Grand Hotel Heiligendamm, Germany
The Grand Hotel Heiligendamm (formally called Kempinski Grand Hotel Heiligendamm) is a resort featuring various guestrooms, buildings, health and fitness facilities, meeting and conference rooms as well as a choice of restaurants.
It was officially opened on 30 May 2003 on the Baltic Sea Coast, as a refurbishment of one of Germany's oldest sea resorts, Heiligendamm, the 'white city on the sea', in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. In December 2002, the pre-opening office counted 5,000 advance bookings.
Grand Hotel Heiligendamm details
The Grand Hotel Heiligendamm is a 31,423m² resort that comprises five listed, historic buildings and the newly constructed Severin Palais. A restaurant, terrace and separate private dining room are located at the Kurhaus, which also features a ballroom and 11 smaller meeting rooms.
The hotel's reception, terraced lounge, library, bridge rooms and various guest rooms are found in the Haus Grand Hotel. The Orangerie provides further guest rooms and suites as well as the Haus Mecklenburg, which also hosts a bar with a terrace.
More guest rooms are located in the Burg Hohenzollern, which can be rented exclusively.
The resort's fitness and health facilities are located in the Severin Palais, and include a spa, swimming pool, spa lounge with terrace, as well as a large sun terrace.
The Grand Hotel Heiligendamm has 225 rooms, of which 107 are designed as suites. Each room differs in architecture and design according to the individual room dimensions. The average room is 49m² with sizes varying between 26m² and 150m².
All the rooms and suites have a view of the park and beech forests or Baltic Sea. The hotel's grand suites include 80m². Severin Suites, 60m² large White Tower Suite and 48m² beach suites located above the beach at Heiligendamm. Some rooms have been designed for customers with specia needs including people with allergies. Some rooms offer a winter garden or balcony.
Meeting and conference facilities
The guest rooms are fitted with hand-made, natural timber furniture exclusively designed for the hotel. Fabrics are hand-woven and baths made of natural stone. All rooms are equipped with entertainment electronics and communications equipment including internet access, fax, stereo system, TV, video and DVD.
Located close by, a modern conference centre has capacity to house events of up to 500 participants. The large conference room lies next to a forest, which can be illuminated in darkness. The conference room's glass front then opens onto a view of the forest.
All rooms are flooded with natural light and have an electronically controlled lighting system. Grand Hotel Heiligendamm hosted the G8 Summit in 2007.
Spa, health and sports
A range of fitness options are offered at the Grand Hotel Heiligendamm, including different kinds of saunas, a caldarium, a Turkish bath and an ice room. A range of treatments is available in 12 treatment rooms within the beauty area.
The hotel also provides a medical spa that includes cardiovascular spa, dermatology and psychosomatic treatments.
Yoga services are also offered. There is an 11x18m swimming pool along with a spa lounge and a bar with terrace.
In addition, guests have numerous additional activities to choose from, including hiking, horseback riding, yachting and sailing, bathing, jogging and going for walks along the sandy beaches.
Furthermore, the resort comprises the stud farm Vorder Bollhagen as well as the Wittenbeck golf course. The 27-hole championship golf course opened in August 2007. A nine-hole golf course is also available. The hotel has a golf school, which offers basic as well as professional training. A golf clubhouse, and the Polar Bear Children's Club with a children's restaurant are all included in the hotel's facilities.
Dining at Grand Hotel Heiligendamm
The 28-seat Gourmet Restaurant Friedrich Franz features a décor of hand-painted silk wall coverings, chandeliers and offers a view of the Baltic Sea. The Kurhaus restaurant serves refined regional cuisine and has a terrace that can accommodate 180 people. Restaurant Medini's offers Italian cuisine.
The Baltic Sushi Bar serves Asian delights paired with cocktails. Nelson Bar offers appetisers, snacks and desserts in a setting that features wood-panelled walls, oil paintings and provides views of the Baltic Sea. Heiligendamm Davidoff Lounge, located in Hohenzollern Castle, celebrates Cuban delights.
The restaurants procure ingredients from the hotel's own nearby organic farm, Vorder Bollhagen. These include game, free-range poultry as well as organically grown vegetables and wheat.
The owner is Entwicklungs Compagnie Heiligendamm. KG Kempinski previously used to operate the hotel under the Kempinski brand name. The design architects of the hotel are Robert AM Stern and HPP.
Consultant is Steigenberger Consulting with interior design by amj Design. Project M compiled the feasibility study. Construction contracts went to Bilfinger + Berger and Lömpel Bautenschutz.