gallery as well as works by signature artists
in all guest rooms. There are currently six other Art’otels – three in Berlin, and
one each in Dresden, Potsdam and Budapest.

The property will be operated by a local
subsidiary of Global V Hospitality, under a franchise agreement with Park Plaza
Hotels – the same company will operate the forthcoming Park Plaza Marrakech,
also due to open in 2009 and located in the Menara area of the city.

For more information visit artotels.com,
parkplaza.com.

Report by Mark Caswell