Park Plaza Hotels today opens its 7th art'otel in Europe, the art'otel cologne in Germany

AMSTERDAM | March 15, 2010

Park Plaza Hotels, the dynamic operator and developer of lifestyle hotels in Europe, have announced the opening of the brand new art'otel cologne in Germany, its 7th art'otel to date.

High-quality interior design, striking architecture and modern facilities are an integral part of the art'otel brand experience, but the original art on display in each hotel is the main attraction.

For the new art'otel cologne, Park Plaza Hotels worked with the Korean-born artist SEO to create a truly unique hotel experience. SEO, a former master class student of Georg Baselitz (of whom original works are on display at art'otel berlin mitte), has created bespoke large-scale paintings mainly consisting of coloured rice paper torn into strips, which she then used to create dramatic picturesque collages. The largest artwork is on display in the restaurant and is 12 metres wide.

The new build art'otel cologne is located in a prime position on the banks of the River Rhine, within walking distance of the city centre, and provides captivating and fabulous views of the harbour. It offers 218 guestrooms from superior to junior suites, each fully air conditioned and features flat screen televisions with interactive channels, mini bar, telephone, laptop safe and en-suite bath or shower rooms with brightly colour painted glass windows that each replicate prestigious works from SEO.

Boris Ivesha, Park Plaza Hotels' President and CEO, comments: "Today's opening of art'otel cologne is the first of several new exciting art'otels opening in the next 3 years, including landmark lifestyle hotels in Amsterdam and London. Ivesha continues, "Business and Leisure travellers visiting the inspiring city of Cologne will appreciate the sophisticated design and colourful art-experience and we are convinced that Chino Latino will create a real buzz in the local restaurant and bar scene."

art'otel cologne offers free wireless internet throughout the hotel, a top floor sauna and relaxation terrace, six fully flexible function rooms with natural daylight - accommodating up to 100 delegates - and its own river boat shuttle service, available for small events.

Most of the hotel's windows are light pink, blue and yellow colour compositions and are in stark contrast with the hotel's concrete interior walls. With the constantly changing daylight, the hotel's mood and atmosphere change from shimmering to poetic.Chino Latino, the multiple award-winning modern Pan-Asian restaurant & Latin bar concept from the United Kingdom, is certain to become a favourite among local residents and hotel guests. Chino Latino offers a distinctive menu that draws upon the delicate flavours of China, South East Asia and modern Japan. The food is carefully complemented by a cocktail menu created by our talented mixologists using only the finest and freshest ingredients.

All 218 rooms are equipped with water-saving technology, enabling the showers at art'otel cologne to be superior in terms of water usage without compromising water pressure and quality, despite using 50 percent less water than the baths of other hotels.

Intelligent processes control the operation of ventilation and cooling systems. They ensure that energy is used only when actual usage takes place. Monitoring of lighting for general areas such as entrance hallways and corridors leads to additional savings in energy. In the selection of lighting, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly fluorescent lamps and energy-saving bulbs and LEDs have been used exclusively throughout the hotel.

Opening rates at art'otel cologne start from as little as € 82 per night excluding breakfast. Book the best rates available online at www.artotels.com or call the hotel directly on +49 (0) 221 80103.

About Park Plaza Hotels:
Park Plaza Hotels Limited is owner, operator and franchisor of hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The majority of the group's hotels operate under the Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts brand (part of Carlson Hotels Worldwide), over which the Group has exclusive rights in 56 countries in EMEA, or art'otel, a brand which the company fully owns. Park Plaza Hotels also manage the luxury all-suite Plaza on the River- Club and Residence, London.

Through it strategic partnership with Carlson, one of the world's largest travel and hospitality companies, Park Plaza Hotels has access to Carlson's powerful reservation and distribution system, airline partnerships with 20 airlines, loyalty programmes such as goldpointsplusSM for guests and Look To Book® for travel agents and cross-selling opportunities.

There are currently over 35 hotels and aparthotels and nearly 7,000 rooms in the Group's portfolio. By the end of 2012, the Group's committed projects and territorial franchise agreements are expected to increase the number of rooms to over 13,000.

Projects under development include Park Plaza Marrakech (2010), art'otel Marrakech (2010), Park Plaza Nuremberg (2011), art'otel amsterdam (2011) and art'otel london hoxton (2012).

Park Plaza Hotels' shares are admitted for trading on London's AIM Stock Market.

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