Christoph Knichel is a seasoned hotelier with a career spanning 30 years in companies such as Hyatt, Sheraton, Dusit and Wanda, as well as in hotel consulting companies. Christoph started his career in hospitality in Germany with Sheraton Frankfurt Hotel and Towers in 1993. He then held management positions with luxury hotels across the globe. From 2005 to 2008, he was General Manager at Sheraton Congress Hotel Frankfurt in Germany and brought an excellent hotel business performance and marketing reputation. From 2009 to 2019, he continued his General Manager journey in Germany, France, Czech Republic, Thailand and China with his extensive international experience in all areas of pre-opening, operational, financial and people management, as well as his consulting expertise in the hospitality industry.
Inspired by the journeys of the Grand Canal and richness of tea, Kempinski Hotel Hangzhou presents an exclusive lifestyle destination defined by signature restaurants, exceptional spaces, designs and gastronomic craftsmanship. Said Christoph Knichel, “I am extremely delighted to join Kempinski Hotel Hangzhou and be working together with my passionate team. We will continue to make a completely unique and memorable experience for each of our guests, allowing new heights to be reached at the Hangzhou destination.”
Born in Germany, Christoph Knichel holds a diploma in International Hospitality Management from Glion Hotel Management School and an Executive Master of Business Administration from HTW Chur University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, and from the University of Delaware, USA. Besides his native language, German, he speaks fluent English and French and also has a good knowledge of Italian. In his spare time, Christoph is a keen tennis player and skier. He is also looking forward to exploring the fascinating culture and authentic lifestyle in Hangzhou.
About Kempinski Hotel Hangzhou: Kempinski Hotel Hangzhou is the first Kempinski property in Zhejiang province, designed by the renowned interior design company ACID Singapore. The property offers 344 well-appointed guestrooms and the largest number of suites in the city. 132 rooms have an unparalleled view of the Grand Canal. Guests can choose from a large variety of hotel dining and meeting possibilities. The hotel provides six restaurants and bars, and over 2,000 sq m of meeting and banquet space, along with three outdoor venues. The well-equipped health club and the luxurious Kempinski The Spa deliver the kind of experience that creates Kempinski guests for life.
About Kempinski: 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. Today the Kempinski Group operates 80 hotels and residences in 34 countries and currently has more than 25 prestigious projects under development around the globe. Each five star hotel reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage; each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts and prestigious residences. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands. www.kempinski.com www.ghadiscovery.com
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Kempinski Hotel Hangzhou
No. 66 Lishui Road · Gongshu District · 310015 Hangzhou · China
T + 86 571 8809 3333 · M +86 199 0683 0287 · [email protected]