During the annual CEEQA event, the award to Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square was given by the jury for the quality execution of a challenging revitalisation of a historic building in a city center location.. The hotel was selected as the best among best real estate projects officially completed during 2012 in the Hotel, Leisure and Residential Development category.
“This award recognizes the prestige of the building within such a location, and demonstrates the substantial investment which has been done to realize such aprime project in Lithuania. As Kempinski we are proud to operate such a hotel set within a historic building, which has been renovated to its former glory.” – says Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square General Manager Noel Attard.
The award was presented by Mr. Arvydas Avulis, Chairman of real estate developer Hanner who was part of the jury for this year’s awards. CEEQA are the main annual industry awards for the real estate sector in emerging Europe.
For 10 years now the awards have been organised by CEE Insight Forum, in association with the Financial Times, with the aim of recognising business excellence and showcasing the sector’s achievements to the international investment arena. The awards cover business activity in 18 countries across Central Europe and Southeast Europe. The real estate projects are judged by a panel of senior representatives of market-leading companies that are active across the sector. The judging of the awards is supervised and audited by globally respected consulting firm Deloitte.
The building that now houses Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square was built in 1900 by the famous architect Michail Prozorov. Under the roof of this multifunctional building, the Treasure House of Vilnius province and the Czarist government’s state treasury were established. Later, the building was used as the premises of the New York hotel. In 1948, the building became the home of the central telegraph office. Then, in 2006, renovation of the building began with an aim to preserve and revive the building’s historical roots. After the renovation, in 2012, Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square was opened.
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.