Hilton to Open Curio Collection Hotel in Austrian Alps

Date: October 2018

Location: Kitzbuhel, Austria

Name: Grand Tirolia Hotel Kitzbuhel, Curio Collection by Hilton – opening later 2018

No. of Keys: 81

Seller: Rudi Höfinger built the golf course 20 years ago and started building the hotel. In 2009 he sold to Jelena Baturina, who completed the construction.

The hotel was loss-making before the hotel was put up for sale in 2017.

Buyer: In April 2018, Seidl Othmar, MD of Kitz Immobilieninvest GmbH bought the property.

There several candidates for the running of the hotel; Hilton has agreed on a two-month “high-speed” negotiation process, the real estate developer said. “A big international chain for an international top destination that fits,” says Seidl and thus Hilton has agreed a management deal with Kitz.

The hotel will be Hilton’s first in Kitzbuhel, a small Alpine resort town east of Innsbruck in the western Austrian province of Tyrol.

“Kitzbuhel is one of the leading Alpine resorts,” said Patrick Fitzgibbon, SVP of development, EMEA at Hilton, in a statement. “A renowned sporting and year-round destination, Kitzbuhel hosts a number of high-profile events, including the famous Hahnenkamm-Rennen ski race and the Austrian Tennis Open.

We look forward to officially welcoming guests to Grand Tirolia Hotel Kitzbuhel, the first Curio Collection by Hilton property in the beautiful Alps region of Austria in the coming months.”

Kitzbuhel has one of the longest ski seasons in the Alps, and with more than 200 kilometers of ski slopes, Kitzbuhel and its neighboring towns make up one of the largest ski regions in Austria. In the summer, Kitzbuhel is a popular destination for health and sport enthusiasts with several spas, golf courses, tennis courts, and hiking and biking trails in the area.

Grand Tirolia Hotel Kitzbuhel is a multi-facility resort. The hotel includes four restaurants and bars, a ballroom and three meeting rooms and fitness facilities. The spa, which covers nearly 2,500 square meters, includes indoor and outdoor heated pools, 11 treatment rooms and six saunas. Adjacent to the hotel is the 18-hole Eichenheim golf course, one of four in Kitzbuhel.

THPT Comment: Hilton’s Curio Collection is rapidly expanding in Europe, with 25 properties open or under development. New openings in 2018 include Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel, Niepce Paris Hotel, Maison Astor Paris, V Hotel Dubai and Grand Hotel Villa Torretta Milan Sesto.

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