Why Kempinski?

Why Kempinski?

Leave your property in the hands of management professionals

Choosing the most appropriate operator to be the caretaker of your hotel or resort investment is a critical decision. If you are looking to make your property a place where history is made, original experiences are created and is managed by a team of specialists whose concern it is to safeguard your investment, then we may be a good fit. We have been injecting European flair as well as innovative ideas into our hotels and raising the bar since 1897.

Leave it to us to professionally manage your property and build its value for you.

Kempinski's philosophy

For more than 110 years, we have been managing luxury hotels on behalf of investors for their optimum profit. By representing new standards in hospitality, we increase property and brand value.

It is Kempinski’s mission to be the market leader amongst its location, without compromising its reputation for operating unique, individual and profitable hotels in a distinctively European flair. We are not a hotel chain, but “a collection of individuals” who all adhere to the same uncompromising level of luxury service.

The key to our success has been a blend of embracing our proud history while at the same time looking into our future to create the superlative in new guest experiences.

What is our game plan?

Kempinski Hotels’ expansion strategy is to grow its portfolio of extraordinary hotels and resorts in key destinations worldwide, while continuing to retain its independence.  We are looking for trophy and market-leading hotels in major markets where we feel Kempinski can clearly add value for the benefit of the Owner.

We have deliberately decided to keep the Kempinski family small--our goal is not to have more properties in the portfolio than the age of the company--so as to focus our efforts on maximizing the operational and financial performance of each single property.

Kempinski's selection criteria

Our selection criteria when evaluating new business opportunities can be summarised as follows:

  • Exclusively focus on luxury five-star hotels and resorts.
  • Broaden Kempinski’s portfolio representation in key European and international  destinations that are favoured by our key feeder markets.
  • Identify hotel and resort projects that are financially sound and viable for all parties.
  • Select or develop properties that have the potential to become market leaders in their own segment.
  • Find the right balance between city hotels, leisure resorts, and other niche products.
  • Favour conversions of existing buildings with history and architectural flair.
  • Accentuate the local culture wherever possible in the design and concepts of the hotel.
  • Emphasise the individuality of each property.

Our business model

Kempinski has decided to move away from the ownership of real estate and to focus on its core business: the management of hotels and resorts on behalf of the Owners of the bricks and mortar. Hence, the growth of our portfolio internationally is built around the execution of management contracts.

In line with this pure management focus, we generally do not consider any acquisitions, investments or equity participation, except in select markets where we may support an investment partner in the acquisition of a property. In exceptional cases, we may be prepared to grant leases or minimum return guarantees for hotels in strategically critical city destinations, where we are confident that the project is economically viable, and that our downside risk is adequately compensated with solid upside potential.

Agreements for new member hotels are tailor-made and formulated according to the individual needs of each business. Through its management contract, Kempinski provides Owners with the essential operational expertise necessary for establishing and preserving the long-term profitability of their investment.

The Owner has no operational responsibilities and enjoys a hassle-free property investment, while retaining such ownership benefits as cash flow, depreciation, deductions, tax benefits, value enhancement, refinancing opportunities, and ownership of the property after the contract expires.

In a nutshell, the Owner signs into a full package of benefits such as operational expertise and management know-how, immediate brand recognition and access to strong distribution channels.

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