Arabella – Josef Schörghuber, the founder of the company, named the company after his daughter Arabella Schörghuber and opened the first hotel in Munich’s Arabellapark in 1969. As part of the Schörghuber corporate family and in close cooperation with its sister company Bayerische Hausbau, the company expanded in the decades that followed in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and on Mallorca.
Its cooperation with ITT Sheraton, now Mariott International, enabled Arabella Hospitality to become a global player for both the development and the operation of hotel real estate. It also made a name for itself in the golf business with the golf courses it operates under the Arabella Golf brand. Today, Arabella Hospitality focuses not only the city hotel and holiday resort industry but also on the high-end luxury hotel industry, operating iconic properties such as The Westin Hamburg in the Elbphilharmonie and leasing the internationally renowned Rosewood Munich.
MILESTONES IN THE LUXURY HOTEL INDUSTRY
The first hotel development project in Munich, where the company has its headquarters, marks the birth of the hotel group. The Arabella Hotel Bogenhausen is part of the Arabellahaus building, which is also home to apartments, doctors’ offices and stores.
Having celebrated no fewer than four hotel openings in Munich and Upper Bavaria the previous year, the company builds its first hotel situated outside Bavaria in Frankfurt-Niederrad.
Business is expanded: The acquisition of the Son Vida championship golf course on Mallorca marks the launch of the company’s hotel investment activities on the Spanish holiday island and its international golf business.
The Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel opens as a leading hotel on the Balearic island. It marks the beginning of quality tourism on Mallorca and sets new standards in the international luxury hotel industry.
The company becomes a global player. Stefan Schörghuber and Robert Cotter sign an agreement for a joint venture with one of the leading American hotel groups, ITT Sheraton, later Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and today Marriott International.
The third golf course in Mallorca, Son Quint, opens. It is located in the immediate vicinity of the Son Vida and Son Muntaner golf courses, making the Son Vida region one of Europe’s top golfing destinations.
Development of the first two Aloft hotels on German soil, in Munich and Stuttgart. Both hotels are built by Bayerische Hausbau, while Arabella Hospitality assumes responsibility for their operation.
The Westin Hamburg in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg’s harbor is launched. The hotel extends over 21 floors and is one of the most spectacular hotels in the portfolio.
Following top-to-bottom renovation, rebranding and a long-term hospitality investment, the five-star Hotel Neues Schloss Privat Hotel Zürich, Autograph Collection opens its doors. The luxurious hotel in Zurich’s art deco style dates back to the 1930s.
At the heart of Munich’s historic city center, Rosewood Munich opens as the luxury brand’s first hotel in Germany. Alongside Rosewood Schloss Fuschl, it is the second partner project with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and currently perhaps the most exciting hotel development in Germany.
Arabella Hospitality’s second partner project, Rosewood Schloss Fuschl in the Salzburger Land region, will open in the spring.