Industry Update
Press Release11 July 2019

citizenM says: meet the women shaping Zurich

citizenM's latest exhibition spotlights the female faces of this iconic Swiss city

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Away from the male dominated worlds of big business and banking, where women make up a mere 16% of company boards, local photographer Lauretta Suter captured 36 women carving their own paths through the city.

That's 36 strong, smart, creative, dedicated, successful, progressive, inspiring and colourful women. Each with a deep love for their home, forthcoming with wisdom and prepared to fight against anything holding them back.

These women are bucking trends, living their lives to the fullest and building like-minded communities, determined to help each other 'make it'.

Stop by our new hotel in heart of Zurich Old Town and help us celebrate the women of Zurich. We're sure the other 48% will enjoy it too.

Meet the citizens of Zurich >>>

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The citizenM philosophy is ‘affordable luxury for the people’, offering guests all the luxuries they would expect from a high- end hotel in a prime location, but without sky-high prices. citizenM was founded by Rattan Chadha, the founder and former CEO of the fashion brand Mexx.
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About citizenM

Currently comprising 20 operational hotels in 8 countries, citizenM has a confirmed pipeline of 25 properties. With significant expansion plans in North America - as well as continued growth in Asia and Europe, where the brand is already firmly established in the minds of business travellers - citizenM looks forward to bringing affordable luxury to many more urban locations across the globe.

The citizenM philosophy is 'affordable luxury for the people', offering guests all the luxuries they would expect from a high-end hotel in a prime location, but without sky-high prices. citizenM was founded by Rattan Chadha, the founder and former CEO of the fashion brand Mexx. The first citizenM hotel opened at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport in 2008, followed by citizenM Amsterdam in 2009; citizenM Glasgow in 2010, and citizenM London Bankside in 2012. Rotterdam, New York and Paris locations followed in 2014. In 2016, two more hotels were added to the London portfolio: citizenM Tower of London, and citizenM Shoreditch. In 2017, citizenM opened Paris La Defense and Paris Gare de Lyon hotels. Also in 2017, the company moved into the Asian market, with its first location at Taipei North Gate. citizenM New York Bowery, the second New York hotel, opened in September 2018. Copenhagen and Shanghai followed in December 2018. In 2019, the portfolio grew by four new hotels - Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang (third in Asia, first in Malaysia), Amstel Amsterdam (fourth hotel in the Netherlands, third in Amsterdam), Boston North Station (third hotel in the USA), and Zurich (first citizenM hotel in Switzerland). In May 2020, citizenM opened its fourth hotel in the USA, first on the West Coast - Seattle South Lake Union. Two more openings are scheduled for autumn 2020 - Washington DC and Geneva. Further announcements about expansion in the US, Europe and Asia will follow soon.

citizenM intends to keep growing as a fully integrated owner-operator in selected gateway cities around the world. Its unique value proposition, delivering a high profitability per square meter, allows the brand to develop hotels on prime locations in cities with the highest barriers to entry. citizenM can acquire development sites and turnkey delivered hotels and is open to joint ventures on individual projects. citizenM considers new-built developments, office conversions, components of mixed-use schemes or conversions of existing hotels. The company will also selectively consider asset light transactions.

In Europe the key target cities are London, Paris, Milan, Rome, Dublin, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Berlin, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Zurich, Geneva, Amsterdam and Barcelona. In North America, citizenM is looking for projects in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, Austin, Silicon Valley, Toronto, Denver, Vancouver, Mexico City, Philadelphia, Miami, San Diego and Nashville. In Asia Pacific the key target cities are Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Taipei, Osaka and Jakarta. Website:

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