Europe’s oldest independent hotel company is raising a new flag in the mountains of central Switzerland with the introduction Kempinski Palace Engelberg, a century-old historic hotel at the foot of Mount Titlis that will become the first five-star hotel in the region. The Art Nouveau style property will emerge as the latest addition to Kempinski’s glamorous portfolio this spring, following a major transformation that will see the addition of an 880-sqm rooftop spa and infinity pool, new-look bars and restaurants and the tasteful reimagining of its 129 rooms and suites.
Formerly the Europäischer Hof Europe Hotel, the palace has served as both a hotel and hospitality school since it first opened in 1908, and today features a new wing connected to the original property by a historic Kursaal, a public events space that will host elegant weddings and events in the future. The hotel joins Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains in St. Moritz as the second luxury Kempinski hotel in Switzerland.
Kempinski is also set to take over two small hotels connected by an underground tunnel in the resort town of Melchsee-Frutt, near Lucerne, combining the two to form Frutt Mountain Resort, managed by Kempinski.