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Breakfast with Henning Reichel
The Falkenstein Grand comes with a view. From your breakfast table you can see Frankfurt.
Two Treasury books (in German) tell the story of the hotels Villa Rothschild and Falkenstein Grand, a Kempinski Hotel, in the millionair's retreat Koenigstein, Germany. Henning Reichel is managing both of them.
Andreas Augustin (A.A.): Good morning, dear Henning, and thanks for your time. We are sitting at the Falkenstein Grand in the city Koenigstein, overlooking the skyline of Frankfurt. Koenigstein is almost 1000 years old, with the ruins of the historical castles of Koenigstein and Falkenstein. To give our readers a better understanding of the location: we have a very rich background in the true case of the word: the city of Koenigstein, at the doorstep of Frankfurt, has the greatest density of millionaires in all of Germany.
Henning Reichel (H.R.): Yes, but this is not as obvious as it would be somewhere else where super-wealthy people gather and even relatively modest homes cost millions of Euros. Rich neighborhoods in Germany lend the vicinity a relaxed atmoshphere - composed of impressions as diverse as ‘understatement' and ‘glamour'.
Three quick questions to warm up:
A.A.: We are now presenting two little books about the history of these two hotels. How important is the hotel's history for you as a marketing tool?
H.R.: Our owner, Dr. gr. Broermann, has developed a great sense for history. He has rescued both properties from an uncertain future and personally invested a lot to renovate the houses and get them started as leading hotels. History makes the difference for me. New Hotel Projects might invest more or try to be even more luxuries than others, but they don't have history. For every guest in a hotel it is interesting to know where they are and what has happened at the property. We as the professionals on property need to make personal contact to and with our guests. History is most helpful in this respect. No one will really remember the color of the carpet in his room, but the history of the hotel and place where they stayed will be in most cases unforgettable, if someone tells you about it.
Falkenstein Grand: Holiday retreat and business hotel. Why not combine these options?
Let me ask you:
Officer's recreation home "Falkenstein" in 1909, today hotel Falkenstein Grand.
A.A.: The Falkenstein Grand was opened as an officer's recreation home in 1909, 100 years ago, by Emperor Wilhelm II.
The small, boutique style Villa Rothschild.
And our quick questions - with no more than one sentence to answer, please:
The terrace of the Falkenstein Grand at night. Here Frankfurt's world of finance meets romatic candle light dinner.
A.A.: Do you fall in love with people or ideas?
Lovely detail; a historic letterbox from 1909 at the Falkenstein Grand
A few quick ones with one word answers:
The breakfast was taken at the terrace of the Falkenstein Grand, Koenigstein, overlooking Frankfurt / Main, Germany.
The books can be found and ordered here.
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