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Kempinskis Taschenbergpalais closes for renovation in 2023

TAGESKARTE HOTELLERIE 05/22

The Kempinski Hotel Taschenbergpalais will close its doors for around ten months on Jan. 4, 2023. The hotel, which belongs to the RFR Group from Frankfurt and the RAG Foundation from Essen, is to be extensively renovated. The hotel at Dresden Castle changed hands in 2016.


For the renovations, the company has hired the Berlin-based star architect Markus Hilzinger, who already worked on the Hotel Adlon and the Grandhotel Heiligendamm and, as the former creative director of the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, is familiar with the splendor of Saxony.

The lighting design is in the hands of Kardorff Ingenieure Lichtplanung from Berlin. For the project management Ronald Hetzke, hp developments, could be won as an experienced hotel planner, likewise TSSB architects accompanies the rebuilding measures at the culture-pregnant building. The renovation measures, which also serve to preserve the value of the tradition-rich property, were decided by its owners, the RFR Group from Frankfurt and the RAG Foundation in Esse n, in close cooperation with Kempinski.

Both the owners and Kempinski are aware of the great cultural significance of the Taschenbergpalais. Thus, in the design of the commissioned renovation measures, special attention is being paid to a modern appearance of the hotel area while at the same time taking into account and preserving the origin and tradition of the house. After the facade and the spa area have already been renovated and the Kastenmeiers restaurant opened in recent years, the measures now pending for the coming year will be the final touches.

The Taschenbergpalais with its 214 rooms was built in the Baroque style at the beginning of the 18th century and was almost completely destroyed during World War 2. After almost four years of construction, the complete reconstruction of the Taschenbergpalais was successfully completed at the end of March 1995 with the opening as the first five-star Grand Hotel in Saxony. The hotel is centrally located in close proximity to historic buildings such as the Semper Opera House, the Dresden Zwinger, the Residenzschloss and the Hofkirche.

RFR has many years of hotel expertise in the USA and Germany. In Germany, the RFR Group has owned hotels such as Roomers and the Marriott in Frankfurt am Main.

RFR Holding GmbH (RFR) is part of the RFR Group of two German-born real estate investors, Michael Fuchs and Abi Rosen, who have assembled a considerable portfolio of properties in the USA. Among them are classics of architectural history such as the Seagram Building in New York by Mies van der Rohe or the famous Lever House by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The RFR Group manages real estate assets worth more than ten billion euros in the USA and Germany. RFR Management GmbH, based in Frankfurt/Main, is responsible for the property and asset management of the RFR Group's real estate portfolio, which comprises over 700,000 m² of space in Germany.