Leonardo Hotels opens first property in the Saarland - the Leonardo Hotel Völklingen-Saarbrücken
Germany, 1st October 2012 – Tasteful hotel design combined with elements of one of the most important German industrial heritage sites of the 19th century, the Völklingen Ironworks (‘Völklinger Hütte’): that’s the look presented by Leonardo Hotels’ newest property – the Leonardo Hotel Völklingen-Saarbrücken. On 1st October, the newly built 4-star hotel with 98 bedrooms and suites is being officially handed over to the hotel group, which is expanding throughout Europe.
The hotel is located directly adjacent to the Bürgerpark and just a stone’s throw from the cathedral of industrial culture, the UNESCO World Heritage ‘Völklinger Hütte’ site. The project’s leading interior designer, Andreas Neudahm, was therefore particularly keen to have elements of the ironworks incorporated into the design of the hotel. Every area of the hotel thus presents an ingenious interior design.
The spacious lobby area, with its seamless transition into restaurant and bar, also reflects the local design references in interesting fashion, with its colour scheme defined by earthy tones and metallic shades. Numerous cosy seating areas invite guests to while away time watching the hive of activity. There are eye-catching features aplenty – be it an impressive, outsize picture of an ironworks, a reproduction mine entrance with dimmed light or many others, they ensure that guests have the feeling of “being right in the middle of a mine themselves,” says Neudahm.
This feeling of ‘being part of it’ is also picked up in the lift. “The lift gives visitors a direct look at a stonewall. It all has the effect of seeming to take the guest underground – just like in a real mine,” emphasises Neudahm.
Along with its cosy bar, the open-plan ‘Vitruv’ restaurant, which offers Saarland delicacies, is well lit and presented in the typical Leonardo Hotels colours – natural shades combined with lipstick red and olive. Here too the use of plenty of stone and steel provides for the regional reference. Despite the spaciousness, tables in cosy niches enable meals to be enjoyed in a secluded atmosphere. For anyone who plans only little time for breakfast or just wants to have a drink, numerous high bistro tables are provided. A summer terrace with up to 50 further seats also grants a wonderful view out into the urban park. A spacious fitness section, sauna and steam bath additionally invite guests to chill out and relax.
In this location it is no wonder that the Leonardo Hotel Völklingen-Saarbrücken is expected to establish itself very quickly as an ideal conference venue for up to 115 people. The interior design of the three meeting rooms and their names (Zeche, Hütte 1 & 2), which are references to the world of mining, are also suggestive of the famous surroundings. The cutting edge conference equipment and the professional support provided to delegates also promise to make Völklingen a top new conference destination.
Commenting on the handover, Daniel Roger, General Manager of Leonardo Hotels Europe, says: “The Saarland with its famous loop in the River Saar, the numerous tourist sights and the ‘Völklinger Hütte’ World Heritage site attract scores of visitors to Völklingen. We are delighted to now be able to offer the many people who come here a Leonardo Hotel as well, serving the needs both of business travellers and visitors on a city break.” Rainer Schmitt, Chief Executive of RS Invest GmbH, the investor-operator of the hotel, also stresses: “I am proud to have secured the services of Leonardo Hotels for the hotel management. The hotel will give a great boost to Völklingen as a business location and tourist destination.”
As an opening offer the Leonardo Hotel Völklingen-Saarbrücken is offering rooms from €59 a night; please check first for availability. On 28th October, interested visitors will also have a chance to discover the merits of Leonardo Hotels’ latest property for themselves at an ‘Open Day’ from 11am to 5pm.
Leonardo Hotels is the European division of Fattal Hotels, founded in 1998 by David Fattal. In addition to its hotel locations in Israel, the company has also been active in the European market since 2007 and currently operates over 30 hotels in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary and Austria, with other attractive European sites to be added soon. The company head office is in Berlin, Germany.
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