Chevy Chase, Md., October 19, 2015 - The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. is proud to announce a signed agreement with the Manz family in Switzerland which will add the Hotel de la Paix in Geneva as a partner hotel as of December 16, 2015. The boutique property sits on the banks of Lake Geneva, (Lac Leman) in Switzerland.
Following an extensive renovation planned by the Manz family, the hotel is scheduled for re-launch at the end of 2016 as The Ritz Carlton, Hotel de la Paix Geneva. The lakeside property will undergo a comprehensive renovation which includes reducing the number of hotel guestrooms to 75 stunning luxury accommodations featuring refreshed, modern and generously proportioned suites.
The Hotel De la Paix, built in the center of Geneva in 1865, has been witness to a multitude of historical world events. In January 1872, the international arbitration tribunal for the Alabama Claims met at the Hotel De la Paix. Today, the Alabama Salon still serves as a reminder of this important event within the hotel. And as with all iconic treasures in Europe, many decorated and well-known personalities have been hosted, one of which was Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco, who whiled away the hours on the banks of Lake Geneva savoring the glorious views over Mont Blanc.
“It is an honor to bring The Ritz-Carlton experience to Switzerland and to partner with the highly regarded Manz family,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Ritz-Carlton. “Geneva is an extremely desirable destination for travelers and we will now be able to offer a sensational travel experience to complement the full portfolio of Ritz-Carlton properties around the globe,” he added.
The partnership commences in the year that sees the Hotel De la Paix celebrate its 150th anniversary. Ljuba Manz-Lurje, Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Manz Privacy Hotels Switzerland AG, said “I am delighted that the hotel De La Paix, the jewel of Geneva, will be managed by The Ritz-Carlton, one the of the world’s most famous and luxurious hotel companies.”
Embedded between Alpine peaks and the hilly terrain of the Jura, the French-speaking city of Geneva lies in the bay where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. With its humanitarian tradition and cosmopolitan flair, the European seat of the United Nations and headquarters of the Red Cross is best-known as the capital of peace. Water flows through the center of the city into the River Rhône and museums, shops, restaurants, and parks jostle for space on the history-laden south shore known as Rive Gauche and the eponymous Quai Mont-Blanc is one of the most famous addresses in the city of Geneva.
Recently named as the world’s most popular luxury hotel brand by London-based consultancy, Luxury Branding, The Ritz-Carlton currently offers a collection of ten luxury hotels throughout Europe including The Ritz-Carton, Abama, The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty, The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul, The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna, The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg, Hotel Arts, Barcelona and Penha Longa Resort & Spa in Portugal.
About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 90 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 40 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, and for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).
About Manz Privacy Hotels Switzerland
The Manz family has been upholding the highest level of traditional Swiss hospitality since 1889. Manz Privacy Hotels Switzerland (MPH) owns six hotels in Switzerland and holds an interest in various luxury and first-class hotels in South America. In Switzerland, the following hotels are operated under the Manz Privacy Hotels Switzerland brand: The St. Gotthard in Zurich (138 rooms, of which 8 are suites over 5 floors), the Euler in Basel (66 rooms, of which 6 are suites), the Hotel City Inn Basel (30 rooms, of which 8 are superior-standard rooms), as well as the Continental in Lausanne (116 rooms) and the Hotel De la Paix in Geneva, which will now be managed by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. MPH has also leased the Hotel Helvetia in Basel. With its motto "Feel the difference", MPH places great emphasis on high-quality service and the aspiration to offer guests all amenities as part of a truly personal service. This includes the "Privacy" concept, which ensures guests are offered maximum privacy. MPH – a family-owned company – is now being run by the fourth generation of the Manz family. The company employs 150 people in total, including outsourced services, in three locations: Zurich, Basel and Lausanne. www.manzprivacyhotels.ch
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