Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts

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Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts is a worldwide brand of 39 hotels operating in Europe, the Middle East, the United States and Asia. Its main markets include London (eight hotels), Amsterdam (three hotels), Berlin (two hotels) and Croatia (four hotels). The hotels are either owned, managed, or franchised to independent operators by Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts. In 2000 Carlson Hotels acquired the Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts brand. Today, they are operated by Radisson Hotel Group.

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Park Plaza International was founded in 1986 by Jonathan Read. In 1989, PPHE Hotel Group was established with Park Plaza Mandarin Eindhoven as the first hotel opened. The Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam built in 1990, becomes the company's second hotel. In 1995, Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam joins the group and an agreement is signed with Park Plaza Worldwide. In 1997, the Park Plaza Astrid Antwerp (Belgium) opens. The group opens its first hotel in 1999 in the United Kingdom, the Shaw Park Plaza in central London (asset no longer a Park Plaza Hotel). In 2000, Park Plaza Hotels Europe acquires the master franchise for the brand from Park Plaza Worldwide. The Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam celebrates its 110-year anniversary.

In 2000, Carlson Hotels acquired the Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts brand from Park Plaza Worldwide. The company moves into the world of boutique hotels and expanded by opening of seven hotels in Germany and an art’otel in Budapest, Hungary. The Park Plaza Victoria, London and Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes, both in central London, open late 2001. The second art’otel in Berlin, art’otel berlin city center west (Germany) opens as well, featuring 221 artworks from Andy Warhol and Christopher Makos.

Further expansion in the UK with the opening of Park Plaza Nottingham. Also, in 2002 strategic marketing and reservations alliance agreed with Radisson Hotel Group. North America, India, and EMEA unify to form one brand. The group launched its franchise offering with the opening of its first franchise hotel, Park Plaza Trier, Germany in 2003. In 2004, Park Plaza Belfast opened.

In 2005, one of London’s largest hotels to open for more than 30 years, Park Plaza London Riverbank, designed by Aedas RHWL, opened. Park Plaza Cardiff opened, as well as the company’s first all-suite luxury hotel, Plaza on the River, London. In 2006, the company's second Amsterdam hotel, Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam (Netherlands) opened. The opening of Park Plaza Tyrrelstown, Dublin (Ireland) and Park Plaza Wallstreet, Berlin (Germany) and 2 new art’otels in Germany – art’otel Berlin Kudamm and art’otel Potsdam are completed as well.

In 2007, Park Plaza Hotels floats on the London AIM Stock Exchange and the new Park Plaza Hotels Ltd company is created. The company opens its 4th Park Plaza hotel in London, Park Plaza County Hall.

In 2008, the site for the first art’otel in London was acquired in Hoxton in association with the Rueben Brothers.

In 2010 the largest London hotel so far opened, the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge with 1,019 bedrooms, 31 meeting rooms with capacity for up 2,000 delegates, 15 metre swimming pool, a 24 hour Business Centre, an Executive Lounge and 5 restaurants.

In April 2010, the Group acquired a leading conference hotel located near Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. This hotel, which offers 342 rooms was rebranded Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport on acquisition. The acquisition was financed via an increase to the Group's existing facility with Aareal Bank.[1]

In 2012, opened three Park Plaza Resorts in Croatia.[2] In 2015, Park Plaza added their fourth hotel in Croatia, Park Plaza Arena Pula.

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Park Plaza in Asia Pacific[edit]

Park Plaza in Asia Pacific are managed by Radisson Hotel Group in Asia Pacific. There are currently Park Plaza Hotels in key destinations such as China, India,Thailand.

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