26th August 2013 – Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai is delighted to announce several new additions to its management team. Kempinski Hotels, the European luxury hotel group took over the management of the former Gran Meliá Hotel Shanghai in Pudong, and subsequently rebranded it as the Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai on 15 May 2013 becoming the group’s 18th property in China. The newly appointed executive team brings extensive experience and expertise to manage this flagship property and strengthen its presence in Shanghai.
Patrick Martinez has been appointed as General Manager. A seasoned hotelier, Patrick brings more than 20 years of luxury hospitality experience to the hotel. Prior to his appointment, Patrick held a variety of General Manager and senior management positions with Marriott International, InterContinental and Rotana Hotels.
“We are delighted to welcome Patrick to the Kempinski family in his leadership role as General Manager of the Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai. Patrick has the experience and drive to enhance Kempinski’s outstanding reputation for European flair within the city,” said Philippe Caretti, Kempinski Senior Vice President China.
Kempinski is also pleased to announce the appointment of David Traynor as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai. Formerly the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Shangri-La Hotel and Traders Hotel in Macau and previously the Assistant Vice President of Sales at Sands China Ltd, David is now responsible for developing and executing Kempinski’s market development, sales and new business plans.
Björn Nöldner is the new Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai. In his most recent position, Björn was the Executive Assistant Manager responsible for Food and Beverage at the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski, in Moscow.
Michelin star-winning Executive Chef Mattias Roock also joins the Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai team. Chef Roock has formerly worked at the Michelin-starred, Gordon Ramsay-affiliated restaurant Claridge’s in London as Chef de Partie and has further earned one Michelin star and 17 Gault Millau points for restaurant Cà d'Oro as the Executive Chef of Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains in St. Moritz.
About Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai
Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai features 678 rooms with either City View or spectacular Bund View including 4 handicapped rooms, choosing from 172 Superior Rooms, 356 Deluxe Rooms, 61 Executive Rooms, 22 Studio Suites, 22 Executive Suites, 43 Diplomatic Suites, 1 Presidential Suite and 1 Imperial Suite. Hotel has total 1,850 square meters space for meeting, conference and event, including a pillar-less Suncuba Ballroom that accommodates up to 800 guests. Besides, there are 13 additional function meeting rooms accommodate guests from 20 to 150 and one Huangpu Auditorium.
Elegantly rising up from the dazzling lights of Lujiazui district, Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai effortlessly blends European luxury, Kempinski’s signature flair for service and the dynamism of the city. Ideally located in the heart of this renowned financial district, only 40 minutes away from Pudong International Airport and 45 minutes to Hongqiao International Airport by car, the hotel creates access to the best of both leisure and business travel.
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 80 five-star hotels in 30 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotels.
Director of Public Relations
Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai
1288 Lujiazui Ring Road Pudong,
Shanghai 200120, P.R. China
Direct: +86 21 3867 9124