3 new hotels to emerge at Düsseldorf central train station by 2021 [Infographic]
Düsseldorf train station will see an Adina Apartment Hotel Düsseldorf, Hampton by Hilton, and a Premier Inn.
Düsseldorf’s central station area will soon welcome an Adina Apartment Hotel Düsseldorf, Hampton by Hilton, and a Premier Inn in a swanky new development.
The ground-breaking ceremony for three new international hotels right next to Düsseldorf’s main station has taken place.
Together with representatives from the GBI AG, the greeen! architects as well as Adina, Hampton by Hilton, Premier Inn and Block House, Mayor Thomas Geisel gave the signal to begin construction. The projects are slated to be completed by the end of 2021.
“The new accommodation options along with the direct route from the main station to Mintropplatz are of high importance for Düsseldorf’s urban development,” Mayor Geisel said at the groundbreaking ceremony.
Transforming prime downtown real estate
Until a few years ago the 17,000-square-metre plot of land was used as a car-loading station by the railway. To launch its redesign, GBI AG and the city of Düsseldorf jointly organised an urban planning competition.
The Düsseldorf architecture office greeen! architects won this award in 2016 and immediately began working on planning and implementing the project together with the GBI subsidiary PBMG.
In coordination with the municipality, greeen! Architects, the Deutsche Bahn Station & Service AG and GBI AG will work on ways to reduce traffic in the new hotel area to create a calm, pleasant environment.
Mayor Thomas Geisel explains that the project’s careful planning, the subsequent exchange with Düsseldorf residents about the “Masterplan Areal Hauptbahnhof” as well as the new plans for the downtown Konrad-Adenauer-Platz are all meant to improve quality of life in the city.
A sought-after location
Another success factor for this development is the broad range of target customers it will attract.
“The three internationally successful hotel brands are new to the city and the target groups complement each other,” explains Reiner Nittka, CEO of GBI AG.
“We work together with many national and international hotel chains. This enabled us to find the ideal mix for this location,” explains GBI AG’s Clemens Jung. “With a total of 32,700 square meters, the hotel trio is our largest project to date nationwide.”
GBI AG is Germany’s largest hotel developer. In 2019, the company was named the most prestigious ranking by bulwiengesa for the third year in a row.
Three new neighbours
The Adina Apartment Hotel Düsseldorf (201 rooms) is tailored to business clients, families and tourists who prefer to stay in a fully equipped studio or large apartment.
The Hampton by Hilton Düsseldorf City Center (219 rooms) is a Focused Service hotel aimed at value-oriented, quality-conscious business travellers and tourists.
The Premier Inn (297 rooms) is a premium economy hotel designed to appeal to leisure and business guests looking for value for money and comfortable amenities. The 238-spot underground car park operated by APCOA is used jointly by all hotels but is also accessible to the public.
A lucrative investment
Hotels in Germany have become very attractive not only for operators, but also for long-term investors in recent years.
This is why DWS acquired the three hotels in Düsseldorf for the real estate property fund Grundbesitz Europa even before the start of construction.
“Especially due to the long-term contracts, there is a high degree of security and calculability,” explains Ulrich Steinmetz, Managing Director at DWS.
The investment by DWS is also nothing ordinary for GBI AG. “If the German market leader for securities and mutual funds invested here in Düsseldorf, that is a special incentive for our project developments,” said GBI AG board spokesman Reiner Nittka.
Düsseldorf tops expansion list
For Mario Reale, CEO and project manager of greeen! architects, the project’s primary concern is to upgrade downtown life in Düsseldorf.
“The area’s previously untapped potential is activated, so residents can enjoy a new high-quality neighbourhood. This will generate positive impulses for the entire urban environment,” explains Reale.
The new overall design of the city’s center also pleases the hotel brands: “For us, the Hampton by Hilton Düsseldorf City Center is an important extension of our portfolio,” says Timo Kläner, CEO of Foremost Hospitality Management GmbH, which operates in Germany as a franchisee of Hilton.
“We have been looking for a suitable property for a Hampton by Hilton for a long time. It’s even more gratifying that the implementation now starts in this outstanding position. “
For the British hotel chain Premier Inn, which opened its first house in Germany in 2016, Düsseldorf was an important goal right from the beginning.
“We are glad to start the project so quickly, especially since we know how difficult it is to find first-class space in this sought-after area,” said Chris-Norman Sauer, Acquisition Director Germany at Premier Inn Germany.
For the Australian hotel brand Adina, Düsseldorf is also an important cornerstone in its expansion in Europe.
“For our concept, we need a central location where generous area planning with high-quality studios and apartments of 25 to 60 square meters is possible. We can do that optimally,” says Matthias Niemeyer, Head of Development Germany at Adina Apartment Hotels.
Here is a TOPHOTELCONSTRUCTION infographic detailing Germany’s hotel pipeline.
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