Festive opening of the Guesthouse Petersberg
Steigenberger Grandhotel & Spa Petersberg shines in new splendour after complete renovation
The reopening of a myth with a fascinating history: celebrities from politics, business and society were present when the the Steigenberger Grandhotel & Spa Petersberg near Bonn/Königswinter reopened its doors on Monday. In his address to 600 invited guests, Heiko Maas, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, underlined the historical significance of the location: “Over the past three decades, hundreds of heads of state have visited the Petersberg: Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama or my Russian colleague Sergei Lavrov, whom I met here just a few weeks ago. Because there is room here for good talks. The name ‘Petersberg’ stands for a German diplomacy that does not duck away from international responsibility. So it’s no wonder that Petersberg has become an eponym time and again – and that it is the setting of the yearly Petersberg Climate Dialogue, a future-oriented topic that moves people in Germany and Europe like no other. Now a new chapter in the history of this place is opening. We would like to thank everyone who made this possible and fought for it. It’s been worthwhile.”
In his speech, Dr. Christoph Krupp, Spokesman of the Management Board at the Institute for Federal Real Estate (BImA) – Bundesanstalt für Immobilienaufgaben (BImA), also emphasised the historical relevance of the Petersberg: “This magnificent ensemble of buildings ‘breathes’ history. BImA, the building contractor, began planning the extensive renovation in 2013. The objective was to preserve the Guesthouse Petersberg with all its charm, historical significance and structural beauty, and to make it fit for the future. The result is something to be truly proud of.”
“Just as Petersberg belongs to the history of the Federal Republic of Germany, it also belongs to the history of Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts. We are delighted to have been able to include Petersberg in our hotel portfolio for almost 30 years,” said Thomas Willms, CEO, Deutsche Hospitality, on Monday evening.
In the presence of Eva Luise Köhler a raffle to the benefit of the Eva Luise und Horst Köhler Stiftung für Menschen mit Seltenen Erkrankungen (a foundation for people with rare diseases) took place during the ceremony. A total of 10,000 euros were collected for the foundation's work.
Built by 4711 perfume manufacturer Ferdinand Mülhens, the hotel has been part of Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts since 1990 and is considered one of the flagships of the renowned group. The owner of the Petersberg Guesthouse is BImA, which coordinated and paid for the reconstruction work. The hotel in Königswinter is operated by Gästehaus Petersberg GmbH, with BImA being the sole shareholder.
A selection of photos taken at the ceremony and the gala night can be found here. All photo credits are “Steigenberger Hotels AG”. For more information about the Eva Luise und Horst Köhler Foundation please visit https://www.elhks.de/
From Guesthouse to Grand Hotel
The Guesthouse Petersberg accommodated state guests and royals from all over the world. It was the backdrop for important political decisions, meeting place of the powerful and retreat of celebrities – among the guests were Queen Elizabeth II as well as the Dalai Lama. After extensive modernisation with a volume of over 40 million euros, the Steigenberger Grandhotel & Spa Petersberg joins the ranks of German luxury hotels. It impresses with noble interior, a varied culinary choice and, for those seeking recreation, the extended spa and wellness area with its singular view of the Rhine valley.
About Deutsche Hospitality
Deutsche Hospitality brings together five separate hotel brands under a single umbrella. Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts has 60 hotels housed in historic traditional buildings and lively city residences and also offers health and beauty oases set at the very heart of nature. MAXX by Steigenberger is a new and charismatic concept which places the focus on the essential in accordance with its motto “MAXXimize your stay”. Jaz in the City branded hotels reflect metropolitan lifestyle and draw upon the local music and cultural scene. IntercityHotel offers more 40 upper mid-range urban hotels, all of which are located within easy walking distance of railway stations or airports. And Zleep Hotels – a well-known and successful hotel brand in Scandinavia which offer service and design at a great rate for the many. The portfolio of Deutsche Hospitality currently includes almost 150 hotels on three continents 30 of which are in the pipeline.
About the Institute for Federal Real Estate (BImA) – Bundesanstalt für Immobilienaufgaben (BImA)
BImA is Germany’s Federal Real Estate service provider. It belongs to the division of the Federal Ministry of Finance and acts according to the modern standards of the real estate industry. Its main tasks are the Federal Government’s uniform real estate management, administration and sales, as well as the forestry and nature conservation management of the terrain properties. The head office is based in Bonn.
The BImA covers the land and space requirements of the federal ministries through space and buildings in its own portfolio, new construction, purchase or leasing. It then makes the properties available to users on the basis of rental agreements. With around 4,600 service properties, the BImA manages almost all service properties of the Federal Government, including, e.g., the administrative buildings of the ministries and upper federal authorities as well as the complete Federal Armed Forces properties.