A new general manager has been appointed at Belmond Cadogan Hotel in Knightsbridge, London, ahead of its relaunch in autumn 2016 following a complete renovation.
Klaus Kabelitz has extensive experience in the luxury hotel sector, with roles at Claridge’s and The Berkeley and will officiall start at the hotel on 1st July 2015.
He joins Belmond Cadogan from Le Richemond Genève, a Dorchester Collection property he has managed since April 2012.
Prior to this he worked in London for 14 years, initially as house manager of Claridge’s, than as general manager of The Berkeley for 9 years.
He began his career working for various hotels in the Hilton collection, before joining Four Seasons in London and then Berlin.
“We are pleased that Klaus is joining the Belmond team as general manager of Belmond Cadogan Hotel,” said John Scott, president and CEO of Belmond. “He has deep experience operating luxurious and celebrated hotels from his time at The Berkeley and Claridge’s in London, as well as at Le Richemond Genève and Four Seasons Berlin. I am confident that under his management, Belmond Cadogan Hotel will reopen as one of Europe’s most sought-after hotels.”
“I am thrilled to be joining Belmond, a collection of hotels and travel experiences I have long admired, and to have the opportunity to return to one of Europe’s most exciting and vibrant cities,” said Klaus Kabelitz. “It is an honour to be entrusted with bringing to life the Cadogan Hotel’s storied history, entwined as it is with London’s past, and blending that tradition with Belmond’s modern standards of service and expertly intuitive team that will ensure Belmond Cadogan Hotel rapidly becomes one of the Company’s flagship properties.”
Owned by Cadogan Estates Limited and operated by Belmond, the fully renovated Belmond Cadogan Hotel will open in autumn 2016 with refurbished public areas and a reconfigured room layout, reducing from 64 bedrooms to 54 in order to accommodate demand from luxury travellers for larger junior suites and suites.
Belmond will also operate Durley House, an all-suite, private-residence-style property located within the same block of Sloane Street as Belmond Cadogan Hotel and also owned by Cadogan Estates Limited. As with the hotel, Durley House is currently undergoing a renovation and is expected to reopen in the autumn of 2016. Upon reopening, the renovated long-stay suites at Durley House will be serviced by Belmond Cadogan Hotel and guests will have full use of the hotel’s facilities and Klaus Kabelitz will manage both properties.