Design Hotels

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Design Hotels
Company typeGmbH
IndustryHotel management consulting, Business development
Founded1993 (1993)
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany
Key people
Jenni Benzaquen, Senior Vice President and Managing Director
ServicesMarketing, Branding, Creative Services, Distribution Technology, Hotel Development, Sales, Hotel Management, Public Relations
Websitedesignhotels.com

Design Hotels comprises more than 300 independent, design-driven hotels located around the globe. The company was founded in 1993 as a California Corporation, Design Hotels Inc., by J. Peter Schweitzer and Claus Sendlinger. In 2004, after several relocations of its headquarters from Arizona, California, to New York, New York, the firm settled its headquarters in its current location in Berlin, Germany, under the name Design Hotels AG. In 2011, Starwood Hotels & Resorts acquired 72% ownership of Design Hotels AG. Following the merger of Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International, Marriott International currently owns 100% of the company, now known as Design Hotels GmbH

Philosophy[edit]

The Design Hotels portfolio is formed by privately owned and operated hotels that reflect the "vision of independent hoteliers". A strong emphasis is placed on "culturally rooted hospitality experiences" and "leading-edge design and architecture".[citation needed]

History[edit]

Design Hotels was founded in 1993 as a California Corporation, Design Hotels Inc. by J. Peter Schweitzer and Claus Sendlinger. Claus was a part-owner (with Hans Peter Knodler and Oliver Jamitzky) of German full-service travel agency CO-ORDINATES GmbH, based in Augsburg, Germany; the two firms, and several others, consolidated in 1998 under the holding company lebensart.net GmbH, subsequently known as lebensart Global Networks AG in 1999. The holding company went public in Germany on Dec. 10, 1999.

In 2000 lebensart Global Networks AG, with Daniel Adams as the CFO raised sufficient capital to transfer trading from the over-the-counter (OTC) markets to the Börse München.

In 2001 the firm re-branded itself as Design Hotels with 23 initial member hotels. That same year the firm completed the corporate merger of wholly owned subsidiaries ResExpress, Inc., Younger Direct Marketing, Inc., and lebensart technology, Inc. The company began trading under the name lebensart technology Arizona, Inc., with headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona.

In 2004, after several relocations of its headquarters from Arizona, California, to New York City, the firm settled its headquarters in its current location in Berlin, Germany, under the name Design Hotels AG.

In 2011, Starwood Hotels & Resorts acquired 72% ownership of Design Hotels AG. Following the merger of Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International, Marriott International acquired 100% of Design Hotels GmbH.

Accommodation[edit]

North
America
Europe Middle E.
& Africa
Asia &
Pacific
Caribbean
Latin Am.
Total
2019[1] Properties 1 3 4
Rooms 248 542 790
2020[2] Properties 5 7 12
Rooms 853 799 1,652
2021[3] Properties 9 7 3 19
Rooms 1,313 796 266 2,375
2022[4] Properties 10 26 6 2 6 50
Rooms 1,385 2,123 619 581 146 4,854

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 Annual Report". www.marriott.gcs-web.com. p. 6.
  2. ^ "2020 Annual Report". www.marriott.gcs-web.com. p. 8.
  3. ^ "2021 Annual Report". www.marriott.gcs-web.com. p. 6.
  4. ^ "2022 Annual Report". www.marriott.gcs-web.com. p. 6.