Rezidor opens the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm

Brussels | January 20, 2011

The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide, has opened their new flagship in Sweden: the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm with direct connection to the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre – one of Scandinavia’s largest facilities for meetings and events. The brand new hotel and congress centre have been designed by White, a leading Scandinavian architectural agency, and feature chic and contemporary interiors by RPW Design (London). The hotel and congress centre are owned by Vital Forsikring, a company in the DnB NOR Group, and have been developed in close cooperation with Rezidor.

“We are proud and delighted to launch this outstanding property with a fantastic location right in the heart of Stockholm. Rezidor will operate both the First Class hotel and the premium congress centre – Waterfront will further strengthen our position as one of the leading international hotel groups for business and leisure business in the Nordics”, said Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor.

A prime location
The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel awaits guests in Stockholm’s city centre, within walking distance of the Arlanda Express rail link to the airport and the central railway station. The hotel’s position makes it the ideal choice for business travellers and also tourists, with its close proximity to Stockholm’s business district, shopping, Gamla Stan, the Royal Palace and the City Hall.

Rooms with a view
The hotel’s 414 modern, non-smoking rooms and suites styled by RPW Design offer views of the Riddarfjärden stretch of water and the City Hall. The 3 suites are situated on the top floor with panorama windows facing Lake Mälaren, Riddarfjärden and the City Hall. The largest suite has 74m² of floor space, consisting of a bedroom with a king size bed, a bathroom with a round bath tub, a living room with a sofa suite, a dining table and a television, and a separate guest toilet. All rooms and suites feature Radisson signature services such as free high speed internet access.

Swedish & international specialties
The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel invites guests and locals to the concept restaurant RBG Bar & Grill; a casual venue with a relaxing ambience, offering views of the bustling city streets and waterways of Lake Mälaren from RBG Bar & Grill. The menu features both national and international dishes, and RBG can host up to 230 guests. A Lobby Bar with light snacks and refreshing beverages as well as 24h-roomservice complement the gastronomic program.

Fitness facilities
After a day of sightseeing or a business conference, guests can enjoy the hotel’s modern and fully equipped gym, the “Exercise Lounge” which is free of use.

Green meetings
The Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre with its spectacular glass facade has been designed by White and styled by RPW Design. Sustainability and flexibility were key aspects in the creation of the building: The facade for example acts as 1,040m2 of solar panelling and generates an average of 1MW of heating energy per day. The warm air that is generated warms water that is then sent to colder parts of the building. And during the night, cold water is taken from Lake Klara for the 250 ton ice storage. Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre will be certified in accordance with the new “Green Building” EU standard, and is actually twice as energy effective than this standard requires.

The congress centre has 14,000m2 of floor space, including an auditorium with a ceiling height of 17m and large enough for an audience of 3,000 people. The complex also includes a banqueting hall with space for up to 2,000 guests, and there is a business centre on the 2nd and 3rd floors that consists of a number of meeting rooms of varying sizes and with space for approximately 1,000 people. Many of the walls and ceilings can be moved around or lifted away in order to divide up the area or create larger spaces. Advanced solutions for lighting, sound and telecommunications are also integrated, and Rezidor’s internationally experienced service teams guarantee successful events – from smaller board meetings to big business conferences and sport highlights.

For further information please contact:
Christiane Reiter, Director Corporate Communication
32 2 702 9331, christiane.reiter@rezidor.com

Renu Snehi, Director Corporate Communication
32 2 702 9241, renu.snehi@rezidor.com

About The Rezidor Hotel Group

The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world. The group features a portfolio of more than 400 hotels in operation and under development with 86,300 rooms in over 60 countries.

Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites in Europe, Middle East and Africa, along with the goldpoints plusSM loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Under a worldwide licence agreement with the iconic Italian fashion house Missoni, Rezidor also operates and develops the new lifestyle brand Hotel Missoni.

In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Carlson, a privately held, global hospitality and travel company, based in Minneapolis (USA), is the majority shareholder.

The Corporate office of the Rezidor Hotel Group is based in Brussels, Belgium. For more information on Rezidor, visit www.rezidor.com

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