HISTORY of STEIGENBERGER

 

The Steigenberger name has stood for top-class European hospitality for more than eight decades now. The family-run business was founded in 1930 by Albert Steigenberger and turned into a public limited company in 1985. Up until 2009, the Steigenberger family owned 99.6% of the shares. Today, the economic owner of the company is Mr Hamed El Chiaty.

1930

Albert Steigenberger, a businessman from Lower Bavaria, buys his first hotel, the “Europäischer Hof” in Baden-Baden.

1940

Albert Steigenberger acquires the “Hotel Frankfurter Hof” in Frankfurt am Main. Just four years later, the hotel is completely destroyed by bombing during the Second World War. It is re-opened with a contingent of 20 beds in 1948. Five years later, the completely rebuilt Frankfurter Hof is re-opened as the city’s top hotel.

1949-1958

Steigenberger takes over the hotels “Badischer Hof” in Baden-Baden (1949) and “Ritters Parkhotel” in Bad Homburg (1950). Albert Steigenberger’s son Egon joins the family business. The company continues to expand: over the years, the company acquires “Palasthotel Mannheimer Hof” in Mannheim (1956), “Grandhotel Axelmannstein” in Bad Reichenhall (1956), “Graf Zeppelin” in Stuttgart (1957) and “Duisburger Hof” in Duisburg (1958).

1958

Company founder Albert Steigenberger dies. His son Egon takes over the running of the family business. He prepares the company for the challenges of the future, such as air travel, leisure tourism and globalisation.

1958-1970

The company continues to expand: the airport restaurants in Frankfurt are opened in 1960.

1972

Egon Steigenberger acquires the Hotel Vocational College in Bad Reichenhall in order to offer the highest standards of training for the company’s up-and-coming generation of hotel staff and thus safeguard his company’s future. Subsidiary companies are founded: “Frankhof-Kellerei” in Hochheim am Main, *H*E*A*D* GmbH, a company specializing in furnishings and fittings for hotels and restaurants, and Steigenberger Consulting GmbH, offering consulting services for the hotel and tourism sector.

1970s

Steigenberger develops new holiday hotels and holiday concepts with entertainment, sports, cultural and health & fitness offerings. The prototypes are created in the Bavarian Forest: in Lam and in Grafenau. By the end of the 1970s, they have been joined by a number of renowned hotels: in well-known health resorts, such as Bad Kissingen and Bad Neuenahr, as well as at Europe’s new aviation hub, Frankfurt International Airport.

1980s

Steigenberger celebrates 50 years in business. Further hotels are acquired for the Group: for example, hotels in Berlin, Baden-Baden and Bonn, as well as in Saanen-Gstaad and Davos in Switzerland.

1985

Egon Steigenberger dies. The company is converted into a public limited company, in which the Steigenberger family holds 99.6% of the shares.

1990s

The 1990s sees the most growth-intensive years in the company’s history: more than 40 new hotels are opened or acquired. Steigenberger enters the Austrian market with five hotels. The number of InterCityHotels grows to 16, and in North Germany, the company’s first holiday hotels open their doors for holiday makers on the Baltic Sea. A second hotel is opened at Frankfurt International Airport, and Steigenberger takes over the management of the German Federal Government’s official guest house on the Petersberg, near Bonn.

2003

5,446 employees generate an annual turnover of €441.3 million.

2004

A further 4 hotels are opened or acquired in 2004: the InterCityHotels at Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (main train station) and in Düsseldorf and Halle-Neustadt, as well as the “Steigenberger Hotel Fürst Leopold” in Dessau.

2005

Steigenberger celebrates its 75th anniversary. No other hotel company in Germany can look back on such a long history as a family-run business.

2006

Steigenberger opens its first hotel in Italy, the “Steigenberger Hotel Therme Meran”. Also in the company’s portfolio since April 2006: the “Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe” at Dresden’s “Neumarkt”, next to the famous “Frauenkirche” church. The “Steigenberger Strandhotel Zingst” opens on the Baltic Sea on 1 June.

2008

The Steigenberger Hotel Group presents its 2013+ corporate strategy. Quality leadership, expansion and increased profitability are the key issues.

2009

Mr Hamed El Chiaty becomes the economic owner of Steigenberger Hotels AG.

2013

Brussels is added to the Grandhotel collection when a new five-star Steigenberger brand hotel opens in the Belgian capital in January.
The InterCityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof celebrates its opening in November. Boasting more than 400 rooms, it is the largest of the InterCityHotels and now becomes the brand flagship.
The group’s presence in Egypt grows with the opening of the new Steigenberger Hotel Makadi in Madinat Makadi.
The Steigenberger Hotel Group generates annual sales of €502.5 million, the first time that the half-billion mark has been exceeded.

2014

The new year begins where the old year left off. A further establishment is opened in Egypt in the form of the Steigenberger Aqua Magic in Hurghada on the Rea Sea Coast.
There is also a new First Class Hotel for the German capital. Steigenberger expands its presence in Berlin by launching the Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt in May.
The Steigenberger Hotel Group continues on its course of international expansion. June sees the opening of the Hotel Maximilian (managed by Steigenberger) in Beijing, the group’s first establishment in China. Four further projects will be realised between 2015 and 2017. The company is also gaining a foothold in the Middle East and has signed agreements for two hotels in Dubai and Doha.