Rocco Forte Hotels acquires the famous Le Richemond in Geneva
The adjacent buildings will be used to extend the hotel to 125 rooms and suites in 2005 as part of a major refurbishment.
Sir Rocco Forte said:
“Le Richemond is one of the great hotels of the world. It also has some wonderful employees, which is what a high quality hotel is all about. The hotel has been associated for many years with the Armleder family and it now passes to another family with a long term involvement in the industry. I am particularly pleased to return to Geneva as the old Forte company was previously represented here.”
Victor Armleder said:
“Whilst I am sad to see the hotel sold and not taken over by one of my two sons, both of whom have carved successful careers in the financial world, I am very pleased to see the hotel going to Sir Rocco Forte and his group as I know Le Richemond, its guests and the people working in it will be in good hands.”
François Rouge, Chairman of Banque de Patrimoines Privés Genève BPG SA, which supervises Richemond Hotels Holding said:
“For both Geneva and the hotel, I am pleased to have played a part in seeing Le Richemond pass to a distinguished hotelier who will make the necessary investment to ensure Le Richemond continues its memorable history and remains the finest hotel in Geneva.”
Le Richemond is Rocco Forte Hotels’ fifth new hotel project in the last twelve months. Last July, it bought Brown’s in London, which will reopen in Spring 2005 after a complete refurbishment. In October 2003, it took over management of the Château de Bagnols in Beaujolais. In January 2004, it started work on the Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt and the Hotel de Rome in Berlin, both of which will open in 2006. During the early part of 2004, over 200 hectares of land have been purchased in Southern Sicily, where the company will open its first golf and spa resort property in 2007.
Rocco Forte Hotels was established in 1996 to create a collection of luxury hotels in Europe. The hotels have individual styles ranging from traditional to contemporary, with each hotel reflecting its nationality and location. The collection is linked together under the Rocco Forte Hotels brand, which guarantees attention to detail, quality and service delivery.
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