Rezidor announces and opens the Radisson Blu Furst Leopold Hotel, Dessau/Germany

Brussels, Belgium | May 10, 2010

The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide, announces the Radisson Blu Furst Leopold Hotel, Dessau in Germany. The former Steigenberger property with 204 rooms is already operating as a Radisson Blu hotel.

"This project brings our portfolio of hotels in operation and under development in Germany to 51 properties and proves the importance this home market has for us", says Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor. "At the same time, it strengthens our good relationship to our franchise partner Grand City Hotels which already operates 5 of our hotels in the country", continues Ritter. "Radisson Blu is one of our most important strategic partners", adds Christian Windfuhr, CEO of Grand City Holland BV. "This established and international brand covers our upper upscale segment and targets a sophisticated clientele. A further plus is the global marketing for meetings and events - Radisson Blu is a strong player in this sector", ends Windfuhr.

The Radisson Blu Furst Leopold Hotel, Dessau is well located in the city centre, within walking distance to the theatre "Anhaltisches Theater" and the train station. Besides 204 spacious guest rooms, the property features the "Restaurant F%uFFFDrst Leopold" where international and regional cuisine is prepared in an open show-kitchen, the "JU Bar", nearly 600 square meters of conference and meeting space, and a luxurious in-house spa. The hotel originally opened in 1994 and was renovated from 2004 to 2006.

The historical city of Dessau is in Eastern Germany, 100 km southwest of Berlin and 50 km north of Leipzig. The surrounding area boasts four UNESCO world heritage sites, including the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wurlitz, and several premier examples of Bauhaus architecture (it was the location for the Bauhaus art school, which is widely regarded as one of the most significant art schools of the 20th century). The Bauhaus-influence is also evident in the hotel's architecture, with its clear lines and bold design.

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